"What's New in INES" - May 5, 2010
Successful international peace conference at the eve of the NPT review conference in New York City
INES at the NPT today
New Executive Committee
UN Secretary General Keynoted International Peace Movement Conference to Abolish Nuclear Weapons on eve of NPT Review Conference
U.N. Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon, addressed an international conference of leading peace, justice and environmental activists this evening at the historic, Riverside Church in New York City to push for a world free of nuclear weapons. Ban Ki-moon, said to nearly 1,000 participants from around 30 countries regarding the NPT, “Let it heed our call. Disarm Now!” He continued, “Our shared vision is within reach…a nuclear-free world.” And that “nuclear disarmament is my top priority.”
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Two INES workshops are held today. One in cooperation with IALANA the 2nd one with IPB.
15.781 signatures of the Campaign for a Nuclear Weapons-Free World were handed over to to the President of the NPT Libran N. Cabactulan on May 4th, 2010.
First short report from the European Youth Network for Nuclear Disarmament (Ban All Nukes generation):
INES COUNCIL MEETING
New Executive Committee
The INES Council meeting was held from April 16.-18. 2010 in Paris. Representatives of 17 member organisations and individual Council members elected a new Executive Committee consisting of:
Chair: Dr. David Krieger, USA
Deputy Chair: Prof. Jürgen Scheffran, Germany
Deputy Chair: Dr. Amparo Marinez Arroyo, Mexico
Treasurer: Prof. Claus Montonen, Finland
Prof. Hamed El-Mously, Egypt
Prof. Balkrishna Kurvey, India
Prof. Jean-Pau l Lainé, France
Prof. Valery Petrosyan, Russia
Dr. Joachim Spangenberg, Germany
ACTIVITIES OF INES MEMBERS
Letter to INES members from Derek Paul, Canada
I want offer a point of view on the NPT that has set me a little apart from most of my scientific colleagues in the peace movement in Canada, who all want to see nuclear weapons dismantled. Of course I do too. But I consider that article VI in the NPT must be taken in its entirety. It states:
Each of the Parties to the Treaty undertakes to pursue negotiations in good faith on effective measures relating to the cessation of the nuclear arms race at an early date and to nuclear disarmament, and on a treaty on general and complete disarmament under strict and effective international control.
All my peace friends in this country are willing to take the first part of article VI and ignore the general and complete disarmament, which is not only part of the article but also part of the same sentence that demands negotiation of nuclear disarmament!
I believe that those who drafted the NPT knew what they were doing, and saw clearly that to disarm nuclear weapons in a highly armed world that is politically insecure in many ways could lead to fatal instability, and that general security and nuclear disarmament must be sought together. One bad result of nuclear disarmament in a heavily armed world could be another World War similar to but worse than WWII, leaving the world in ruins, while nations hasten to rebuild nuclear bombs. Another bad result would be the dominance of a single power to the disadvantage of the whole world. For example, the USA has clearly declared a policy of domination from space -- but no one can say which power might become dominant.
Dominance by force or threat of force could not be pursued in a generally disarmed world, which is the only possible sustainable world.
In conclusion, I declare that all signatories of the NPT are in serious violation of article VI, in that none of them has been negotiating or seeking to negotiate general and complete disarmament in the manner they are all bound to do through having signed the Treaty.
It gives me no pleasure to state that I am a lone voice in Canada saying these things, but I firmly believe what I have stated in this letter.
With best regards to INES members,