How Canada can contribute to the abolition of nuclear weapons


In the latest issue of The Ploughshares Monitor, Ambassador (ret.) Paul Meyer outlines 10 steps that Canadian leaders can take to advance the goals of nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation worldwide:

The goal of nuclear disarmament is often treated by states as if it were self-executing, as if articulating and endorsing the aim were a sufficient act of commitment. As some sage has remarked, however, a vision that is divorced from a strategy and the resources to carry it out is nothing more than a hallucination. It is incumbent on those who exercise power to do more than pay lip service to the goal of a world free of nuclear weapons; they need to devise and implement a plan to help bring it about. 

Canada is well placed, I believe, to play a leading role in the global effort to ensure nuclear nonproliferation and disarmament. This will mean, in part, reviving the political and diplomatic effort that characterized Canadian governmental engagement in earlier periods.

Read the full article here (pp. 18-21).

Photo credit: CC BY 2.0 image “A dove” by Vladimir Agafonkin on Flickr.

Tags: Abolish Nuclear Weapons, Canadian policy, Diplomacy, NATO, Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, Paul Meyer, Peace, United Nations