Thursday, December 07, 2006

Ploughshares: Briefings on Afghanistan and more...

The following is excerpted from the latest Project Ploughshares newsletter. To read the full Newsletter, please go to:

(A report will be available on the Ploughshares website in the new year.)

Briefings on Afghanistan

On 4 November 2006 Ploughshares Executive Director John Siebert provided a short briefing on Canadian Forces in Afghanistan to the Justice, Global and Ecumenical Relations (JGER) committee of the United Church of Canada that was meeting in Toronto. Choice Okoro, a JGER staffperson and Project Ploughshares board member, introduced the session by describing the work of the United Church of Canada’s Peace Task Group and their work to develop a comprehensive policy on appropriate actions in support of peoples living in conflict.

On 8 November 2006, Ernie Regehr was one of two presenters at the second of three briefing sessions on Afghanistan held by the House of Commons Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Development. The other presenter was Professor David Bercuson, Director, Centre for Military and Strategic Studies, University of Calgary. Ernie’s presentation is available online. On 11 October 2006 Ernie was guest speaker by telephone at an event organized by Project Ploughshares Calgary on Canada’s role in Afghanistan.

On 24 November 2006 Ernie Regehr spoke at the Annual General Meeting of Mennonite Central Committee Canada in Winnipeg on the responsibilities, pitfalls, and challenges of the resort to force in response to situations of extreme violence and human rights violations against vulnerable populations.

Small arms control and development – a joint Ploughshares-CIDA project

In mid-2006 Project Ploughshares launched a joint project with the Policy Branch of the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) to translate experience and knowledge regarding the control of small arms and light weapons into guidance for
the integration of small arms control into Canada’s development programming. On 6 November 2006 Ploughshares organized the second workshop in this project for CIDA and other Canadian government officials, with John Siebert, Senior Program Associate Ken Epps, and Program Associate Lynne Griffiths-Fulton participating from Project Ploughshares. The workshop heard from Folade Mutota of the Women’s Institute for International Development in Trinidad and Tobago, and Amb. Ochieng Adala of the Africa Peace Forum (APFO), both partner organizations of Project
Ploughshares. Ken Epps made a presentation on the project to a 30 November – 1 December 2006 international workshop in Oslo,
Integrating Small Arms Measures into Development Programmes, organized by the Norwegian Initiative on Small Arms Transfers.

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