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29.11.2011: INES 20th Anniversary

Events 2011

For Students & Youth related events go to: www.inesglobal.com/student-events.phtml


World Forum on Science and Democracy

4.-5. February 2011, Dakar/Senegal

On the road to Dakar...

The Science and Democracy World Forum (SDWF) is an initiative launched in 2007 as an answer to the lack of dialogue between scientific institutions and social actors on Science and Society issues at a global level. That is what we expressed in the call, which defined the main political guidelines of the SDWF. 

The so-called SDWF proposes two ways to deal with these aspects:

  • a forum to help scientific and social actors to dialogue about shared interests, issues and concerns; the next forum will take place in Dakar on February 4th & 5th, 2011.
  • a process to facilitate and enlighten collective dynamics, actions, initiatives or thoughts about Science and Democracy or Science and Society issues.

As Science and Technology impact nearly every part of our social and political lives, we will not concentrate our views ‘only' on labs and universities, but also on industrial, social, agricultural and economical sectors of societies.

The SDWF is built and fed by propositions and activities initiated by involved actors. 

The organizations, which coordinate the SDWF, will not impose a turnkey programme for the 2nd Forum in Dakar. Each topic, theme or proposal is welcome. 

Regards, Fabien Piasecki

Fondation Sciences Citoyennes
www.sciencescitoyennes.org
fabienpiaseckisciencescitoyennesorg

Further Info: www.sdwf-fmsd.org



 Link to Events 2012

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World Social Forum

6.-11. February 2011, Dakar/Senegal

See: www.forumsocialmundial.org.br

  


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16.- 17. February 2011

The Dangers of Nuclear Deterrence

Santa Barbara/USA

The Nuclear Age Peace Foundation will bring together experts to discuss the dangers of nuclear deterrence. Participants in the conference include David Krieger and Richard Falk (Nuclear Age Peace Foundation), Jackie Cabasso (Western States Legal Foundation), John Burroughs (Lawyers Committee on Nuclear Policy) and Commander Robert Green and Kate Dewes (Disarmament & Security Centre).

On February 17 at 7:00 pm, the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation welcomes Commander Robert Green to give the 10th Annual Frank K. Kelly Lecture on Humanity's Future. The lecture will take place at the Fe Bland Forum at Santa Barbara City College.

More info: napf.org

Read the Santa Barbara Declaration on Nuclear Deterrence here:


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12. April 2011

Global Day of Action on Military Spending

 
World military spending reached $1.6 trillion in 2010, biggest increase in South America, fall in Europe according to new SIPRI data.

Disarmament for Development: INES presents the SIPRI 2010 data and discusses this development with experts.

11:00 - 12:00 Press talk
Schützenstr. 6a, 1st floor
10117 Berlin

Panel:
Wolfgang Gehrcke, Left party
Christine Hoffmann, Pax Christi
Reiner Braun, INES Program Director

World military expenditure in 2010 is estimated to have been $1630 billion, an increase of 1.3 per cent. The region with the largest increase in military spending was South America, with a 5.8 per cent increase, reaching a total of $63.3 billion, according to new data published today by Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI). Read press release. The comprehensive annual update of the SIPRI Military Expenditure Database is accessible from today at www.sipri.org

Visit the website of the Global Day on Military Spending: demilitarize.org

Press release on GDAMS by Pax Christi International: paxChristiPR.pdf (48K)


15. April, 2011

No to war – No to NATO

Annual meeting of the No to war – No to NATO-coalition, Dublin/Ireland

See statement of the International Coordinating Committee No to War – No to NATO (ICC) of March 28, 2011 condemning the attacks on Libya.

