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Running through draft two

Posted by on Jul 4, 2017 in Blogs

    Nuclear Ban Daily, Vol. 2, No. 9 Running through draft two 28 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 The President’s team released a new draft treaty text on Tuesday morning, which was the focus of the debate in the afternoon plenary session. The overwhelming majority of states taking the floor said that this text is going in the right direction, is a good basis for further work, and reflects many of the points of convergence reached last week. All states did say...

Confronting the profits and legacies of nuclear violence

Posted by on Jul 3, 2017 in Blogs

  Nuclear Ban Daily, Vol. 2, No. 8 Confronting the profits and legacies of nuclear violence 27 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 As the majority of the world’s countries have been gathered at the United Nations negotiating the nuclear weapon ban treaty, the Center for Public Integrity has been releasing installments of a new report about workplace hazards at the US nuclear weapon laboratories. Monday’s installment of the report reveals a “litany of mishaps” across the eight sites that involve workers inhaling radioactive particles, receiving...

Affecting Operations

Posted by on Jul 2, 2017 in Blogs

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...

The Ban and Other Law

Posted by on Jul 2, 2017 in Blogs

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...

Conference, AGM and Lobby Days – Sept. 22-26

Posted by on Jun 21, 2017 in General News

Please join VOW in Ottawa for a very important conference and lobby days! We intend to challenge the ‘hard power’ plan that the Liberal government is pushing. We will promote a true security agenda – one that funds and promotes peace-building, human needs, and environmental action. We will have a screening of ‘A Bold Peace’ about Costa Rica’s non-military path. September 22 -23 VOW Conference with the Group of 98 “Getting to Nuclear Zero” September 24  VOW Conference and Annual General Meeting – program will include a presentation by Tamara Lorincz and discussion  on Canada’s defence policy paper,  a peace awards luncheon, our annual general meeting and preparation for...

DEALING WITH THE REALITIES OF NUCLEAR VIOLENCE

Posted by on Jun 21, 2017 in Blogs

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...