The Right to Peace: Nuclear Disarmament

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The theme for the 2018 International Day of Peace (Friday, Sept. 21)  is The Right to Peace – The Universal Declaration of Human Rights at 70.  The Universal Declaration of Human Rights was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in Paris on Dec. 10, 1948, to recognize “the inherent dignity and equal and inalienable rights of all members of the human …

Re-affirming City of Toronto as a Nuclear Weapons-Free Zone

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The following comments refer to the April 16, 2018 Board of Health meeting on item 2018.HL26.1: Re-affirming City of Toronto as a Nuclear Weapons-Free Zone. As Executive Director of Project Ploughshares, a Canadian group that has conducted research on nuclear disarmament for more than four decades, I add my full and unequivocal support to item 2018.HL26.1, now under consideration by …

Project Ploughshares: Our 2018 Plan

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Last year was remarkably active for virtually all Project Ploughshares program areas—and 2018 is turning out to be at least as busy. From unscrupulous arms transfers that fuel human rights violations to troubling forced migration patterns that continue to test the international community’s ability to respond, from efforts to proactively regulate the development and deployment of autonomous weapons systems to …

Nobel Peace Prize Lecture 2017

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The drive to ban nuclear weapons On December 10, 2017, Beatrice Fihn and Canadian Setsuko Thurlow accepted the Nobel Peace Prize on behalf of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN). What follows is an edited version of their remarks when they accepted the award. Published in The Ploughshares Monitor Volume 39 Issue 1 Spring 2018 Beatrice Fihn Today, it is …

Why a peace treaty, not just denuclearization, should be the goal for the Korean peninsula

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Despite all eyes on the showing of unity between the Koreas at the Pyeongchang Games this month, North Korea’s nuclear program remains the elephant in the Olympic-sized room.   And here’s the uncomfortable truth: it is unlikely that the international community’s current approach to the crisis with North Korea — further sanctions coupled with sabre rattling — will turn back the …

Humanitarian disarmament: Putting people first

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The Humanitarian Disarmament Forum, which began in 2012, has become an annual gathering, conducted on the margins of the UN General Assembly First Committee. The 2017 Forum, organized by Human Rights Watch, PAX, and the Harvard Law School International Human Rights Clinic, was held at the UN Church Center from October 13-15. In attendance were some 90 participants from 50 …

The case for the Petrov rule

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On September 26, 1983, Stanislav Petrov, a 44-year-old lieutenant-colonel in the Soviet Air Defence Forces, made a critical decision (Chan 2017). Petrov was on duty at Serpukhov-15, a control centre outside Moscow that monitored the Soviet Union’s Oko early-warning satellite system, which identified ballistic missile launches, mainly by the United States. The Soviet Union/Russia used these satellites until 2015. Petrov …

Nuclear disarmament: The best of times and the worst of times

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As 2017 draws to a close, two ostensibly contradictory yet coexisting realities define the global nuclear disarmament and nonproliferation regime. Each brims with intensity, the likes of which have not been observed in decades. Published in The Ploughshares Monitor Volume 38 Issue 4 Winter 2017 by Cesar Jaramillo A serious threat On the one hand, the threat of nuclear-weapons use, by miscalculation …

Sixty years on, the Pugwash work on global security continues

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From August 25-29, international security experts from more than 45 countries convened in Astana, Kazakhstan, for the Pugwash Conference on Science and World Affairs. Under the theme “Confronting New Nuclear Dangers,” the conference reflected on some of the most pressing challenges to global security. The event in Astana marked the 60th anniversary of the first Pugwash Conference, held in the …

Getting to Nuclear Zero

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Building Common Security for a Post-MAD World When: September 22-23, 2017 Where: Cartier Place Hotel 180 Cooper Street (just east of Elgin) Ottawa ON Please join us for The Group of 78 Annual Policy Conference 2017 In cooperation with The Rideau Institute; Canadian Network to Abolish Nuclear Weapons; Canadian Voice of Women for Peace; Mines Action Canada; Physicians for Global Survival; …