Working Paper 07-1
Nuclear disarmament principles and practices are under severe threat. This means that all of us and the planet itself are under threat, confirmation of which is offered in the recent movement of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists (2007) Doomsday Clock two minutes closer to midnight. The combination of nuclear use doctrines, modernization programs, inconsistent controls, thousands of nuclear weapons poised for instant use, and the danger of nuclear weapons spreading to more states and falling into the hands of non-state actors means that the possibility of nuclear catastrophe, whether by design or accident, remains a daily reality.
Public opinion polls consistently show Canadians to be well aware of nuclear dangers and supportive of effective Canadian action to mitigate those dangers and to pursue the elimination of nuclear weapons. VANA and Project Ploughshares have been at the forefront of a Canadian community of research, education, and advocacy to end the nuclear weapons peril, urging the Government of Canada to assume a leadership role in global disarmament diplomacy.
This joint brief by Veterans Against Nuclear Arms (VANA) and Project Ploughshares reviews the current nuclear disarmament agenda—an urgent agenda that requires the ongoing and active support of the Government of Canada—and proposes priorities for Canada.