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Annual Policy Conference: Getting to Nuclear Zero Building Common Security for a Post-MAD World

Group of 78 Annual Policy Conference
In cooperation with:

The Rideau Institute, the Canadian Network to Abolish Nuclear Weapons,
Canadian Voice of Women for Peace, Mines Action Canada,
Physicians for Global Survival, Project Ploughshares,
World Federalist Movement - Canada

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Conference Outline

The quest for global sustainable peace is at a critical juncture. The considerable majority of countries, through the United Nations, is actively pursuing the crafting of a treaty to eliminate nuclear weapons. This action faces many challenges, notably the opposition of most nuclear weapons states and some of their allies, including Canada.

Nuclear disarmament ultimately requires a shift from the doctrine of mutually assured destruction (MAD) to a commitment – in mind, policy and practice – to mutual security, through a sustainable common security regime rooted in global interdependence, the rule of law, and a recognition of the limited utility of military force in responding to political conflict. Common security is built on UN Charter principles and on mutual security arrangements, rather than competitive military alliances, and focuses on war prevention and the peaceful resolution of disputes.

These issues will be examined and debated in the Group of 78’s 2017 policy conference. Speakers and presenters will provide analysis of the process and prospects for abolishing nuclear weapons and seeking to define the elements necessary to transition to a post-nuclear weapons world. They will provide an overview of current international initiatives, delve into the status and prospects of the negotiations at the United Nations to eliminate nuclear weapons, assess the impediments to developing a common security framework without nuclear weapons, identify the building blocks for such a security system, and outline how Canada can play a constructive leadership role in this enterprise.

The aims of the conference will be (1) to provide participants with a thorough and cogent analysis of what’s involved in complete nuclear disarmament and building common security for the global community, and (2) to articulate ideas and recommendations to the Canadian government for its participation and leadership in this process.

Among the questions that the conference will address are: How realistic is the idea of, and what are the steps involved in, achieving complete nuclear disarmament? How does one overcome the objections of those who hold nuclear weapons now? What does a post-nuclear weapons world look like? How can public opinion be mobilized toward a safer, non-nuclear planet? What positions and actions can Canada bring to the table to accelerate movement to this goal? What can civil society undertake to encourage and support the Canadian Government in this role?

Further information on the detailed program and range of speakers will be available in the near future. Possible participants can contact the Group of 78 (http://group78.org/) for information as it becomes available and to express interest in attending the conference.


Friday, September 22– Dinner

Introduction and Welcome: Roy Culpeper, Chair of the Group of 78

Keynote Address:

Tariq Rauf, Advisor at the Office of the Executive Secretary of the Comprehensive Nuclear-test-ban Treaty Organization

The keynote speaker will address, in broad scope, the opportunities and challenges of nuclear disarmament and building an alternative common security system. He will identify the key questions and issues the international community faces in this quest that can be explored further by conference presenters and participants.

Saturday – September 23

9:00 AM Welcome and Introductory Remarks
Hon. Douglas Roche:
“The Prohibition Treaty: A New Political Moment”

Panel 1Nuclear Disarmament Negotiations: Status and Prospects

Moderator: Bev Delong, Canadian Network to Abolish Nuclear Weapon

Panelist: Cesar Jaramillo, Project Ploughshares

Panelist: Michael Hurley, Irish Diplomat (invited)

This panel will take stock of the status and/or results of the (L.41) UN-mandated negotiations that concluded on July 7.

Panel 2Common Security: Major Impediments

Moderator: Metta Spencer, Science for Peace; Editor: Peace Magazine

Panelist: Marius Grinius, Former Canadiann Ambassador for Disarmament

Panelist: Tom Collina, Ploughshares Fund (USA)

This panel will identify and analyze key impediments to greater international cooperation toward common security and how they might be addressed.

Lunch 12:15-1:15 PM

Panel 3 Achieving and Sustaining Common Security: Key Elements

Moderator: Tamara Lorincz, Canadian Voice of Women for Peace

Panelist: Peter Langille, Sustainable Common Security and UNEPS

Panelist: Paul Meyer, former Ambassador for Disarmament; Adjunct Professor, Simon Fraser University and Senior Fellow, The Simons Foundation.

Panelist: Branka Marijan, Project Ploughshares

This panel will identify elements needing to be addressed to achieve greater common security.

Panel 4Canadian Leadership for Common Security

Moderator: Ernie Regehr, Senior Fellow at The Simons Foundation

Panelist: Tariq Rauf, Advisor at the Office of the Executive Secretary of CTBTO

Panelist: Peggy Mason, Former Canadian Ambassador for Disarmament; CEO, Rideau Institute

This panel will explore the role Canada might play to help achieve common security in the world and advance ideas for action by Canada.

