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Posted by on Sep 6, 2017 in General News, Nuclear Weapons

Canada, It’s Not Too Late to Ban the Bomb! Sign our petition today

Canada, It’s Not Too Late to Ban the Bomb! Sign our petition today

Canadian Voice of Women for Peace Asks Where is Canada? On July 7, 2017, 122 countries voted to adopt the historic Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons– a landmark international agreement that outlaws, categorically, the worst weapons of mass destruction, and establishes a pathway to their elimination. Canada didn’t attend the vote and has not supported the treaty. Fortunately, it’s not too late to do otherwise. The treaty will open for signature at UN Headquarters in New York on 20 September 2017, during the High-Level Segment of the 72nd Session of the United Nations General Assembly. We, Canadian Voice of Women for Peace, call on you to sign this historic treaty. We urge our government to stand up for Canada’s peacemaking values and our commitment to multilateralism and disarmament by signing the treaty on September 20. By signing the treaty, Canada has the opportunity to take on an outstanding role in helping to eliminate nuclear weapons, the most dangerous weapons on Earth. Sign our petition...

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Posted by on Feb 5, 2012 in Nuclear Weapons

Council of Delegates 2011: Resolution 1

http://www.icrc.org/eng/resources/documents/resolution/council-delegates-resolution-1-2011.htm 26-11-2011 Resolution Working towards the elimination of nuclear weapons Council of Delegates of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, Geneva, Switzerland, 26 November 2011 The Council of Delegates, deeply concerned about the destructive power of nuclear weapons, the unspeakable human suffering they cause, the difficulty of controlling their effects in space and time, the threat they pose to the environment and to future generations and the risks of escalation they create, concerned also by the continued retention of tens of thousands of nuclear warheads, the proliferation of such weapons and the constant risk that they could again be used, disturbed by the serious implications of any use of nuclear weapons for humanitarian assistance activities and food production over wide areas of the world, believing that the existence of nuclear weapons raises profound questions about the extent of suffering that humans are willing to inflict, or to permit, in warfare, welcoming the renewed diplomatic efforts on nuclear disarmament, in particular the commitments made by States at the 2009 United Nations Security Council...

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Posted by on Dec 21, 2011 in Nuclear Weapons

Geneva: Towards the Elimination of Nuclear Weapons

http://www.icrc.org/eng/resources/documents/interview/2011/nuclear-interview-2011-12-21.htm Geneva: towards the elimination of nuclear weapons 21-12-2011 Interview The International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement is calling for the elimination of nuclear weapons. At the 2011 Council of Delegates, 186 National Societies and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) adopted a resolution, as Peter Herby, head of the ICRC’s Arms Unit, explains.  To see the video links, to go  http://www.icrc.org/eng/resources/documents/interview/2011/nuclear-interview-2011-12-21.htm...

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Posted by on Nov 26, 2011 in Nuclear Weapons

Working towards the elimination of nuclear weapons

26-11-2011 No CD/11/4.1 Background document prepared by the International Committee of the Red Cross. Council of Delegates of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, 26 November 2011. http://www.icrc.org/eng/resources/documents/report/nuclear-background-document-2011-11-26.htm Background: Developments in the nuclear disarmament debate The international context and governmental discourse on nuclear weapons has changed dramatically over the last few years. A summit of the United Nations Security Council (September 2009) and the Review Conference of the Treaty on the Non-proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT, May 2010) endorsed the objective of a world without nuclear weapons. The United States and Russia have now both ratified the new Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START), which will substantially reduce the number of nuclear warheads they deploy. The five nuclear weapon States that are the permanent members of the UN Security Council have affirmed their “continuing responsibility to take concrete and credible steps towards irreversible [nuclear] disarmament”. NATO and non-NATO States have made commitments to reduce the role played by nuclear weapons in their security policies. In addition, due in...

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Posted by on Feb 5, 2009 in Nuclear Weapons

Nuclear Weapons and Nuclear Energy: What are the Links?

Unraveling the Nuclear Fuel Chain: Lessons for Canada and other countries seeking to export nuclear power. Please read and send action letter to Ontario’s Minister of Energy! Canada provided both India and Pakistan with CANDU reactors in the 70s which enabled both countries to develop their nuclear bombs. India more recently decided against buying Canadian nuclear technology for energy generating purposes which angered the government of Canada. Indeed, the CANDU has been a Canadian product for export for decades. But the low level hostility that has marked Indo-Canadian relations since India’s 1998 nuclear tests will end with Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s upcoming visit to re-initiate trade in nuclear technology with India. This is perceived as a necessary market for Atomic Energy of Canada Ltd., the beleaguered Crown corporation that has found few market opportunities at home. Some key points: Experts such as Jonathan Schell point out that no country has ever been ‘invited’ into the nuclear club. Since the U.S. first developed, tested and used atomic bombs, other countries...

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