See program:

Read the results of the meeting


13. May, 2011

Science, progress and economic growth

Workshop by the World Federation of Scientific Workers, Paris, France

The words “progress” as well as “economic growth”’ and even “science” have several meanings and are the subject of controversies. Having hold over these realities and being able to influence decision makers implies the debates. Four introductory notes will be given by representatives of Portugal (Frederico Carvalho, Nuclear Physics), of Japan (Seiji Yuasa, Biology) and of France (Janine Guespin, Biology and André Jaeglé, Cartography). Simultaneous interpretation will be provided.

13.5.2011, 15:00 at the Headquarters of the Syndicat National de l’Enseignement Supérieur (SNESup, Higher Education Trade Union), 78 rue du Faubourg-Saint-Denis, Paris 10ème arrt. (Subway: Château d’eau).

Further information and contact: fmtsfmts-wfsworg


21. May, 2011

Emerging Technologies: Are The Risks Being Neglected?

Scientists for Global Responsibility (SGR) Conference and AGM 2011, London/UK

New 'emerging' technologies are being developed rapidly, especially as greater commercialisation of academic research is being emphasised to help deal with current economic problems. Many potential environmental, security, health and other benefits are being claimed for these technological developments. But are narrow priorities ­ especially ecconomic ones ­ driving out careful examination of the claimed benefits and due consideration of risks? Are our political, economic and social structures managing to deal with the complexities that emerging
technologies raise? Are alternative solutions for dealing with environmental and social problems being given proper consideration?

Speakers include:

* Professor Joanna Haigh, Imperial College London, on Geo-engineering the Climate

* Professor Noel Sharkey, Sheffield University, on Robots on the Battlefield: Ethical and Humanitarian Implications

* Dr Bronislaw Szerszynski, Lancaster University, on Emerging Technologies and Risk: the Social, Cultural and Political Dimensions

For further information and/or to register, please see:
www.sgr.org.uk/events/emerging-technologies-are-risks-being-neglected


23.  - 24. May, 2011

Desert Power for the People. Peace and Sustainability by Desertec?

International symposium, Berlin/Germany

Program


27.  -29. May, 2011

Experiences and know-how in opposing military research at universities

International seminar and national conference at the Technical University Braunschweig

Friday, 27.5. 2011
11:00-17:00
Experiences and know-how in opposing military research at universities.
Organised by INES

To see the documentation please visit the INES campaigne site "Commit Universities to peace".

Keynote speakers and topics:

  • Situation in the USA: Dr. Subrata Ghoshroy, MIT, USA
  • Challenging military Research and Development (R&D) in the UK: Dr. Stuart Parkinson, Scientists for Global Responsibility (SGR), GB
  • The INES campaign "Commit universities to peace": Reiner Braun, Program Director

19:30 Public event: The war business.
1. Recent international development of military research with focus on USA (Dr. Subrata Ghoshroy)
2.The militarization of society: Impacts on science, reserach and eductation, and  civil alternatives.  (Prof. Dr. Uwe Schneidewind, President of the Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment and Energy).
3. Peaceful alternatives: disarmament and sustainable science (Reiner Braun)

For the international seminar please register with INES: officeinesglobalcom


The following two days are a national congress: Nein zur Militarisierung von Forschung und Lehre - Ja zur Zivilklausel“

 organised by ver.di, GEW, NatWiss-Initiative, IALANA, ASTA TU Braunschweig, LAK NDS. Conference language is German. Read the program


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8.-10. 6. 2011

Science and Technology for the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT), Vienna, Austria.

To build and strengthen its relationship with the broader science community in support of the Treaty, the CTBTO invites the community to a scientific conference.
This multidisciplinary scientific conference, designed to foster partnerships on many levels, will be of interest to working scientists and technologists, science administrators, scientific representatives to the CTBTO's policy-making organs, and representatives of agencies that fund research and development in areas potentially relevant to the Treaty's verification system.

For further information click here.


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25. June, 2011

Nuclear Abolition Day

On 25 June thousands of people around the world will take part in coordinated actions for a treaty banning all nuclear weapons. What do you plan to do on this global day of action?

