THE QUEST TO ELIMINATE NUCLEAR WEAPONS CANNOT BEGIN TO SUCCEED WITHOUT THE DETERMINED ENGAGEMENT OF POLICY-MAKERS IN THE ASIA PACIFIC REGION. AND THIS STELLAR GROUP OF SENIOR AND EXTRAORDINARILY RESPECTED INDIVIDUALS CAN REALLY HELP MAKE IT HAPPEN.
The Asia–Pacific region impacts every dimension of the global nuclear agenda, with acute tensions and risks remaining in Northeast Asia and South Asia in particular, accompanied by the steady growth in the size and sophistication of regional nuclear arsenals and the means of their delivery, sparking in turn potentially destabilizing defensive systems. With the world’s economic, political and security centres of gravity shifting inexorably to this region, its stake in a secure world order – and its responsibility to contribute with ideas, policy proposals and vision to that end – have grown commensurately.
The APLN Mission
The Asia-Pacific Leadership Network for Nuclear Non-Proliferation and Disarmament (APLN) has more than ninety members from 16 countries across Asia and the Pacific, consisting of former political, official and military leaders in senior executive positions as well as opinion leaders and shapers from other sectors of society.
As an advocacy group, the APLN aims to inform and energize public opinion, especially high-level policymakers, to take seriously the very real threats posed by nuclear weapons, and to do everything possible to achieve a world in which they are contained, diminished and eventually eliminated.
The concept of such advocacy networks was strongly supported by the Australia and Japan-sponsored International Commission on Nuclear Non-Proliferation and Disarmament (co-chaired by former Australian Foreign Minister Gareth Evans and former Japanese Foreign Minister Yoriko Kawaguchi) in its final 2010 communique.