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Posted by on Jul 2, 2017 in Blogs

Affecting Operations

Affecting Operations

Nuclear Ban Daily, Vol. 2, No. 7 Affecting operations 23 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 Civil society is not able to report from Thursday’s meetings. The morning session was an informal discussion on transit, while the afternoon was a closed meeting on the revised preamble. On Friday, states will return to consideration of articles 2–5 of the draft treaty text. All of these potential treaty components are related to one another. Each has implications for the structural, operational, and political aspects of nuclear weapon programmes and policies. If the preamble conveys a strong political message about the rejection of nuclear weapons based on their catastrophic harm and inherent immorality, this helps set the stage for strong prohibitions. It also provides impetus for the obligations related to elimination of nuclear weapon programmes and cessation of related activities and doctrines. As noted in previous...

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Posted by on Jul 2, 2017 in Blogs

The Ban and Other Law

The Ban and Other Law

Nuclear Ban Daily, Vol. 2, No. 6 The ban and other law 22 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 the full edition On Tuesday morning, the conference wrapped up its read through of the President’s draft treaty text. In the afternoon, states engaged in an informal, off-the-record discussion. We are not reporting on that session but welcome the decision to permit civil society to observe. In terms of the draft text, one of the issues discussed on Tuesday morning was the relationship between this treaty and the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), which is currently described in article 19. Since the process to ban nuclear weapons began its supporters have had to defend against accusations of undermining or even destroying the NPT. Such accusations are not based on any real risk or challenge to the NPT regime. The ban treaty is an attempt by most NPT states parties to...

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Posted by on Jun 21, 2017 in Blogs

DEALING WITH THE REALITIES OF NUCLEAR VIOLENCE

DEALING WITH THE REALITIES OF NUCLEAR VIOLENCE

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. Download full version in PDF 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 nuclear ban treaty is important. Some delegations such as Egypt, Iran, Cuba, and Viet Nam, amongst others, argued that the primary responsibility for victim assistance should lie with the states that created the victims in the first place. Malaysia argued international customary law supports this, including the Articles on the Responsibility of States for Internationally Wrongful Acts. However, as other...

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Posted by on Jun 19, 2017 in General News

Nominations Needed for Our Annual VOW Peace Awards

Nominations Needed for Our Annual VOW Peace Awards

Every year, Canadian Voice of Women for Peace chooses outstanding women to be awarded for their activism in honour of four unforgettable VOW women. VOW invites you to nominate outstanding women for the following 4 awards: The Shirley Farlinger Award for Peace Writings The Muriel Duckworth Award for Peace Activism The Anne Goodman Award for Peace Education Kim Phúc Youth Award You are in a unique position to nominate deserving women to be recognized for their peace activism. Please send your nominations to: info@vowpeace.org or telephone (416) 603-7915. Deadline – Tuesday, August 15, 2017. For more information about each award please click...

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Posted by on Jun 12, 2017 in General News

We Remember Macha MacKay

We Remember Macha MacKay

  It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of a long time VOW member, Eirene Violet Macha Doon MacKay (Delap) on June 4, 2017 at the age of 79. Macha was graceful, kind and caring; passionate about life and all its pursuits. She was a graduate of KCA, Acadia, Dalhousie. She was a counselor, teacher, artist, writer, world traveller, activist and advocate for peace. Macha will be greatly missed, our deepest condolences to her family. A gathering of family and friends to celebrate her extraordinary life will occur Saturday June 10, 2017 from 4:00 pm onward in the Old Orchard Inn (153 Greenwich Road S, Wolfville, NS). Commital will be held in St. John’s Anglican Church Port Williams. In lieu of flowers, if inclined, donate to your favorite charity. Arrangements have been entrusted to Serenity Funeral Home, 34 Coldbrook Village Park Dr. (902-679-2822). You can read the full obituary...

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