Peacekeeping Tech Events and Institutions List

The United Nations created the Partnership for Technology in Peacekeeping in 2014. To help the United Nations identify potential partners and activities, this webpage lists a varitety of eventsinstitutions and recent publications (all with internet links) directly relevant to peacekeeping technology.

 

EVENTS
(including conferences & technology exhibits)

 

2019

October 23-25   Science, Technology and Human Rights Conference    AAAS   Washington, DC

 

2016

 

Date

Event

Organizer(s)

Location

November 7-10

NEThope, “The Digital NGO: Turn Intent into Action”

Global Summit 2016

Atlanta, GA, USA

November 15-17

6th “Mine Action Technology Workshop”

GICDH/UNMAS

Lyon, France

November 17

Tech 4 Peace Discussion

Alliance For Peacebuilding

Washington, DC, USA

November 15-17

Smart City Expo

 

Barcelona, Spain

November 18

“Where Science Gets Down to Business” – LA Chapter

The Aerospace & Defense Forum

Los Angeles, CA, USA

November 18-19

ICTES 2016: 2nd International Conference on Technology and Environmental Science 2016

ISABIS

Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam

November 18-20

Halifax International Security Forum 2016

Halifax International Security Forum

Halifax, NS, Canada

November 23-24

Future Armoured Vehicles Survivability 2016 

SMi Group

London, United Kingdom

November 25

#PeaceHacks

PeaceGeeks and the Simon Fraser University

Vancouver, Canada

November 29-30

Cyber Threat Intelligence and Incident Response

Defence IQ

London, United Kingdom

November 29-30

Military Airlift and Air-to-Air Refuelling 

SMi Group

Firenze, Italy

December 6

Canada and UAVs: Future Prospects for Emerging Defence Technology

NATO Association of Canada

Toronto, Canada

December 8-9

International Workshop on the Safe and Secure Management of Ammunition

GICDH

Geneva, Switzerland

 

2017

 

Date

Event

Organizer(s)

Location

January 18-20

3rd Asian Conference on Defence Technology

IEEE

Phuket, Thailand

January 19-20

ICSPPRC 2017: 19th International Conference on Sustainable Peace, Preventing and Resolving Conflicts

World Academy of Science, Engineering and Technology

Bangkok, Thailand

January 26-29

Queen’s Model United Nations Conference: International Peacekeeping and Peace-Building

Queen’s Model United Nations

Kingston, Canada

February 1-2

Network Enabled Capability Technology 

SMi Group

Rome, Italy

February 16-17

2017 Conference on Security and Defence

CDA Institute

Ottawa, Canada

March 13-14

Future Soldier Technology

SMi Group

London- United Kingdom

March 16-17

19th Annual Graduate Strategic Studies Conference

 

Calgary, Canada

March 29-30

Future Armored Vehicles Situational Awareness

SMi Group

London, United Kingdom

April, TBD

East Asian Forum on UN Peace Operations

Friedrich-Ebert Stiftung and the Korean Academic Council on UN System (KACUNS)

Seoul, Republic of Korea

June 6-9

Haiti Tech Impact Summit

WeStartUpHaiti

Port-au-Prince, Haiti

June 28-29

ICLPJ 2017 : 19th International Conference on Law, Policing and Justice

World Academy of Science, Engineering and Technology

London, United Kingdom

August 10

Washington, D.C. Tech Security Conference 2017

Data Connectors

Washington, DC, USA

October 23-26

RADAR 2017: International Conference on Radars

Institution of Engineering and Technology

Belfast, Northern Ireland


INSTITUTIONS
(to include contact info, if not on website)


Foundations

Foundation

Interests

Notable work

Peace Appeal Foundation

Nonviolent intervention for peace

Security sector reform

Western States Legal Foundation

Nonviolent intervention for peace

On nuclear weaponsmilitary space documents, and ballistic missiles

 

 

Government Programmes

United States


Department of Defence, support for Peacekeeping, 2016 Defence Ministerial,

White House, FACT SHEET: U.S. Support to Peace Operations 2015 Leaders’ Summit on UN Peacekeeping, 28 September 2015

(“The United States will increase the provision of material support to the UN and become a leading ‘technology contributing country'”)

 

Government Research and Training/Educational Institutions

 

Location

Institution

Work

On tech.

