What's New in INES, 3. November 2012
- Ecological Footprint Work Receives International Recognition with Prestigious Blue Planet Prize
- From banning nuclear tests to banning nuclear weapons
ADEREE and DESERTEC work together for a green Morocco
- Peace Movement in the U.S. – After NATO Actions: Activities against the War in Afghanistan
- Precaution in Practice - challenging the acceptability of depleted uranium weapons
- UN Disarmament Yearbook 2011 - Part II Now Available
- Costs of U.S. Nuclear Weapons Program & Spending Alternatives
- New report looks at the cost of Violence Containment to the US - $2.16 trillion per year
- Defence firms 'not open about anti-corruption measures'
- Louder than words, An agenda for action to end state use of child soldiers
- The Burden of Pentagon Spending
- 20th anniversary Newsletter of Scientists for Global Responsibility (SGR) UK
- The Japan Council against A and H Bombs (Gensuikyo) critizes the Japanese government for not supporting the "16 nations' initiative"
- International Peace Bureau (IPB) critical of Nobel Peace Prize for the European Union
- Israel Rejects Plan for Conference on Nuclear-Free Middle East
- Netanyahu Calls for Red Line on Iran at UN General Assembly
- Nuclear Famine
- Practical Steps to Complete Nuclear Disarmament
- Europe united for Zero
- Launch of the Sustainable Development Knowledge Platform (SDKP)
- No to the dictator and no to war! The enactment should be withdrawn! Statement put out by the Global Peace and Justice Coalition (BAK), Turkey
- CTBTO Interview with Mikhail Gorbachev:Mikhail Gorbachev Reflects on Reykjavik & Status of Nuclear Weapons Today
- Film about the edible tank made of bread at the Rio+20 Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro
- First University in the world to focus on sustainable developmen opens
- The World Future Council is opening the Basel Peace Office
- The horseman of the apocalypse: Presentation by Harr Kroto
Summer 2014 marks the centenary of the beginning of the first world war (WWI).
WWI drastically and fundamentally changed the world in terms of politics,society, geography and economics. It caused cruelty, destruction, and exploitation of human lifes and the environment beyond imagination. WWI led to technological discoveries that could be applied to weapons of mass destruction, technologies that leaves the masses and the economic resources at the mercy of warfare.
Organizations of the peace movement intent to commemorate this centenary with a variety of activities. We, the "Network 2014" – comprising of, among others, IPPNW, IALANA, PAX Christi and the German trade unions Ver.di and GEW - are making an effort to organise events in preparation for the centenary. You are welcome to participate in the events and their preparation: Please let us know
- Does your organisation intend to commemorate the WWI centenary? If so, what is planned?
- Do you have any contacts with similar networks working on 2014?
- Are you interested in working together with the "Network 2014" and the organisations involved in preparation for events on 100 years WWI?
Please respond to infoialanade
Ecological Footprint Work Receives International Recognition with Prestigious Blue Planet Prize
Japan’s Prince Akishino and the Asahi Glass Foundation yesterday presented the Blue Planet Prize, one of the world’s premier environmental awards, to Global Footprint President Network Mathis Wackernagel and Dr. William E. Rees, co-creators of the Ecological Footprint, and Dr. Thomas Lovejoy, who was recognized for his work in advancing our understanding of biodiversity. To read more please click here.
From banning nuclear tests to banning nuclear weapons
On the 60th anniversary of the UK’s first nuclear test, Rebecca Johnson, Director of the Acronym Institute for Disarmament Diplomacy, highlights the parallels between how the CTBT was achieved in the 1990s and today’s nuclear challenges. Read the article here: www.opendemocracy.net/5050/rebecca-johnson/from-banning-nuclear-tests-to-banning-nuclear-weapons
ADEREE and DESERTEC work together for a green Morocco
The Moroccan Agency for the Development of Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (ADEREE) and the DESERTEC Foundation have signed a memorandum of understanding for cooperation in the field of renewable energy and energy efficiency. It focuses on the exchange of expertise and know-how in developing energy policy and regulation, and support for ADEREE’s communication and public relations strategy. Read on.
