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Political messages and prohibitions

Political messages and prohibitions

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 are nevertheless different understandings of what that means and how to best accomplish it. The atmosphere in the negotiating room is constructive and dynamic, with delegations supporting and building off of each other’s suggestions, or engaging in debate about the merits of particular proposals. However, there is also a sense that different agendas are afoot. For some states, a crisp...

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Posted by on Jun 20, 2017 in Blogs

Lived experience and the nuclear ban

Lived experience and the nuclear ban

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 suffered from the production, testing, and use of nuclear weapons for generations. The nuclear ban, as a process and a treaty, is changing that. First of all, the treaty itself is grounded in lived experience. The three conferences on the humanitarian impact of nuclear weapons hosted by Norway, Mexico, and Austria from 2013–2014, from which this treaty is derived, focused...

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Posted by on Jun 20, 2017 in Blogs

We’re off! to ban nuclear weapons

We’re off! to ban nuclear weapons

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 in their home cities, in two days in support of these talks. The Women’s March to Ban the Bomb will see actions in Australia, Canada, Cameroon, Denmark, Germany, Italy, Japan, New Zealand, the Philippines, the United Kingdom, and the United States! The world is watching: it’s time to ban the bomb. Inside the conference room this week and next, states...

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Posted by on Jun 14, 2017 in General News

Canadian Voice of Women for Peace Opposes the Senate Reports

Canadian Voice of Women for Peace Opposes the Senate Reports

Canadian Voice of Women for Peace opposes recent Senate reports on military spending and is preparing an open letter – we  want to bring to your attention two very troubling Senate of Canada reports that have come out in the past month from the National Security and Defence Committee chaired by Senators Daniel Lang and Mobina Jaffer: Military Underfunded: The Walk Must Match the Talk click here to read. Reinvesting in the Canadian Armed Forces: A Plan for the Future click here to read. The reports are calling for a doubling of the military budget, a doubling of the fighter jet fleet, purchasing armed drones, more attack helicopters, a submarine fleet etc… and participation in US ballistic missile defence. In our opinion they are both dangerously irresponsible and duplicitous...

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Posted by on Jun 14, 2017 in General News

Peace Groups Hold Vigil at Chrystia Freeland’s Toronto Constituency Office

Peace Groups Hold Vigil at Chrystia Freeland’s Toronto Constituency Office

For Immediate Release: June 14, 2017 (Toronto) — Peace Groups will hold a Ban the Bomb Vigil at the constituency office of Chrystia Freeland, Minister of Foreign Affairs, 344 Bloor Street West, on Saturday June 17 from 12 to 1 pm. The groups are protesting the government’s boycott of ongoing negotiations at the United Nations of a treaty outlawing nuclear weapons. There will be marches on behalf of the proposed UN treaty in cities around the world. “Minister Freeland announced a new autonomous Canadian foreign policy independent of President Trump and the US in Parliament last week,” says Lyn Adamson of the Canadian Voice of Women for Peace. “But the Canadian government’s boycott of the UN Ban the Bomb treaty negotiations is exactly what the US government stipulated for its NATO allies.” The Ban the Bomb Vigil at 344 Bloor St. W. (intersection of Spadina and Bloor) is being organized by groups including the Canadian Voice of Women for Peace, Science for Peace, the Hiroshima Nagasaki Day Coalition, and...

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