Argentina

Centre Argentino de Entrenamiento Conjunto para Operaciones e Paz

Training for peacekeeping operations

 

Austria

Austrian Study Centre for Peace and Conflict Resolution

Training for conflict resolution

 

Bangladesh

Bangladesh Institute of Peace Support Operation Training

Training for peacekeeping operations

 

Brazil

Brazilian Peace Operations Joint Training Center

Training for peacekeeping operations

 

Canada

Canadian Forces College (CFC )

Training for military intervention and conflict analysis

Papers

Defence Research and Development Canada (DRDC)

Conflict studies

 

Korea

National University of Science and Technology, Korea

   

Nigeria

Nigerian Army Peacekeeping Centre

Training for peacekeeping operations

 

Sri Lanka

Institute of Peace Support Operations Training Sri Lanka

Training for peacekeeping operations

 

United Kingdom

Chatham House, The Royal Institute of International Affairs

   

United States of America

Agency for International Development (USAID)

 

Global Development LabDigital developmentTech challenge for atrocity prevention

National Defense University

Investigates the implications of technological innovation on security policy

Center for Technology and National Security Policy (CTNSP)

Institute of World Politics

Professional education in politics

Cyber Intelligence Initiative

United States Army War College

Strategic thinking training

Technologypeacekeeping

United States Institute of Peace

Nonviolent conflict resolution training

Global Peacebuilding Center

International

College of Europe

   

Réseau d’expertise et de formation francophone pour les opérations de la paix

   

United Nations University

   

 

 

 

Miscellaneous

 

Institution

Work

On tech.

International Association of Peacekeeping Training Centres

   

Peace Operations Training Institute

   

TechChange (“online professional development in technology and social change”): 

Online professional development in technology and social change

Courses

 

 

 

 

NGOs and Think Tanks

 

Location

Institution

Work

On tech.

Belgium

Global Governance Institute

   

Canada

Academic Council on the United Nations System

   

Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives

   

Canadian Council for International Co-operation

   

Canadian Global Affairs Institute

   

Canadian Pugwash Group

Conferences on global security issues, with focus on science

Space securityarmed conflictsglobal security issues.

Centre Canadien d’étude en coopération internationale (CECI)

   

Conference of Defence Associations Institute

Research and discussion on security and defence. Some work on intelligence technology, new weapons, and 

e.g. 12

Mosaic Institute

   

Peace Geeks

   

Réseau de recherche sur les opérations de la paix

   

Egypt

Cairo Center for Conflict Resolution & Peacekeeping in Africa

   

Germany

Center for International Peace Operations (ZIF)

   

German Institute for International and Security Affairs

   

Ghana

Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre

   

Japan

Institute for International Policy Studies

   

Japan Institute of International Affairs

   

Meiji Institute for Global Affairs

   

Spain

Research Unit on International Security and Cooperation (UNISCI)

   

Sweden

Stockholm International Peace Research Institute

   

Swedish agency for peace, security and development (FBA)

   

Switzerland

UNITAR’s Operational Satellite Applications Programme (UNOSAT) based at CERN, Switzerland

   

Geneva International Centre for Humanitarian Demining

   

ICT for Peace Foundation

   

United Kingdom

Defence Procurement International

Research of the latest technological developments and acquisition trends within the global defence community.

 

Our World in Data

   

Royal United Services Institute

   

Vertic (Verification Research, Training and Information Centre)

   

USA

Aspen Institute

   

Baker Institute for Public Policy

   

Brookings Institution

   

Carter Center

   

Center for Strategic and International Studies

   

Council on Foreign Relations

   

Hoover Institution

   

Loka Institute

   

Nuclear Threat Initiative

   

Partnership for Effective Peacekeeping

   

PeaceTech

   

POGO Center for Defense Information

   

Progressive Policy Institute

   

Protect the People

   

RAND Corporation

   

Security Council Report

   

World Federalist Movement

   

UAE

Drones for Good

   

International

Atlantic Institute

   

Bilderberg Meetings

   

Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

   

Institute for Economics and Peace

   

International Crisis Group

   

International Institute for Strategic Studies

   

International Peace Institute

   

Nonviolent Peaceforce

   

Pugwash Conferences on Science and World Affairs

   

Providing for Peacekeeping

   

UAViators

   

World Economic Forum

   

 

Professional Societies and Industry Associations

(note: specific commercial corporations not included)

 

Group

Interests

Notable work

Devex

Media platform for the global development community.

