Pugwash seeks a world free of nuclear weapons and other weapons of mass destruction. Through our long-standing tradition of ‘dialogue across divides’ that also earned us the Nobel Peace Prize in 1995, Pugwash aims to develop and support the use of scientific, evidence-based policymaking, focusing on areas where nuclear and WMD risks are present. By facilitating track 1.5 and track II dialogues, we foster creative discussions on ways to increase the security of all sides and promote policy development that is cooperative and forward-looking.
Between 12-17 March 2014, Pugwash Executive Director Sandra Ionno Butcher was hosted by Japan Pugwash for a number of presentations and participation in events commemorating the 60th anniversary of the Castle Bravo nuclear test, which doused the Lucky Dragon fishing boat and led to renewed concerns over atmospheric nuclear testing. These events are directly intertwined with the origins of the Russell-Einstein Manifesto. The trip also included planning discussions for the upcoming 61st Pugwash Conference, scheduled to take place in Nagasaki in 2015.
Butcher’s presentation 16 March 014, International Peace Research Institute, Meiji GakuinUniversity.