The leaders of the P5 nuclear-weapon states – the US, Russia, Britain, France and China – are meeting in Paris a few days later, and we must send a loud and clear message to them and to other government leaders: Now is the time to begin negotiations on a nuclear abolition treaty.
Nuclear weapons are immoral and inhuman. They can and must be outlawed and eliminated – before they are used again.

With your help, we can make this a reality. Please spread the word, and let us know what you're planning!
Click here for action ideas or to register an action.


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29. - 30. June 2011

P5 Summit

Paris/France

 

France will be hosting the first high-level meeting of the P5 countries since the 2010 NPT Review Conference.
Abolition 2000 members and partners are calling on the P5 to use this opportunity to turn their rhetoric into concrete and far-reaching action for nuclear disarmament rather than minimalist and insignificant measures.

At the 2010 Non-Proliferation Treaty Review Conference, the States recognized under the NPT as possessing nuclear weapons (China, France, Russia, the United Kingdom and the United States – who also happen to be the five permanent members of the UN Security Council) committed to make progress on a number of disarmament measures, and agreed to engage amongst themselves in order to enhance such progress and then report back to the 2015 NPT Review Conference.

On 7. June, the Co-Presidents of Parliamentarians for Nuclear Non-Proliferation and Disarmament (PNND) - high-level parliamentarians from Germany, Mexico, Russia, South Korea, Tanzania, the United Kingdom and the United States - sent a letter to the heads of government, foreign ministers and UN ambassadors of the P5 countries reminding them of the steps and measures to which they had agreed at the 2010 NPT Review Conference, calling for action to implement these, and announcing that PNND is ready to work with the P5 countries to amplify these efforts.
Read on

To watch a video by the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) on the Nuclear abolition day and the P5 meeting click here.


1. July 2011

European Security and Nuclear Disarmament

Public Symposium in Berlin/Germany

With speeches of the German Foreign Minister Dr. Guido Westerwell, the Pugwash-President Jayantha Dhanapala, the Pugwash General Secretary Paolo Cotta-Ramusino  as well a "Dorothy Hodgkin Memorial Lecture".
Organizors: Department of Foreign Affairs, European Leadership Network (ELN), Pugwash Conferences and the Federation of German Scientists (VDW).

Registration via the VDW-office, Schützenstr. 6a, 10117 Berlin.
Contact: Julia Pippig:juliapippigvdw-evde
Phone:+49-(0)30-20654857.


29.-30. June 2011

Conflict and Cooperation - The Global Impact of Regional Security Efforts

Meeting by the The International Student/Young Pugwash (ISYP)  prior to the Pugwash Conference.

Information (in German) on the VDW website.


1.-4. July, 2011

59th Pugwash Conference

European Contributions to Nuclear Disarmament and Conflict Resolution
Berlin/Germany

The Federation of German Scientists (VDW) as German Pugwash section will hold two workshops:

1. Social Responsibility of Scientists
Co-chair: Lothar Brock (Germany)
Co-chair: John Finney (UK)
Rapporteur: Tom Borsen (Denmark)

2. Climate change, Resources and Conflict Prevention
Co-chair: Michael Brozka (Germany)
Co-chair: Lynn Eden (USA)
Rapporteur Zoe Heuschkel (Germany)

See the program and further information on workshops:


Security Risks of Climate Change: From Conflict to Cooperation
Speech of Prof. Jürgen Scheffran at the 59th Pugwash Conference

The Security Risks of Climate Change

Since the 1990s several studies and research groups have discussed how environmental degradation and the scarcity of natural resources can become a cause of violent conflict, continuously eroding the resilience of societies to resolve conflictive situations in a peaceful way. In addition, global warming could severely undermine human security and overwhelm adaptive capacities of societies in many world regions, bearing a significant conflict potential. Since the fourth assessment report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) in 2007 interest in the climate-security nexus has increased and has contributed to the “securitization” of the climate debate.