Work on apps, initiatives like Global2Local.

IEEE

   

 

 

UN bodies and programmes

Group

Interests

Notable work

Emergency Telecommunications Cluster

Media platform for the global development community.

ETCled by World Food Programme, WFP

Global Services Centre

 

ICT & GIS support

Partnership for Technology in Peacekeeping (led by ICTD/DFS/UN)

 

Symposia: 2014, 2015, 2016

Security Council

 

Working Group on Peacekeeping Operations: Technology meetings, 20132016

Signals Academy

 

Entebbe Support Centre, ESC-based, linked to Regional Training & Conference Centre or RTCC

Mine Action Service (UNMAS

   

Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR)

   

 


RECENT PUBLICATIONS: SELECTED THEMES
(2014 onwards)

Apps

Heydarpour, Roja, 6 tech companies changing the face of peacekeeping, Devex, September 2015.

Landmines and Counter-IED

Sharland, Lisa, Counter-IED Technology in UN Peacekeeping: Expanding Capability and Mitigating Risks, International Peacekeeping, Vol. 22 , Iss. 5, 2015.

Peacekeeping Technology

Dorn, A. Walter, “Smart Peacekeeping: Toward Tech-Enabled UN Operations,” New York: International Peace Institute, July 2016. (pdf)

Expert Panel on Technology and Innovationin Peacekeeping, “Performance Peacekeeping: technology and innovation in UN peacekeeping,” (UN panel, 2015) (pdf, 11 MB)

Tracking

A. Walter Dorn and Christoph Semken, “Blue Mission Tracking: Real-Time Location of UN Peacekeepers,” International Peacekeeping, Vol.22, No.5, 2015, pp.1–20. (online) (pdf)

UAVs

United Nations, Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, Unmanned Ariel Vehicles in Humanitarian Responses, Unmanned Aerial Vehicles in Humanitarian Response, June 2014.

Women, Peace and Security (WPS)

UAE and Georgetown University, “Utilizing Modern Technology in Peacekeeping Operations To Improve Security for Women and Girls,” no date (pdf)

Other bibliographies

Monitoring technology (Appendix (pdf) in Keeping Watch: Monitoring, Technology and Innovation in UN Peacekeeping, 2011)

 

Expert Panel on Technology and Innovation in UN Peacekeeping

Expert Panel on Technology and Innovation in UN Peacekeeping

 

Walter Dorn served on the UN Panel whose final report “Performance Peacekeeping” was released on 19 February 2015 at www.un.org/en/peacekeeping/resources/reports.shtml, linking to www.performancepeacekeeping.org, where the report can be downloaded as a pdf (also available from the present site as a pdf, in a reduced file size: 4.2 MB). The Executive Summary can also be found on the present website: here

Below you will find:
– the UN announcement (pdf) for the creation of the panel
– the UN Press Release after the conclusion of the panel’s work. “Experts urge technology boost for UN peacekeepers in ‘rapidly evolving, complex world’”
– the Note to correspondents on Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s website regarding the panel.

 

Establishment of the Panel

PRESS RELEASE (4 June 2014, pdf)

USGs Announce Expert Panel on Technology and Innovation in UN Peacekeeping

Under-Secretaries-General Hervé Ladsous (DPKO) and Ameerah Haq (DFS) announced today the appointment of a five-member Expert Panel to advise them on how best to use new technologies and innovations to benefit United Nations peacekeeping.

The Panel will be led by Ms. Jane Holl Lute (United States), a seasoned expert on peace and security who is currently the Secretary-General’s Special Adviser for Relocation of Camp Hurriya Residents Outside of Iraq. The four other members of the Expert Panel are Lieutenant General (retired) Abhijit Guha (India), Major General (retired) Michael Fryer (South Africa), Major General (retired) Ib Johannes Bager (Denmark) and Dr. Walter Dorn (Canada).

The members bring considerable experience and understanding of Peacekeeping and in particular the need for new technologies and innovations to improve performance in carrying out the critical tasks entrusted to peacekeepers. The initiative is part of a concerted effort by both Departments to realize efficiency gains and cost savings from the use of new and emerging technologies and innovations. The Panel will advise on how these technologies can be leveraged to enable peacekeepers to respond more effectively to an increasing number of complex, multidimensional tasks in challenging field environments. It will also examine how technological innovations can improve operational effectiveness, multiply impact and enhance safety and security of both Peacekeepers and host communities.

