MPs Call for Nuclear Disarmament: Parliamentary committee completes two-year study

Tasneem Jamal

…would have been a review at all if it had not been for public activism on the subject. Foreign Affairs Minister Lloyd Axworthy’s October 1996 request to the Committee to undertake its nuclear policy study was largely inspired by public calls for a review, including in particular the September 1996 set of cross-Canada roundtables on nuclear weapons issues led by Douglas Roche and sponsored by Project Ploughshares.

The Canadian Church Leaders’ 1998 Statement on Nuclear Weapons, which asked Prime Minister Chrétien to affirm abolition as the central goal of Canadian nuclear weapons policy, was another important contribution to the process. A church leaders delegation led by Janet Somerville, General Secretary of the Canadian Council of Churches, appeared before the Committee

MPs Call for Nuclear Disarmament

Tasneem Jamal

The Canadian Church Leaders’ 1998 Statement on Nuclear Weapons, which asked Prime Minister Chrétien to affirm abolition as the central goal of Canadian nuclear weapons policy, was another important contribution to the process. A church leaders delegation led by Janet Somerville, General Secretary of the Canadian Council of Churches, appeared before the Committee on 26 February 1998 to present the churches’ views. (Her description of the churches’ “hope and longing that in our lifetime the last nuclear weapon will be disabled and dismantled and the human family will reject as unthinkable, as unchooseable, the nuclear option, as something that simply must not be inflicted by some human beings upon others” is quoted in the report.)

The second set of roundtable

We Call for Peace: Statements on Peace by Canadian Churches and Religious Organizations

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…victims of war and those designated as enemies;

7. to encourage members and congregations, especially those near military installations and arms factories, to provide spiritual and legal assistance to those who seek to change their activities related to war. Mennonite Central Committee Canada (MCCC) Statement on the Persian Gulf War January 19, 1991

Introduction

We, the members of Mennonite Central Committee Canada (MCCC), assembled in our annual meeting in Clearbrook, British Columbia, are adopting this statement with regard to the current Persian Gulf war, in order to express some of our concerns, to identify certain actions we plan to take, and to communicate with our supporting churches.

We are profoundly saddened by the outbreak of this war. For people in…

Human Security and Canadian Defence Policy

Tasneem Jamal

For example, I know that levels of ODA spending is a matter for foreign policy; it’s not a matter for defence. But a defence committee needs to recognize that it’s in competition for scarce resources and, if the central objective is human security, as it’s articulated, to recognize also that part of the contribution to those security objectives is through development spending. Part of those contributions is through military capability. Then the question is what are the appropriate military capabilities?

Mr. Gordon Earle: So would you see that whole issue as being tied in, for example, with the question of military exports? It was pointed out that military exports have been going down. I notice them going down with respect

States Parties NPT Reports: United States of America

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Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty Reporting — Nuclear Weapons States

2009

Statement by Ambassador Marguerita Ragsdale, Director, Office of Multilateral Nuclear and Security Affairs Department of State, “Cluster 1 (Disarmament)”, Third Session of the Preparatory Committee 2010 Review Conference of the States Parties to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons, May 6, 2009.

Statement by Rose Gottemoeller, Assistant Secretary of State for Verification, Compliance, and Implementation Department of State, “Cluster 2 (nonproliferation)”, Third Session of the Preparatory Committee 2010 Review Conference of the States Parties to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons, May 7, 2009.

Statement by Ambassador Marguerita Ragsdale, Director, Office of Multilateral Nuclear and Security Affairs Department of State, “Cluster 3 (Peaceful Uses of Nuclear

An Unequivocal Landmark: The 2000 Review of the Non-Proliferation Treaty

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…the nuclear non-proliferation regime. The Conference calls on the Preparatory Committee to make recommendations to the 2005 Review Conference on this issue.

“The Conference notes the reaffirmation by the nuclear-weapon States of their commitment to the United Nations Security Council resolution 984 (1995) on security assurances for non-nuclear-weapon States Parties to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons.”