Read the full speech


Impressions and personal report of the INES Treasurer Claus Montonen:

It should be clearly stated that the Pugwash movement of today is no longer a scientsts´movement, but rather a movement for active or retired diplomats, government and international organization officials, military staff, lawyers and the like. A frequently heard comment from disappointed scientists attending was that Pugwash should (finally) delete the word ”science” from the title of its conferences. There is no doubt that there is a need for a forum where people in power can meet and discuss off the record, potentially leading to new fruitful diplomatic initiatives, and thus Pugwash in its present form has a role to play. For the practising scientist, however, for whom the change of one word in an established formula is not the earth-shattering experience it is for a diplomat, listening to the plenary speakers is an experience similar to watching a ritual without an understanding of its meaning. There certainly is a need for an international forum where concerned scientists can discuss their concerns and voice their opinions, and INES provides such a democratically spirited forum.

Read the full report


1. July 2011

Whistleblower-Award 2011

The Whistleblower Award 2011 goes to Dr. Rainer Moormann, Aachen/Germany and to „Anonymus“.

Read the press release (in German).
Read the program of the Award Ceremony (in German) to be held at 19.30 at the Berlin-Brandenburgischen Akademie der Wissenschaften, Berlin/Germany.
Further information on the VDW website and the IALANA website.


5. Juli 2011

"European Security and Nuclear Disarmament - Ghost from the Past or Path to the Future?"

Freie Universität Berlin, 14:00-17:00, Henry-Ford-Bau, Hörsaal A, Garystr. 35
Read program:

The Controversy Surrounding the Atom

Humboldt-Universität Berlin, 18:00-21:00, Auditorium maximum, Hauptgebäude, Unter den Linden 6

Read program (in German):

Both public events are held by the VDW in cooperation with the Freie Universität Berlin and the Humboldt-Universität Berlin.

For further information please contact the VDW office: E-Mail juliapippigvdw-evde
Phone: 030 20654857.


6.  August 2011

Hiroshima Day activites

To see list of activities in Germany please visit website (Friedenskooperative. In German)


6.  August 2011

Hiroshima Day Discussion

Dehradun, India 

Meeting: 10:00 -12:30
Venue:   The  Manthan Sabhagar, Dilaram Bazar (near Madhuban Hotel), Dehradun, India 
 
With the development of  Hydrogen bombs and Ballistic missiles, the humans have become an endangered species. Concerned scientists had concluded  that  in a nuclear war, there will be no victor, no vanquished. There is No-Self Defense  or Civil Defense against the nuclear weapons. For in a Nuclear war,  the Defense Forces would not be able to perform their patriotic duty for which they were trained. No Nation State, therefore,  can claim Sovereign right to mortgage life and liberties of future generations. 
Therefore, this Hiroshima Day, we affirm our resolve to make the World nuclear-free and call upon India and Pakistan to give up the Weapons of Mass Destruction and make the South Asian Community  Free of the Nuclear Weapons.
Contact: Dhirendra Sharma, Centre for Science Policy/Concerned Scientists & Philosophers, "Nirmal-Nilay", Dehradun 248009 (India).
+(0135) 2735 627.Mob. 989788 3741, www.psaindia.org


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3. - 9. August 2011

2011 World Conference against A and H Bombs

in Hiroshima and Nagasaki

Let us gather in Hiroshima and Nagasaki and pile up millions of signatures to ban nuclear weapons!

Visit website.


10. August, 2011

Workshop on nuclear weapons and their disarmament

14:00 - 18:00, Hamburg, Germany

Side event of the larger conference on severe atmospheric aerosol events. The ecological consequences of a nuclear war plays an important part of the conference. Speakers are:
Steven Starr, Oliver Meier, Susi Snyder, Martin Kalinowski and Jürgen Scheffran.

