The Coalition for Gun Control/Pour le Controle des Armes

Toronto Lecture Guns and Global Security: From Neighbourhoods to the United Nations

Posted by cgccanada on April 14, 2010

Coalition for Gun Control President Wendy Cukier will speak at Guns and Global Security: From Neighbourhoods to the United Nations, part of the Contemporary Dilemmas in Canadian Security Lecture Series of the York University Centre for International and Security Studies Thursday 22 April 2010, 7-9pm, Marriott Hotel Eaton Centre 525 Bay Street, Toronto (Free Admission).

The Contemporary Dilemmas in Canadian

Security Lecture Series:

Guns and Global Security: From

Neighbourhoods to the United Nations

Thursday 22 April 2010
7-9pm
Marriott Hotel Eaton Centre
525 Bay Street
Toronto
(Free Admission)

The problem of ‘civilian possession’ of firearms has undermined global and national efforts at controlling small  arms and light weapons. Canada is a producer and exporter of arms, as well as a recipient of both legal and less  than legal transfers of weapons, mainly from the United States. For Canadians this has translated into greater numbers of guns on our city streets, and a more dangerous environment for our military forces when they are deployed abroad. The problem of ‘civilian possession’ of firearms is to be addressed at multilateral arms control negotiations under the UN Programme of Action on Small Arms & Light Weapons (SLAW) and the Arms Trade
Treaty (ATT). This forum seeks to explore the relationship of civilian possession of arms and problems of control, both domestic and international for creating conditions of security and insecurity. The questions that we raise are the following:

  1. How to interpret the concept of ‘civilian possession’ under the UN Programme of Action on Small Arms and Light Weapons?
  2. What are the problems with ‘civilian possession’ of small arms and light weapons that the Canadian Forces face?
  3. What are the problems and prospects of regulating small arms proliferation within Canada and the United States?
  4. How the problem of ‘civilian possession’ of weapons in Canada and the US needs to be addressed by state and non-state actors ?
  5. What effect will this have on arms trade as practiced by Canada and the United States?

Speakers:   Wendy Cukier, Ryerson University
Ken Epps, Project Ploughshares
James Sheptycki, York University
Gregory Getty, Toronto Police Service
Moderator:   Barbara Falk, Canadian Forces College

If you would like to attend please pre-register via this link:
http://www.yorku.ca/yciss/forms/view.php?id=15

For further details on this event please see:
http://www.yorku.ca/yciss/news/upcoming.html

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