11.9 The conference went on to recognize the continuing non-proliferation contribution made by the Treaties of Tlatelolco, Rarotonga, Bangkok and Pelindaba, which, along with the Antarctic Treaty, have made virtually the entire Southern Hemisphere a nuclear-weapon-free zone. But Belarus’ strong push for a “nuclear-weapon-free space in Central and Eastern Europe” was blocked by states in that region that want into NATO,…

Small Arms after the United Nations Conference: The Way Forward

Tasneem Jamal

…hhomes@amnesty.ca Julie Hrdlicka Project Ploughshares Calgary canesicalgary@cadvision.com Bill Janzen Mennonite Central Committee – Ottawa mccott@web.ca Frank Jewsbury CAMEO Land Mine Clearance frank.jewsbury@rogers.com Bethuel Kiplagat Africa Peace Forum kilenem@africaonline.co.ke Sean Krausert Cause Canada seankrausert@telusplanet.net Annie Legault Department of Foreign Affairs & International Trade annie.legault@dfait-maeci.gc.ca Shona Leybourne University of Texas Sleybourne@aol.com David Lord Canadian Peacebuilding Coordinating Committee cpcc@web.ca Flora MacDonald Partnership Africa Canada flora@magma.ca Peggy Mason Peace & Security Consultant peggymason@on.aibn.com Sarah McGregor Carleton University ssaarraahh@hotmail.com Jim Megill CAMEO Land Mine Clearance megill@cameo.org Mamta Mishra World Literacy of Canada mamta@worldlit.ca Abdul Omar Department of Foreign Affairs & International Trade abdul.omar@dfait-maeci.gc.ca Greg Puley The Arias Foundation greg@arias.or.cr Marjan Radjavi Sisterhood is Global Institute marjanjan@hotmail.com Matthew Redekop Hope International matthewr@hope-international.com Ernie Regehr Project Ploughshares…

States Parties NPT Reports: China

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Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty Reporting — Nuclear Weapons States

2009

Statement by the Chinese Delegation on the Issue of Non-proliferation of Nuclear Weapons at the Third Session of the Preparatory Committee for the 2010 NPT Review Conference, New York, 7 May 2009.

Statement by the Chinese Delegation on the Issue of Security Assurances at the Third Session of the Preparatory Committee for the 2010 NPT Review Conference, New York, 7 May, 2009.

Statement by H.E. Mr. Cheng Jingye, Head of the Chinese Delegation at the Third Session of the Preparatory Committee for the 2010 Review Conference of the Parties to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons, New York, 4 May, 2009.

2008

Statement by H.E. Cheng

States Parties NPT Reports: United Kingdom

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Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty Reporting — Nuclear Weapons States

2009

UK Cluster I Statement to the 2009 Non-Proliferation Treaty Preparatory Committee by Ambassador John Duncan, Ambassador for Multilateral Arms Control and Disarmament, New York, 6 May 2009.

UK Cluster II Statement to the 2009 Non-Proliferation Treaty Preparatory Committee by Ambassador John Duncan, Ambassador for Multilateral Arms Control and Disarmament, New York, 7 May 2009.

Cluster III Statement to the 2009 Non-Proliferation Treaty Preparatory Committee by Caroline Cliff, United Kingdom Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations and Other International Organisations in Vienna, New York, 8 May 2009.

UK General Statement to the 2009 Non-Proliferation Treaty Preparatory Committee by Ambassador John Duncan, Ambassador for Multilateral Arms Control and Disarmament, New York,

A Report on the UN First Committee on Disarmament and International Security

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Authors Sarah Estabooks and Lynne Griffiths-Fulton

The Ploughshares Monitor Winter 2005 Volume 26 Issue 4

The First Committee of the UN General Assembly on Disarmament and International Security meets every year for four or five weeks in October, after the United Nations General Assembly General Debate. Here we provide updates on debates and decisions regarding nuclear weapons, space security and small arms.

CD Resolution

As in so many UN meetings, the events happening inside the meeting room at the recent First Committee were overshadowed by discussions in the hallways and nearby missions about a proposed resolution to overcome the paralysis of the Conference on Disarmament (CD). The draft resolution was sponsored by Brazil, Canada, Kenya, Mexico, New Zealand, and