Media release: International Day for Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons

On the occasion of The United Nations’ First International Day for Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons

Canadians for a Nuclear Weapons Convention (CNWC) draws attention to:

The 2010 Parliamentary Motions Motion passed unanimously by the Senate of Canada and the House of Commons [Motion Senate House bilingual revised December 2010]. These motions were developed and supported by the background efforts of CNWC.

CNWC operates under the umbrella of the Canadian Pugwash Group.

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Media Release: Canadians for a Nuclear Weapons Convention Urges Canadian Leadership In Abolishing Nuclear Weapons

EN: CNWC Media Release 25 Sep 2014]
FR: Communiqué du Rassemblement canadien pour une convention sur les armes nucléaire, le 25 sép 2014

e-Workshop; Nuclear Weapons, Disarmament, and the Middle East

An opportunity for all Pugwash members to participate in an E-workshop on “Toward a Nuclear Weapons-Free Middle East”

Featuring: Paul Meyer and Peter Jones
Where? On your computer screen
When? June 5, 2-4 p.m. 2013 Eastern Daylight Time (past event)

We are pleased to invite you to join us for a special online workshop on the obstacles and prospects for establishing the Middle East as a zone free of nuclear weapons and all other weapons of mass destruction.

The failure to hold a promised international conference of states on this question in 2012 is now having significant and dangerous reverberations for the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty review process.

The workshop will be moderated by Ernie Regehr and will feature presentations by two of Canada’s foremost experts on these issues:

Paul Meyer

  • Fellow in International Security, Centre for Dialogue, Simon Fraser University
  • Senior Fellow, The Simons Foundation
  • formerly Canada’s Ambassador for Disarmament and head of Canadian delegations to the NPT Review Conferences

Peter Jones

  • Associate Professor in the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
  • formerly a senior analyst for the Security and Intelligence Secretariat of the Privy Council of Canada
  • member of the Pugwash International Council
  • a specialist in Middle East affairs and Iranian security policy; international negotiation and conflict resolution, and track-two diplomacy

Discussions with the online participants will follow the expert presentations.

Participation will be via your home computer.

When you log in to the event, you will see the presenters and moderators and you will be able to participate through email and/or the microphone on your computer.

Register for the E-Workshop

REGISTRATION IS ESSENTIAL. We will send you log-in instructions as well as some background reading

To register, contact Ernie Regehr at eregehr@uwaterloo.ca.

This is a new approach to holding conferences and workshops for Canadian Pugwash members – one that facilitates the sharing of expertise on important, topical issues and the participation of members from across the country, while leaving no carbon footprint. We look forward to your participation. Help us to make this new venture a success!

Yours in peace,

Ernie Regehr and Elizabeth Riddell-Dixon
eregehr@uwaterloo.ca

Toward a Nuclear Weapons Convention

Toward a Nuclear Weapons Convention: A Role for Canada, April 11-12, 2011
Venue: Brittany Salon, Cartier Place Suite Hotel, 180 Cooper Street, Ottawa, ON

Summary Report:
Toward a Nuclear Weapons Convention: A Role for Canada (pdf in english)
Vers une convention d’interdiction des armes nucléaires : un rôle pour le Canada (pdf en français)


April 11: “Implementing the UN Secretary-General’s Five Point Proposal for Nuclear Disarmament”

Program: [here: pdf]

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arrowrt Keynote Speaker: H.E. Ambassador Sergio de Queiroz Duarte, U.N. High Representative for Disarmament
“Implementing the UN Secretary-General’s Five Point Proposal for Nuclear Disarmament” [here: pdf]

 

 

Chairpersons:
The Hon. Douglas J. Roche
O.C., Former Canadian Ambassador for Disarmament and
Mr. Ernie Regehr
, O.C., Research Fellow, Institute of Peace and Conflict Studies,
Conrad Grebel University College, University of Waterloo

Respondents:
Ambassador Werner Brandstetter, Embassy of Austria [here: pdf]
Counsellor Julian Juarez, Embassy of Mexico [here: pdf]
Mr. Nicolas Brühl, Deputy Head of Mission, Embassy of Switzerland [here: pdf]
Mr. Clive Wright, Head of Foreign Policy Team, British High Commission, Ottawa [here: pdf]

Acknowledgements:
We express our sincere gratitude to the sponsors of this seminar: Canadian Network to Abolish Nuclear Weapons, Canadian Pugwash Group, Physicians for Global Survival, Project Ploughshares, and World Federalist Movement – Canada.


April 12: “Experts Seminar”

Agenda: [here: pdf]

Theme: The Final Document of the 2010 NPT Review Conference took note of the UN Secretary-General’s Five-Point Proposal for Nuclear Disarmament, which proposes, inter alia,

“consideration of negotiations on a Nuclear Weapons Convention or agreement on a framework of separate mutually reinforcing instruments backed by a strong system of verification.”

