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29.11.2011: INES 20th Anniversary

What's New in INES 6. December 2011

NEWS
  • INES activities at the NPT PrepCom, Vienna, Austria
  • Does the USA really need to spend $700 billion on nuclear weapons?
  • Meet the 0.01%: The Warprofiteers
  • The Real Green Economy: New Report Explores Links Between Resource Constraints and Economic Performance
  • IPB's outdoor photographic exhibition called 'Making Peace' available for booking.
  • Students watch out: IPB seeks intern at Geneva secretariat for January-February start.
UPCOMING EVENTS

NEWS

INES activities at the NPT PrepCom, Vienna, Austria

The Preparatory Committee (PrepCom) for the 2015 Review Conference of the Parties to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT) will be held from 30. April - 11. May, 2012 in Vienna, Austria.

INES, in cooperation with the International Peace Bureau, the World Future Council, the International Association Of Lawyers Against Nuclear Arms and the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation, will offer four side events at the NPT PrepCom between 2. - 4. May.

Preliminary subjects:

  • The role of the IAEA
  • US nuclear weapons in Europe and nuclear sharing
  • Nuclear weapons convention
  • Nuclear weapons and Climate change

Further information will be available soon.


Does the USA really need to spend $700 billion on nuclear weapons?

Article by Joe Cirincione, President, Ploughshares Fund

Washington is planning to spend over $700 billion on nuclear weapons and related programs over the next ten years. Some programs are necessary, some are questionable and some are simply ‘turkeys’ gobbling up defense dollars. These nuclear turkeys offer lawmakers a way to reduce spending without any harm to national security. Joe Cirincione of Ploughshares Fund presents four programs that are such bad ideas they have no place in a national security budget. Read on here:www.huffingtonpost.com/joe-cirincione/nuclear-turkeys_b_1104385.html


Meet the 0.01%: The Warprofiteers
While the Occupy Wall Street movement targets the 1%, this video targets the 0.01%, the elite among the gang of super rich: the war profiteers. War industry CEOs make tens of millions of dollars a year, putting them in the top 0.01 percent of income earners in the U.S. The interview with Brave New Foundation’s Political Director Derrick Crowe shows how this super-elite receives massive incomes by lobbying for ever higher military spending at the expense of other kinds of spending that actually create more jobs. To see the video click here.


British American Security Information Council (BASIC): Getting to Zero Update
Basic has compiled an extensive list of summaries and links related to recent developments in nuclear non-proliferation and disarmament. These include the upswing in news on the Iran and North Korea programs during recent weeks, including the release of the more detailed IAEA report on Iran’s alleged nuclear weaponization efforts. The list includes reports on its own activities, such as the BASIC Trident Commission, commitments to arms control and disarmament, country reports, news on missile defense, and related resources.


The Real Green Economy: New Report Explores Links Between Resource Constraints and Economic Performance

How does being in ecological deficit affect a country’s economic performance? The UNDP office for Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States invited Global Footprint Network to answer this question for countries in their region.“Resource Constraints and Economic Performance in Eastern Europe and Central Asia,” prepared by Mathis Wackernagel, Kyle Gracey, and other Global Footprint Network staff members, examines how being in biocapacity deficit might affect the economic competitiveness of nations. “Biocapacity” is the ability of nature to produce useful materials and absorb waste such as carbon dioxide emissions. The report combined data on Ecological Footprint and biocapacity with information on countries’ debt levels, prices for fossil fuels and basic foods, and relative Gross National Income (GNI) compared to the rest of the world. Together, these values help to show whether a country in the region might be at increasing economic risk from rising prices, or declining supplies of natural resources. Read on on the Global Footprint Network website.


IPB's outdoor photographic exhibition called 'Making Peace' available for booking.
If you would like this exceptional exhibition to come to your town/city, then make it happen. Please see details describing the content and how it can be used with the general public, schools etc.on a special new website: http://makingpeace.org


IPB seeks intern at Geneva secretariat for January-February start.
The IPB Secretariat has an internship position which we seek to fill in early 2012. Possibilities also exist to work 'remotely' for IPB. Please contact Secretariat if you are interested. Please supply: 1) CV / Resume. 2) Motivation letter. 3) Dates you are available. 4) Whether you are male or female!

Visit the IPB's website for further info:http://ipb.org/i/Support/V-C-ipb-volunteer-program.html


UPCOMING EVENTS