A novel global optimization method based on an Augmented Lagrangian framework is introduced for continuous constrained nonlinear optimization problems. At each outer iteration the method requires the $\varepsilon$-global minimization of the Augmented Lagrangian with simple constraints. Global convergence to an $\varepsilon$-global minimizer of the original problem is proved. The subproblems are solved using the $\alpha$BB method. Numerical experiments are presented.