What's New in INES, 1.September 2011
- 29.11. 2011: INES 20th Anniversary
- More more than 10.000 peace activists participated in the 2011 World Conference against A & H Bombs. Signature campaign “Appeal for a Total Ban on Nuclear Weapons".
- Towards a green economy - Pathways to Sustainable Development and Poverty Eradication: A Synthesis for Policy Makers
- War Profiteers' News and an international seminar "War Profiteering and Peace Movement Responses".
- Responsible Conduct in the Life Science: BWC Young Scientist Essay Contest
Events in September and October 2011
SPEECH AND REPORT FROM RECENT EVENTS
The 59th Pugwash Conference on Science and World Affairs in Berlin in July 2011
29.11. 2011: INES 20th Anniversary
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.
More more than 10.000 peace activists participated in the 2011 World Conference against A & H Bombs in Nagasaki and Hiroshima including 250 delegates in the International Meeting on Aug. 3-5, about 2.000 in the Hiroshima Day Rally on Aug. 6 and 7.800 in the World Conference – Nagasaki on Aug. 7-9, as well as 88 overseas delegates from 25 countries. It was encouraging that many people took part in the Conference from the March 11 earthquake-tsunami-nuclear crisis-afflicted areas. Read on.
Signature campaign “Appeal for a Total Ban on Nuclear Weapons" by the Japan Council against A & H Bombs.
The call for the elimination of nuclear weapons is becoming ever widespread across the world. Citizens are taking actions, and many governments are endeavoring to reach this goal. The surest guarantee against there being another Hiroshima, or Nagasaki, is a total ban and the elimination of nuclear weapons.
In May 2010, the 189 parties to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), including the Nuclear weapons States, agreed “to achieve the peace and security of a world without nuclear weapons”. Now is the time to act to accomplish it. We call on all governments to enter negotiations without delay on a convention banning nuclear weapons. To sign online please visit: www.antiatom.org/GSKY/en/index.html
Towards a green economy - Pathways to Sustainable Development and Poverty Eradication: A Synthesis for Policy Makers
The Green Economy Report is compiled by UNEP’s Green Economy Initiative in collaboration with economists and experts worldwide. It demonstrates that the greening of economies is not generally a drag on growth but rather a new engine of growth; that it is a net generator of decent jobs, and that it is also a vital strategy for the elimination of persistent poverty. The report also seeks to motivate policy makers to create the enabling conditions for increased investments in a transition to a green economy. Read on.
War Profiteers' News, the email newsletter of War Resisters' International (WRI) provides information on the new developments on arms trade; the increasing role of private companies in the outsourcing of the military and private financial institutions as they profit from the arms trade (and more).
The recent special issue No 30 of August 2011 focuses on the upcoming international seminar: War Profiteering and Peace Movement Responses, that WRI is organising together with the European Network Against Arms Trade (ENAAT).
For further information please visit: wri-irg.org/publications/war_profiteers
Responsible Conduct in the Life Science: BWC Young Scientist Essay Contest The Biological Weapons Convention Implementation Support Unit launched an essay contest for graduate and undergraduate science students. They are asking for an 800 word essay on the responsible conduct in the life sciences, the importance of safety
and security as well as the role for international collaboration. The deadline is November 1st and the prize is a really cool glass microbe by renowned artist Luke Jerram, as well as an all expenses paid trip to Geneva to deliver the message to the BWC's review conference in December. For further info please visit the website of the BWC Implementation Support Unit in Geneva.
5. - 9. September 2011
Strengthening Verification, Enhancing Security: Science and Significance of the CTBT, Vienna, Austria.
16. - 17. & 17.-19. September, 2011
Abolition 2000 Annual Assembly & ICAN Conference, Geneva, Switzerland
20.-25. September 2011
Mesopotamia Social Forum, Amed (Diyarbakir), Kurdistan, Turkey
21. September, 2011
International Day of Peace
22.-24. September 2011
Limits to the Anthropocene, International symposium, Hamburg/Germany
28.-29. October 2011
Organize the World! Alfred Hermann Fried Symposium, Potsdam, Germany
Annual Council meeting of the International Peace Bureau, Potsdam, Germany
SPEECH AND REPORT FROM RECENT EVENTS
The 59th Pugwash Conference on Science and World Affairs, Berlin July 2011.
Speech of INES Executive Committee member Jürgen Scheffran
Security Risks of Climate Change: From Conflict to Cooperation
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.To read the full speech click here.
Impressions and personal report of 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.....
To read the full report click here.