Please register by email to aerosol-eventsuni-hamburgde and specifiy whether you plan to attend the workshop alone or in addition the converence as well. There are limited number of places available.
See agenda:


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9. - 14. August, 2011

European Academy for social Movements

Building our common Future - Developing alternatives for a better world

The European Attac Network is conducting a „European Network Academy for Social Movements“ (ENA) in Freiburg/Germany. Building upon the great success of the first Europe-wide Attac Summer university in 2008 in Saarbruecken/Germany, we would like to set another important milestone in the success story of Attac in a new period of globalisation and of the movements critical of globalisation.
We invite activists from all social movements to actively participate and look forward to the discussions with people from all parts of he world with their ideas and perspectives or a better world.

Visit ENA website.

Read program.


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11.-12. August 2011

Severe Atmospheric Aerosol Events 

Conference on pathways, impacts and policies on large aerosol injections into the atmosphere. Hamburg, Germany
Panels on:
Life-cycle of large aerosol injections
Environmental consequences
Socio-economic consequences
Policy implications

A major focus will be the ecological consequences of a nuclear war.
Visit website.

Application form: Aerosol_Conference.pdf (223K)

Agenda: Agenda_Aerosol_Events.pdf (162K)


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29. August 2011

International Day Against Nuclear Tests

The 64th session of the United Nations General Assembly declared 29 August as the International Day against Nuclear Tests through the unanimous adoption of its resolution 64/35 on 2 December 2009.   The Day is meant to galvanize the efforts of the United Nations, Member States, intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations, academic institutions, youth networks and the media in informing, educating and advocating the necessity of banning nuclear tests as a valuable step to achieving a safer world.   The Preamble of the resolution emphasizes “that every effort should be made to end nuclear tests in order to avert devastating and harmful effects on the lives and health of people …and, that the end of nuclear tests is one of the key means of achieving the goal of a nuclear-weapon-free world.”

Visit the UN website

Read report of Tom Collina, Research Director of the Arms Control Association (ACA).


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5. - 9. September 2011

Strengthening Verification, Enhancing Security:
The Science and Significance of the CTBT

Introductory course on the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty 
Vienna, Austria.

The course is a part of the Commission’s capacity development initiative, launched with the objective of training and educating the next generation of experts on the CTBT. The course is comprised of online modules, in-class lectures and optional tour of the Secretariat’s technical facilities. Participation in the course is free of charge, and interested parties need only submit the attached registration form.
For further information please contact Mr Kevin Murray at kevinmurrayctbtoorg

See draft course schedule.


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16. September, 2011

Abolition 2000 Annual Assembly

For more information on Abolition 2000 please click here.


17.-19. September

International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) conference

Geneva, Switzerland

More info on ICAN.
To read a report of the ICAN conference and Abolition 2000 meeting please click here.


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21. September, 2011

International Day of Peace

Visit website

Read the message of Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO, on the occasion of the International Day of Peace, 21 September 2011, “Peace and Democracy: Make Your Voice Heard”.


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20.-25. September 2011

Mesopotamia Social Forum

Amed (Diyarbakir), Kurdistan, Turkey

We are saluting resisting people of the Middle East and the World,
While the entire world is agitated politically, socially and morally, we would like to spread our voice in resistance and hear other voices. We would like to walk together.
Read on

More information:
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Website of the World Social Forum

To see some documentation click here.


23.-25. September 2011

Prospettive di eliminazione delle armi nucleari.

Sfide scientifico-tecnologiche e opportunita' politiche
Castiglioncello/ItalOrganized by the Unione Scienziati Per Il Disarmo (USPID). For further information please visit the USPID website.


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23.September 2011

Conference on Facilitating the Entry into Force of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty

New York City, USA
Foreign ministers from around 100 countries will meet at the United Nations Headquarters to promote the entry into force of the treaty that bans all nuclear testing. The Treaty is open to the press and to NGOs.
See further information on the conference website.