Peace Movement in the U.S. – After NATO Actions: Activities against the War in Afghanistan
Speech of Joseph Gerson at the International Peace Congress: Stop the war - roads to peace in Afghanistan in Bonn, Germany, October 13-14, 2012
Precaution in Practice - challenging the acceptability of depleted uranium weapons
A report by the International Coalition to Ban Uranium Weapons (ICBUW) for policy-makers and campaigners that judges the acceptability of DU weapons by utilising the structure of common interpretations of the precautionary principle. In doing so it asks whether a precautionary approach should be applied to DU and whether its use could ever be compatible with precautionary values. Download the report here: www.bandepleteduranium.org/en/precaution-in-practice
UN Disarmament Yearbook 2011 - Part II Now Available
The yearbook is a rich source of historical knowledge of developments, trends and achievements of multilateral disarmament for more than 30 years. Part I contains an annual compilation of text and statistics of disarmament-related resolutions and decisions of the General Assembly. Part II presents the main topics of multilateral consideration during the year and a convenient issues-oriented timeline. Download it here: www.un.org/disarmament/HomePage/ODAPublications/Yearbook/2011/DYB2011-Part-II-web.pdf
Costs of U.S. Nuclear Weapons Program & Spending Alternatives
The American Friends Service Committee (Quakers) have produced a flyer/resource on the costs of the U.S. nuclear arsenal and how the money could be better spent. Quoting U.S. Congressman Edward Markey, the flyer stated that that if the U.S. cut $100 billion of nuclear spending then it could employ 1,270,900 elementary school teachers for a year. To learn more about nuclear weapons spending, and what weapons programs can be cut to improve security and to ensure that everyone's human needs are met in the United States, go to http://afsc.org/document/informational-handout-fund-our-communities-not-more-nuclear-weapons
New report looks at the cost of Violence Containment to the US - $2.16 trillion per year
The Institute for Economics and Peace IEP released a report, which estimated that in 2010, 15% of the GDP of the U.S. economy ($2.16 trillion) or U.S. $15000 per taxpayer was spent on containing violence. By defining a new industry as the 'Violence Containment Industry', the IEP was able to aggregate all expenditure incurred related to the containment or consequences of violence. Such expenses could be on police, military, homeland security, private security industry, insurance etc. The research indicated that as a percentage of the U.S. GDP, this industry had expanded by 25% in the past ten years. As a result, it could account as the largest industry in the U.S. economy. Consequently, efforts should be undertaken to reduce violence related expenditure, because even a 5% reduction for 5 years would provide $326 billion, which could be spent to create vital social services like energy and schools infrastructure development. To read more please click here.
Defence firms 'not open about anti-corruption measures'
By Caroline Wyatt, Defence Correspondent, BBC News
Transparency International looked at firms from the 10 largest arms exporting nations including those from UK, US, Russia, Germany, France and China. The 129 firms it studied are worth more than $10tn (£6tn) and are responsible for over 90% of global arms sales. It concluded that two-thirds of the world's biggest defence companies do not provide enough evidence about how they fight corruption. It was found that one of the reasons the defence industry has been prone to corruption in the past is that so many defence contracts have been kept a secret, with little public pressure brought to bear. Read the article here: www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-19824473
Louder than words, An agenda for action to end state use of child soldiers
The report “Louder than words: An agenda for action to end state use of child soldiers” is published by Child Soldiers International to mark the tenth anniversary year of the entry into force of the Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on the involvement of children in armed conflict. It examines the record of states in protecting children from use in hostilities by their own forces and by state-allied armed groups. It finds that, while governments’ commitment to ending child soldier use is high, the gap between commitment and practice remains wide. Research for the report shows that child soldiers have been used in armed conflicts by 20 states since 2010, and that children are at risk of military use in many more. Download the report here: www.child-soldiers.org/global_report_reader.php
The Burden of Pentagon Spending
By Melvin A. Goodmann
In 2012, the defence budget exceeded $600 billion, nearly equalling the combined defence spending of the rest of world. The Pentagon was allotted these amounts with little congressional monitoring or internal oversight. With more than 46 million Americans living in poverty, income inequality rising and unemployment levels remaining high, the U.S. should reduce its defence expenditure, so as to improve its economic situation. President Dwight Eisenhower had warned that US defence spending would become a “cross of iron” that would limit spending on domestic needs. It is time to act on that warning by making significant defence cuts and applying the savings to health care, education, infrastructure and the environment. Read the article here: www.middle-east-online.com/english/
Read the newsletter here: www.sgr.org.uk/publications/sgr-newsletter-41
Stop Disturbing Effort to Outlaw Nuclear Weapons
The Japan Council against A and H Bombs (Gensuikyo) critizes the Japanese government for not supporting the "16 nations' initiative". Read the statement here: www.inesglobal.com/news-2012-1.phtml#cpid2519
International Peace Bureau (IPB) critical of Nobel Peace Prize for the European Union
“For a peacemaking bloc, this is a highly militarized one”. Read the statement here: www.inesglobal.com/IPB-on-EU.phtml
Israel Rejects Plan for Conference on Nuclear-Free Middle East
A plan to hold a conference about establishing a Middle East Weapons of Mass Destruction Free Zone has been met with strong opposition by Israel. The conference, which has support from the Obama administration and many countries around the world, is to take place in Helsinki, Finland, sometime in late 2012 or early 2013.