4:30 PM Conference Conclusion and Closing Remarks: Roy Culpeper

Group of 78 Annual Meeting to follow immediately


Tariq Rauf

Tariq Rauf is consulting advisor for policy and outreach in the Office of the Executive Secretary of CTBTO in Vienna. Until March 2017, he was the Director of the Disarmament, Arms Control and Non-Proliferation program at SIPRI. He reported to the Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) as Head of Verification and Security Policy Coordination, and in that capacity was the Alternate Head of the IAEA Delegation to NPT Conferences and PrepComs from 2003 to 2010, and the IAEA Liaison and Point-of-Contact for the Nuclear Suppliers Group, the Zangger Committee, Committee UNSCR 1540, and the (UN) Counter-Terrorism Implementation Task Force (CTITF). From 2003 to 2012, he was the Coordinator of IAEA Multilateral Approaches to the Nuclear Fuel Cycle. In 2013, Rauf was Expert Trainer at the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO). From 1995 to 2002, he was the Director of the International Organizations and Nonproliferation Programme at the Centre for Nonproliferation Studies in Monterey. From 1987 to 2000, he was Non-Proliferation Expert/Advisor with Canada’s delegations to NPT Conferences; and advised Canada’s Parliamentary Committees on foreign affairs and national defence from 1987 to 1995. He was Senior Research Associate at the Canadian Centre for Arms Control and Disarmament in Ottawa, 1986-1995.

Peter Langille

Dr. H. Peter Langille specializes in peace and conflict studies, United Nations peace operations, conflict resolution and mediation, and independent analysis of defence and security policy. His PhD in Peace Studies, University of Bradford (1999) focused on initiatives to enhance training, defence specialization and rapid deployment for UN peace operations.In the early 1990s his proposal and plans prompted the development of the Pearson Peacekeeping Training Centre. In 1994-95, he was a core contributor to the Canadian government study, Towards a Rapid Reaction Capability for the United Nations. His 2002 book, Bridging the Commitment Capacity Gap, developed the initial concept, case, model and plans for a permanent UN Emergency Peace Service. In 2015, Peter elaborated on the option in a WFM-C submission to the UN High Level Panel reviewing peace operations. His latest book is Developing a United Nations Emergency Peace Service, and he is currently elaborating on the core principles and requirements of sustainable common security.

Tom Collina

Tom Collina is Ploughshares Fund (USA) director of policy. He has 25 years of Washington, DC experience in nuclear weapons, missile defense and nonproliferation issues. He has worked extensively as a researcher, analyst, and advocate to strengthen the efforts to end US nuclear testing, rationalize anti-missile programs, extend the Nonproliferation Treaty, and secure Senate ratification of the New START Treaty.Prior to joining Ploughshares Fund in 2014, Tom served as Research Director of the Arms Control Association.He was the Executive Director and Co-Founder of the Institute for Science and International Security and the Director of the Global Security Program at the Union of Concerned Scientists.

Bev Delong

Bev Delong co-founded Project Ploughshares Calgary, then served as President of Lawyers for Social Responsibility. She is currently chairing Canadian Network to Abolish Nuclear Weapons as well as serving on the Board of the International Association of Lawyers Against Nuclear Arms, Canadian Pugwash Group and the Steering Committee for Canadians for a Nuclear Weapons Convention.

Cesar Jaramillo

Cesar Jaramillo is executive director at Project Ploughshares. His areas of expertise include nuclear disarmament, outer space security and conventional weapons control. As an international civil society representative, Cesar has addressed, among others, the UN General Assembly First Committee (Disarmament and International Security), the UN Conference on Disarmament, the UN Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (COPUOS), states parties to the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT), and states parties to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT). He has also given guest lectures and presentations at academic institutions such as the National Law University in New Delhi, the China University of Political Science and Law in Beijing, and the University of Toronto.

Peggy Mason

Peggy Mason is an expert on the UN, disarmament, conflict resolution and NATO. As Canada’s Ambassador for Disarmament, she represented Canada at UN disarmament forums in New York, and headed Canada’s delegation to disarmament treaty reviews in relation to the Nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty, and the Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention. A member of the UN Secretary-General’s Advisory Board on Disarmament for six years, she has chaired UN expert studies on disarmament in Iraq and the regulation of small arms and light weapons. Since 1996 Mason has been involved in many aspects of UN peacekeeping training, including the development of ground-breaking principles to guide the disarmament, demobilization and reintegration of former fighters, reform of UN arms embargoes, and the dramatic evolution of UN peacekeeping in the 21st century. She is current President of the Rideau Institute, and a board member of the Group of 78.

Marius Grinius

Marius Grinius served in the Canadian Army for 12 years before joining the Foreign Service in 1979. He is the former Canadian Ambassador to Vietnam (1997–99), South Korea (2004-07) and concurrently to North Korea (2005-07), to the United Nations and Conference on Disarmament in Geneva (2007-11). Before retiring in 2012 he spent a year in the Department of National Defence as Director-General International Security Policy. He is a Fellow at the Canadian Global Affairs Institute and a member of the Advisory Board for the Canadian Centre for R2P (Responsibility to Protect).

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