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What's New In INES (WNII), Issue 5, May 2008


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INES, WNII, Issue 5, May 2008, Contents and Hotlinks,

1. INES ACTIVITIES AND PUBLICATIONS

Judge Christopher Weeramantry Receives NAPF Lifetime Achievement Award by David Krieger

http://www.wagingpeace.org/articles/2008/04/17_krieger_weeramantry_award.php


Bertrand Russell: Also a Popular Science Writer by Dhirendra Sharma

http://www.garhwalpost.com/leftnewsdetail.aspx?id=221;&nt=Feature



2. NEWS REVIEW

Burma and China: Tale of two disasters


- BURMA/MYANMAR


Burma Accepts Outside Help after Cyclone

http://www.dw-world.de/dw/function/0,,12215_cid_3347086,00.html?maca=en-tagesschau_englisch_nachrichten-435-rdf-mp


Country profile: Burma/Myanmar

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/asia-pacific/country_profiles/1300003.stm


- CHINA EARTHQUAKE


China Mourns Earthquake Victims

http://www.dw-world.de/dw/function/0,2145,12215_cid_3347087,00.html

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/7410166.stm


Country profile: China

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/country_profiles/1287798.stm


3. PEACE AND WAR - ARMSRACE AND DISARMAMENT


- PERSPECTIVES


The World Tipping Points by Bianca Jagger

http://www.wagingpeace.org/articles/2008/04/15_jagger_tipping_points.php


What It Means To Think Outside the Bomb

http://www.thinkoutsidethebomb.org


- US MISSILE SHIELD IN EUROPE


Activist Protesting Radar Goes on Hunger Strike

http://www.praguemonitor.com/en/334/czech_national_news/22650/


U.S. to seek new missile site if Polish talks fail by Susan Cornwell

http://www.reuters.com/article/politicsNews/idUSN0220240420080502


US missile umbrella 'won't work'

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/7352003.stm


- WEAPONS IN SPACE


Preventing an arms race in outer space by James Carroll

http://www.boston.com/bostonglobe/editorial_opinion/oped/articles/2008/05/12/preventing_an_arms_race_in_outer_space/


- NUCLEAR TESTS AND WEAPONS


Looking Back: The 1998 Indian and Pakistani Nuclear Tests by Michael Krepon

http://www.armscontrol.org/act/2008_05/lookingback.asp


A Treaty to Abolish Nuclear Weapons by Lawrence S. Wittner

http://hnn.us/articles/49891.html



4. NUCLEAR AND RENEWABLE ENERGIES


- NUCLEAR ENERGY


Spread of Nuclear Capability Is Feared by Joby Warrick

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zO-YCiGuWX4&feature=related


Tunisia and France Sign Accords on Civilian Nuclear Cooperation

http://www.lemonde.fr/web/video/0,47-0@2-3212,54-1040053@51-1038109,0.html


Nuclear's CO2 Cost 'Will Climb' by Paul Rincon

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/7371645.stm


ALTERNATIVES


Another Sunny Year for Solar Power by Janet L. Sawin

http://www.worldwatch.org/node/5449


Forget Nuclear by Amory B. Lovins, Imran Sheikh, and Alex Markevich

http://www.rmi.org/sitepages/pid467.php



5. SUSTAINABILITY AND CLIMATE CHANGE


- BIODIVERSITY AND AGRICULTURE


Major Biodiversity Conference Opens in Bonn

http://www.dw-world.de/dw/function/0,,12215_cid_3347088,00.html?maca=en-tagesschau_englisch_nachrichten-435-rdf-mp

http://www.iclei.org/index.php?id=6802


Food Production Should Not Compromise Biological Diversity

http://africasciencenews.org/asns/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=374&Itemid=2


Sweet Sorghum: A New Biofuel Crop That Ensures Food Security

http://africasciencenews.org/asns/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=385&Itemid=2


