GETTING TO NUCLEAR ZERO BUILDING COMMON SECURITY FOR A POST-MAD WORLD
September 22 - September 23
GETTING TO NUCLEAR ZERO
BUILDING COMMON SECURITY FOR A POST-MAD WORLD
ARRIVER AU ZÉRO NUCLÉAIRE
CONSTRUIRE UNE SÉCURITÉ COMMUNE POUR UN MONDE POST–DMA
Group of 78 Annual Policy Conference
In cooperation with the Canadian Network to Abolish Nuclear Weapons
& Canadian Voice of Women for Peace
Cartier Place Suite Hotel, Ottawa, September 22-23, 2017
Conférence Annuelle des Politiques du Groupe des 78
En coopération avec : Le Réseau Canadien pour Abolir l’Arme Nucléaire
La voix des femmes canadiennes pour la paix
Cartier Place Suite Hotel, Ottawa, les 22-23 septembre 2017
The quest for global sustainable peace is at a critical juncture. The considerable majority of countries, through the United Nations, is actively pursuing the crafting of a treaty to eliminate nuclear weapons. This action faces many challenges, notably the opposition of most nuclear weapons states and some of their allies, including Canada.
Nuclear disarmament ultimately requires a shift from the doctrine of mutually assured destruction (MAD) to a commitment – in mind, policy and practice – to mutual security, through a sustainable common security regime rooted in global interdependence, the rule of law, and a recognition of the limited utility of military force in responding to political conflict. Common security is built on UN Charter principles and on mutual security arrangements, rather than competitive military alliances, and focuses on war prevention and the peaceful resolution of disputes.
These issues will be examined and debated in the Group of 78’s 2017 policy conference. Speakers and presenters will provide analysis of the process and prospects for abolishing nuclear weapons and seeking to define the elements necessary to transition to a post-nuclear weapons world. They will provide an overview of current international initiatives, delve into the status and prospects of the negotiations at the United Nations to eliminate nuclear weapons, assess the impediments to developing a common security framework without nuclear weapons, identify the building blocks for such a security system, and outline how Canada can play a constructive leadership role in this enterprise.
The aims of the conference will be (1) to provide participants with a thorough and cogent analysis of what’s involved in complete nuclear disarmament and building common security for the global community, and (2) to articulate ideas and recommendations to the Canadian government for its participation and leadership in this process.
Among the questions that the conference will address are: How realistic is the idea of, and what are the steps involved in, achieving complete nuclear disarmament? How does one overcome the objections of those who hold nuclear weapons now? What does a post-nuclear weapons world look like? How can public opinion be mobilized toward a safer, non-nuclear planet? What positions and actions can Canada bring to the table to accelerate movement to this goal? What can civil society undertake to encourage and support the Canadian Government in this role?
Further information on the detailed program and range of speakers will be available in the near future. Possible participants can contact the Group of 78 (http://group78.org/) for information as it becomes available and to express interest in attending the conference.
Friday September 22
Friday September 22– Dinner
Reception/Registration 5:30 PM; Dinner 6:30 PM
Introduction, Welcome: Roy Culpeper, Chair of The Group of 78 7:30 PM Keynote Address:
Tariq Rauf, Former Head of Verification and Security Policy Coordination, and Alternate Head of IAEA NPT Delegation, Office reporting to the Director General, International Atomic Energy Agency (2002-2011)
Tariq Rauf will address, in broad scope, the opportunities and challenges of nuclear disarmament and building an alternative common security system. He will identify the key questions and issues the international community faces in this quest that can be explored further by conference presenters and participants.
Introduction and Welcome: Roy Culpeper, Chair of the Group of 78
The keynote speaker will address, in broad scope, the opportunities and challenges of nuclear disarmament and building an alternative common security regime. He/she will identify the key questions and issues the international community faces in this quest that can be explored further by conference presenters and participants.
Saturday – September 23
8:15-8:55 AM Registration
9:00 AM Welcome and Introductory Remarks
Hon. Douglas Roche: “The Prohibition Treaty: A New Political Moment”
9:30 AM Panel 1 – Nuclear Disarmament Negotiations: Status and Prospects
Moderator: Bev Delong, Canadian Network to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (CNANW)
Panelist: Cesar Jaramillo, Executive Director, Project Ploughshares
Panelist: Michael Hurley, Deputy Head of Mission, Embassy of Ireland in Ottawa
This panel will take stock of the status and/or results of the (L.41) UN-mandated negotiations that will have concluded on July 7.
11:00 AM Panel 2 – Common Security: Major Impediments
Moderator: Metta Spencer, Science for Peace, Editor: Peace Magazine
Panelist: Marius Grinius, Former Canadian Ambassador for Disarmament
Panelist: Tom Collina, Ploughshares Fund (USA)
This panel will identify and analyze key impediments to greater international cooperation toward common security and how they might be addressed.
Lunch 12:15-1:15 PM
1:15 PM Panel 3 – Achieving and Sustaining Common Security: Key Elements
Moderator: Tamara Lorincz, Canadian Voice of Women for Peace
Panelist: Peter Langille, Sustainable Common Security and UNEPS
Panelist: Paul Meyer, Former Ambassador for Disarmament; Adjunct Professor, Simon Fraser University and Senior Fellow, The Simons Foundation: “Security Without Nuclear Weapons”
Panelist: Branka Marijan, Project Ploughshares: “Security of Being: Stability and Identity Issues”
This panel will identify elements needing to be addressed to achieve greater common security.
3:05 PM Panel 4 – Canadian Leadership for Common Security
Moderator: Ernie Regehr, Senior Fellow at The Simons Foundation
Panelist: Tariq Rauf, Former Head of Verification and Security Policy Coordination, and Alternate Head of IAEA NPT Delegation, Office reporting to the Director General, International Atomic Energy Agency (2002-2011)
Panelist: Peggy Mason, Former Canadian Ambassador for Disarmament, Rideau Institute
This panel will explore the role Canada might play to help achieve common security in the world and advance ideas for action by Canada.
4:30 PM Conference Conclusion and Closing Remarks: Roy Culpeper, Group of 78 Group of 78 Annual Meeting to follow immediately.