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29.11.2011: INES 20th Anniversary

"What's new in INES" - November 16, 2009

Contents


NEWS

  • 10.11.2009: INES Program Director Reiner Braun addressed the Nobel Peace Prize Laureates

UPCOMING EVENTS

  • 4.12.2009: Symposium on Energy, Climate Change and Global Food Security
  • 13.12.2009: INES workshop at the Klimaforum 09 in Copenhagen: "Climate Change and Conflicts"

PEACE AND DISARMAMENT

  • German Officials Want US Nuclear Weapons Removed from Germany
  • Four new publications:
    1. "Global Fissile Material Report 2009: The Path to Nuclear Disarmament"
    2. Briefing Paper from Middle Powers Initiative
    3. New International Scientific Studies (ISS) Publication on Science for Security
    4. Recent Advances in Nuclear Explosion Monitoring

 


NEWS


Reiner Braun, Member of the Steering Committee of the International Peace Bureau (IPB) and Program Director of INES addressed the Nobel Peace Prize Laureates at their meeting in Berlin November 10th/11th 2009.

The most famous peace manifesto in modern times, the Russell-Einstein Manifesto of 1955, declares that "either we abolish nuclear weapons or they will destroy the planet and humanity".

The Secretary-General of the IAEA Mohamed El Baradei observed recently that in the beginning of the 21st Century the dangers of nuclear weapons are "more threatening than ever in history".
The quantity and quality of these weapons of mass destruction, their minimization for use in conventional and asymmetric wars, the threats of massive proliferation and of terrorism, and NATO's deployment strategy are all evidence of a threat of nuclear war as well as a challenge for achieving a peaceful world.
Read the full speech: http://www.inesglobal.com/download.php?f=0670115e0394c9aec73bb12bef504b04 (PDF)

 


UPCOMING EVENTS


Symposium on Energy, Climate Change and Global Food Security.

4. December 2009 Copenhagen
H.C. Ørsted Institute of the University of Copenhagen
Prof. Jürgen Scheffran will represent INES.

For further information please contact John Scales Avery at: averyjohnsgmailcom

See program: http://www.inesglobal.com/download.php?f=bdaa65790210a1e2ee6b5f63d7db81af (PDF)


INES workshop at the Klimaforum 09 in Copenhagen: "Climate Change and Conflicts"

The INES workshop "Climate Change and Conflicts" in cooperation with "Nej Til Krig" will take place on December 13th from 15:00-18:00 in venue 5: Mødelokale 10.
For details on the program visit: http://www.klimaforum09.org/Programme

 


PEACE AND DISARMAMENT


German Officials Want US Nuclear Weapons Removed from Germany

German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle has called “for a country free of nuclear weapons,” referring to the estimated 20 US nuclear weapons remaining on German soil through their NATO partnership.
Mr. Westerwelle, leader of the Free Democrats party, has made the removal of US nuclear weapons his top foreign policy priority. It is a popular position among the German public. Westerwelle is expected to ask for the removal of the nuclear weapons when he visits the United States in November.
There are currently about 200 US nuclear weapons in Europe, based in Belgium, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands and Turkey.
Dempsey, Judy, “Ridding Germany of US Nuclear Weapons,” The New York Times, October 28, 2009
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/10/29/world/europe/29iht-letter.html?_r=1

Article in German: D. Brössler; Werben für Atomwaffenabzug aus Deutschland,
Suedeutsche Zeitung, 02.11.2009 http://www.sueddeutsche.de/politik/797/493147/text/


Four new publications

1. The International Panel on Fissile Materials has released its new report - "Global Fissile Material Report 2009: The Path to Nuclear Disarmament".

