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Posted by on Jul 31, 2017 in General News

Why Canada should sign the treaty banning nuclear arms

Why Canada should sign the treaty banning nuclear arms

By: DOUGLAS ROCHE Saturday, Jul. 29, 2017 Special to The Globe and Mail Douglas Roche is a former senator and a former Canadian ambassador for disarmament and honourary citizen of Hiroshima. I was 16 when the first atomic bombs were dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in early August, 1945. It was only years later, when I visited Japan as a member of Parliament, that I realized the unspeakable horror and scale of destruction possible in the new nuclear age. That experience changed my life as I began to understand that the threat to use the immense killing power of modern nuclear weapons challenges all human rights. Through the years, the movement to abolish nuclear weapons ebbed and flowed, and few people thought the elimination of all 15,000 nuclear weapons was a practical political goal. But new hope emerged July 7, when 122 countries – 63 per cent of all countries – adopted at the United Nations a Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. The new treaty prohibits the development, testing, production, manufacturing...

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Posted by on Jul 31, 2017 in General News

Canada needs to embrace peace and sign nuclear ban treaty

Canada needs to embrace peace and sign nuclear ban treaty

A survivor of the Hiroshima bombing feels betrayed by Canada and Japan for not joining 122 other countries that voted to adopt the text of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. By SETSUKO THURLOW Wed. July 26, 2017 TORONTO STAR I am still rejoicing. After more than half a century of warning the world of the horrors that nuclear weapons would rain down on cities and people, I and other survivors of the 1945 atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki finally have concrete hope. Over the past several years I had felt concern about the huge impacts of use of nuclear weapons rising, as awareness deepened through the three humanitarian conferences held at Nayarit (Mexico), Oslo, and Vienna. I came home to Toronto buoyed by the feeling that determination to make real headway on nuclear weapons abolition was growing. At these meetings and later at the UN in ban treaty discussions, when I gave witness, reliving the horror of my experience, the listening and empathy were palpable. My...

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Posted by on Jul 7, 2017 in Blogs

We’ve got a treaty banning nuclear weapons

We’ve got a treaty banning nuclear weapons

Nuclear Ban Daily, Vol. 2, No. 12* We’ve got a treaty banning nuclear weapons 4 July 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 There are many ways to ban nuclear weapons. The draft text that the President of the conference released on Monday evening is one of them. And it’s a good one. It is a categorical prohibition of nuclear weapons that also provides a framework for their elimination. To paraphrase the former leading US arms control negotiator Paul Warnke about nuclear treaties: “I could have written a much, much better agreement…. But of course, I could not have negotiated such an agreement.” The treaty that delegations here in New York have negotiated may not satisfy all visions or interpretations of the “best” way to ban nuclear weapons, but it does constitute a progressive, sound, legally-binding effective prohibition of these genocidal, suicidal weapons of mass destruction....

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Posted by on Jul 7, 2017 in Blogs

One more week to the nuclear ban

One more week to the nuclear ban

Nuclear Ban Daily, Vol. 2, No. 11* One more week to the nuclear ban 3 July 2014 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 On Friday evening, the President of the ban treaty conference convened a plenary meeting to reveal new drafts of the treaty’s articles. These drafts are the results of the work of two days of closed consultations amongst negotiating states. Ambassador Whyte chaired the consultations on article 1, while representatives of Ireland, Chile, and Thailand facilitated the work on articles 2–5, 6–8, and 9–21, respectively. The result is a much stronger draft treaty. There are a few areas where improvements should be made in the time available. We’ve got a bit of time this week to address some of these challenges. States and civil society have brought the draft to a pretty solid place and we need to work hard together to solve the outstanding issues...

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Posted by on Jul 5, 2017 in Blogs

Dealing with disarmament in the prohibition treaty

Dealing with disarmament in the prohibition treaty

Nuclear Ban Daily, Vol. 2, No. 10 Dealing with disarmament in the prohibition treaty 29 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 Wednesday’s negotiating sessions were off-the-record, so the Nuclear Ban Daily will not be reporting on those discussions. Instead, we offer some thoughts about the challenges being faced in the development of articles 2–5 of the draft treaty. These articles deal with nuclear-armed states and the elimination of their weapons and weapon programmes. They also address safeguards against the reconstitution of these weapons and against possible proliferation by non-nuclear-armed states that become parties to the treaty. There are many pathways to a nuclear weapon free world, as explored by the International Panel on Fissile Materials in a 2009 report on this subject. The paths—and their end result—are distinguished by how transparent they are, and how irreversible they are. Nuclear ban negotiators need to decide what this treaty...

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