Over 800 recipients of the Order of Canada have joined an initiative led by John Polanyi, C.C., Douglas Roche, O.C., Murray Thomson, O.C. and Ernie Regehr, O.C., calling for international negotiations to achieve a Nuclear Weapons Convention - a verifiable treaty on the prohibition and elimination of nuclear weapons. See the list of Endorsers.
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HR KIM WON-SOO Visits Ottawa on May 3, 2016
Canada is uniquely placed to play a catalytic role between the nuclear weapons states and the non-nuclear states in promoting nuclear disarmament, UN High Representative for Disarmament Kim Won-soo said in Ottawa today. Addressing a Parliamentary Forum organized by Canadians for a Nuclear Weapons Convention, Mr. Kim warned that the consequences of not resolving present geopolitical tensions in the world could prove “catastrophic” if nuclear weapons are not eliminated. He said Canada, with a strong record in nuclear disarmament work over several decades, could play a “bridging role” bringing the nuclear and non-nuclear states closer together on forming common policies. The High Representative’s two-day visit to Ottawa was elevated by the Government of Canada to official status. He met with Foreign Minister Stephane Dion, who also gave a luncheon in his honour for officials and civil society representatives. Mr. Kim also met with the Speaker of the Senate, George Furey and with senior officials in the Prime Minister’s office as well as giving a lecture, “Pursuing a Nuclear Weapon-free World: the Secretary-General’s Five-Point Plan on Nuclear Disarmament,” to the University of Ottawa. Appearing before the House of Commons Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, he urged parliamentarians to activate a motion already passed by the Parliament of Canada calling for progress in getting negotiations started that would lead to the elimination of nuclear weapons. Senator Douglas Roche, former Canadian Ambassador for Disarmament, hailed the High Representative’s visit to Ottawa as “an outstanding success in raising the profile in Canada of nuclear disarmament issues at a time when the nuclear states are modernizing their arsenals and also boycotting ongoing talks in Geneva aimed at finding a legal path to the elimination of nuclear weapons."
From November, 2014 Conference:
November 14, 2014, Hart House University of Toronto
CNWC hosted Toronto area recipients of the Order of Canada who have called for negotiations toward a Nuclear Weapons Convention as an effective means of advancing the goal of a world without nuclear weapons.
Report to United Nations Office of Disarmament Affairs
Report written by the Honourable Doug Roche, O.C., to the UN Office for Disarmament Affairs (UNODA) reporting on the High Representatives's visit to Canada
On the occasion of The United Nations’
First International Day for
Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons
Canadians for a Nuclear Weapons Convention Urges Canadian Leadership In Abolishing Nuclear Weapons