Peace and Disarmament
It is a measure of arrogance to assert that a nuclear weapons-free world is impossible when 95% of the nations of the world are already nuclear-free. I think that the vast majority of people on the face of this earth will endorse the proposition that nuclear weapons have no place among us.
There is no security in nuclear weapons. It is a fool’s game.
General Lee Butler, former head of US Strategic Nuclear Forces, 1991–1994
By their very character, nuclear weapons fall within the scope of the World Future Council. These instruments of annihilation have the power to obliterate life on earth as we know it and cause unimaginable damage spanning many generations to come. As the 'voice of future generations' the WFC works to neutralize the existential threat nuclear weapons pose, so that future generations can enjoy their right to life, liberty and security.
In November 2009 the World Future Council established the Disarmament Working Group, which unites experts from around the world and brings to bear on the disarmament work the three core strengths of the WFC: 1) integrated thinking; which is 2) future-orientated; and 3) policy-focused.
The Working Group is chaired by WFC Councillor Dr. David Krieger (President, Nuclear Age Peace Foundation) and includes fellow WFC Councillors Hafsat Abiola-Costello (Founder, Kudirat Initiative for Democracy), Prof. Dr. Hans-Peter Dürr (Nuclear physicist and philosopher), Riane Eisler (President, Centre for Partnership Studies), Dr. Scilla Elworthy (Founder, Oxford Research Group), Alexander Likhotal (President, Green Cross International), Dr. Rama Mani (Senior Research Associate, Centre for International Studies, University of Oxford), Count Hans-Christof von Sponeck (Former UN Assistant Secretary General), Pauline Tangiora (Maori Elder, Rongomaiwahine Tribe), Alyn Ware (Founder Parliamentarians for Nuclear Non-Proliferation and Disarmament), and Judge C.G. Weeramantry (Former Vice-President, International Court of Justice).
The WFC Councillors are complemented by a number of external advisors, including Reiner Braun (Executive Director, German IALANA), Neshan Gunasekera (Deputy Director, IALANA South Asia Office), Prof. Dr. Martin Kalinowski (Professor for Science and Peace Research, University of Hamburg), Vijay Mehta (Chairman, Arms Reduction Coalition), Prof. Dr. Jürgen Scheffran (Research Group Climate and Security, University of Hamburg), and Rick Wayman (Director of Programs and Operations, Nuclear Age Peace Foundation). Rob van Riet coordinates the work of the Working Group.
The Working Group’s efforts concentrate primarily on three projects: