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CPG's focus - World peace and promotion of change to advance the cause of peace. Best known for its work on nuclear disarmament, our concern - all causes of global insecurity.

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Nuclear disarmament has always been of central importance to Pugwash. But also - Non-Nuclear Threats to Peace and Security, Institutions for a New World Order, Conflict Resolution, Environment and Global Security, Health, Social and Economic Issues.

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CPG: A proud tradition started by the 22 eminent scientists, the founding group of Pugwash, who gathered at Thinkers' Lodge in 1957, to discuss the path to nuclear disarmament.

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For more than 50 years the Pugwash Conferences on Science and World Affairs have been working for the control, reduction, and eventual elimination of nuclear weapons.

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800 Recipients of the Order of Canada Call for a Nuclear Weapons Convention. Visit www.nuclearweaponsconvention.ca

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The Russell-Einstein Manifesto of 1955 was a major step in the nuclear disarmament campaign by prominent members of the scientific community.

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In recognition of all its efforts Pugwash Conferences on Science and World Affairs, together with President Joseph Rotblat, was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1995.

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Canadian Pugwash is part of the wider international Pugwash movement. Visit the Pugwash International website.

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  • Air Power in UN Operations: Wings for Peace

     

    Air Power in UN Operations: Wings for Peace

     

     “Rich poignant case studies illuminate the past and present use of UN air power, pointing the way for the future. This book impressively fills the gap in the current literature on peace operations, on the United Nations and on air power generally.”

     

    — Edited By A. Walter Dorn

    Royal Military College of Canada, Militrary Strategy and Operational Art

     


     

  • ARMS CONTROL

     Arms Control Association Press Release

    Setsuko Thurlow and the Hibakusha of Hiroshima and Nagasaki Voted the
    "2015 Arms Control Person of the Year"

    For Immediate Release: January 6, 2016

    (Washington, D.C.)—Setsuko Thurlow and the Hibakusha of Hiroshima and Nagasaki received the highest number of votes in an online poll to determine the 2015 Arms Control Person of the Year. 

  • Canadian Network to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (CNANW)

    Letter to the Minister of Foreign Affairs [English & French] and the related Media Release [English Press & French Press] from
    Canadian Network to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (CNANW) and endorsed by Canadian
    Pugwash, one of the members of CNANW

  • Canadians for a Nuclear Weapons Convention Urges

    Canadian Leadership in Abolishing Nuclear Weapons


     

  • CNWC Announcement

     

    Over 800 Recipients of the Order of Canada Call for a Nuclear Weapons Convention

    JOHN POLANYI, DOUGLAS ROCHE AND MURRAY THOMSON
    are requesting your financial support for this work.

    Over 800 recipients of the Order of Canada have joined an initiative led by John Polanyi, C.C., Douglas Roche, O.C., and Murray Thomson, O.C., calling for international negotiations to achieve a Nuclear Weapons Convention – a verifiable treaty on the prohibition and elimination of nuclear weapons.

    List of Endorsers


    The Order of Canada is the country’s highest civilian honour and is the centrepiece of Canada’s honours system. It recognizes a lifetime of outstanding achievement, dedication to the community and service to the nation.

    The initiative notes that

    There is a growing consensus expressed by world leaders on the urgent need for ridding the world of nuclear weapons, well expressed by the Global Zero movement. A Nuclear Weapons Convention is widely recognized as the best negotiating process yet devised to bring about nuclear disarmament. In a recent speech to the UN General Assembly, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon stated that “All parties to the Non Proliferation Treaty could consider negotiating a nuclear weapons convention, backed by a strong verification system, as has long been proposed at the United Nations.” However, the vision of the elimination of all nuclear weapons, put forward by President Obama and many others today, requires the political will of governments for it to be achieved.


    Accordingly, we call on all member States of the United Nations – including Canada – to endorse, and begin negotiations for, a Nuclear Weapons Convention as proposed by the UN Secretary-General in his five-point plan for nuclear disarmament.