International Seed Aid "In Need of Rethink"

http://www.nature.com/news/2008/080514/full/news.2008.826.html


WWF Says Food Supply At Risk From Species Loss

http://www.planetark.com/dailynewsstory.cfm/newsid/48343/story.htm


Go Easy on Biofuels Until More Clarity-World Bank

http://www.guardian.co.uk/business/feedarticle/7505743


- CLIMATE CHANGE


Researchers Warn of Nitrogen Hazard to Environment

http://www.syracuse.com/newsflash/index.ssf?/base/national-8/1210897451128710.xml&storylist=technology


One Degree of Warming Having Major Impact, Study Finds

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2008/05/080514-global-warming.html


World's Wildlife and Environment Already Hit by Climate Change, Major Study Shows

http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2008/may/15/climatechange.scienceofclimatechange



6. CONFERENCES AND ACTIVITIES


NATO and the Future Role of Nuclear Weapons


Workcamp of the Friedenswerkstatt Mutlangen (Peace-Group) in Büchel, Germany



7. DOCUMENTATION


PrepCom

http://www.acronym.org.uk/npt/index.htm

http://www.reachingcriticalwill.org/


"Preparatory Conference for the Foundation of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA)"

http://www.irena.org/



8. HAVE A LOOK


Global Peace Index and Sustainability

http://www.visionofhumanity.com/rankings/


No Bases - International Networtk for the Abolition of Foreign Military Bases

http://www.nobasesnetwork.org/searchandcontribute



9. ANNOUNCEMENTS


Announcement of the Ernst-Otto-Czempiel Award for Peace Research



1. INES ACTIVITIES AND PUBLICATIONS


Judge Christopher Weeramantry Receives NAPF Lifetime Achievement Award by David Krieger

As a judge on the International Court of Justice, Judge Weeramantry wrote a lengthy dissent to the Court's Advisory Opinion on the Legality of the Threat or Use of Nuclear Weapons. The Court found that the threat or use of nuclear weapons would be generally illegal, but held open the possibility of legality in an extreme circumstance in which the very survival of a state was at stake. In his dissent, Judge Weeramantry concluded that there was no instance in which the threat or use of nuclear weapons could be considered legal under international law. Judge Weeramantry's dissent in this case remains the most comprehensive

and important legal opinion written on this critical issue.


In his acceptance speech upon receiving the Foundation‚Äö√Ñ√∂‚àö√ë‚àö¬·s Lifetime Achievement Award, Judge Weeramantry spoke on "Peace, International Law and the Rights of Future Generations." He pointed out that the 20th century had begun with high hopes for peace on the heels of the 1899 Hague Peace Conference. The Conference, convened by Czar Nicholas of Russia, sought to avert the resort to war in the 20th century. But, the judge pointed out, as we all know, the 20th century was witness to two devastating world wars. Judge Weeramantry described the 20th century as the century of lost opportunity. He characterized the 21st century as the century of last opportunity.


To read more, visit: http://www.wagingpeace.org/articles/2008/04/17_krieger_weeramantry_award.php


Source: The Sunflower eNewsletter, May 2008



Bertrand Russell: Also a Popular Science Writer by Dhirendra Sharma


In 1954, at a historical juncture, it was Bertrand Russell who initiated critical study of Science and analysed impact of Science on Society. He was not anti-science but founder of the anti-nuclear campaign. On 9 July 1955, I received my first lesson in activism in science when I attended the first ever anti-nuclear meeting held in Claxton Hall, London. A young scientist Dr Joseph Rotblat ushered in the old philosopher, Bertrand Russell. I witnessed the release of a historical document, signed by eminent scientists, which is now known as the Russell-Einstein Manifesto. Russell was 82 then.


Read more: http://www.garhwalpost.com/leftnewsdetail.aspx?id=221;&nt=Feature



2. NEWS REVIEW


Burma and China: Tale of two disasters


The BBC's Paul Danahar reported on the aftermath of the cyclone in Burma before flying to China to cover the Sichuan earthquake. Here he compares the two disasters, and the response from both governments.