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22.-24. September 2011

Limits to the Anthropocene

What are the boundaries of human intervention into nature?
International symposium, Hamburg/Germany

Not only the recent catastrophe in Japan but also the ongoing climate change and limited natural resources raise the question of the boundaries of human intervention into nature - or in other words: What are the limits to the anthropocene? In our symposium we want to find answers to this question.
To find the description of the symposium and the program click here.


27. September 2011

Protest against the Koodankulam Nuclear Power Project

Idinthakarai/India

3-5 PM in front of the Colachel Municipality to support the agitation going on against Koodamkulam Nuclear Plant, in Idinthakarai. To read the background click here.


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29. September - 2. October 2011

War Profiteering and Peace Movement Responses

Barcelona, Spain

Organised by War Resisters' International and the European Network Against Arms Trade.
The seminar will bring together activists from groups from all regions of the world, with and among which we see the potential to build long-lasting cooperation. That is, from groups that represent the spectrum of the movement against war profiteering. The seminar will analyse the different trends in war profiteering and its impact on local communities. We then plan to work, using participatory tools, on how to develop successful strategies in our campaigning against war profiteers and on how to strengthen the links between our groups. To read the program click here.

To read the Report of the International Seminar on War Profiteering and Peace Movement Responses please visit the War Resister's International website.


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30. September 2011

Climate Change in Latin America: Addressing Risks for Food and Water Security
Third Climate Security Dialogue, Berlin, Germany

The Climate Security Dialogue series is initiated and organized by adelphi Research in Berlin, together with the KlimaCampus' Research Group Climate Change and Security (CLISEC) and the Institute for Peace Research and Security Policy (IFSH) of the University of Hamburg. This dialogue series is generously supported by the German Federal Foreign Office at whose premises the workshops are held.


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Predator Drone. Source: AustinPost.org

1.-8. October 2011

Drones Week of Action

Organised by the Drone Campaign Network, UK

On the website you'll find leaflets giving general information about drones, a monthly email newsletter, and more.

 


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15.-16. October 2011

Action Conference: Give Peace a Chance - Troops Out of Afghanistan!

Preparation of the protests against Petersberg II.
Bonn, Germany

10 years since the outbreak of war in Afghanistan a new phase is to be ushered in. While (minimal) withdrawing troops and shifting the war on the Afghan army as well as backing-up of the civil-military elements and the drone-usage, the war is to be continued. There is no talk of ceasefire. Negotiations among the war parties are still controversial. The Governments of the NATO are continuing the war in Afghanistan and are now discussing how – the anti-war- and peace movement wants to end the war! We demand the immediate ceasefire and the comprehensive troop withdrawal from Afghanistan! The released money (in 2011 only in the German federal budget 1, 1 billion Euro are designated for the war) has to be used for the reconstruction and the approvement of the Afghan peoples living conditions and for their needs. For that reason we want to be increasingly active! Everyone can and should join us – even if you haven’t been involved yet.
Read the Call to Resistance and Protest against Petersberg II:  Give Peace a Chance - Troops Out of Afghanistan!

For further information contact Lucas Wirl coordinator of the preparatory group.


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15.-16. October 2011

Building the framework for a nuclear weapons-free world: the role of parliamentarians

Annual Assembly of Parliamentarians for Nuclear Non-proliferation and Disarmament (PNND),
Bern, Switzerland
For further information please visit the PNND website.


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28.-29. October 2011

Organize the World!

Centenary of the Nobel Peace Prize awarded to Alfred Hermann Fried. Symposium on his life, work and lasting impact. Read the program:

Followed by the

Annual Council meeting of the International Peace Bureau

29.-30.10. 2011, Potsdam, Germany

For further information please visit ipb.org


4. November, 2011

Nuclear Disarmament and Nonproliferation: A Fissile Material Perspective

12:00 – 14:00, Vienna, Austria
A seminar with Dr. Frank N. von Hippel, Co-Chair, International Panel on Fissile Materials Co-Director, Program on Science and Global Security, Princeton University
Registration (required) on the website of the Vienna Center for Disarmament and Non-Proliferation


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6. November, 2011

International Day for Preventing the Exploitation of the Environment in War and Armed Conflic

Though mankind has always counted its war casualties in terms of dead and wounded soldiers and civilians, destroyed cities and livelihoods, the environment has often remained the unpublicized victim of war.Water wells have been polluted, crops torched, forests cut down, soils poisoned, and animals killed to gain military advantage.

