Canadians for a Nuclear Weapons Convention / Rassemblement canadien pour une convention sur les armes nucléaires

Who are the Canadians for a Nuclear Weapons Convention?


Canadians for a Nuclear Weapons Convention (CNWC) is a project of the Canadian Pugwash Group.

We in CNWC are now a group of over 1000 recipients of the Order of Canada who join together to:

 “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.”

We seek to inform and educate Canadians on the increasing danger of nuclear proliferation and nuclear war. We support and endorse the UN Secretary-General’s five point plan for nuclear disarmament, including the endorsement of a nuclear weapons convention. We seek to engender political will by educational means, resulting in the adoption of a nuclear weapons convention as a component of Canadian foreign policy. We are non-partisan, open to all members of the Order of Canada, and are focused on this single issue.

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. 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, [former] 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.”

We welcome other recipients of the Order of Canada to join us in seeking a Nuclear Weapons Convention. To see a list of members of CNWC:  CNWC-RCAN-1034-members