THE overarching Pugwash goal is a peaceful world free of nuclear weapons and other weapons of mass destruction. Indeed, the long-term vision put forward in the ‘founding’ document of Pugwash, the 1955 Russell-Einstein Manifesto, is a world without war. Our strategy is to continue to promote that vision widely, while working to create dialogue across divides on steps needed to achieve that end. We get beyond the rhetoric and entrenched positions by fostering dialogue on ways in which working toward these goals can increase the security of all sides.
Pugwash continues its more traditional work promoting arms control and disarmament measures, including our long-term and influential support for efforts to reinforce the norm in favor of a nuclear weapons free world. We seek to advance European security through next steps in confidence building, arms control, disarmament and NATO-Russia security cooperation.
In keeping with the organisation’s commitment to ridding the world of all weapons of mass destruction, Pugwash retains a stake in the international processes focused on eliminating chemical and biological weapons. Continuing a tradition dating back to the 1950s, a Pugwash Study Group was convened to study and discuss the governance of chemical and biological weapons and provide input into international forums. This group continues to meet prior to and engage at the annual Biological and Toxic Weapons Convention meetings, as well as the Chemical Weapons Convention process.
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