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In his address to the United Nations,Trudeau must address the abolition of nuclear weapons PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Joan Russow
Saturday, 17 September 2016 11:18


By Joan Russow PhD

Global Compliance Research Project


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In September 2016, Prime Minister Trudeau has a chance when he addresses the United Nations General Assembly to take the lead on the abolition of nuclear Weapons.

“Canada is committed to making meaningful contributions to solving important global challenges, such as …. international peace and security, and …. There will be a lot more leadership from Canada in the months and years to come.”

Rt. Hon. Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada


To make a meaningful contribution to peace and security, in his address. he has the opportunity to reverse Canada’s position on abolition of nuclear weapons


In May 2016, Canada voted against the Abolition of Nuclear Weapons http://www.icanw.org/why-a-ban/positions


In August 25  2016, Canada voted against negotiating in 2017 a treaty banning nuclear weapons



in his address. Prime Minister Trudeau has the opportunity to speak in support of the following:


1.     United NationsSeptember 26 2016; International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear  Weapons


First proposed in October 2013, resolution A/RES/ 68/32 was meant as a follow-up to the high-level meeting on nuclear disarmament held on 26 September 2013 in the UN General Assembly. 

The resolution, approved by the First Committee of the UN General Assembly, which deals with nuclear disarmament, inter alia calls for the “urgent commencement of negotiations in the Conference on Disarmament for the early conclusion of a comprehensive convention on nuclear weapons to prohibit their possession, development, production, acquisition, testing, stockpiling, transfer and use or threat of use, and to provide for their destruction.”

The resolution “declares 26 September as the International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons devoted to furthering this objective [the total elimination of nuclear weapons], including through enhancing public awareness and education about the threat posed to humanity by nuclear weapons and the necessity for their total elimination, in order to mobilize international efforts towards achieving the common goal of a weapon” and furthermore “decides to convene, no later than 2018, a United Nations  high-level international conference on nuclear disarmament to review the progress made in this regard.”

The resolution was approved by a vote of 129-28 with 19 abstentions.  The United Nations General Assembly adopted the resolution on 5 December 2013 with a vote of 137-28 with 20 abstentions.

2.     Aconference in 2017 to negotiate a treaty banning nuclear weapons a conference conference be held next year to negotiate 'a legally binding instrument to prohibit nuclear weapons, leading towards their total elimination


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