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UN discussions of General and Complete Disarmament

Over the last several years, the UN High Representative for Disarmament Affairs have discussed General and Complete Disarmament (GCD) more regularly. Ms. Izumi Nakamitsu In June 2017, UN High Representative for Disarmament Affairs, Ms. Izumi Nakamitsu, addressed the final session of the open-ended working group on a fourth special session of the General Assembly devoted to …

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Report of “The other part of Article VI: General and Complete Disarmament” panel discussion

Matthew Bolton | Pace University This panel, chaired by Maritza Chan, Minister Counselor at the Permanent Mission of Costa Rica, and co-hosted by Pace University and SCRAP, aimed to provide background and perspective on the concept of “general and complete disarmament” (GCD) found in article VI of the NPT. The side event was well-timed, following …

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Dr Dan Plesch invited to the Civil Society Forum on the Conference on Disarmament

Dr Dan Plesch, director of the CISD, has been kindled invited to participate to the one-day Informal Civil Society Forum on the Conference on Disarmament, by Michael Møller, Acting Secretary-General of the Conference on Disarmament. The Informal Civil Society Forum will take place on Thursday, 19 March 2015  at the Palais de Nations in Geneva. This …

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SCRAP Student Ambassadors at the 2014 ICAN Civil Society Forum in Vienna

As two students involved in the SCRAP project, we had the opportunity to attend the ICAN Civil Society Forum in Vienna on the 6th and 7th of December. This event brought together a variety of campaigners, activists, experts, civil society groups and NGOs with the aim of discussing the need for a nuclear weapons ban, prior to …

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New Advisory Committee member

SCRAP is pleased to welcome a new Advisory Committee member. Geneva based disarmament expert Marc Finaud joined the SCRAP Advisory Committee in May this year. Marc Finaud is a Senior Programme Advisor for the Emerging Security Challenges Programme at the Geneva Centre for Security Policy (GCSP) and a Resident Senior Fellow at the United Nations Institute …

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Humanity Versus the Bomb

This post originally appeared on OpenCanada.org on 25 February 2014. Although the natural beauty of the venue belied the subject matter, representatives of 146 states and 120 NGOs met February 13-14 at the Mexican coastal resort of Nayarit for the Second Conference on the Humanitarian Impact of Nuclear Weapons.  Hosted by Mexico, the conference followed …

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Notes on the Berlin Session on Humanitarian Disarmament

The Berlin Session on Humanitarian Disarmament brought together a wide range of people and organisations from various backgrounds to constructively discuss the challenges facing humanitarian disarmament campaigns, and share ideas as to how best protect civilians and limit harm on humanity due to indiscriminate weapons. The Berlin Session also explored the link and drew parallels …

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Combat Drones: The Brave New World of the Conventionalization of Unmanned Warfare

Twenty years ago, the US Air Force began to develop the next generation of fighter aircraft aimed at securing total air superiority. The F-22 Raptor was intended to triumph over the relics of Soviet imperialism – Flankers and Fulcrums, Sukhoi and MiGs. Yet as the 20th century drew to a close, the attacks of 9/11 …

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