Pugwash Nederland has a new chair. This was decided on April 5 2018 at the general meeting in Utrecht. Interim chair prof. dr. ir. Georg Frerks is succeeded by Marc Vogelaar. Marc Vogelaar served as ambassador for the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He is certainly not unknown within the Pugwash organization, as he already held a board position a few years ago as general board member.
In addition, Rens de Man has resigned from his duties as general board member. Biejan Poor Toulabi and Michiel Hoogeveen were appointed as treasurer and secretary, respectively. They both already served interim during the chairmanship of Georg Frerks.
Pugwash Nederland expresses the sincere appreciation to Georg Frerks and Rens de Man for their time and effort.
Ambassador Marc Vogelaar (left) takes over the role of chair from Prof. dr. ir. Georg Frerks (right)
“Het Noord-Koreaanse atoomwapen-programma is niet agressief bedoeld, maar wordt ontwikkeld uit ‘zelfverdediging’ tegen Amerikaanse en andere buitenlandse vijandigheden.” Zo kondigde de Noord-Koreaanse staatsmedia op 6 januari aan dat de test met een waterstofbom succesvol was verlopen. Het lijkt ondertussen een terugkerend fenomeen te worden; 2006, 2009, 2013 en nu 2016. Noord-Korea doet een kernproef en legitimeert zich hiermee richting haar volk. Zuid-Korea, Japan en de Verenigde Staten veroordelen de kernproef en misschien komt er nog een resolutie van de Verenigde Naties bij. Op wat extra sancties na gebeurt er niets en is het weer wachten op volgende kernproef. Continue reading
By Pugwash President Jayantha Dhanapala and Pugwash Secretary General Paolo Cotta-Ramusino
Statement on the DPRK Nuclear Test
Today, 6 January 2016, North Korea conducted a new nuclear test. Over the last 17 years, the DPRK has been the only country in the world to continue to conduct nuclear weapon tests.
Today’s test was announced as a test of a thermonuclear weapon, although more probably it was a test of an ordinary fission weapon with possibly some (fusion) “boosting”.
While the DPRK probably has a long way to go toward building real thermonuclear weapons that could be placed on long-range missiles, still, the general political message associated with this latest test is far from positive.
The political tensions present in the North-East Asian region should be addressed by political means—and not by escalating the arms race and sending threatening messages. The resumption of the six-party talks, and the facilitation of communication between the two Koreas, are important steps that should be sustained by all the states involved, as well as by the international community.
Jayantha Dhanapala, President of Pugwash
Paolo Cotta-Ramusino, Secretary General of Pugwash
Also available online: http://pugwash.org/2016/01/06/statement-on-dprk-nuclear-test-3/
Copyright © 2016 Pugwash Conferences on Science and World Affairs, All rights reserved.
Algemene Leden Vergadering Pugwash Nederland (ALV 2015)
De ALV wordt voorafgegaan door een lezing:
Westerse Veronachtzaming van Rusland en de Crisis in de Oekraïne:
De Kwestie van Realpolitik
Dr. Tom Sauer, Associate Professor Internationale Politiek, Universiteit Antwerpen
(lid Pugwash Nederland)
The evolving strategic context, the re-emergence of chemical weapons and their use by militant non-state actors and extremists, challenge the future effectiveness of the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC).
The future challenges of the Convention have been take up in a March 2015 OPCW document titled «The OPCW in 2025: Ensuring a World Free of Chemical Weapons» (document S/1252/2015), attached here.
Download (PDF, 66KB)
On 4 June 2014, Pugwash Netherlands is organising a public lecture by Alexander Nikitin (Moscow) under the title “Towards Joint Western–Russian Crises Response and Conflict Resolution”. The lecture will be held at the VU University Amsterdam and is open to anyone interested (please sign up by sending an email to email@example.com). The public lecture will deal with Western and Russian approaches to crises response and conflict resolution and will explore the possibilities for a joint approach, a very topical issue. Professor Alexander Nikitin is Director of the Center for Euro-Atlantic Security at MGIMO University Moscow and Vice-Chair of Pugwash Russia. Continue reading
On 20 March 2014, The Hague Institute for Global Justice and the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI), with support of Pugwash Nederlands, will convene a roundtable of experts to explore issues related to the governance of nuclear security. This event will take place under the Nuclear Knowledge Summit (NKS) event series, an official side event to the Nuclear Security Summit (NSS). Continue reading
In november 2013 heeft de internationale Pugwashconferentie plaatsgevonden in Istanbul. U kunt hier meer informatie vinden over deze conferentie, waaronder de rapporten van de werkgroepen.
Tijdens de Algemene Ledenvergadering van Pugwash Nederland van 30 oktober 2013 is het beleidsplan voor de periode 2013-2015 aanvaard. Het beleidsplan is onder in PDF-vorm te downloaden.
Download (PDF, 302KB)
We applaud the decision of the Norwegian Nobel Committee to award the 2013 Nobel Peace Prize to the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW). The timing of this award is striking. The OPCW represents an outstanding example of what the international community can accomplish even at the most dire of times. This is being proven in the on-going Syrian crisis, where in response to the use of chemical weapons bold political moves were made to attempt to avert a further escalation of the already grave military conflict. This creative solution represented ‘out of the box’ thinking and also was discussed at the unofficial “Track II” level, including through the Pugwash network. Continue reading