The report charts some of the key technical and policy steps for securing verifiable world-wide nuclear disarmament and eliminating the world's huge stockpiles of highly enriched uranium and plutonium, the key materials for making nuclear weapons.
The Global Fissile Material Report 2009 discusses, in particular, how nuclear-armed states could declare their stockpiles of nuclear weapons, plutonium and highly enriched uranium, and how these declarations might be verified using the methods and tools being developed for what is now called 'nuclear archaeology.'
The report includes IPFM's annual assessment of worldwide stocks, production, and disposition of highly enriched uranium and plutonium, and current efforts to eliminate these materials. The report includes for the first time an estimate of the number and locations of nuclear weapons sites worldwide, listed by country.
The IPFM estimates that the current global stockpile of highly enriched uranium is about 1600 metric tons. There are about 500 tons of separated plutonium, divided almost equally between weapon and civilian stocks, but it is all weapon-usable. The global stockpiles of plutonium and highly enriched uranium together are sufficient for over one hundred thousand nuclear weapons. The report lists the location, size and safeguards status of operating, under construction and planned fissile material production facilities around the world.
The report considers options for monitoring nuclear warhead dismantlement and the disposition of the fissile materials they contain as well as other stockpiles of fissile materials; verifiably ending the production of fissile materials for weapons, through a Fissile Material Cut-off Treaty (a topic treated in detail in Global Fissile Material Report 2008); the potential roles of nuclear fuel-cycle facilities in enabling nuclear breakout in a disarmed world; and the potential contributions of societal or citizen verification to making it impossible to conceal illicit nuclear-weapon-related activities.

Download the report (185 pages) here: http://www.inesglobal.com/download.php?f=004b2f705b3570aec7ce316dd990becb (PDF)

 

2. New Briefing Paper from Middle Powers Initiative

John Burroughs, Executive Director of the Lawyers' Committee on Nuclear Policy, has written a new briefing paper for the Middle Powers Initiative titled Making Good on the Promises: From the Security Council Summit to the 2010 NPT Review.
The briefing paper examines the crucial moment between the UN Security Council Summit in September 2009 and the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty Review Conference in May 2010, and what middle power countries can do to promote nuclear disarmament during this period.
See the briefing paper here: http://www.gsinstitute.org/mpi/pubs/Making_Good.pdf (PDF)

 

3. New International Scientific Studies (ISS) Publication on Science for Security

The Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT) has a close and long-term connection to science. For over 50 years, scientists have been working together to develop and implement the most comprehensive and complex verification regime ever created. This regime is designed to monitor compliance with the CTBT by deterring and detecting any nuclear explosions conducted anywhere on Earth.
From 10 to 12 June 2009 around 600 diplomats and scientists from 99 countries gathered in Vienna, Austria, to present and discuss results from the International Scientific Studies (ISS) project that has engaged the scientific community since early 2008. The ISS Conference (ISS09) was organized by the Preparatory Commission for the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO) in cooperation with the Austrian Federal Ministry for European and International Affairs.
Read on: http://www.ctbto.org/publications/iss-information-material/iss-publication-science-for-security/

 

4. Recent Advances in Nuclear Explosion Monitoring

This topical volume focuses on the most recent advances that have been achieved in relevant fields of research of nuclear test ban monitoring, including seismology, infrasound- and hydro-acoustics, as well as nuclear physics and atmospheric backtracking. This research has been presented during the special sessions on “Research and Development in Nuclear Explosion Monitoring” convened during the 2007 and 2008 General Assemblies of the European Geosciences Union (EGU). The special sessions were introduced after the Preparatory Commission for the Comprehensive Nuclear Test-Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO PrepCom) had convened a scientific symposium in 2006 on “
CTBT: Synergies with Science 1996-2006 and beyond” marking the tenth anniversary of United Nations General Assembly’s adoption of the CTBT Treaty. With regard to the seismo-acoustic fields several papers provide important updates on advances made in these fields since publication of PAGEOPH topical volumes on ‘Monitoring the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty’ (see PAGEOPH volumes 158 -159, 2001-2002). Moreover, this topical volume expands on these publications by including radionuclide and noble gas monitoring, as well as atmospheric transport modelling. In these two areas, significant progress has been made in recent years. Two papers studying the 2006 North Korean nuclear test elucidate how the progress made in the relevant fields has allowed for a good understanding on the characteristics of this underground nuclear test.

Becker, A., CTBTO, Vienna, Austria / Schurr, B., GFZ, Potsdam, Germany /
Kalinowski, M., ZNF, Universität Hamburg, Germany / Koch, K., CTBTO, Vienna, Austria /
Brown, D., CTBTO, Vienna, Austria (Eds)

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