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The Russell-Einstein Manifesto of 1955 was a major step in the nuclear disarmament campaign by prominent members of the scientific community.

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CPG's focus - World peace and promotion of change to advance the cause of peace. Best known for its work on nuclear disarmament, our concern - all causes of global insecurity.

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For more than 50 years the Pugwash Conferences on Science and World Affairs have been working for the control, reduction, and eventual elimination of nuclear weapons.

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In recognition of all its efforts Pugwash Conferences on Science and World Affairs, together with President Joseph Rotblat, was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1995.

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CPG: A proud tradition started by the 22 eminent scientists, the founding group of Pugwash, who gathered at Thinkers' Lodge in 1957, to discuss the path to nuclear disarmament.

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Nuclear disarmament has always been of central importance to Pugwash. But also - Non-Nuclear Threats to Peace and Security, Institutions for a New World Order, Conflict Resolution, Environment and Global Security, Health, Social and Economic Issues.

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Canadian Pugwash is part of the wider international Pugwash movement. Visit the Pugwash International website.

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940+ Recipients of the Order of Canada Call for a Nuclear Weapons Convention. Visit www.nuclearweaponsconvention.ca

Welcome to Canadian Pugwash Group

Education on global security, in a broad sense, is the mandate of Canadian Pugwash, carried out by sponsoring meetings, workshops and roundtables to foster informed discussion of experts, for the purpose of providing information which can be useful in the formation of government policy.

The Human Right to Peace 

by Hon. Douglas Roche, O.C.

Novalis, 2003   ISBN: 2-89507-409-7

Senator Douglas Roche, a former journalist, diplomat, and educator who has also served at the UN, has been actively involved in issues related to disarmament and development for 30 years. His passion for the subjects is evident in this, his latest of 16 books. Here, Roche argues persuasively for the need to supplant our current culture of war with a culture of peace. Such an argument might seem like youthful idealism, but Roche's impressive credentials combined with years of experience traveling in regions devastated by war and poverty lend his ideas a credibility, even a pragmatism, that is hard to dismiss

What is paramount to Roche is the urgent need for such a paradigm shift in an age where the potential for mass destruction has grown with the number of international players who have acquired nuclear weapons. The spread of terrorism around the world has made the potential for such attacks even more real. He debunks what he believes to be the "massive lie" of these weapons - that they create security - and reveals how, despite decades of disarmament treaties and declarations, the world's largest powers continue to allow their own weapons arsenals to proliferate.

The Human Right to Peace offers an excellent primer on the conflicts of the 20th century, paying close attention to events of the last few decades and culminating in the very recent developments in Iraq. Roche provides a wealth of statistics as well as an assessment of the impact of international conferences and treaties relevant to disarmament, development, environmental, and peace initiatives.

Roche also explores the crucial roles that need to be played by the UN - a body that he strongly supports and whose important work he feels is often undervalued. He is optimistic about the potential for recent technologies, especially the Internet, to empower individuals for action within both global and local contexts.

Emily Donaldson
October issue of Quill & Quire

Available from: Novalis