The Expert Panel will visit field missions and consult widely with Member States, partner organizations with similar field operations, non-governmental and governmental research institutions and think tanks as well as industry leaders in areas of interest to United Nations peacekeeping. The Panel will convene in early June and its final report is expected to be released by November 2014. It will recommend how the two Departments can benefit from ongoing technological innovations in a systematic and integrated manner in the longer term.

4 June 2014

 ATTACHMENT TO PRESS RELEASE

Biographical Notes on Expert Panel on Technological Innovation in UN Peacekeeping Members

Jane Holl Lute served as Assistant Secretary-General for Peacebuilding Support in 2008 and as Assistant Secretary-General for Mission Support in the Department of Peacekeeping Operations from 2003 to 2008. She has also served as the former United States Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security (2009-2013). Prior to joining the UN, Ms. Holl Lute was executive vice president and chief operating officer of the United Nations Foundation and the Better World Fund. She served on the National Security Council staff under Presidents Bush (41) and Clinton and had a distinguished career in the United States Army.

Abhijit Guha has recently concluded a term as the Director of the Office for Peacekeeping Strategic Partnerships in the Department of Peacekeeping Operations and also served as the former Deputy Military Adviser in the Department from 2010 until 2012.

Michael Fryer served as the Police Commissioner for UNAMID (2007-2010). Prior to that, he headed the South African Police Force’s Specialized Operations Division and also served as Commander of the South African Special Task Force.

Ib Johannes Bager retired from the Danish Army as a senior commander for NATO and a specialist in signals and communications technologies. He is currently historical adviser to the Danish Army, reorganizing Army archives to incorporate IT-based installations and exhibitions.

Walter Dorn teaches at the Canadian Forces College and at the Royal Military College of Canada. He is a professor of defence studies and until recently served as Chair of the Department of Security and International Affairs. Mr. Dorn has been studying and advocating for technology and innovation in UN peacekeeping for two decades and is an author of a book and many articles on the subject. 

 

Release of the Panel’s Report

PRESS RELEASE (UN News Centre)

Experts urge technology boost for UN peacekeepers in ‘rapidly evolving, complex world’

20 February 2015 – A group of United Nations experts have urged the Organization’s peacekeeping presence to incorporate technological advances into its operations in order to better confront the dynamic challenges of the 21st century, the UN’s spokesperson’s office said today.

The findings of the five-member Expert Panel on Technology and Innovation, led by peace and security expert Jane Holl Lute, include a number of practical recommendations that call on the UN Departments of Peacekeeping Operations and Field Support to keep pace with innovation and to take full advantage of readily available and existing technologies that are considered essential to success in the field.

“In a rapidly evolving and complex environment, UN peacekeeping must be ready to respond to a vast array of challenges,” Ms. Lute declared in a note to the press issued by the Office of the UN Spokesperson. “Being able to transition to a culture that values innovation is central to being able to execute more effectively on peacekeeping mandates.”

Scattered across vast countries and forbidding territories, UN peacekeeping missions frequently encounter challenges in executing their mandates. Over the past year, however, the UN has steadily ramped up its use of technology in the field in order to assist its missions with monitoring efforts.

In the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), where unwieldy terrain, dense forests and vast distances can debilitate the UN’s response time to an emergency, the introduction of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) has had an immediate impact. In one instance last year, a UAV detected a ferry accident in Lake Kivu, in the country’s east, instantly prompting the UN peacekeeping mission in the country to dispatch its speedboats and helicopters to the scene. The ‘blue helmets’ quick response led to the rescue of 15 people.

“No advantage should be withheld for those working for peace,” Ms. Lute continued. “Missions must deploy with at least the same technological advantages that most governments and enterprises around the world now find indispensable to their daily operations.”

The panel’s findings were based on several field visits and interviews with Member States, partner organizations, and partner organizations with similar field operations.

Along with the critical upgrade of field technology, UN blue helmets are also aiming to ‘go green’ through the responsible use of limited resources, in a bid to leave mission areas in better shape than when they arrived. Among other steps, GIS data is being used to help find water sources for missions so as not to compete with the local water supply.

