Dialogue Across Divides

“We have to learn to think in a new way.”

Pugwash seeks a world free of nuclear weapons and other weapons of mass destruction.   We create opportunities for dialogue on the steps needed to achieve that end, focusing on areas where nuclear risks are present.  Moving beyond rhetoric, we foster creative discussions on ways to increase the security of all sides in the affected regions.

“Remember your humanity, and forget the rest.”

Recent activities

ISYPgroup1_6582Thinkers Lodge, Pugwash, N.S.
On 9-13 July 2015 Pugwash Executive Director Sandra Butcher and International Student/Young Pugwash board member Poul Christiansen spoke about  the 60th anniversary of the Russell-Einstein Manifesto and prospects for disarmament at conferences organized by Canadian Pugwash and ISYP.

IntlPugwashLogo_webStatement on the Comprehensive Nuclear Agreement with Iran
On 15 July 2015, Pugwash members released a statement welcoming the conclusion of talks with Iran and proposing some forward-looking measures to ensure its success.

West Bank Consultations on the Future of Palestine
On 7-8 June 2015, a Pugwash delegation visited the West Bank for consultations on issues and options regarding the Palestinian State.

Herzliya workshop on the Middle East
On 5-6 June 2015, Pugwash and the Alliance Center organized workshop looking at the Iran nuclear issue, the ongoing Daesh threat in the region, and the future of the Peace Process.

Statement and Commentary on the 2015 NPT Review ConferenceIntlPugwashLogo_web
On 25 May 2015, Pugwash President Jayantha Dhanapala and Secretary General Paolo Cotta-Ramusino issued a statement on the 2015 NPT Review Conference. Pugwash Council Member Sergio Duarte also provided commentary on the RevCon.

NPT discussionNew York meeting on Dialogue in Areas of Nuclear Risk
On 18 May 2015, Pugwash held a meeting in the UN Headquarters, New York City, addressing the importance of facilitating track two dialogue.

NPT RevCon 2015New York report on the NPT RevCon
On 16 May 2015, Pugwash held a workshop in New York City to address prospects for the NPT Review Conference, focusing on disarmament and the Middle East WMD free zone.

IntlPugwashLogo_webDoha meeting on security in Afghanistan
On 2-3 May 2015, Pugwash held a non-official meeting in Doha on Security in Afghanistan. 

Pugwash delegation visits Japan
From 3-7 April 2015, in preparation for the upcoming Pugwash International Conference to be held in Nagasaki in November 2015, a delegation met with senior officials of the Nagasaki Prefecture and Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

IntlPugwashLogo_webStatement on the Iran nuclear talks
On 2 April 2015, Pugwash Secretary General Paolo Cotta-Ramusino issued a statement congratulating the parties on reaching agreement over the Iran nuclear issue.

Ms. Laura E. KennedyVienna meeting on the NPT Review Conference
On 27-28 February 2015, Pugwash convened a workshop to assess the outlook for the upcoming NPT Review Conference.

IntlPugwashLogo_webWill there be a next generation in the fight for nuclear nonproliferation?
On 19 February 2015 an ISYP member published a joint article in the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists calling for greater youth engagement.

IntlPugwashLogo_webNuclear Weapons Treaty at a Crossroads
On 6 February 2015, Pugwash President Jayantha Dhanapala and Pugwash Council Member Sergio Duarte released a statement on the upcoming NPT Review Conference.

Rome meeting on energy markets
On 12-13 December 2014 Pugwash organized a workshop  to look at what a nuclear deal with Iran will mean for energy markets.

Message to the Pugwash Community from UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon:

“Established long ago to promote scientific cooperation across the great political divide of the Cold War, Pugwash today continues to perform this great public service across the different divisions that characterize the post-Cold War world….You are uniquely equipped to ensure that developments in science and technology will serve the welfare of people rather than contribute to new forms of military competition.”

Delivered to the 60th Pugwash Conference, 1 November 2013


Nobel Peace Prize 1995


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