For further information please click here.


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6. November, 2011

International Day of Action to Ban Depleted Uranium Weapons


The International Coalition to Ban Uranium Weapons has issued a call for events on the International Day of Action to Ban Depleted Uranium (DU) Weapons. It is thought that DU, and the DU oxide dust produced when DU munitions burn, have numerous disastrous consequences for human health. DU has been connected to a rise in cancer and birth defect rates in the Gulf War battlefields.

Website of ICBUW.


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8.-9. November, 2011

3rd Annual Baltic Energy Conference

Vilnius, Lithuania
The International Network for Sustainable Energy (INFORSE) will present its energy visions for the Baltic countries.

For further information please visit the Baltic energy conference website
or the INFORSE Europe website.


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9.-10. November, 2011

Beyond the Crossroads: New Issues, Persistent Problems.

Linking food security, sustainability science and sustainability politics.

International Conference Berlin, German
The time is right to convene an initiative to analyse the impact of the International Assessment of Agricultural Knowledge, Science and Technology for Development (IAASTD). We need to look at emerging issues and to strengthen endeavours for a permanent assessment on agriculture within a broad, participatory, and transparent global network in which UN-organisations like UNEP and FAO play a key role as much as civil society organisations, scientists and interested national governments from the South and the North. Read on

Key note speakers on 10.11.

  • David Segovia, Bank of the South, Ecuador
  • Elba Rivera Urbina, W8 Oxfam Int., Nicaragua
  • Hartmut Graßl, former director of World Climate Research Program
  • Judy Wakhungu, African Centre for Technology Studies, Kenia

Roundtable:  

  • Hans Herren, Vice-Chair of IAASTD, laureate of world food price 
  • Gert Müller, Under-secretary of State for Agriculture, Food and Consumer Protection

Visit website.

Read the Conference Program here:

Evening program 10.11.2011: Zukunft_der_Ernährung.pdf (658K)

The German INES member organisation is, together with other organisations, organiser of the conference.


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10.-11. November 2011

Geoengineering the Climate: an Issue for Peace & Security Studies?

International Workshop,  University of Hamburg, Germany

It is supported by KlimaCampus Hamburg and organized in cooperation by the Research Group Climate Change and Security (CLISEC), the Institute for Peace Research and Security Policy (IFSH) at the University of Hamburg, the Carl Friedrich von Weizsäcker Centre for Science and Peace Research (ZNF), and adelphi Research, Berlin.
For further information please visit: clisec.zmaw.de/CLISEC-Conferences.872.0.html


10.-14. November 2011

Anti-nuclear Padayathra (walking festival): Solidarity with Idinthakarai people.

Walk from Madhurai to the Koodankulam Nuclear Power Plant (KKNPP)
Tamil Nadu, India
For further information please visit: http://allevents.in/Madurai/Anti-nuclear-Padayatra/134604009976462


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12. November, 2011

Climate Justice Conference

Climate change and weather-related disasters. Presentation by: Dr Stuart Parkinson of the INES member organisation SGR UK

Visit the website of the Campaign against Climate Change.


