by Douglas Roche
March 9, 2011
Two events have coincided to give the Canadian government a powerful opportunity to play a key role in the growing effort to rid the world of nuclear weapons.
Both the Senate and the House of Commons have unanimously adopted a motion calling on the government “to deploy a major worldwide Canadian diplomatic initiative” for nuclear disarmament. At the same time, a draft resolution asking Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon to convene a diplomatic conference in 2014 to start negotiating a legal ban on nuclear weapons is circulating among governments.
Jonathan Granoff is the President of the Global Security Institute, a representative to United Nations of the World Summits of Nobel Peace Laureates, a former Adjunct Professor of International Law at Widener University School of Law, and Senior Advisor to the Committee on National Security American Bar Association International Law Section.