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

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

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.


“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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