Conferences were a success for peace, Pugwash: official

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The delegates have all gone home, the Pugwash Movement renewed and officials with the Pugwash Peace Exchange could not be happier with how things went.

The delegates have all gone home, the Pugwash Movement renewed and officials with the Pugwash Peace Exchange could not be happier with how things went.

Soon after the four-day Pugwash Conference wrapped up on Sunday, peace exchange officials began taking stock of what took place in Pugwash and how the community has once again been put on the map.

"It went very well. Every event that we had planned exceeded our expectations," Pugwash Peace Exchange president Stephen Leahey said. "Every event was well attended and there was a lot of activity in the village. That says a lot about the level of support there was for the conference."

Scientists from around the world converged on the tiny Northumberland Strait community over the weekend to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the original Pugwash Conferences and to revitalize discussion on nuclear disarmament.

On the business side, workshop participants completed a two-page communique that will be sent to participating countries and eventually be posted on the Pugwash Movement website for all to see.

More than the conference itself, Leahey said the media exposure received by Pugwash should go a long way towards selling the community as a destination for tourists and possible economic development. He also feels it will assist his group's efforts to construct a multi-million-dollar interpretive centre that will be a meeting place as well as a celebration of the Pugwash Movement.

"The conference raised the level of Pugwash and put it in the minds of people in that it raised the profile of nuclear disarmament and the fact the whole movement started right here," he said.

The conference was also a success in that it showed the Pugwash Peace Exchange can host major events in Pugwash. Leahey said the conference showed Pugwash is not a sleepy little village on the north shore waiting for someone to come rescue it with a handout.



dcole@amherstdaily.com

Organizations: Pugwash Movement

Geographic location: Pugwash

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