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

Jayantha DhanapalaPugwash 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 to discuss the future of Palestine.

Herzliya workshop on the Middle East
On 14-15 November 2014 Pugwash convened a roundtable discussion of the regional issues in the Middle East.


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

Pugwash photo archivePugwash Photo Archive
On 29 May, British Pugwash, with the Pugwash History Project, launched a new photo archive website.

Pugwash launches new website
On 28 May, Pugwash launched its new website with several new features, including expanded searchability, new video resources and enhanced integration with social media.

Geneva killer robot side event Killer Robot Side Event, Geneva, 16 May 2014
On Friday, 16 May, Pugwash President Jayantha Dhanapala took part in a special side event at the UN, organized by the Campaign to Stop Killer Robots, titled ‘The Way Forward.’

NYC meeting on WMD in the Middle East

New York consultation on WMD, the Middle East, and Non-Proliferation
On 3 May 2014 Pugwash convened a consultation on the margins of the NPT PrepCom in New York City addressing the issue of WMD in the Middle East region.



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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