Read more: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/7407927.stm



- BURMA/MYANMAR


Burma Accepts Outside Help after Cyclone


May 19, 2008 - Burma has declared three days of official mourning for the victims of cyclone Nargis. Earlier, Singapore's Foreign Minister George Yeo said Burma had agreed to accept foreign assistance from its Asian neighbours for victims of the cyclone. The announcement follows an emergency meeting in Singapore of foreign ministers from the Association of South East Asian Nations. Yeo said that Burma would hold a donors' meeting in Rangoon on May 25 to discuss its needs. Aid agencies say the death toll from the cyclone which hit Burma earlier this month stands at 78,000, but that number could soar without a massive

increase of emergency food and medicine. Burma's military regime has placed tight restrictions on foreign relief efforts.


Source: http://www.dw-world.de/dw/function/0,,12215_cid_3347086,00.html?maca=en-tagesschau_englisch_nachrichten-435-rdf-mp



Country profile: Burma/Myanmar

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/asia-pacific/country_profiles/1300003.stm





- CHINA EARTHQUAKE


China Mourns Earthquake Victims


May 19, 2008 - China has commemorated victims of last week's devastating earthquake in Sichuan province with three minutes of silence. The mourning took place as reports emerged that 200 relief workers were killed in Sichuan province by a mud slide which happened during recovery efforts. Last week's 7.9 magnitude earthquake was the worst in China in over three decades, killing an estimated 50,000 people. Three days of national mourning are now taking place.


Source: http://www.dw-world.de/dw/function/0,2145,12215_cid_3347087,00.html


More information: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/7410166.stm




Country profile: China

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/country_profiles/1287798.stm



3. PEACE AND WAR - ARMSRACE AND DISARMAMENT


- PERSPECTIVES


The World Tipping Points by Bianca Jagger


We are at an unprecedented moment in human history. We stand on the precipice of not one or two global crises, but many.


The world stands at the tipping point of human security, nuclear disaster as well as climate chaos. We are living at a dangerous period in world politics. We are witnessing unprecedented assaults on the rule of law, human rights and civil liberties, and our politicians are no longer being held accountable for their deceptions and failures.


What happens next will be determined by our actions. These issues have a pressing urgency, an urgency that demands radical and complete reform of the way we see the world and the way we live our lives.


More: http://www.wagingpeace.org/articles/2008/04/15_jagger_tipping_points.php


Source: The Sunflower, eNewsletter, May 2008




What It Means To Think Outside the Bomb


Last month, C-SPAN television broadcast portions of the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation's second annual Washington, DC Think Outside the Bomb youth conference. Around the world, people were introduced to the successful and inspiring Think Outside the Bomb program in which young people had the opportunity to engage in a conversation with historians, policy experts, and experienced activists on how best to make progress toward nuclear disarmament, environmental clean-up and grassroots citizen mobilization.


The Keynote Speaker was Dr. Zia Mian, Princeton physicist and director of the Project on Peace and Security in South Asia. Dr. Mian discussed what it meant to truly "Think Outside the Bomb." He argued that it was hard for young people to conceive of a world without nuclear weapons because society has been built on the existence of nuclear weapons. He said that the idea of nuclear weapons were a "generational mindset" among youth. For instance, some Pakistani books that teach children how to read associate the letter "A" with atomic bomb and a mushroom cloud.


Dr. Mian also argued that the "logic of the bomb" predated the invention of nuclear weapons. Strategic bombing during World War II destroyed whole cities. This created the precedent for using technology to generate mass destruction of cities and killing of civilians. He stated that, in order to "Think Outside the Bomb," people needed to address the societal factors that led to the creation of nuclear weapons.


To learn more about Think Outside the Bomb, visit: http://www.thinkoutsidethebomb.org



Source: The Sunflower, eNewsletter, May 2008




- US MISSILE SHIELD IN EUROPE


Activist Protesting Radar Goes on Hunger Strike


May 14, 2008 - Jan Tamas, an activist of the Czech civic group No to Bases, Tuesday went on hunger strike in protest against the U.S. plan to install a missile defence radar base in west Bohemia, Tamas has told CTK.