Missions are also including waste water treatment plants designed to drastically reduce the need for water and generation of disposable waste, as well as exploring alternative sources of energy such as solar panels.

 

BAN KI-MOON (UN Secertary-General’s Website)

NOTE TO CORRESPONDENTS 

New York, 20 February 2015

The Expert Panel on Technology and Innovation in UN Peacekeeping released its report today on how new technologies and innovations can best benefit United Nations Peacekeeping.

The five-member panel of independent experts, led by Jane Holl Lute, was appointed in June 2014 by Under-Secretaries-General Hervé Ladsous from the Department of Peacekeeping Operations and Ameerah Haq from the Department of Field Support to recommend ways in which the technological foundation of peacekeeping operations can be strengthened in order to increase operational effectiveness.

“In a rapidly evolving and complex environment, UN Peacekeeping must be ready to respond to a vast array of challenges. Being able to transition to a culture that values innovation is central to being able to execute more effectively on peacekeeping mandates,” said Ms. Lute.

The Panel’s findings were based on several field visits and interviews with Member States, partner organizations with similar field operations, non-governmental and governmental research institutions and think-tanks as well as industry leaders in a variety of sectors of interest to United Nations Peacekeeping.

The report features a number of practical recommendations to keep pace with innovation and to take full advantage of readily available and existing technologies that are essential to success. “No advantage should be withheld for those working for peace. Missions must deploy with at least the same technological advantages that most governments and enterprises around the world now find indispensable to their daily operations,” added Ms. Lute.

The full report is accessible online: http://www.un.org/en/peacekeeping/resources/reports.shtml

 

 

 

 

International Criminal Court

International Criminal Court

Walter Dorn served as a Visiting Professional in the Immediate Office of the Prosecutor (IOP) of the International Ciminal Court (ICC) from January to May 2010. The Chief Prosecutor was Luis Moreno-Ocampo. Dorn provided advice to him and his prosecutorial teams on issues such as: use of the concept of “plausable deniability” in prosecutions, case selection policy, and evidence-gathering. He also assisted with specific cases relating to the D.R. Congo.

A photo with Moreno-Ocampo in his office:

 Moreno-Occampo-Dorn ICC ProsecutorOffice Apr2009

 

An excellent documentary on Moreno-Ocampo’s work is Prosecutor (NFB, White Pines, 2010). Dorn was present during the filming and can be seen in a few frames.

Here’s a photo from outside the ICC in The Hague:

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Towards the end of his term, Dorn received a Letter of commendation (pdf) from Moreno-Ocampo.

 

 

 

Air Power Workshop

“On the Wings of Peace: Air Power in United Nations Operations”

Workshop at the Canadian Forces Aerospace Warfare Centre (CFAWC), serving as the 17th Air Force Historical Workshop

Trenton, Ontario, Canada, June 2011

Presentations (PPT as pdf)

UN Historical Poster 2011

 

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  Call for Papers (pdf)
Demand de communications (pdf)

Aerospace power has always been an important element of United Nations (UN) peace operations. At first, aerospace power was limited to the provision of basic capabilities such as transport and observation, but the complexity of UN operations has increased the need for support from air and space-based assets. Mission requirements have expanded to include the provision of intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR), and when required, the application of force. This workshop will explore the evolution of aerospace power in UN operations past, present, and future.

Individuals wishing to submit a paper for consideration should address it to one of the co-chairs listed below no later than 31 March 2011. Proposals should be at least 200 words in length and include a curriculum vitae (CV). This conference will take place on 15 and 16 June, 2011, at the Canadian Forces Aerospace Warfare Centre (CFAWC), 8 Wing, Trenton, Ontario, Canada.

Dr. Walter Dorn
Canadian Forces College
416-482-6800 x 6538
dorn@cfc.dnd.ca

Major Bill March
Canadian Forces Aerospace Warfare Centre
613-392-2811 x 4656
william.march@forces.gc.ca

 

 

Peace-keeping Satellites: A Review of a Science for Peace Activity

Peace-keeping Satellites: A Review of a Science for Peace Activity

 

Science for Peace has, over the years, been steadily promoting the idea of an International Satellite Monitoring Agency (ISMA) or, more generally, the concept of a multinational system of peace-keeping satellites. In 1982, a SfP delegation made a presentation to the Standing Committee on External Affairs and National Defence, which strongly endorsed the ISMA proposal in its report. Since then several members of Science for Peace have written articles on the topic, including Professor John Polanyi1, and there is a comprehensive review by Walter Dorn.2

Science for Peace has sponsored several workshops on the topic. The first “Peace-keeping Satellite Workshop” was held in October 1986, bringing together members of the peace movement, academia and government to discuss the possible future of the peace-keeping satellite concept. A Workshop Statement was developed and sent to various government ministers.

