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The Strategic Concept for the Removal of Arms and Proliferation

Welcome from the SCRAP Team to the February 2013 edition of the SCRAP Newsletter!
This newsletter is a monthly update of SCRAP’s up-coming events, blogs, twitter-interviews, and the latest news on its campaign to achieve nuclear and conventional weapons disarmament. More information on content found in this newsletter is available by clicking on the links above to the SCRAP’s new website and social media feeds. 

For those new to the SCRAP project, we are an initiative based at the Centre for International Studies and Diplomacy, SOAS, London. The project began as a provocation to those who believed that multilateral and comprehensive disarmament, both conventional and nuclear, was impossible. SCRAP therefore advocates a draft negotiating text containing the basic elements of an internationally legally-binding arrangement for general and complete disarmament within a ten year implementation period. 

More details of this innovative approach can be found in the SCRAP proposal here.

Please see below for a short summary of what activities SCRAP has planned in 2013 to work towards its aim of  general and complete disarmament.

Upcoming Events

February 2013: Twitter-interview with Dr Jennifer Simons 

On Wednesday 6 February 2013, SCRAP members from Simon Fraser University in Vancouver will be holding a Twitter interview with Dr. Jennifer Simons from the Simons Foundation. More information can be found about Dr. Simons and the Simons Foundation here

13 February 2013: Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, Director-General of the United Nations office at Geneva to open SCRAP discussion  

Plans are quickly falling into place for our exciting discussion at the United Nationsnext week. The discussion will explore how SCRAP can be used as a new approach to general and complete disarmament. Please click here to view the details of the event, and also to download a flyer which all are welcome to distribute.

The chairperson for the event will be Ambassador Hellmut Hoffman (Permanent  Representative to the Conference on Disarmament in Geneva), with the opening remarks given by  Director-General Kassym-Jomart Tokayev (United Nations Office at Geneva and Personal Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General to the Conference on Disarmament).

This event is being organised by both students and staff from SOAS, London, and Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, Canada.

1-5 June 2013: Global Forum for General and Complete Disarmament

In preparation for our global week of activities in June 2013 with our SCRAP partners in Iceland and Canada, we have issued a call for paper which invites research on ideas relating to general and complete disarmament.

Alternatively, if you would like to be involved with our Global Forum event in June, please send us an email at

Events in 2011-2012

20-21st October 2012: SCRAP invited to Humanitarian Disarmament Campaigns in New York

On the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the International Campaign to Ban Landmines, 90 representatives from non-governmental organizations and global coalitions gathered in New York for a Humanitarian Disarmament Campaigns Summit convened by Human Rights Watch. These civil society representatives work in a variety of fields with the shared objective of protecting civilians from the harmful effects of armed violence.

SCRAP co-signed a communique supporting:

“strong disarmament initiatives driven by humanitarian imperatives to strengthen international law and protect civilians. By advancing disarmament from a humanitarian perspective, we seek to prevent further civilian casualties, avoid socio-economic devastation, and protect and ensure the rights of victims.We represent non-governmental organizations and coalitions working in the field of humanitarian disarmament, with the shared objective of protecting civilians from the harmful effects of armed violence. We have come together on the 20th anniversary of the founding of the International Campaign to Ban Landmines, 1997 Nobel Peace Laureate, to review and strengthen our collective work and to expand and further unite our community.”

For more details on this event please click here

November 2012: The International SCRAP Committee 

In December 2012, our international SCRAP Committee was formed consisting of several leaders in the disarmament field. We look forward to working with them in the future. More details and the list of supporters on the Committee can be found here.

A very late Happy New Year,

The SCRAP team


News from the SCRAP Blog

We have had a host of brilliant and exciting blogs posted onto our website by the SCRAP team. This months theme has been Gender and Disarmament, with some exciting articles produced on gender-based violence and the NPT, and also gender and how it relates to mine action. More details of this and to see our most recent blogs please click here

SCRAP Twitterviews

SCRAP conducts twitter-views with leaders in the Disarmament community. Our most recent was with

 Janis Alton, Co-Chair, Canadian Voice of Women for Peace (VOW).
Information on our past and up-coming interviews can be found here

Non-proliferation and Gender-Based Violence: Negotiating the ATT

The UN will convene its final conference on the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) in March of this year. The conference, which caps nearly two decades of negotiations on global arms trade regulations, represents a crucial opportunity to address the prevention of gender-based violence in armed conflict as a key component of the disarmament process. Read more here 

Discussion: New Approaches to General and Complete Disarmament: Strategic Concept for the Removal of Arms and Proliferation

Date 13 February 2013
Time 1:15-3:00pm
Location: Palais des Nations, United Nations, Geneva. 1:15-3:00pm please click here to download the flyer

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