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15.-17. November 2011

Turkey and the CTBTO host cross-regional workshop on banning nuclear testing

Istanbul, Turkey

The Government of Turkey and the Preparatory Commission for the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO) are co-organizing the workshop “Role of the CTBT [Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty] in regional and global security”  Istanbul, Turkey. The workshop aims to promote the entry into force of the CTBT, which bans all nuclear explosions, and the completion of the Treaty’s verification regime. This unique regime is being established to monitor the globe for nuclear explosions, thereby making the world a safer place. Participants will also review the use of CTBT data for disaster mitigation purposes such as earthquake and volcano monitoring, tsunami warning, and radionuclide tracking. The data proved useful during the March 2011 tragic events in Japan for tsunami warning purposes and radiation detection.
Further infomation on the CTBTO website.


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21.-22. November 2011

Forum on Nuclear-Weapons-Free Zone for Middle East

IAEA's headquarters, Vienna, Austria
The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) is to host a forum among its Member States to consider how the experience of Nuclear-Weapons-Free Zones (NWFZ) in several regions of the world could be relevant to the Middle East.

Nuclear-weapon-free zones have already been established in Latin America and the Caribbean, the South Pacific, Southeast Asia, Africa and Central Asia. The treaties contain certain variations, but all five cover large inhabited areas and all are designed to ensure the total absence of nuclear weapons from the territories of the States party to them. They also provide for IAEA verification of the non-diversion of nuclear material and for the establishment of regional mechanisms to deal with compliance problems; and contain a protocol providing for the nuclear-weapon States party to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT) to commit themselves not to use or threaten to use nuclear weapons against any non-nuclear-weapon State party to the NWFZ Treaty in question.
NWFZs have also been established in certain uninhabited areas - Antarctica, outer space and the sea bed.

More information: www.iaea.org/newscenter/pressreleases/2011/prn201112.html


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28. November-  2. December 2011

16th Session, Conference of the States Parties to the Chemical Weapons Convention

The Hague, Netherlands
See: www.opcw.org/about-opcw/conference-of-the-states-parties/


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28. November-  9. December 2011

COP17/CMP7

17th Conference of the Parties (COP17) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the 7th Session of the Conference of the Parties serving as the meeting of the parties (CMP7) to the Kyoto Protocol.
Durban, South Africa.
Visit the COP17/CMP7 website.


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28. November -  9. December 2011

Strengthening Verification, Enhancing Security: The Science and Significance of the CTBT

Advanced Course on the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT), Vienna, Austria
The course is a part of the Preparatory Commission’s Capacity Development Initiative (CDI), launched with the objective of training and educating the next generation of experts on the CTBT. For further information on the program, applications and background please visit the website of the CTBTO.


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3.-5. December 2011

Give Peace a Chance - Troops Out of Afghanistan!

International Alternative Conference, Bonn, Germany

The German peace movement is calling for various actions to protest the war in Afghanistan. These will include a nation-wide demonstration (3.12.), an international conference (4.12.) as well as diverse protests against the inhumane policy of war (5.12.). The theme of the protests: "They talk peace, but wage war - Troops out of Afghanistan!". The goal: to make a powerful statement against the inhumane war in Afghanistan. Read on

Speakers at the international conference, December 4, 2011:
Tariq Ali (UK)
Reiner Braun (IALANA,INES,Ger)
Claire Chastain (Collectif national unitaire OTAN-Afghanistan, F)
Jeremy Corbyn (MP Labour Party, UK)
Taria Cronberg (MEP Green Party, Fin)
Arielle Denis (Mouvement de la Paix, F)
Joseph Gerson (American Friends Service Committee, USA)
Christine Hoffmann (Pax Christi, Ger)
Kate Hudson (Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament, GB)
Tomas Magnusson (International Peace Bureau, SWE)
Mairead Maguire (Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, NIR)
Tobias Pflüger (Die Linke, Ger)
Monty Schädel (DFG-VK, Ger)
Michael Youlton (Irish Peace and Neutrality Alliance, IRL)

Read the final declaration of the conference.

Visit the website of the protest coalition.

Petersberg-2 Newspaper 22.10.2011 (in German): Petersberg2_zeitung.pdf (2M)