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

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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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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.

Welcome to Canadian Pugwash Group

Education on global security, in a broad sense, is the mandate of Canadian Pugwash, carried out by sponsoring meetings, workshops and roundtables to foster informed discussion of experts, for the purpose of providing information which can be useful in the formation of government policy.

August 2013: Cameron Harrington recently wrote on Arctic security for the Oxford Research Group. Cameron argued for a reframed narrative that focuses on environmental security in the far north rather than emphasizing realpolitik. Read the article, "Arctic security: 'Great Game' vs. sustainable security" [here]

June 2013: CSYP Vice-Chair Emma Lecavalier has recently had an article published by the Atlantic Council of Canada. Emma makes the case that, if history is any guide, there is little strategic utility in having B61 tactical nuclear weapons remain in Europe. Find the article here: http://atlantic-council.ca/portfolio/tactical-nuclear-weapons-lessons-from-history/

July 2011: CSYP Chair Cameron Harrington participated in the 7th International Student/Young Pugwash Conference, "Conflict and Cooperation: The Global Impact of Regional Security Efforts," which was held in Berlin, Germany, on June 29-30, 2011. Cameron also participated in the 59th Pugwash Conference "European Contributions to Nuclear Disarmament and Conflict Resolution, which followed the ISYP conference from July 1-4, 2011. Cameron presented papers related to the prospects of water and conflict resolution.

March 2011: The University of Prince Edward Island has a new student group currently organizing called The Nuclear Abolition Project (N.A.P). It has begun under the direction of exchange students from Soka University in Japan. You can find out more information about this partner group and its activities, including a survey on attitudes towards nuclear weapons in PEI by contacting This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). You can also view the group's initial project outline here and the survey here. CSYP fully supports the efforts of N.A.P. and is happy to assist in any way it can with other student groups across the country! Just send us an email!
September 2010: CSYP Executive member Emma Lecavalier travelled to Bonn, Germany to participate in the "Youth Future Conference", sponsored by the Right Livelihood Award Foundation. From the 14th-19th Emma joined 120 youth leaders (aged 18-26) from around the world to participate in a series of lectures, workshops, and informal meetings with Right Livelihood Award laureates seeking a better, more peaceful world. Lots of information about the conference, with some great daily video recaps, is available from their website (http://www.youthfutureproject.org/home-en)"
July 2010: CSYP members Emma Lecavalier and Maria Ramirez recently participated in the international conference, "Being The Change: Building a Culture of Peace" held at Mount Saint Vincent University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. The conference explored peace education, women's activism, and contemporary global disarmament initiatives. Keynote speakers included Alyn Ware, and two senior Pugwash members, Sandra Butcher and Erika Simpson. There was also a fieldtrip to the village of Pugwash - where it all began!

More detail about the conference can be found here. Photos can be seen here.
Feb 2010: A Toronto NGO (Seriously, Time to Stop) has an exciting opportunity for young people to participate in a video contest! All you have to do is create a short (2 minute) video related to nuclear weapons. There are cash prizes available! Please head to seriouslytimetostop.com for all the information.

Jan 2010: Canadian Student/Young Pugwash held a one-day workshop in Ottawa, Ontario on Monday January 25, 2010. The workshop was part of a two-day high-level conference titled "Practical Steps to Zero Nuclear Weapons", organized by a number of national organizations, including the Canadian Pugwash Group.

The student workshop explored a wide range of issues relating the nuclear non-proliferation and disarmament. CSYP delegates hosted a range of speakers including Dr. Michael Dworkind of Physicians for Global Survival, Alyn Ware (recent winner of the Right Livelihood Award), and Dr. Randy Rydell of the UN.

Please find the schedule of CSYP events here.
Please read the communiqué (format rtf) by the conference organizers here, En français: ici.

Dec 2009: Cameron Harrington, chair of CSYP, recently wrote an op-ed published by the web-journal Voices of Tomorrow.

The venerable U.S. journalist I.F. Stone once wrote that ““The only kinds of fights worth fighting are those you are going to lose, because somebody has to fight them and lose and lose and lose until someday, somebody who believes as you do wins.” Such has clearly been the case for decades as the global nuclear abolition movement lost and lost and lost. -- "Mutually Assured Security in a Nuclear-Free World", By Cameron Harrington, Toronto (Canada)

Nov 2009: CSYP has released Volume Two [pdf] of its annual essay publication. Edited by Prof. Mike Wallace, a Senior Canadian Pugwash Member, and Steacy Henry, former Chair of CSYP, this volume contains four essays collected from CSYP members across Canada. The essays deal with a wide range of pressing security issues facing Canada and the world. The focuses range from American nuclear posture, water security, nuclear energy and climate change, and Iranian nuclear ambitions. Stay tuned in the coming weeks for a new call for essays in preparation for Volume 3, to be released in 2010!

CSYP Volume One [pdf] essay publication.

CSYP Essay Competition Canadian Student/Young Pugwash (CSYP) is the national youth arm of the Canadian Pugwash Group (CPG). It is also a national affiliate of the global International Student/Young Pugwash (ISYP) network. Its aim is to connect students and young professionals in Canada who are interested in the greater Pugwash movement, as well as act as an institutional forum for active debate and discussion on the diverse themes related to global peace. CSYP is committed to providing the Canadian Pugwash Group, and the Pugwash Conferences on Science and World Affairs with an informed and powerful youth voice.

To view the 2009 Vision Statement for CSYP, click [doc].

To view the 2005 Vision Statement for ISYP, click here.

To view the 2009 CSYP organizational by-laws, click [doc].

CSYP is always looking for new and enthusiastic members to join its growing organization. If you are interested in learning more about CSYP - or if you would like to join CSYP - please contact Cameron Harrington (Chair – CSYP) at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or Emma Lecavalier  (Vice-Chair – CSYP) at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..