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What's New in INES, 3. September, 2012

NEWS

India test launches its nuclear-capable Agni III
Local Sustainable Energy Projects: Learning the Practical Lessons
States Conclude Discussions on Nuclear Safety
IAEA Chief Urges States' Vigorous Action in Implementing Nuclear Safety Action Plan
Seed Freedom Campaign defending seed sovereignty
IAEA Chief Urges States' Vigorous Action in Implementing Nuclear Safety Action Plan
Message to the 16th Summit of Heads of State or Government of the Non-Aligned Movement
Arms Trade Firms Fund Elite Universities With £83m Over Three Years
Earth Overshoot Day: In 8 Months, Humanity Exhausted its Budget for the Year
What are we changing to? Disarmament for development-campaign from now until 20.9. 2012.
World in Transition – A Social Contract for Sustainability

Right Livelihood Award Laureate Chico Whitaker warns of “nuclear two class society”
Final declaration of the World Conference against Atomic & Hydrogen Bombs
Nagasaki vows to help Fukushima victims, urges end to nukes
Japan’s Government Pledges Safer Energy
The World Nuclear Industry Status Report 2012
Stop the war in Syria – No intervention

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The September Newsletter of the Engineers for Social Responsibility (ESR), New Zealand is online here: www.inesglobal.com/download.php

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UPCOMING EVENTS


NEWS

India test launches its nuclear-capable Agni III
Integrated Test Range, Wheeler Island, Orissa, India
Expected to happen in the week of September 3.-7. 2012
Read ibnlive article: Agni-III test fire: India puts China on target


Local Sustainable Energy Projects: Learning the Practical Lessons
Dr Philip Webber, SGR, assesses the lessons for UK energy policy from a series of award-winning programmes using micro-renewable energy technologies and domestic energy conservation measures in West Yorkshire, and from new academic research on city-level sustainable energy programmes. Article from forthcoming SGR Newsletter no.41, autumn 2012 (advanced online publication: 3 September 2012). Read the article here: www.sgr.org.uk/resources/local-sustainable-energy-projects-learning-practical-lessons


States Conclude Discussions on Nuclear Safety
After a week of intense discussions in Vienna, Austria, the Convention on Nuclear Safety's Second Extraordinary Meeting and the Organizational Meeting for the Sixth Review Meeting (see below) has ended.
The Summary Report of the Extraordinary Meeting and a Proposal for Amendments by the Swiss Confederation are available on-line here: www.iaea.org/newscenter/news/2012/cnsconcludes.html


IAEA Chief Urges States' Vigorous Action in Implementing Nuclear Safety Action Plan
The 75 States that are party to the Convention on Nuclear Safety (CNS) are gathered at the IAEA headquarters in Vienna, Austria, from 27 to 31 August 2012. About 700 participants are attending the CNS' Second Extraordinary Meeting and the Organizational Meeting for the Sixth Review Meeting to analyse the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear accident's aftermath.
IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano and the Meeting President, Li Ganjie of China's National Nuclear Safety Administration, addressed the opening session on Moday, 27 August 2012. The full text the Director General's remarks are available here.


Seed Freedom Campaign
Vandana Shiva has launched a new global campaign Seed Freedom - defending seed sovereignty.
"Seed is the source of life and the first link in the food chain. Control over seed means a control over our lives, our food and our freedom."
"Corporations like Monsanto have created a seed emergency, through patents on seeds, seed monopolies, biopiracy genetic engineering and creation of non renewable sterile seeds."
A global collective response is needed. Join the campaign by signing the declaration on seed freedom, in order to stop the corporate hijack of seed and with it, the hijack of our freedom and our future. seedfreedom.in/


IAEA Chief Urges States' Vigorous Action in Implementing Nuclear Safety Action Plan
The 75 States that are party to the Convention on Nuclear Safety (CNS) are gathered at the IAEA headquarters in Vienna, Austria, from 27 to 31 August 2012. About 700 participants are attending the CNS' Second Extraordinary Meeting and the Organizational Meeting for the Sixth Review Meeting to analyse the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear accident's aftermath.
IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano and the Meeting President, Li Ganjie of China's National Nuclear Safety Administration, addressed the opening session on Moday, 27 August 2012. The full text the Director General's remarks are available here: www.iaea.org/newscenter/statements/2012/amsp2012n010.html