     

    The wealth of talent and experience of the Canadians who have endorsed the Nuclear Weapons Convention is incredibly rich and extensive, and it is matched only by the seriousness and complexity of the task that faces us.

    THE FOLLOWING TEXT IS AN EXCERPT FROM A LETTER FROM JOHN POLANYI, DOUGLAS ROCHE AND MURRAY THOMSON requesting financial support for this work:


    We believe that the quality and diversity of this group of Canadians, from all parts of Canada, represents a significant, positive force for the change we all seek. We wish to use this force carefully so that we accurately reflect your expressed concern for a nuclear weapons convention as both a vision of a nuclear weapon–free world and a comprehensive step-by-step way of achieving it. We therefore suggest the following guidelines:

    That all activities which we may undertake, such as a press conference or public meeting, be conducted under the name of “Canadians for a Nuclear Weapons Convention.” We will avoid being side-tracked onto other related issues, however important some of us may feel them to be, nor will we identify with any single political party, as our appeal regarding this initiative is directed to all political parties.

    On September 24, 2009, we issued a news release on Parliament Hill. It called on the government and all political parties to support President Obama’s efforts, as Chair of the UN Security Council that day, towards nuclear disarmament. In the past month the Ottawa-based Embassy newsweekly has written three articles on our initiative, including a lead story which received a response from the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade. DFAIT, though supportive of the Nuclear Weapons Convention, took the position that it was premature to include it in Canadian foreign policy at this time – the same position it had taken ten years previously. In order to proceed with the initiative and encourage the Canadian government to move ahead on the Nuclear Weapons Convention, we seek your help:

    1. We plan to hold a few public events in the cities where most of the endorsers live, starting with Ottawa and Toronto. Other possible sites are Vancouver, Montréal and Moncton. To do this we need to establish a minimum budget, which we estimate to be between $10,000 and $15,000. We thank those who have donated to the initiative and suggest that those who can, please send a cheque made out to “Canadian Pugwash Group – NWC Project.”

    We will deposit it with the Canadian Pugwash Group, a registered Canadian charitable organization, one of the two supporting organizations, to be used exclusively for the work of Canadians for a Nuclear Weapons Convention.

    On-line donations are possible via www.pugwashgroup.ca

    2. Please look over the names of those who have signed to date. Do you know of any Order of Canada recipients not on this list? If so, please send their names and addresses to the address at the bottom of this letter. We will then approach them and ask if they would be interested in signing. We believe that four hundred, perhaps even five hundred in total, will agree to do so.

    You can be assured that we will keep the infrastructure of this initiative as small as possible, will act in a non-partisan manner, and will maintain an exclusive focus on the Nuclear Weapons Convention.

    Sincerely,


    John Polanyi, C.C., Toronto
    Douglas Roche, O.C., Edmonton
    Murray Thomson, O.C., Ottawa


     

    YES, I want to support Canadians for a Nuclear Weapons Convention

    Here is my donation of $__________


    Name: _________________________________________________________________

    Street Address: ____________________________ Postal Code: ________________ City: _____________________________________ Province: ___________________

     

    [ ]I want to make my gift online

    OR

    [ ] My cheque is enclosed, payable to “Canadian Pugwash Group – NWC Project”
    OR
    [ ] I prefer to pay by [ ] VISA [ ] Mastercard [ ] American Express

    Card Number: ______________________________________________

    Expiry Date: _____ / _____

     

    Security Number: __________
    (3 digits on back of VISA/MC, 4 digits on front of AMEX)

    Name on Card: _____________________________________________

    Please print and return this portion of the letter addressed to

    Canadians for a Nuclear Weapons Convention,
    554 Orkney Priv., Ottawa ON, K2C 3M7

    Thank you!

     

  • CNWC Reception & Eric Fawcett Forum - Nov. 14, 2014

    Photo gallery of CNWC / Science for Peace event - Nov. 14, 2014

     

    ~ Towards a Nuclear Weapons Convention & Eric Fawcett Forum

    Reception and Fundraiser - November 14, 2014, Hart House, University of Toronto

    CNWC hosted Toronto area recipients of the Order of Canada who have called for negotiations

    toward a Nuclear Weapons Convention as an effective means of advancing the goal of a world without nuclear weapons.

