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29.11.2011: INES 20th Anniversary

"What's new in INES" - March 10, 2010

Contents

INES AND NGO ACTIVITIES AT THE 8. NPT REVIEW CONFERENCE IN NYC

TIME TO BAN PRODUCTION OF NUCLEAR WEAPONS MATERIAL
Article by Alexander Glaser, Zia Mian and Frank N. von Hippel

FURTHER REDUCTION OF NUCLEAR WEAPONS
Article by Anatoli Diakov, Timur Kadyshev and Eugene Miasnikov

NAGASAKI APPEAL by the 4th Nagasaki Global Citizens' Assembly for the Elimination of Nuclear Weapons

FROM COPENHAGEN TO WHERE?
Stuart Parkinson, Executive Director of SGR assesses the outcome of the Copenhagen climate negotiations


INES AND NGO ACTIVITIES AT THE 8. NPT REVIEW CONFERENCE IN NYC


8.-29. April 2010
Peace Walk for Nuclear Disarmament and Abolition from Washington DC to New York City
Please consider walking with us, sponsoring a peace walker, joining us in NYC, or otherwise contributing to our mission. Whether you can join us for many miles or a few steps, we especially desire to see you walking with us!
Further information: http://nptwalk2010.wikidot.com/

30. April – 1. May
International Conference: For a Nuclear Free, Peaceful, Just and Sustainable World
Riverside Church, New York City/USA
Further information:http://www.peaceandjusticenow.org

Sunday, 2.May
Workshop and election of the speakers of the NPT-Youth Speech
9:00 - 12:00 Jan Hus Church, 351 East 74th Street
To see all Youth events visit http://nptyouth2010.wiki.zoho.com/Calender-of-Events.html

International Demonstration of the worldwide peace movement. Start near Times Square, 13:00

Monday, 3. May
Opening of the NPT Review Conference and presentation of endorsers of the worldwide calls against nuclear weapons (among others the INES appeal "Scientists for a nuclear weapons-free world and "Für eine Zukunft ohne Atomwaffen") to General Secretary Ban Ki Moon
Sign the call here: http://www.inesglobal.com/campaign-nuclear-weapons-free-world.phtml

Tuesday, 4. May
Workshop: "NATO and Nuclear Weapons - Discussion about the new NATO strategy"; (International Coordinating Committee "No to War - No to NATO" / IALANA Europe)
Church Center, 10:00-12:00
Workshop: Nuclear armament and disarmament – the role of science and technology (INES / IPB) UN Building, 13:00 -15:00

Wednesday, 5. May
Workshop: "Nuclear Weapons in Europe - for a nuclear weapons free world" (INES / IALANA) Church Center, 10:00 -12:00

Saturday 8. May – Sunday 9. May
Preparation of the Simulation conference on the Nuclear Weapons Convention
Princeton University
Further info: http://www.inesglobal.com/simulation-conference.phtml

Tuesday 11. May - Wednesday 12. May
Simulation conference on the Nuclear Weapons Convention
The Carl Friedrich von Weizsäcker Centre for Science and Peace Research (University of Hamburg) and IANUS (TU Darmstadt) would like to invite you to a simulation conference that is going to negotiate the Nuclear Weapons Convention.

Wednesday, 12. May
Workshop: Nuclear Weapons Convention and the NPT- Legal Challenges and Prospects (IALANA Germany)
NGO Room A, Temporary North Lawn Building, 15:00 – 18:00

Workshop: On the way to banning uranium weapons (ICBUW / IALANA)
NGO Room A, Temporary North Lawn Building, 16:30 - 18:30

Information on the NPT review conference and the updated list of activities can be found here: http://www.inesglobal.com/npt-2010.phtml


TIME TO BAN PRODUCTION OF NUCLEAR WEAPONS MATERIAL
By Alexander Glaser, Zia Mian and Frank N. von Hippel

The article Time to Ban Production of Nuclear Weapons Material published in Scientific American discusses the basic rules of a fissile material cutoff treaty suggested by three PrincetonUniversity scholars, affiliated with the International Panel on Fissile Materials. While there are treaties that limit the number of nuclear warheads of countries such as the U.S. and Russia, there are no agreements that stop countries from producing more nuclear material for weapons. The first suggestion of a treaty that would stop production of fissile materials for weapons was made in the 1950s but it did not progress due to the Cold War. In 1993 the U.N. General Assembly agreed on negotiations but it was followed by disagreements. President Obama's speech in Prague in April 2009 reopened the discussion. The cutoff treaty would end the production of nuclear weapons material and make irreversible the moratoria in the nuclear weapon states. It would also strengthen the collective action of non-weapon states against countries that have developed nuclear weapons. More at http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=time-to-ban-production-of-nuclear-weapons-material


FURTHER REDUCTION OF NUCLEAR WEAPONS
By Anatoli Diakov, Timur Kadyshev and Eugene Miasnikov

"...Cooperation between USA and Russia in the search of complex solutions to the problems discussed in this article will allow not only to create conditions for the next phase of reductions towards numerically lower levels of their nuclear arsenals, but also to transform relations between the two countries from confrontational to confident and partner-like, which, in turn, will facilitate departure from nuclear deterrence in their bilateral relations."
More at: http://www.armscontrol.ru/pubs/en/post-start-reductions-en.pdf


NAGASAKI APPEAL

The 4th Nagasaki Global Citizens' Assembly for the Elimination of Nuclear Weapons was held on February 8, 2010. The assembly called for the establishment of a process that involves representatives of civil society and countries to work on a treaty that will prohibit nuclear weapons. It also urged all states with nuclear arsenals to stop research, testing and development of nuclear weapons; to encourage citizens' involvement in disarmament; to create more nuclear weapons free zones; and to bring world leaders to Hiroshima and Nagasaki to meet survivors and see the consequences of the use of nuclear arms.
http://www.wagingpeace.org/articles/db_article.php?article_id=35


FROM COPENHAGEN TO WHERE?

Stuart Parkinson, Executive Director of SGR assesses the outcome of the Copenhagen climate negotiations, and asks whether meaningful global action will follow.

Even despite the low expectations, the outcome of the Copenhagen climate negotiations in December was extremely weak. Commentators and politicians used a range of colourful language to criticise it, from ‘Brokenhagen' to ‘a suicide pact' (the latter being a comment from the Sudanese delegation).
The event's final output – the three-page Copenhagen Accord1 – was hammered out at the eleventh hour by the USA, China and a handful of other countries, after negotiations on a much more detailed text broke down. The full conference of nearly 200 countries then only agreed to ‘note' the text, rather than ‘accept' it, as is the standard practice.

Read on: http://www.sgr.org.uk/newsletters/SGR_NL38_Copenhagen.pdf

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