• Peter Woolcott

    The Differing No-Nuke Stance Between Australia and New Zealand

    by  • November 29, 2013 • WORLDVIEWS • 

    Licorne nuclear test, 1971, French Polynesia

    CANBERRA, Australia — Because of the unique destructive capacity and uncontrollable effects of nuclear weapons, the almost indescribable horror associated with their use informed the very first resolution of the United Nations General Assembly in 1946. It has been a recurring theme ever since in blue-ribbon international commissions, Non-Proliferation Treaty review conferences and General...

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    The UN Adopts an Arms Treaty ‘With Teeth’

    by  • April 3, 2013 • Disarmament, General Assembly, Peace and Security, US-UN Relations, Women • 2 Comments

    Peter Woolcott, Australia ambassador to the UN

    The momentous adoption of the Arms Trade Treaty at the United Nations has been greeted with much enthusiasm worldwide but also strong skepticism as the reality of carrying out its aim — regulating international transfers of conventional arms — sets in. “Effectiveness will be slow as it comes into force,” Peter Woolcott, the permanent...

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    Australian Academics Want Women’s Voices Heard at the Security Council

    by  • April 2, 2013 • Peace and Security, Security Council, Women • 

    Woman laying out leather

    A new network of women academics from Australia and New Zealand is keeping a close eye on Australia’s new two-year term as an elected member of the United Nations Security Council. The academics have organized a collective to track how well the UN’s most powerful body and Australia itself adhere to the landmark Women,...

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