    Host: Bruce Kidd; Chairperson: David Silcox; and Speakers:

    Douglas Roche on current nuclear disarmament efforts and initiatives, as well as from Toronto area Order of Canada recipients who support these efforts.

     

    Responding to ISIS: The role of Canada and the International Community

    Panel Chair: Ernie Regehr, co-founder of Project Ploughshares and

    currently Senior Fellow in Arctic Security at The Simons Foundation,

    and Research Fellow at the Institute of Peace and Conflict Studies,

    Conrad Grebel University College.

    Panelists:

    Michael Bell has served as Canada’s Ambassador to Jordan, Egypt,

    and Israel and is currently Senior Fellow at the Norman Patterson

    School of International Affairs, Carleton University, Ottawa.

    Peter Langille specializes in peace and conflict studies, United Nations

    peace operations, and independent analysis of defence and security

    policy.

    Peggy Mason is former Canadian Ambassador for Disarmament and is

    currently President of the Rideau Institute in Ottawa.

    David Harries is Chair of the Canadian Pugwash Group and Associate

    Executive Director of Foresight Canada.

    Sponsored by: Canadian Pugwash Group and Science for Peace

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  • Drones Now

    Nothing Monotonous About Drones Now

    by Erika Simpson

    February 6, 2015

  • Governance and Security as a Unitary Concept

     

    Governance and Security as A Unitary Concept

    Governance and Security as a Unitary Concept

    Editors: Tom Rippon and Graham Kemp

    Governance and Security As a Unitary Concept presents diverse issues affecting the Inter-relationship of governance and security, and how these issues influence decision-making in a global context. Themed sections offer an overlap of perspectives and theories. Specific chapters examine strengths and weaknesses of nation-states in their governance and security, reflecting on nation-states and their institutions regarded as 'failed' or 'sustainable'.


     

  • Missile defence is still a bad idea*

    Opinion / Commentary by John Polanyi [June 23, 2014]


     

  • Nuclear Deal with Iran

    A nuclear deal with Iran: "A farewell to arms control?"

    by Paul Meyer

    March 5, 2015

  • NUCLEAR NPT REVIEW: Fin?

    A failed nuclear NPT review conference: Fin de regime?

    Paul Meyer | May 26, 2015

    Arguing over a middle east conference obscured a more significant tension — the power struggle between nuclear and non-nuclear weapon states to influence the disarmament agenda [Failed nuclear NPT Review Conference paper]

     

  • Nuclear Weapons Convention

    Many contributors over the years have provided insights into the prevention and resolution of armed conflict, including nuclear abolition and nuclear and conventional disarmament.   Below is a list of just some supporting documents for a Nuclear Weapons Convention. 

    Over 800 recipients of the Order of Canada have joined an initiative led by John Polanyi, C.C., Douglas Roche, O.C., and Murray Thomson, O.C., calling for international negotiations to achieve a Nuclear Weapons Convention – a verifiable treaty on the prohibition and elimination of nuclear weapons;

    Visit www.nuclearweaponsconvention.ca.

  • Over 800 Recipients of the Order of Canada Call for a Nuclear Weapons Convention

    Over 800 recipients of the Order of Canada have joined an initiative led by John Polanyi, C.C., Douglas Roche, O.C. and Murray Thomson, O.C., calling for international negotiations to achieve a Nuclear Weapons Convention – a verifiable treaty on the prohibition and elimination of nuclear weapons. Visit  www.nuclearweaponsconvention.ca.

  • Responding to ISIS

    On November 14th, 2014 The Canadian Pugwash Group & Science for Peace co-sponsored the Eric Fawcett Forum at Hart House, U of T. on Responding to ISIS: The role of Canada and the International Community. 

  • SECURITY vs. NUCLEAR ARMS

    Running interference for our nuclear allies

    The contradiction between the security interests of the vast majority of states and those of the nuclear-armed states will only continue to build.

    Paul Meyer | November 26, 2015