“Persistent, Aggressive, Demanding”:
Building a Global Law
to Ban Nuclear Weapons
By Hon. Douglas Roche, O.C.
Address to Canadian Pugwash Annual Dinner Meeting
Toronto, November 19, 2011
The names Canadian Pugwash and Bill Epstein, one of the great figures of the Pugwash movement,
are, for me, inter-twined. It is now nearly a quarter-century since Bill invited me to join CPG, and I
still feel his commanding presence.
Bill joined the fledgling United Nations immediately upon his discharge from Canadian military service in World War II. He worked in the UN disarmament office and became a walking encyclopedia on nuclear disarmament. When he retired from the UN, he took up a new advocacy career, which centered on pestering the life out of the Canadian government to beef up its anti-nuclear weapons policies.
When I was Ambassador ...
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