Read more: http://www.praguemonitor.com/en/334/czech_national_news/22650/



U.S. to seek new missile site if Polish talks fail by Susan Cornwell


May 2, 2008 - The United States will seek another site for its European missile defense project if talks with Poland fail, a senior U.S. official said on Friday.


More: http://www.reuters.com/article/politicsNews/idUSN0220240420080502



US missile umbrella 'won't work'


April 17, 2008 - A former top US official has told a Congressional hearing in Washington billions of dollars have been wasted on developing a US missile defence system.


To read: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/7352003.stm


- WEAPONS IN SPACE


Preventing an arms race in outer space by James Carroll


May 12, 2008 - As World War broke I broke out, Henry James identified an inexorable current that had been running below international events, leading to the "monstrous scene" of August "as its grand Niagara." Below the glassy upriver surface, the swift tide had been driven by habits of mind, arms merchant greed, imperial hubris, and a politics that was wholly inadequate. At the deadly cascade, nations tumbled into the most violent century in history. Writer Jonathan Schell cites the Niagara metaphor to define the still running momentum of war.


More: http://www.boston.com/bostonglobe/editorial_opinion/oped/articles/2008/05/12/preventing_an_arms_race_in_outer_space/




- NUCLEAR TESTS AND WEAPONS


Looking Back: The 1998 Indian and Pakistani Nuclear Tests by Michael Krepon


Ten years ago, the governments of India and Pakistan tested nuclear devices, prompting a global uproar, a united front by the five permanent members (P-5) of the UN Security Council, and stiff sanctions directed at New Delhi and Islamabad. Although the timing of the tests came as a surprise to the U.S. intelligence community, New Delhi had foreshadowed its decision to test two years earlier by withdrawing from the negotiating endgame for the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty (CTBT), a goal that was ardently championed from 1954 onward by Jawaharlal Nehru, India's first prime minister, and his successors.


For the full article visit: http://www.armscontrol.org/act/2008_05/lookingback.asp




A Treaty to Abolish Nuclear Weapons by Lawrence S. Wittner


May 5, 2008 - Although few people are aware of it, there has been considerable progress over the past decade toward a treaty to abolish nuclear weapons.


Read: http://hnn.us/articles/49891.html





4. NUCLEAR AND RENEWABLE ENERGIES


- NUCLEAR ENERGY


Spread of Nuclear Capability Is Feared by Joby Warrick


May 12, 2008 - At least 40 developing countries from the Persian Gulf region to Latin America have recently approached U.N. officials here to signal interest in starting nuclear power programs, a trend that concerned proliferation experts say could provide the building blocks of nuclear arsenals in some of those nations.


More: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zO-YCiGuWX4&feature=related




Tunisia and France Sign Accords on Civilian Nuclear Cooperation


April 28, 2008 - France and Tunisia signed an accord on nuclear cooperation on Monday, the first day of French President Nicolas Sarkozy's state visit to the North African nation.


Under the nuclear cooperation deal, France could help Tunisia develop a nuclear power plant. The French leader has said nuclear energy is key to sustainable development and that he is willing to forge partnerships with Arab nations that want it and promise to adhere to the rules governing civilian nuclear technologies.


In the past year, Sarkozy has signed such accords with Algeria, Libya, Jordan and the United Arab Emirates.


To see the video (in french), click here: http://www.lemonde.fr/web/video/0,47-0@2-3212,54-1040053@51-1038109,0.html




Nuclear's CO2 Cost 'Will Climb' by Paul Rincon


April 30, 2008 - The case for nuclear power as a low carbon energy source to replace fossil fuels has been challenged in a new report by Australian academics.