Shortly after the Workshop, a new study group, called the Working Group on International Surveillance and Verification was created to examine further the possibilities for a satellite surveillance agency and other types of international monitoring systems. In addition to individuals with relevant expertise, the Working Group is composed of the following member organizations: Science for Peace, World Federalists of Canada, Veterans Against Nuclear Arms, Lawyers for Social Responsibility, Peace Research Institute — Dundas, Engineers for Nuclear Disarmament, and the Group of 78.

In May 1987, a delegation from the Working Group was invited to present a paper to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Research and Technology. The paper made a case for Canadian leadership in the use of surveillance for peace-keeping and verification purposes. Passages from the paper were quoted in the committee’s final report (“Canada’s Space Program: A Voyage to the Future”).

A second workshop3 on “Satellite and Airborne Surveillance”, chaired, as was the first workshop, by Dr. Larry Morley, Executive Director of the Institute for Space and Terrestrial Science, was held in July 1987. Participants included several chief executive officers from Canadian companies and a representative of the Department of National Defence. At the end of the workshop, the following consensus statement was adopted:

“The mandate for the research and development of technologies for arms control verification and crisis monitoring should be included as part of the mandate of the proposed Canadian space agency.”

Over time, the working group has expanded its interests to cover other areas of verification and monitoring: the Stockholm agreement on notification of large troop manoeuvres, verification of the INF Treaty, the verification regime under the proposed Chemical Weapons Convention and other areas. The Working Group is preparing further recommendations for the Canadian government, and a workshop on the verification of a Chemical Weapons Convention is being planned for the Fall of 1988.

 

 

1 J.C. Polanyi, 1981: in The Globe and Mail, 27 Feb.; Proc. 31st Intl. Pugwash Conf. on Science and World Affairs, pp. 242-244; Ploughshares Monitor, vol. 3, no. 6 (Oct.). 1982: in The Globe and Mail, 9 May. 1983: abstract in the Pugwash Newsletter, vol. 20, no. 3 (Jan.); Proc. 31st Intl. Pugwash Conf. on Science and World Affairs, pp. 60-62, 234-240; in “Canada and the Nuclear Arms Race” ed. E. Regehr and S. Rosenblum. ^

2 Peace Research Review, 1987, nos. 5 and 6 (182 pp.). Obtainable ($8) from Peace Research Institute Dundas, 25 Dundana Ave., Dundas, Ont. L9H 4E5. ^

3 Science for Peace Special Report No. 1, obtainable from the Science for Peace National Office, University College, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ont. M5S 1A1. ^

SfP Vice President’s Message on Nobel Prize

Vice-President’s Message on Pugwash Receiving the Nobel Peace Prize

 

Science for Peace can bask in the afterglow of the award of the 1995 Nobel Peace Prize to the Pugwash movement and its President, Joseph Rotblat. Both organizations were founded with (1) the realization that nuclear war cannot be won and must never be fought, (2) the determination to see the abolition of nuclear weapons, and, (3) a recognition that scientists have a responsibility to their profession and their world to ensure, both individually and collectively, that the results of their work are used for the betterment of humankind. While the Pugwash Conferences on Science and World Affairs is of international scope, and our organization is a national organization, SfP and Canada can be proud that Pugwash draws its name from a small fishing village in Nova Scotia where the first Pugwash conference was held.

Science for Peace not only shares many noble goals and approaches with Pugwash, but it also shares members as well. One of SfP’s founding members, John Polanyi, was also the founding chairman of Canadian Pugwash. In December, he travelled to Scandinavia for a second time to attend a Nobel award ceremony (in 1986 he was co-recipient of the Nobel Prize for Chemistry). In Toronto, John joined a dozen or more other joint members of SfP and Canadian Pugwash (representing about a fifth of its Canadian membership) in celebratory symposium for Pugwash organized by SfP.

