2018 International Day of Peace

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The theme for today’s International Day of Peace 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 race.” To honour this year’s …

Under stress: Space security in 2017

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Project Ploughshares and its partners on the Space Security Index (SSI) project joined with the Government of Canada in hosting a First Committee side event on October 17 to launch the 2017 edition of the annual report. The panel discussion was chaired by Canada’s Ambassador to the United Nations, Rosemary McCarney, whose opening remarks emphasized the importance of diligent research …

Outer space: New and old challenges

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Ploughshares program officer Jessica West was among the speakers who addressed outer space security at the UN First Committee meetings in October. She focused on trends in outer space governance and how they relate to the key tenets of the Outer Space Treaty. Published in The Ploughshares Monitor Volume 38 Issue 4 Winter 2017 Responding to new and old challenges As West …

Divisions on outer space security

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A cautious optimism marked the opening of debates on outer space at the United Nations First Committee on Disarmament and International Security this past October. However, serious divisions quickly became apparent. Published in The Ploughshares Monitor Volume 38 Issue 4 Winter 2017 by Jessica West No weapons in outer space, yet Proposals were advanced to overcome the longstanding stagnation of efforts to …

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 …

Outer Space Security: Statement to the 72nd Session of the United Nations General Assembly First Committee

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Chair, today is an auspicious day to address this Committee on the security of outer space. On this very date, October 10th, the Outer Space Treaty—the bedrock of international space law—entered into force exactly 50 years ago. Outer space now provides vast social, scientific, and economic benefits to humanity. But the sustainability of this critical domain also faces critical challenges. …

Angela Kane’s Keynote Address on Nuclear Disarmament

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By Angela Kane, High Representative for Disarmament Affairs Keynote Address at Canadian Parliamentary Forum on Nuclear Disarmament Parliamentary Forum Co-sponsored by Parliamentarians for Nuclear Non-Proliferation and Disarmament And Canadians for a Nuclear Weapons Convention Ottawa, Canada 3 December 2013   Ambassador Heinbecker, distinguished Members of Parliament, ladies and gentlemen. It is always a pleasure to visit Ottawa—the capital of a …

A Tool to Fight Armed Violence: Caribbean states, hard hit by homicides and aggravated assaults, look to the ATT for solutions

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Author Shorna-Kay Richards We Made History was the slogan adopted by the Control Arms coalition to mark the opening for signatures of the landmark Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) on June 3. Making history was no small feat, but a formidable coalition of states across regions, allied with intergovernmental organizations and civil society, succeeded in delivering the ATT. Countries of the …

Civil Society Statement to UN: Emerging technologies

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The following is the civil society statement on emerging technologies as delivered by Project Ploughshares Program Officer Cesar Jaramillo to the UN General Assembly First Committee (Disarmament and International Security) on October 29, 2013. Jaramillo was the lead drafter for the space security part of the statement, which also covers the use of armed drones.   Chairperson, Distinguished delegates: Outer …