We are the national affiliate of the Pugwash Conferences on Science and World Affairs, an international organization, awarded the 1995 Nobel Peace Prize, together with its founder Sir Joseph Rotblat. It has offices in Rome, London and Washington. The purpose of the Pugwash Conferences is to provide scholarly insights into the prevention and resolution of armed conflict, including nuclear abolition and nuclear and conventional disarmament, control of the arms trade, the peaceful resolution of ethnic and other disputes within and among states, and to contribute to the solutions for socioeconomic and environmental threats to human security. Canadian Pugwash participates annually in the international conference, and on the Pugwash Council.
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 and insights which can be useful in the formation of government policy. For example, in the last half of 2008, Canadian Pugwash sponsored or co-sponsored:
“Pugwash, Parliamentarians and Political Will: Advancing the Agenda for Abolition” [Pugwash, NS, July, 2008]
“Can the Taliban Win in Pakistan?” [Toronto, October 2008]
“What To Do About Afghanistan?” [Ottawa, October 2008]
“Freshwater – Emerging Threats and Urgent Priorities” [Toronto, November 2008]
Please use the menu to explore our website pages and to find out about current peace and security issues and initiatives involving Canadian Pugwash members.
Canadian Pugwash Bylaws
On July 2, 2014, the Canadian Pugwash Group received a Certificate of Continuance under the Canada Not-for-Profit Corporations Act (NFP Act). The original incorporation of the organization was July 12, 1990. This followed a period of activity that dated as far back as the Pugwash foundation meeting in 1957.
Pugwash Conferences on Science and World Affairs
The Russell-Einstein Manifesto of 1955 was a major step in the nuclear disarmament campaign by prominent members of the scientific community. Today, the Pugwash Conferences throughout the world draw attention to Peace and Security Issues. The Canadian Pugwash Group (CPG) is the Canadian national affiliate of International Pugwash.
Nobel Peace Prize
For more than forty years the Pugwash Conferences on Science and World Affairs have been working for the control, reduction, and eventual elimination of nuclear weapons. It was in recognition of these efforts that Pugwash, together with its President, Joseph Rotblat, was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1995.