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


Statement 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.

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.

US Pugwash work on US-Cuba IntlPugwashLogo_webrelations and ocean resources cooperation
US Pugwash and the Latin American Working Group organized meetings in the US and in Cuba to promote cooperation over the natural resources of the Gulf Stream and Florida Straits and normalization of relations.

201402_dhanapala_picPugwash President receives international award for Disarmament
On 17 November 2014  Jayantha Dhanapala was the recipient of the 2014 International Achievement Award for Nuclear Disarmament sponsored by Inter Press Service (IPS) news agency.

DSCN2884Ramallah and Jerusalem consultations on the future of Palestine
On 16-17 November Pugwash held a series of meetings and consultations to discuss the future of Palestine and inter-Palestinian relations.

Herzliya workshop on the Middle East
On 14-15 November 2014 Pugwash convened a roundtable discussion of the regional issues in the Middle East, including on Palestine, the ISIS threat, and the Iranian nuclear programme.

Brussels workshop on the Future of Nuclear Weapons in Europe
On 25-26 September 2014 Pugwash convened a workshop to discss the presence of tactical nuclear weapons in five European countries.

IntlPugwashLogo_webLondon consultation on Gaza
On 5 August 2014 Pugwash convened a consultation in London to explore options for a lasting solution to the Gaza war.

Pugwash forum on Gaza
On 18 July 2014 Pugwash launched a new online forum featuring pieces from various Pugwashites on the conflict.


IntlPugwashLogo_webStatement on Gaza
On 14 July 2014 Pugwash President Jayantha Dhanapala and Secretary General Paolo Cotta-Ramusino issued a statement on the situation in Gaza.

Statement on Iraq and Syria
On 23 June 2014, Pugwash President Amb. Jayantha Dhanapala and Secretary General Prof. Paolo Cotta-Ramusino issued a statement on Iraq and Syria.


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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