Statement to the 3rd Preparatory Committee for the 2020 NPT Review Conference

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Nearly fifty years after the entry into force of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, the international community remains woefully distant from a credible process that would make even the most optimistic observer believe that the abolition of nuclear weapons is within sight. Read full text.

Canada’s reluctant participation in peacekeeping in Mali: What it reveals

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When Canada announced that it would not be extending its commitment to the United Nations peacekeeping mission in Mali beyond one year, few were surprised. But many are perplexed that Canada is reportedly unwilling to consider a UN request to extend its mission until a replacement Romanian contingent arrives in October, a mere three-months extension. On April 5, a House …

Where does the world stand on killer robots? The view from recent UN meetings on autonomous weapons

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From March 25 to 29, the Group of Governmental Experts on Lethal Autonomous Weapons met at the United Nations Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons in Geneva, Switzerland.

Canadian Council of Churches urges Ottawa to support nuclear ban treaty

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December 21, 2018 The Right Honourable Justin Trudeau, P.C., M.P. Prime Minister of Canada Office of the Prime Minister 80 Wellington Street Ottawa, ON K1A 0A2 Email: Re: The Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons Dear Prime Minister Trudeau We, the undersigned, representing all 26 member denominations of The Canadian Council of Churches, write to urge that the …

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. …