To read the full article, click here: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/7371645.stm





ALTERNATIVES


Another Sunny Year for Solar Power by Janet L. Sawin


Global production of photovoltaic (PV) or solar cells-which convert the sun's light directly to electricity-increased 51 percent in 2007, to 3,733 megawatts. According to early estimates, more than 2,935 megawatts of solar modules were installed that year, bringing cumulative global installations of PVs since 1996 to more than 9,740 megawatts-enough to meet the annual electricity demand of more than 3 million homes in Europe. Over the past five years, annual global production of PV cells has increased nearly sevenfold, and cumulative installations have grown more than fivefold


Read: http://www.worldwatch.org/node/5449



Forget Nuclear Amory by B. Lovins, Imran Sheikh, and Alex Markevich


Nuclear power, we're told, is a vibrant industry that's dramatically reviving because it's proven, necessary, competitive, reliable, safe, secure, widely used, increasingly popular, and carbon-free‚ – a perfect replacement for carbon-spewing coal power. New nuclear plants thus sound vital for climate protection, energy security, and powering a growing economy.


Interested? http://www.rmi.org/sitepages/pid467.php



5. SUSTAINABILITY AND CLIMATE CHANGE


- BIODIVERSITY AND AGRICULTURE


Major Biodiversity Conference Opens in Bonn


A UN conference on the protection of species has opened in the German city of Bonn. 5,000 delegates from nearly 200 countries are attending. It is estimated that more than a hundred species of plants and animals become extinct every day, at untold environmental and economic cost. German environment minister Sigmar Gabriel said in his opening speech that the world faces a Herculean task to safeguard animal and plant

life from climate change and pollution. The meeting will also review the goal set at the UN Earth Summit in 2002 of slowing the loss of biological diversity by 2010, which critics say can no longer be reached.


Source: http://www.dw-world.de/dw/function/0,,12215_cid_3347088,00.html?maca=en-tagesschau_englisch_nachrichten-435-rdf-mp


Further information: http://www.iclei.org/index.php?id=6802




Food Production Should Not Compromise Biological Diversity


May 16, 2008 - The Executive Secretary of the Convention on Biological Diversity has said renewing agricultural diversity of crops and livestock backed by a functional natural support system is the best long-term solution to meet the global food challenge.


More: http://africasciencenews.org/asns/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=374&Itemid=2



Sweet Sorghum: A New Biofuel Crop That Ensures Food Security


May 16, 2008 - Sweet sorghum provides could be the crop that would provide an opportunity for developing countries to re-direct oil money that used to go overseas back into their own rural economies, Dr. William Dar, Director General of the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT), one of the 15 allied centers supported by the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) has said.


More: http://africasciencenews.org/asns/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=385&Itemid=2


International Seed Aid "In Need of Rethink"


May 15, 2008 - Agriculture and development experts have called for alternatives to the widespread practice of 'seed aid' – the seeds handed out to crisis-stricken African farmers – which they say has not met the needs of local communities.


More: http://www.nature.com/news/2008/080514/full/news.2008.826.html


WWF Says Food Supply At Risk From Species Loss


May 15, 2008 - Governments are set to miss a self-imposed goal of slowing the rate of extinctions by 2010 and as a result are putting long-term food supplies at risk, a top environmentalist said before a UN biodiversity conference.


More: http://www.planetark.com/dailynewsstory.cfm/newsid/48343/story.htm




Go Easy on Biofuels Until More Clarity-World Bank


May 8, 2008 - A senior World Bank official said on Thursday that countries should not greatly increase biofuels production until there is more clarity about how much they have contributed to the global food price crisis.


More: http://www.guardian.co.uk/business/feedarticle/7505743



- CLIMATE CHANGE


Researchers Warn of Nitrogen Hazard to Environment


May 16, 2008 – While carbon dioxide has been getting lots of publicity in climate change, reactive forms of nitrogen are also building up in the environment, scientists warn.


More: http://www.syracuse.com/newsflash/index.ssf?/base/national-8/1210897451128710.xml&storylist=technology




One Degree of Warming Having Major Impact, Study Finds


May 15, 2008 - An exhaustive analysis of data from about 30,000 physical and ecological systems shows that human-induced climate change is already having a dramatic effect on the planet.


More: http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2008/05/080514-global-warming.html




World's Wildlife and Environment Already Hit by Climate Change, Major Study Shows


May 15, 2008 - Global warming is disrupting wildlife and the environment on every continent, according to an unprecedented study that reveals the extent to which climate change is already affecting the world's ecosystems.


