Global Zero Leaders React to New START Treaty and Give Pre-Nuclear Security Summit Briefing

March 31, 2010

WASHINGTON, March 31 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Leaders of the Global Zero movement will hold a press conference at the National Press Club on April 8 at 10:00 am to respond to that day’s signing of the new START accord and to urge strong action at President Obama’s April 12-13 Nuclear Security Summit.

Participants will include former CIA counter-proliferation officer Valerie Plame, START 1 chief negotiator Amb. Richard Burt, Academy Award-winning producer Lawrence Bender (An Inconvenient Truth, Good Will Hunting, Inglorious Bastards) and Her Majesty Queen Noor.

The conference will include a special sneak-peak teaser of the new major documentary film on the nuclear danger, Countdown to Zero, produced by Bender and Jeff Skoll’s Participant Media. The film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival on January 25 to critical acclaim and will open in theaters July 9.

As part of the grassroots movement, the group will announce the launch of a Global Zero ‘road tour’ in which young volunteers travel the country organizing community-based screenings of the film to build momentum toward its theatrical release and to enlist more people in the Global Zero movement.

In February, the Global Zero Summit in Paris convened 200 eminent international political, military, business, civic, faith, and student leaders to launch the next phase of the Global Zero movement. The Global Zero Action Plan was released, outlining a step-by-step strategy to eliminate nuclear weapons. The plan, developed over the past year by the international Global Zero Commission of 23 political and military leaders, calls in its first phase for the U.S. and Russia to cut their arsenals to 1,000 total warheads each and for all other countries with nuclear weapons to commit to freeze their arsenals. As outlined in the plan, these two steps would be followed by the first multilateral nuclear arms reductions negotiations in history.

Global Zero is an international movement for the phased, verified elimination of all nuclear weapons spearheaded by a group of more than 200 leaders worldwide, including former heads of state, foreign ministers, defense ministers, national security advisors, and top military commanders.

    WHO:    Global Zero leaders Valerie Plame, Her Majesty Queen Noor,
            Reverend Cizik, Amb. Richard Burt, Amb. Thomas Pickering,
            Lawrence Bender, Jeff Skoll

    WHAT:   Press Conference

    WHEN:   Thursday, April 8, at 10:00 am

    WHERE:  National Press Club
            529 14th Street NW
            Washington, DC 20045

SOURCE Global Zero

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