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29.11.2011: INES 20th Anniversary

What's New in INES, 1. November 2011


  • Finland to host 2012 conference on WMD free zone in Middle East
  • The Japan Scientists' Association (JSA) appeals to the Japanese Government for a basic change of energy and nuclear power policy.
  • Over one million signatures presented to the UN for a total ban on nuclear weapons
  • Real Prices for Resources against Squandering

Call for contributions
Your support is needed

SGR's Autum Newsletter

Events in November and December 2011


Finland to host 2012 conference on WMD free zone in Middle East
Finland has been designated as the host country for the planned conference in 2012 on a zone free of weapons of mass destruction in the Middle East. Jaakko Laajava, Under-Secretary of State in the Finnish Foreign Ministry, has been announced as the facilitator for the conference. United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and representatives from the United States, Russia, and Britain announced the decision on October 14th in New York. Read on.

The Japan Scientists' Association (JSA) appeals to the Japanese Government for a basic change of energy and nuclear power policy.
The JSA is an INES member organisation representing more than 4500 engineers and scientists. Read the JSA appeal here.

Over one million signatures presented to the UN for a total ban on nuclear weapons
The Japan Council against A and H Bombs (Gensuikyo) submitted 1.029.031 signatures for a total ban on nuclear weaponsand to start negotiations on a nuclear weapon convention to Ambassador Jarmo Viinanen of Finland, chair of the First Committee and Mr. Sergio Duarte, High Representative for Disarmament Affairs.
The number of the mayors who signed, alone, represents 44 percent of the 1,746 Japanese municipalities.
Read the call to all UN member states to act for the start of negotiations on a nuclear weapon convention.

Real Prices for Resources against Squandering
Interview with Ernst Ulrich von Weizsäcker, member of the INES Advisory Council .
Prof. Weizsäcker has deep knowledge about resources. He is co-chair of the International Resources Panel and member of the Club of Rome.
The core ideas of Weizsäcker are published in his bestseller Factor Four of 1997. In the book he shows 50 examples proving how the wealth gained from the resources we use can be increased at least four times. In 2010 he published Factor Five. The book focuses on innovation in industry and technology, as well as policy, of the last 15 years. Read more and listen to the interview on studentreporter.org.


Call for contributions
We are currently collecting contributions for the 20th INES Anniversary page and welcome current and former INES members to publish their memories and future prospects on INES here. What, in your opinion, has been the biggest success INES?  What are your hopes for INES for the future? Do you have a personal story (or an anecdote) to tell? We recommend a text length of  about 600 - 1000 words.
Please state your relationship with INES, a contact address if you wish and - important-  please send us a current photo so we can give our supporters and colleagues a face. If you wish to contribute please contact the INES office.

Your support is needed
At the end of 2011 the generous and long term funding received by the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation will come to an end. INES staff juggles with the necessity of increasing the INES presence in public and the stranglehold of financial scarcity. Needless to say that we need your support more then ever! Please renew your INES membership and please also consider a donation. You may use the Paypal button on our website or use this direct link: https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=586864

This year we had to cope with the disappointment of rejected funding proposals and the fact that we did not receive a well respected award we were nominated for.
Nevertheless, by the end of 2011 INES staff or representatives of INES member organisations will have participated in at least 30 events all over the world and INES will have solemnised its 20th anniversary! Please give your support now to secure our worldwide activities!
In 2012 INES will raise its voice at the Preparatory Committee (PrepCom) for the 2015 Review Conference of the Parties to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT) in Vienna, the NATO Counter Summit in Chicago and at the UN Conference on Sustainable Development or 'Rio+20 Earth Summit' in Rio de Janeiro, to name but a few events.
Thank you for giving generously!


A selection of articles from the latest SGR UK Newsletter. For a full list of the articles in SGR Newsletter 40, see:www.sgr.org.uk/publications/sgr-newsletter-40

War in Libya - the role of the arms and oil industries. The UK and other NATO countries claim they took military action in Libya for humanitarian reasons. Stuart Parkinson, SGR UK, asks whether the situation was really that simple.To read the article click here.

Millennium Consumption Goals: guiding the rich to contribute to sustainability
Mohan Munasinghe, Munasinghe Institute for Development, recently proposed a progressive development concept at the UN, that would mirror the Millennium Development Goals for the poor with a complementary set of targets for the rich, enabling them to contribute towards sustainable development. To read the article click here.


4. November 2011: Nuclear Disarmament and Nonproliferation: A Fissile Material Perspective

6. November, 2011: International Day of Action to Ban Depleted Uranium Weapons

6. November, 2011: International Day for Preventing the Exploitation of the Environment in War and Armed Conflic

9.-10. November, 2011: Beyond the Crossroads: New Issues, Persistent Problems. Linking food security, sustainability science and sustainability politics. Berlin, Germany

10.-11. November 2011: Geoengineering the Climate: an Issue for Peace & Security Studies? Hamburg, Germany

21.-22. November 2011:Forum on Nuclear-Weapons-Free Zone for Middle East, Vienna, Austria

28. November-  2. December 2011: 16th Session, Conference of the States Parties to the Chemical Weapons Convention

3.-5. December 2011: Give Peace a Chance - Troops Out of Afghanistan! Bonn, Germany