More: http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2008/may/15/climatechange.scienceofclimatechange



6. CONFERENCES AND ACTIVITIES


NATO and the Future Role of Nuclear Weapons

Side Event at the NATO Parliamentary Assembly


The Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung and Parliamentarians for Nuclear non-Proliferation and Disarmament PNND are holding a panel discussion at the German Bundestag. The focus of the discussion will be on NATO and the role of nuclear weapons. At the same time, we would like to discuss the future development of nuclear strategies and the process of modernization of nuclear weapons as it can currently be observed in several NATO member states. It is our goal to contribute to the debate within NATO from a parliamentary and civil society perspective.


There are still places available. Due to the special security measures for entering the Bundestag, it is required that you indicate your date of birth in your registration email. Furthermore, you are required to bring your passport to gain admission to the event. The available place will be allocated on a first come first serve basis.


Registration: chris@pnnd.org


May 25, 2008, 12.30 to 2.30 p.m.

Deutscher Bundestag, Paul-Löbe-Haus, Europa-Saal (room 4.900)

Konrad-Adenauer-Straße 1, 10557 Berlin


Program


Welcome and introduction:

Uta Zapf, MdB, Co-President of PNND:

The Role of Parliamentarians in the Development of Nuclear Arms

Control and Nuclear Strategies


Input:

Martin Butcher, Acronym Institute for Disarmament Diplomacy: The Future of Nuclear Arms Control and the Responsibility of NATO

Dr. Hans M. Kristensen, Director, Nuclear Information Project, Federation of American Scientists :

NATO and Nuclear Weapons: Nuclear Strategy and the Need for a Public Debate

Pol D'Huyvetter, Mayors for Peace 2020 Vision Campaign: Nuclear Weapons and Civil Society


Discussion:

Chair: Ana Gomes, MEP


Concluding Remarks:

Uta Zapf, MdB, Co-President of PNND


- The conference will be held in English -



Workcamp of the Friedenswerkstatt Mutlangen (Peace-Group) in Büchel, Germany


August 16th - September 3rd, 2008


Büchel is the last deployment site of nuclear weapons in Germany. Büchel is situated in the Eiffel, near Cochem on the Mosel river. It is here that the USA have deployed nuclear bombs and German military pilots train dropping them. Within the framework of the campaign "our future without nuclear weapons – an action week for the withdrawal and scrapping of the nuclear weapons will take place here from August 24th to 30th. The air base is to be surrounded by many people. Demonstrations, actions and civil disobedience are planed by groups of the peace movement.


The Friedenswerkstatt Mutlangen e.V. is an enlisted organization which promotes the practise of active non-violence and the complete disarmament of all nuclear weapons. It place of residence is so called Pressehütte in Mutlangen (www.pressehuette.de). In the 1980s, Mutlangen became a symbol of the non-violent resistance against the nuclear missiles Pershing II. The Pressehütte was the starting-point

for many actions blocking the nuclear base. The missiles have been withdrawn. The time of civil disobedience and the trails at court is over. Now, the Friedenswerkstatt is organizing seminars, action-trips and lobby-trips to the United Nations and to deployment sites of nuclear weapons with young people.


From this activity there has arisen the youth-network: BANg - Ban all nukes generation (www.BANg-europe.org).


This year the Friedenswerkstatt is inviting committed people of BANg and interested people through Youth Action for Peace to the Workcamp in Büchel.


Work: The Participants of the Workcamp will set up tents, mark paths, cook, paint and hang up banners, and play street theatre. They will also help to build up peace-camp for the action-week, and the they will help to feed arriving groups and support them in their activities. The Workcamp will call attention to the action-week with own creative activities.


Study-part: We will concern ourselves with the question: "What can I as a young person do for peace?" The topic in the foreground will be nuclear disarmament and the youth-network BANg. The study-part will also include a clowns-workshop to prepare for the activities of the street theatre.


Recreation: hiking, bathing in former volcanic crater, getting to know people from the region, going to concerts, sightseeing of the castles of the Mosel river, and may be also a ship trip on the Mosel river.


