For more than thirty years, the Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) Committee on Disarmament, Peace and Security has provided services and facilities to hundreds of citizens’ groups concerned with the peace and disarmament activities of the United Nations. Because of its distinguished efforts as conference organizer, network clearing house, newspaper publisher, and year-round UN liaison, the NGO Committee is viewed as a primary ally of the international movement for arms control, peace and disarmament, and the continuing body designated to serve this worldwide constituency.(...more)
Thursday, 18 November 2010
Non-governmental Organization Presentations at the 2010 Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty Review Conference(...more)
New Zealand can do more to help rid the world of the threat posed by nuclear weapons, Swedish politician and peace campaigner Maj Britt Theorin says.
During a visit to the University of Otago campus this week, Ms Theorin, a Social Democratic politician who was one of Sweden’s first Ambassadors for Disarmament, noted that Sweden and New Zealand had a long history of promoting nuclear disarmament.
New Zealand had put itself on the world map when it had earlier banned nuclear weapons and nuclear-powered vessels from the country.(...more)
WASHINGTON – President Obama urged the lame duck Senate to quickly ratify the new arms control treaty with Russia, arguing that United States cannot “afford to gamble” on the need to effectively monitor that country’s nuclear stockpile.(...more)
LONDON – Barack Obama’s hopes of reshaping US foreign policy stood on the brink of failure, after two of his most cherished initiatives – nuclear disarmament and better relations with Moscow – were dealt serious setbacks.
According to a NATO document, a move to withdraw US tactical nuclear weapons from Europe has been omitted from the alliance’s draft strategic doctrine, due to be adopted by a summit this weekend in Lisbon.
And in Washington, a Republican Senate leader signalled that the nuclear arms control treaty Mr Obama signed in April with the Russian President, Dmitry Medvedev, is unlikely be ratified this year during the so-called lame duck session of Congress.(...more)
Germany is insisting on the NATO alliance adopting strong language on the importance of nuclear disarmament in its new strategic concept this week, in spite of misgivings by France…
Germany would like to establish an arms control committee within Nato, in order to give disarmament all the more emphasis in its activities, according to officials in Brussels. France is deeply opposed to any move that would turn the Atlantic alliance into an “arms control organisation”.(...more)
VIENNA – The U.N. nuclear watchdog said on Friday it protects the confidentiality of information gathered during inspections, indirectly rejecting an Iranian accusation it would feed sensitive information to Washington.
Relations between Iran and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) have become increasingly strained over the last year, with the Vienna-based agency voicing frustration over what it says is lack of Iranian cooperation with its inspectors…
The IAEA wants Iran to implement what it calls the Additional Protocol, which permits unfettered inspections beyond declared nuclear sites to ferret out any covert atomic activity.(...more)
PRAGUE – More than a year ago U.S. President Barack Obama came to Eastern Europe to announce his vision of a world without nuclear weapons. One year later, in the same place, the Czech capital Prague, he signed a deal slashing nuclear weapons stocks with his Russian counterpart Dmitri Medvedev.
Many commentators saw the choice of location as symbolic — one of the most prominent capitals in a region where nuclear weapons had been deployed in the depths of the Cold War when the world was thought to be its closest yet to nuclear war.
But its choice also stood at odds with what analysts say is a societal indifference to the debate on nuclear abolition matched only by its leaders’ diffidence in committing to fully backing a Global Zero plan for nuclear weapons. Prominent Czech international relations analyst Tomas Karasek of the Association for International Affairs in Prague explained to IPS the reasons why full nuclear disarmament is unlikely to ever get the region’s political support…(...more)
Shortly after U.S. President Obama gave a high-profile 2009 speech on his dream of seeing global nuclear disarmament, a Canadian defense document offered a sharply pessimistic assessment about the prospects of attaining such a world, the Canadian Press reported yesterday (see GNS, Aug. 3).
Military analysts from the Arms and Proliferation Control Policy Directorate wrote the classified memo for Defense Minister Peter MacKay the day after North Korea conducted its second nuclear test blast in May 2009…
When Obama gave his April speech in the Prague, he said ““I’m not naive. This goal will not be reached quickly — perhaps not in my lifetime. It will take patience and persistence.”(...more)
Iran has proposed a resumption of its long-stalled nuclear negotiations with major world powers in Istanbul on November 23 or December 5, a European diplomatic source said.(...more)
International Peace Art Competition
Harmony For Peace Foundation
1st International Juried Peace Art Competition & Exhibition
Grand Prize $1,000