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This discussion group exchanges comments and articles that are relevant, directly or indirectly, to a future Arctic, free of nuclear weapons.  Content, for example, could relate to:-  climate change as related to broadly defined security, nuclear-weapon-free-zones, and human security for the new Arctic.  Members send relevant articles in the media or on the web  to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

March 2014 -Canadian Pugwash members speak at "Nuclear Weapons Past and Present", the Bill Graham Centre, UofT

  • Ramesh Thakur -The Problem of Nuclear Weapons and What To Do About It. [PDF]
  • Adele Buckley - Arctic Nuclear-Weapon-Free Zone, Current Proposals [PDF]
  • Ernie Regehr - Situational maritime awareness toward an Arctic Nuclear-Weapon-Free Zone
April-May 2014 - Canadian Pugwash Panel Discussions the United Nations' Third Preparatory Committee for the 2015 Review Conference of the Parties to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons [PDF]
  1. Arctic: an essential Nuclear Weapon Free Zone
  2. NATO and the NPT: Implications of Alliance Membership for the NP
  3. New Ideas and Initiatives
2013 - Ernie Regehr DISARMING ARCTIC SECURITY, for the Simons Foundation
  •   NATO and the Arctic [Read]
  •   Missile Defence and the Arctic [Read]
  •   Fighter aircraft and Arctic Sovereignity [Read]
  •   Canada-US Military Cooperation in the Arctic: Bilateralism or Multilateralism? [Read]
  •   Are Russian nuclear weapons on the rise in the Arctic? [Read]

January 2014 - A new paper by Adele Buckley, Michigan State International Law Review,  -
An Arctic-Nuclear-Weapon-Free Zone: Circumpolar Non-Nuclear Weapons States Must Originate Negotiation.  [PDF]

Oct 2012 - An Artic Nuclear-Weapon-Free Zone Needed Now: Cadmus,, by Adele Buckley, Physicist, Engineer and Environmental Scientist; Member of Pugwash Council. Read [pdf]

The United Nations: a very important actor in NWFZ creation

From the United Nations Office of Disarmament Affairs

General Assembly resolution 3472 B (1975) defines a Nuclear-Weapon-Free Zone as “any zone recognized as such by the General Assembly of the United Nations, which any group of States, in the free exercises of their sovereignty, has established by virtue of a treaty or convention whereby: (a) The statute of total absence of nuclear weapons to which the zone shall be subject, including the procedure for the delimitation of the zone, is defined; b) An international system of verification and control is established to guarantee compliance with the obligations deriving from that statute.”


First Committee Monitor

Four Editions
11 October, 18 October, 25 October, Nov 2, 2010

published by Reaching Critical Will

A section on nuclear weapon free zones

part of reporting on the

United Nations First Committee on Disarmament and Security

"Establishment of nuclear-weapon-free zones enhances global and regional peace and security, strengthens nuclear non-proliferation and contributes towards the goal of nuclear disarmament"


  1. Oct 11, 2010
  2. Oct 18, 2010
  3. Oct 25, 2010
  4. Nov 2, 2010