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

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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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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.

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.
Submitted by

Bill Bhaneja, Member, Canadian Pugwash Group and Co-founder, Canadian Peace Initiative(CDPI), www.departmentofpeace.ca

On 30 November 2011, a Private Members Bill C-373: "An Act to Establish a Department of Peace in the Federal Government" was introduced in the House of Commons for first reading by the NDP MP Alex Atamanenko. The Bill was co-seconded by Green Party MP Elizabeth May and Liberal MP Jim Karygiannis.

The full text of the bill c-373 can be accessed on the Parliament of Canada website at the link: http://www.parl.gc.ca/LEGISInfo/BillDetails.aspx?Language=E&Mode=1&billId=5280365

The Bill has a section on 'Arms Control and Nuclear Disarmament'. See pages 7-8 and p.14 for relevant references including a specific mention on page 14 that the proposed Peace Department will "facilitate the role of all parties and relevant government departments in advancing the development of a nuclear weapons convention for the establishment of national and international legislation and policies on the responsible us, disposal and future elimination of nuclear weapons."

There is a comprehensive article on the tabling of Bill C-373 prepared by Koozma J. Tarasoff along with a photo of the press conference at the Parliament Hill on November 30th. It can accessed at: http://spirit-wrestlers.blogspot.com/2011/12/atamanenko-tables-department-of-peace.html

The Hill press conference was attended by the three sponsoring MPs of the Bill as well as three representatives from civil society: Theresa Dunn, Co-Chair and Bill Bhaneja Co-founder of Canadian Department of Peace Initiative(CDPI), and Doukhobour historian Koozma Tarasoff.