Welcome to the Group of 78

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Since its origins in 1981, the Group of 78 has promoted dialogue about a progressive Canadian foreign policy, based on the principles of sustainable PEACE through common security, JUSTICE in prosperity, equity, inclusion with diversity, and SURVIVAL of our planet in the face of modern human activity.

Up Coming Events

Leap Manifesto: A Climate Change Debate:
Sept 15, 2016

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Join us for a public debate between Avi Lewis and Thomas Homer-Dixon on the Leap Manifesto’s approach to current issues of Canadian politics and climate change.

Annual Policy Conference 2016 

UN flagsLimits to Armed Intervention Lessons from Africa, the Middle East & Afghanistan

Army Officers Mess & Bruyère Centre: September 23 & 24, 2016

Conference Program and Registration information  


Luncheon Speaker Series   Resumes Fall 2016

Past Events and Activity

Open Letter to the Prime Minister, April 26, 2016

The G78’s Thematic Working Group on Arms Control drafted a letter to the Prime Minister expressing our profound concern about the authorization of exports of Light Armoured Vehicles worth $15 billion to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. We solicited considerable support for this letter from NGOs in the Human Rights, Peacebuilding and International Development Communities. The final version shown here is a joint product of a number of organizations whose logos appear in the letter.

Letter to the Prime Minister – EnglishFrench

Video of press conference

The “Open Letter to the Prime Minister on the Saudi arms deal” remains open to accept additional signatures and logos. If you wish to add a signature as an individual or representative of an organization, in support of this letter, please inform the Group of 78 at group78@group78.org

Individual: provide the exact name you wish to use.

Organization: provide logo, electronic signature if possible, name and title of signatory.

Panel Discussion: “Pathways to Peace in Syria and Iraq”

Payam Akhavan, Associate Professor, Faculty of Law, McGill University
Marina Ottaway, Senior Scholar, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, Washington DC
Mokhtar Lamani, former head of the office of the UN-League of Arb States Joint Special Representative for Syria in Damascus
Sebastien Beaulieu, Director for Middle East Relations, Global Affairs Canada

Moderator: Paul Dewar, former MP for Ottawa Centre

Thursday March 10, 2016
5 – 7 p.m.
Elizabeth Bruyère Hospital Auditorium,  43 Bruyère Street, Ottawa
Cost: $25, $10 student rate

For further event details and registration information click here
For links to background reading articles and speakers’ bios click here

 Annual Policy Conference 2015 

UN flagsStrengthening Multilateral Cooperation:
The United Nations at 70

Group of 78 Annual Policy Conference 

September 25-27, 2015
Cartier Place Suite Hotel, 
180 Cooper Street, Ottawa

Conference Program             English     French

Speakers Bios

Check our Conference 2015 page here for further details about speaker presentations and the final conference report as they become available. 

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