About the Nuclear Abolition Forum

Who We Are.

As an independent forum, we aim at exploring the legal, technical, institutional and political elements for achieving a nuclear weapons free world.

The Nuclear Abolition Forum was established in 2011 as a joint project of eight civil society organisations to facilitate dialogue between academics, governments, disarmament experts and NGOs on key issues regarding achieving and sustaining a nuclear weapon-free world. Hosted by the WFC, the Forum is able to rely on over 70 high-level consultants to ensure quality contributions.

Participating Organizations

Our approach.

The Forum seeks to include a variety of perspectives rather than advocating any particular approach to achieving a world free of nuclear weapons.

This could include contributions from those who do not yet believe that nuclear abolition is possible, or who favour a step-by-step approach, as well as contributions from those who support a more comprehensive approach. However, attention is given to examining and critiquing the framework for achieving a nuclear weapons-free world rather than focusing solely or primarily on the next immediate steps.

“I very much welcome the emphasis placed by the architects of the Nuclear Abolition Forum in rekindling and sustaining a dialogue over fundamental questions relating to the achievement of nuclear disarmament. The advocacy efforts by civil society play a crucial role in sustaining the political will necessary to achieve concrete progress in this field. They help in educating both the general public and government officials. And they provide opportunities for dialogue and debate among people with at times widely different perspectives on how the challenges of disarmament can most effectively and efficiently be met.”

Sergio Duarte, UN High Representative for Disarmament Affairs 2007-2011.

Participating organizations.

World Future Council

The World Future Council researches, identifies and spreads policy solutions that contribute to sustainable development. The WFC advises decision-makers, offers them tried and tested courses of action and supports them in the concrete implementation of new policies.

Albert Schweitzer Institute

The Albert Schweitzer Institute of Chapman University is dedicated to preserving, critically interpreting, and disseminating the teachings of Albert Schweitzer within the study of ethics and ethical values.

Global Security Institute

The Global Security Institute is dedicated to strengthening international cooperation and security based on the rule of law, with a particular focus on nuclear arms control, non-proliferation and disarmament.

International Association of Lawyers Against Nuclear Arms

The Lawyers Committee on Nuclear Policy engages in research and advocacy in support of the global elimination of nuclear weapons and a more just and peaceful world through respect for domestic and international law.

International Network of Engineers and Scientists Against Proliferation

The International Network of Engineers and Scientists Against Proliferation and was founded in 1993 and promotes non-proliferation and disarmament with regards to weapons of mass destruction and the delivery systems associated with them.

Middle Powers Initiative

The Middle Powers Initiative is dedicated to the worldwide reduction and elimination of nuclear weapons, in a series of well-defined stages accompanied by increasing verification and control.


Pugwash seeks a world free of nuclear weapons and other weapons of mass destruction. We create opportunities for dialogue on the steps needed to achieve that end, focusing on areas where nuclear risks are present.