This seminar is being held to develop a broadly shared understanding of the main elements and requirements for a global convention to prohibit nuclear weapons; to build Canadian capacity in the expert and disarmament advocacy community on key issues linked to advancing the global movement toward a nuclear weapons convention; and to engage the Government of Canada to encourage early and concrete support for working toward a Nuclear Weapons Convention.


arrowrt Legal Aspects of a Nuclear Weapons Convention
Elements of a legal architecture for a nuclear weapons prohibition/framework of agreements.
Implications of an International Humanitarian Law approach to progress on NWC

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Dr. John Burroughs
Dr. Erika Simpson
Dr. Michael Byers

Chairperson:
Dr. Erika Simpson, Department of Political Science, University of Western Ontario and Vice-Chair, Canadian Pugwash Group
Speakers:
Dr. John Burroughs, Lawyers Committee on Nuclear Policy [here: pdf]
Dr. Michael Byers, Canada Research Chair in Global Politics and International Law,
Department of Political Science, University of British Columbia [here: pdf]


arrowrt Verification and Compliance Aspects of a Nuclear Weapons Convention

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Dr. Trevor Findlay
Ms. Peggy Mason
Mr. Jo Sletbak

 

 

Chairperson:
Ms. Peggy Mason, former Canadian Ambassador for Disarmament and Advisory Board
Chair, Canadian Centre for Treaty Compliance, Carleton University
Speakers:
Dr. Trevor Findlay, Director, Canadian Centre for Treaty Compliance [here: pptx (original) pdf]
Mr. Jo Sletbak, Minister Counsellor/Deputy Head of Mission, Royal Norwegian Embassy [here: pdf]


arrowrt Luncheon Keynote

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Ambassador Richard Butler
Ms. Bev Delong

Chairperson:
Ms. Bev Delong, Canadian Network to Abolish Nuclear Weapons
Guest Speaker:
H.E. Ambassador Richard Butler, A.C., Chairperson, Middle Powers Initiative [here: pdf]


arrowrt Political and Security Requirements for a Nuclear Weapons Convention
How can security relationships be used as stepping stones toward a NWC?
Delegitimizing Nuclear Weapons through Nuclear Weapons-Free Zones, and Nuclear Doctrines

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Mr. Ernie Regehr
Mr. Simon Rosenblum
Mr. Simon Rosenblum, Mr. Ernie Regehr,
Hon. Landon Pearson

 

 


Chairperson:

The Honourable Landon Pearson, O.C., member, Canadians for a Nuclear Weapons Convention
Speakers:
Mr. Ernie Regehr, O.C., Research Fellow, Institute of Peace and Conflict Studies,
Conrad Grebel University College, University of Waterloo; Fellow, The Simons Foundation [here: pdf]
Mr. Simon Rosenblum, World Federalist Movement – Canada [here: pdf]


arrowrt Roundtable on the Role of Canada

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Mr. Paul Meyer, Dr. Adele Buckley, Hon. Douglas Roche

 

 

Chairperson:

Dr. Adele Buckley, Past Chair, Canadian Pugwash Group
Speakers:
Mr. Paul Meyer, former Ambassador for Disarmament; Fellow in International Security,
Centre for Dialogue, Simon Fraser University; Senior Fellow, The Simons Foundation [here: pdf]
The Honourable Douglas J. Roche, O.C., former Ambassador for Disarmament [here: pdf]


Acknowledgements

Organizing committee:
The Honourable Douglas J. Roche, O.C.
Mr. Ernie Regehr, O.C.
Dr. Dale Dewar, Executive Director, Physicians for Global Survival
Dr. Trevor Findlay, Executive Director, Canadian Centre for Treaty Compliance
Mr. Fergus Watt, Executive Director, World Federalists Movement – Canada
Mr. Cesar Jaramillo, Program Associate, Project Ploughshares
Ms. Bev Tollefson Delong, Chairperson, Canadian Network to Abolish Nuclear Weapons

Advisors: Amb. (Ret.) Paul Meyer, Mr. Murray Thomson, O.C. and the late Dr. Michael Wallace
Administrative support: Project Ploughshares

Sponsors: Canadian Network to Abolish Nuclear Weapons, Canadian Pugwash Group, Physicians for Global Survival, Project Ploughshares, World Federalist Movement – Canada
Funders: Canadian Pugwash Group, Canadians for a Nuclear Weapons Convention, Lawyers for Social Responsibility, Physicians for Global Survival, Project Ploughshares, Science for Peace, Sisters of Service of Canada, anonymous donor.