Public event: Canada's Contribution to Global Security, 23-26 July
“Canada’s Contribution to Global Security” —the Canadian Pugwash Group's three-day public conference on the occasion of Canada’s 150th and Pugwash's 60th — is now underway in Halifax, featuring expert speakers and breakout discussions on the past, present and future. Share your views from a Canadian perspective. Download a poster or browse the program here.
Wednesday, July 26: day trip to Thinkers Lodge in Pugwash Village. While you are in the area, take in the Vern Theissen play Pugwash at Ships Company Theatre in Parrsboro. More information here.
- Ottawa, March 14/17 Malala Yousafzi's speech to Canada's Parliament wasn't just moving; it was also funny
- International Criminal Court provides redress for victims of violations of their human rights
- Small Farmers Aided by Back Yard Communities project in Mozambique
- UN's International Fund for Agricultural Development active in Cambodia
- UNESCO Leadership Training is designed by Earth Charter International
- Climate Change resistance linked to food security in rural areas
- Up to 24 million small farmers helped to access water for their crops in Indonesia
- Owls Build Bridges to Peace
- Turning Ashes into Accommodations
- The link between agriculture and peace
Download issue #49 here (pdf)
Address by Hon. Douglas Roche, O.C. to Canadian Pugwash Conference, “Canada’s Contribution to Global Security,” commemorating Canada’s 150th and Pugwash’s 60th Anniversaries
Halifax, July 24, 2017
We are challenged to open this conference by considering “Nuclear Weapons and the Destiny of Humanity.” The title surely forces us to think anew about our work in nuclear disarmament. Since the human proclivity for the acquisition of power seems to have been ingrained in people since Adam and Eve, are we destined to have nuclear weapons forever? Or does the maturation of humanity, evident in virtually every field of human activity, lead inexorably to the universal outlawing of all weapons of mass destruction? Are we doomed or are we saved?
http://ipolitics.ca/2017/03/30/is-a-world-without-nuclear-weapons-possible Thursday, March 30th, 2017
This week, the United Nations began negotiations to create “a legally binding instrument to prohibit nuclear weapons, leading towards their total elimination.” The goal, in other words, is to make the possession of nuclear weapons illegal.
These negotiations are the culmination of lengthy and energetic efforts by the international nuclear disarmament community, including in Canada, to rid the world of nuclear weapons once and for all. The belief is that making nuclear weapons illegal could contribute to their eventual demise. The negotiations are born of frustration — of a sense that nuclear states have done little to live up to their legal commitments to get rid of these weapons.
Artistes pour la Paix et Pugwash Canada (document de Pierre Jasmin) 2017-03-23
Peace, still a Canadian value?
Canada has gained respect throughout the world for choosing to work for the common good and real democracy, rather than follow the paths of militarism, colonialism and corporate domination. For example:
- The 1957 Nobel Peace Prize awarded to Lester B. Pearson’s vision of the UN blue helmets;
- 1957, also: The first meeting of the Pugwash Conferences on Science and World Affairs hosted in Nova Scotia by Canadian millionnaire Cyrus Eaton; Pugwash and Rotblat will receive the 1995 Nobel Peace Prize for their efforts against global nuclear arms’ threat;
- 1961: Foundation by the Alcocks of the Canadian Peace Research Institute – CPRI;
- 1963: John Diefenbaker’s opposition to Canada’s acquisition of nuclear weapons;