Shaul Horev, director of the Israeli Nuclear Energy Committee reporting directly to Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu, expressed his sentiments against the conference at the 56th general convention of the International Atomic Energy Agency in Vienna. He stated that Israel would not partake in a nuclear weapon-free Middle East due to the "volatile and hostile situation" in the region. Horev also stated that Israel would agree to nuclear demilitarization only after the establishment of peace in the Middle East, not through "external coercion." Read the article of Oren, Amir, "Israel Rejects U.S.-Backed Arab Plan for Conference on Nuclear-Free Mideast," Haaretz, September 20, 2012.
Netanyahu Calls for Red Line on Iran at UN General Assembly
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made a speech to the United Nations General Assembly in which he called for a "clear red line" to be drawn to prevent Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons. He said, "Red lines don't lead to war; red lines prevent war."
Israel, the only country in the Middle East that has nuclear weapons, believes that Iran is pursuing nuclear weapons capability. All known intelligence reports say that Iran ceased pursuit of nuclear weapons in 2003.(Source: Reuters, September 27, 2012.)
The Nuclear Age Peace Foundation recently launched its new three-minute video entitled "Nuclear Famine." The video details the catastrophic global consequences of even a "limited" regional nuclear war on the other side of the planet. See the video here: www.youtube.com/watch
Practical Steps to Complete Nuclear Disarmament
The Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND) has published a new briefing paper entitled "Disarming Trident: A Practical Guide to De-Activating and Dismantling the Trident Nuclear Weapon System." The report explains that disarming Trident, the UK's submarine-based nuclear weapons system, is not an impossible task. The report outlines how the process can be achieved in eight specific phases over four years.
To read the full report, click here.
Europe united for Zero
We only have a few weeks left before the majority of members of the European Parliament must pass the declaration backing Global Zero's plan to achieve a world without nuclear weapons. Sign the petition and add your name to the banner that will be delivered and displayed to the European Parliament.
On November 14th, Global Zero's youth ambassadors will meet with the European Parliament to present them with a special display of our signatures and ask them to endorse the Global Zero Action Plan for a world without nuclear weapons. But to make a real impact they need your support. Sign the petition today! Global Zero is the international movement for the elimination of all nuclear weapons.
Launch of the Sustainable Development Knowledge Platform (SDKP)
This new website has been launched by United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) Division for Sustainable Development following-up to Rio+20. The platform contains information on the past 19 years of normative and analytical work of the UN Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD), a wealth of content from the preparatory process of Rio+20, and is the go to place for Rio+20 follow-up.Please visit it here: sustainabledevelopment.un.org/index.html
Statement put out by the Global Peace and Justice Coalition (BAK), Turkey.Read it here:www.inesglobal.com/news-2012-1.phtml#cpid2507
Gorbachev Reflects on Reykjavik & Status of Nuclear Weapons Today Gorbachev was General Secretary of the Soviet Communist Party from 1985 to 1991 and the Soviet Union’s only President from 1990 until its dissolution in 1991. Both his internal reforms (Glasnost and Perestroika) and his new approach to international détente, in particular his pursuit of far-reaching nuclear disarmament measures, played an important role in ending the Cold War.
