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100 Seconds to Midnight – What does this mean? What can we do?
Thu July 30, 2020 @ 9:00 am - 10:00 am EDT
In January 2020, the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists set the Doomsday Clock to ‘100 seconds to Midnight’ indicating that humanity is the closest we have ever been to a potential catastrophe from climate change or nuclear weapons use that could have a devastating impact on civilisation.
Since then, COVID-19 has impacted on nuclear security, tensions between nuclear-armed States have deteriorated, the US Senate has authorised funding for resumed nuclear tests and the few nuclear arms controls that still exist are being further eroded.
This group of experts will explore the risks of nuclear weapons use by accident, miscalculation or intent, and the initiatives at national and international levels to reduce these risks, and which need support from legislators, civil society and like-minded governments.
Chair: Marc Finaud (Switzerland), Head of Arms Proliferation, Geneva Centre for Security Policy
Abolition 2000 host: Marzhan Nurzhan (Kazakhstan), Abolition 2000 Coordinating Committee member
Dr Rachel Bronson (United States), President and CEO of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists
John Hallam (Australia), People for Nuclear Disarmament, Abolition 2000 working group on nuclear risk-reduction
Aaron Tovish (Mexico), Zona Libre
Dr Manpreet Sethi (India), Distinguised Fellow and head of the Nuclear Security Project at the Centre for Air Power Studies, New Delhi