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.

We’ve moved!  Our new office address and phone number:

63 Sparks Street, Suite 608
Ottawa, ON K1P 5A6
613-565-9449 ext. 23

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.

Luncheon Speaker Series

Peter Larson

Nice Words But Bad Policy:

Why the New Trudeau/Dion Doctrine on Israel/Palestine Is All Wrong

Tuesday, June 21, 2016
12:00 noon (sharp)
Palais Imperial Restaurant, 311- 313 Dalhousie St., Ottawa
COST: $30 for luncheon and presentation  $5 for presentation only

Reservations: please register by email or phone no later than Friday, June 17.
Group78@group78.org (613) 565-9449

Peter Larson Luncheon Notice


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. 


 In Other News…

Iran Nuclear Dealblog post by Peggy Mason, July 14, 2015

A Special Tribute to our friend and colleague
Gerald L. Ohlsen

Op-ed by Peggy Mason about Canada/Saudi arms deal in Embassy News, January 21, 2015

Canada and IS

Project Ploughshares statement:  Short-term gain for long-term pain —
Canada’s Challenge in responding to Islamic State
Canada and IS – Short term gain for long term pain
Cover letter to Prime Minister and MPs re Canada and IS

Previous Conferences… 

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World War I and Contemporary Policy on War and Peace

La Premiére Guerre Mondiale
et la politique contemporaine sur la guerre et la paix

Sept. 26 – 28, Barney Danson Theatre, Canadian War Museum
du 26 au 28 septembre, salle Barney Danson, Museé canadien de la Guerre


         Conf2013_final report_cover2013 Conference

         Responding to China’s Global Re-emergence

The Group of 78

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Ottawa, ON K1P 5A6

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