The award reminds us that, while there has been substantial progress in nuclear disarmament, we are still far from a nuclear weapons free world. The goals which animated the foundation of both organizations need support as much as ever before. Furthermore, as Joseph Rotblat stated in his Nobel address, we must now seek not only the end to nuclear weaponry but also the end to war. For those goals, we will need all the help we can get!

 

Canadian Puwash AGM and Fall Dinner

Canadian Pugwash Annual Meetings

 

FALL FORUM 2013

Friday, 15 November, 7 pm
Medical Science Auditorium, University of Toronto

Gwynne Dyer

on

The Decline of War

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Canadian Pugwash

FALL FORUM, LUNCH AND AGM 2012

Saturday, 10 November 2012
at the Armour Heights Officers’ Mess, Toronto

Research Roundtable 9:00–10:30 AM
(members of Canadian Pugwash will present
their latest research results)

Panel 11:00–12:30 PM
in honour of the late Professor Eric Fawcett

“The Rule of Law as an Alternative to War”

Formal lunch 1:00 PM with keynote address by

Luis Moreno-Ocampo
Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, 2003–2012

LUNCH BY RSVP ONLY
Limited Seating. Cost of served lunch: $40.
RSVP to Dr. Walter Dorn at
dorn@cfc.dnd.ca This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
or register online.
Directions to be provided by email.

Annual General Meeting (AGM) 3:00–6:00 PM

Dinner is available afterwards (cafeteria style)

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YOU AND A GUEST ARE CORDIALLY INVITED TO ATTEND THE.

CANADIAN PUGWASH

FALL DINNER 2011

AT THE ARMOUR HEIGHTS OFFICERS’ MESS
TORONTO, ONTARIO

SATURDAY, 19 NOVEMBER 2011
6:00 for 6:30 PM

in honour of the late Professor Eric Fawcett

with Keynote Address by
The Hon. Douglas Roche
Former Senator & Canadian Disarmament Ambassador

BY RSVP ONLY

Limited Seating. Cost including dinner: $45. Cash Bar.
RSVP to Walter Dorn at dorn@cfc.dnd.ca. Directions to be provided by email.
For further details, please visit us online at www.pugwashgroup.ca

Canadian Pugwash members are also invited to participate in the

CANADIAN PUGWASH

ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING 2011

SATURDAY 19 NOVEMBER 2011
1:30-5:30 PM

(Lunch available 12:00-1:00 PM; Coffee to be served)

ARMOUR HEIGHTS OFFICERS’ MESS

Limited Seating RSVP to Walter Dorn at dorn@cfc.dnd.ca. Directions to be provided by email.

For further details, please visit us online at www.pugwashgroup.ca

 

 

Visit to Haiti

Visits to Peacekeeping Operations: HAITI (photos)

December 2008

As part of my project on technology in UN peacekeeping, the UN’s Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO) sent me to several missions. For the Haiti mission, L.Col. Harald Lixenfeld (Germany) was sent to accompany me.

 

We visited the Jordanian unit conducting surveillance along the border with the Dominican Republic. In the photo from right to left is: L.Col. Lixenfeld, my assigned officer from UN Heqadquarters (NY); the commanding officer of the Jordanian uni; myself; the Uruguayan officer assigned to accompany us on our travels in Haiti; a Jordianian officer.

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With Chilean commanding officers in Cap Haitien on Haiti’s northern coast.

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With the Argentine contingent in Gonaives.

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The famous Blue House, a former rebel redoubt that was seized by UN forces during the 2007 arrest of Evens Jeune gang members. The Blue House was a strategic location in Cite Soleil because the rebels used it to extort “taxes” (bribes) from cars passing on Route No. 1 in front. The Force Commander was quite proud of this forceful and successful UN action. Tragically, the Blue House collapsed in the earthquake of 12 January 2010 killing a dozen Brazilian soldiers inside!

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The Force Commander, Maj.Gen. Carlos dos Santos Cruz, of the Mission des Nations Unies pour la stabilisation en Haïti (MINUSTAH), with some friendly Haitian children. He was taking L.Col. Lixenfeld and myself on a guided tour of Cité Soleil, which had been under gang control until his UN forces forcefully removed them in 2006-07. I describe the MINUSTAH operations as a case study of Intelligence-led Peacekeeping  (html) (pdf).

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Other work in field operations: Timor (1999), Cyprus (2009).