Nazarbayev proposed launching the World Forum on Nuclear Non-Proliferation and Disarmament

NUR-SULTAN, Kazakhstan, Nov.30, 2021 / PRNewswire / – The Global Alliance of Leaders for Nuclear Security and Nuclear-Weapons-Free World (GAL) was held on the platform of the VI meeting of Astana Club in the capital of Kazakhstan.

Addressing the GAL members, Nursultan Nazarbayev noted that the negotiations on nuclear strategic stability at the interstate level are at a dead end, and that an alternative form of dialogue on this issue is badly needed.

To get out of this stalemate, Nazarbayev proposed creating the World Forum on Nuclear Non-Proliferation and Disarmament in the capital of Kazakhstan.

The Forum should bring together all key international NGOs and world moral authorities in the antinuclear field to forge a unified global agenda.

In his statement, Nazarbayev also called on the world community to develop a gradual plan for the reduction of strategic offensive weapons with the participation of all nuclear states under the auspices of the UN.

Nazarbayev expressed his confidence that the GAL can become the central platform and the driving force for the development of this document.

Former UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon, also addressed the Alliance members to support Nazarbayev’s initiative, noting that without the elimination of the nuclear threat, the world community will never be able to guarantee their safety.

The speech of the former president of the USSR, Nobel Peace Prize winner, Mikhail Gorbachev, addressed to Nursultan Nazarbayev and the members of the Alliance became an important moment of the GAL session.

Gorbachev expressed its full support for the initiative of the First President of Kazakhstan to establish the GAL, noting that “there can be no other end goal than a world without nuclear weapons. “

He also noted that the meeting of Joe biden and Vladimir Putin in June of this year in Geneva marked a positive trend. According to Gorbachev, it is very important that in the meeting of the two presidents the idea that “there will be no victors in a nuclear war“, expressed for the first time in 1985 in his meeting with the American president Ronald reagan.

The GAL meeting was also attended by leaders of the world anti-nuclear movement, such as the Nobel Peace Prize winners. Mohamed ElBaradei and the executive director of ICAN, Beatrice fihn, as well as the former UN High Representative for Disarmament Affairs and UN Under-Secretary-General, Angela kane, and many others.

All participants in the meeting unanimously recognized that Kazakhstan, which voluntarily gave up the world’s fourth nuclear military arsenal, consisting of 1,200 atomic warheads, in the 1990s, has full moral right to undertake these global anti-nuclear initiatives.

This year’s GAL meeting refers to the Doomsday Clock, symbol of the probability of nuclear war: One minute to midnight: Time for action for nuclear dialogue. This is because, in early 2021, the Doomsday Clock got as close as possible in its history since 1947: 100 seconds to midnight.

GAL is a brand new international platform created in 2019 at the initiative of the first president of Kazakhstan, Nursultan Nazarbayev.

GAL’s mission is to advance the anti-nuclear agenda through the joint efforts of the leaders of major international NGOs, renowned politicians and global moral authorities in the anti-nuclear arena.

In 2020, the GAL Open Appeal to world leaders to demand the need to strengthen joint efforts on nuclear security, non-proliferation and disarmament was registered as an official document of the UN and IAEA.

To date, the GAL has the support of more than 70 prominent international personalities, including politicians, experts, and Nobel Peace Laureates.

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Nazarbayev proposed launching the World Forum on Nuclear Non-Proliferation and Disarmament