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Conference, AGM and Lobby Days

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Conference, AGM and Lobby Days – Sept. 22-26

Posted by on Jun 21, 2017 in General News

Please join VOW in Ottawa for a very important conference and lobby days! We intend to challenge the ‘hard power’ plan that the Liberal government is pushing. We will promote a true security agenda – one that funds and promotes peace-building, human needs, and environmental action. We will have a screening of ‘A Bold Peace’ about Costa Rica’s non-military path. September 22 -23 VOW Conference with the Group of 98 “Getting to Nuclear Zero” September 24  VOW Conference and Annual General Meeting – program will include a presentation by Tamara Lorincz and discussion  on Canada’s defence policy paper,  a peace awards luncheon, our annual general meeting and preparation for...

DEALING WITH THE REALITIES OF NUCLEAR VIOLENCE

Posted by on Jun 21, 2017 in Blogs

Nuclear Ban Daily, Vol. 2, No. 5 Ray Acheson is the Director of Reaching Critical Will. She provides analysis, research, and advocacy across a range of disarmament and arms control issues. 20 June 2017 Ray Acheson Severe, lifelong, and trans-generational harm has resulted not only from the nuclear bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, but also from the testing, development, and production of nuclear weapons. Late effects and long-lived environmental contamination will continue to create new victims. This damage has disproportionately affected women and indigenous communities—the reflections of this in the revised preamble are important. For all of these reasons, including provisions on victim assistance and environmental remediation in the...

Pathways to elimination

Posted by on Jun 20, 2017 in Blogs

Nuclear Ban Daily, Vol. 2, No. 4, 20 June 2017 Ray Acheson Ray Acheson is the Director of Reaching Critical Will. She provides analysis, research, and advocacy across a range of disarmament and arms control issues. Download full edition in PDF One of the most complex questions of the nuclear weapon ban treaty is how it should deal with nuclear disarmament. This was one of the main subjects of debate on Monday afternoon, and is dealt with in the draft treaty text in articles 2–5. None of the nine states currently possessing nuclear weapons are engaging in these negotiations—some are actively hostile to the effort. Some claim (for now)...

Political messages and prohibitions

Posted by on Jun 20, 2017 in Blogs

Nuclear Ban Daily, Vol. 2, No. 3 Ray Acheson is the Director of Reaching Critical Will. She provides analysis, research, and advocacy across a range of disarmament and arms control issues. 19 June 2017 Ray Acheson What do we want from a treaty banning nuclear weapons? This is the most important question when considering both the preamble and the prohibitions, as delegates did on Friday. It will also be imperative when it comes to the provisions related to the elimination of nuclear weapons, which negotiators will consider this week. While the answer may seem obvious—we want the prohibition of nuclear weapons as a means to achieve their total elimination—there...

Lived experience and the nuclear ban

Posted by on Jun 20, 2017 in Blogs

Ray Acheson is the Director of Reaching Critical Will. She provides analysis, research, and advocacy across a range of disarmament and arms control issues. Nuclear Ban Daily, Vol. 2, No. 2 Lived experience and the nuclear ban Ray Acheson 16 June 2017 Indigenous and women’s rights took centre stage on the opening day of the nuclear weapon ban treaty conference on Thursday. Sound familiar? No? That’s probably because you’re used to all those other multilateral nuclear weapon meetings where a lot of white men talk about how nuclear weapons afford “security” and “stability”—as if security and stability have nothing to do with the lived experience of human beings who have...

We’re off! to ban nuclear weapons

Posted by on Jun 20, 2017 in Blogs

Ray Acheson is the Director of Reaching Critical Will. She provides analysis, research, and advocacy across a range of disarmament and arms control issues. Nuclear Ban Daily, Vol. 2, No. 1 We’re off! to ban nuclear weapons Ray Acheson 15 June 2017 It’s game on for round two of the nuclear ban negotiations! Delegations from governments, civil society, and international organisations are rallying in New York City at the United Nations to start deliberating over the President’s draft treaty text—and to start crafting one of the most ambitious piece of international law ever attempted. People from around the world are also preparing to rally outside of the UN building, and...