Accommodation: The participants will sleep in tents. Please bring along sleeping bags and insulating-mats. The food is mainly vegetarian.


Other information: Please bring clothes for cold and wet weather, working clothes and good shoes, bathing suits and musical instruments. A good knowledge of English is important!


Travel directions: go by train to the train station of Cochem, an then from there with the bus 500 until the buss stop of Waldschenke. From there, signs will direct you the rest of the way to the peace-camp.


More information and registration: workcamp@pressehuette.de



7. DOCUMENTATION


PrepCom


The Acronym Institute is reporting on the PrepCom via this website: http://www.acronym.org.uk/npt/index.htm


For NGO updates and copies of the main statements and documents from the PrepCom see also Reaching Critical Will:

http://www.reachingcriticalwill.org/



"Preparatory Conference for the Foundation of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA)‚"


From 9 to 11 April, 2008, the German Federal Government hosted the Preparatory Conference for the Foundation of an International Renewable Energy Agency in the German Federal Foreign Office in Berlin. 170 participants from 60 countries attended and discussed the possible objectives, activities, organisation and finance of an IRENA.


The meeting took place at a critical juncture – as the world is facing both a growing energy demand and the necessity to limit global warming. The conference participants shared a sense of urgency to switch to a more secure, low-carbon energy system without undermining economic and social development. They agreed that renewable energy has to play an important role in this energy revolution.


The German Government is encouraged by the support expressed at the conference. It will take the initiative to further consult the governments of all the participants assembled here and other countries who might want to join in.


The conference documents can be found under "downloads": http://www.irena.org/downloads.htm


Source: http://www.irena.org/




8. HAVE A LOOK


Global Peace Index and Sustainability


The Global Peace Index is a ground-breaking milestone in the study of peace. It is the first time that an Index has been created that ranks the nations of the world by their peacefulness and identifies some of the drivers of that peace.


To view the current website please visit: http://www.visionofhumanity.com/rankings/



No Bases - International Networtk for the Abolition of Foreign Military Bases


The No Bases Network is currently compiling a database with all relevant information on foreign military bases worldwide. It would be greatly appreciated if you would take some time to fill in the available information on bases in your area or on bases of your interest. You can fill in as many entries as you like.


Please go to http://www.nobasesnetwork.org/searchandcontribute


To check if someone else already filled in information about the base you were thinking of, please click "check for updates".


Please, fill in as much information as you are able to in order to ensure that we have reliable and well-sourced information. None of the field, however, are obligatory.


You will know that your data-input succeeded when you receive a message from the No Bases Network.


Please contact us at nobasesnetwork@gmail.com for questions or suggestions.


Thank you for your support!


It is greatly appreciated.

Anabel Estrella

No Bases Network



9. ANNOUNCEMENTS


Announcement of the Ernst-Otto-Czempiel Award for Peace Research


The Peace Research Institute Frankfurt (PRIF) invites submissions for the Ernst-Otto-Czempiel Award for peace research. The award, in honour of the former director of PRIF, is endowed with 5,000.- euros and will

be given for the best postdoctoral monograph published in the field of peace research in 2006 or 2007. Ph.D. theses and books by authors of the age of 45 or older at the date of publication are excluded.


Nominations and self-nominations are possible. Every nomination should contain the name, full address and e-mail address of the author and the title of the book. In the case of self-nomination, the application

should in addition contain a CV, a list of publications, and a copy of the book.


The nomination deadline is July 15, 2008.


The winner will be selected by a jury consisting of Prof. Dr Eva Senghaas-Knobloch, Prof. Dr Dirk Messner and Prof. Dr Harald Mueller. The award ceremony will take place during PRIF's annual conference, October 10/11, 2008, in Frankfurt/Germany.


Please send nominations and self-nominations to


Peace Research Institute Frankfurt

Attn. Prof. Dr Harald Mueller

"Czempiel-Preis"

Leimenrode 29

60322 Frankfurt

Germany


Electronic submissions can be sent via e-mail to

borchert@hsfk.de and

mueller@hsfk.de