The summit of Reykjavik, Iceland, from 11 to 12 October 1986, was the second meeting between Gorbachev and U.S. President Ronald Reagan. As we now know from declassified documents, the two leaders came close to an agreement to abolish all nuclear weapons.
On the eve of the summit’s 26th anniversary, Gorbachev reflects on the paradigm shift that Reykjavik brought about and on the status of nuclear weapons today: "Twenty-five years ago many believed that it was impossible to put an end to confrontation, to stop the arms race and to begin eliminating the huge stockpiles of weapons of war."
See the interview here:www.youtube.com/watch
Film about the edible tank made of bread at the Rio+20 Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro
The World Future Council has produced a 13 min film about the tank made of bread carrying the message on disarmament for sustainable development.See the film here: vimeo.com/50290747
First University in the world to focus on sustainable developmen opens
The Heliopolis University in Cairo is the first University in the world to focus on sustainable development. Lectures for the first 200 students started on the 1st of October. The University was founded by Dr. Ibrahim Abouleish, WFC Councillor and founder of SEKEM. At present, there are five different bachelor degrees available to students: B.A. Business and Economics, B.Sc. Energy Engineering, B.Sc. Water Engineering, B.Sc. Mechatronics Engineering and B.Sc. Pharmacy. The common basis of the specialist degrees is the core program, which is orientated towards the idea of humanistic education: there are compulsory courses for all students in the natural and social sciences, language and the arts. For more information please visit the University's Website.
The World Future Council is opening the Basel Peace Office
The World Future Council is opening a new office in Basel, Switzerland jointly with Parliamentarians for Nuclear Non-proliferation and Disarmament (PNND), the Middle Powers Initiative and the Global Security Institute. The opening events on 16-17 November include a public launch reception, a special dinner and a seminar on the humanitarian consequences of nuclear weapons as an imperative for nuclear abolition. The Basel Peace Office will focus on programmes to achieve the peace and security of a nuclear weapons-free world. It will be hosted by the University of Basel Sociology Seminary and will be supported by the City of Basel. Director of the Basel Peace Office is Alyn Ware, WFC Councillor and Founder and Global Coordinator of Parliamentarians for Nuclear Non-proliferation and Disarmament (PNND).
The horseman of the apocalypse
Listen and watch a 12min introductory presentation of Nobel Laureate and INES Advisory Council member Prof. Harold Kroto to Peace Conferences in Turkey and Vienna for the Veronesi Foundation. See the speech and online presentation here: geoset.fsu.edu/presentations/harry_peacecon_veronesi/harry_peacecon_veronesi.html
The film comes to you via "Global Educational Outreach GEOSET" a project of Harry Kroto. GEOSET is a revolutionary approach to educational outreach. Using relatively inexpensive and simple technology, specialist educators can create a wide range of educational material eg teaching modules, lecture presentations, workshops, practical demonstrations etc and, almost instantaneously, make them available on the Internet. To read more about GEOSET please click here.
- 8.-11. November 2012 European Social Forum - Firenze 10+10
- 12.-23. November 2012: Around the Globe and Around the Clock: The Science and Technology of the CTBT
- 13. November 2012: PeaceJam Hero Awards Luncheon, Denver, USA
- 14. November 2012: Global Zero's youth demand for the endorsement of the Action Plan for a world without nuclear weapons
- 16.-18. November 2012: IPB Annual Conference + Council + MacBride Prize. Joining the Dots: Disarmament, Development and Democracy. Dublin, Ireland
- 19. November 2012: Launch of Study on Feed-in Tariffs in Africa, Johannesburg, South Africa
- 26. November - 7. December 2012: 18th session of the UN Climate Change Conference COP 18, Doha, Qatar
- 27.-28. November 2012 : SusCon: Green Economy – from intention to action, Bonn, Germany
- 13.-15. December 2012:International Conference „Peace, Disarmament and Social Alternatives to Global NATO, Buenos Aires, Argentina