Message to the 16th Summit of Heads of State or Government of the Non-Aligned Movement
By: Japan Council against Atomic and Hydrogen Bombs (Gensuikyo)

Hiroshi TAKA, representative director of Gensuikyo has attended the 16th Summit of Heads of State or Government of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) as a guest, which is convened in Teheran, Iran on August 26 to 31, 2012.
The 16th NAM Summit is meeting at the extremely important juncture. The 8th NPT Review Conference in May 2010 agreed that it would “achieve the peace and security of a world without nuclear weapons” as principle and objective, and confirmed that the “unequivocal undertaking” of the Nuclear Five agreed on in May 2000 to “accomplish the total elimination of their nuclear arsenals”. It further affirmed that “all States need to make special efforts to establish the necessary framework to achieve and maintain a world without nuclear weapons”, and specifically noted “the Five-Point Proposal” of the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, which includes inter alia the “negotiations on a nuclear weapons convention”.
The final document also made it obligation to convene an international conference for a Middle East Zone free of nuclear weapons as well as other weapons of mass destruction. To read the full message please click here.


Arms Trade Firms Fund Elite Universities With £83m Over Three Years
Britain’s top universities have received at least £83m worth of funds from firms involved in the arms trade over the last three years, The Huffington Post UK can disclose.
Data released by the Campaign Against The Arms Trade (CAAT) has revealed the elite Russell Group universities, including Oxford and Cambridge, gain millions in research and sponsorship money from companies which manufacture weapons.
The figures come amid concerns among activists that cash-starved institutions are helping to promote the manufacture of weapons by accepting such funding.
But the Russell Group said universities took pains to make sure all partnerships were "appropriate". Read the article here: www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2012/08/21/arms-companies-russell-group-universities-83m-ethical-investment-campaign-against-the-arms-trade_n_1818747.html

Comment by Dr Stuart Parkinson, Executive Director SGR: The point that doesn't come out very clearly in this article - which Scientists for Global Responsibility UK (SGR) has made in its previous reports on this issue - is that the military funding makes up a large fraction of the funding received by the engineering departments of the universities in question - and so has far greater influence than implied by the universities.

See also: The arms trade mapped: www.caat.org.uk/resources/mapping/


Earth Overshoot Day: In 8 Months, Humanity Exhausted its Budget for the Year
Today, August 22, is Earth Overshoot Day, marking the date when humanity has exhausted nature’s budget for the year. We are now operating in overdraft. For the rest of the year, we will maintain our ecological deficit by drawing down local resource stocks and accumulating carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.
Read on here: www.footprintnetwork.org/en/index.php/GFN/page/earth_overshoot_day/


What are we changing to? Disarmament for development-campaign from now until 20.9. 2012.
Economic uncertainty. Uprisings around the world. Radical advancements in technology. Global collaboration at a new scale. People everywhere are sensing change. But what are we changing to?
As a part of the International Peace Bureau’s effort to foster disarmament for development around the planet, we are inviting you to take part in an historic effort.  Now until September 20th, people from Egypt, Serbia, Vietnam, Brazil, Uganda, France and more than 86 countries are answering four questions that will help each of us define our visions for a better world. We will then set off a global renaissance of art and music based on where all of our visions connect.  
We want the voices of disarmament activists to be heard! To find out what the four questions are, and how you can help us move the world please visit www.abigproject.org


World in Transition – A Social Contract for Sustainability
Flagship report 2011 of the German Advisory Council on Global Change (WBGU) In this report, the WBGU explains the reasons for the desperate need for a post-fossil economic strategy, yet it also concludes that the transition to sustainability is achievable, and presents ten concrete packages of measures to accelerate the imperative restructuring. If the transformation really is to succeed, we have to enter into a social contract for innovation, in the form of a new kind of discourse between governments and citizens, both within and beyond the boundaries of the nation state. 
Please find the report here:www.wbgu.de/en/flagship-reports/fr-2011-a-social-contract/


Right Livelihood Award Laureate Chico Whitaker warns of “nuclear two class society”
For months, the German Government has been considering export credit guarantees for companies involved in the construction of the Brazilian nuclear power plant Angra 3. Now Chico Whitaker, a 2006 Recipient of the Right Livelihood Award (“Alternative Nobel Prize“), appeals to the German Government to abstain from further assessments.
“The German Government should not wait for further tests and assessments but should walk their talk in what they had announced after Fukushima: the German phase-out of nuclear power. The German stop on nuclear should also entail a phase-out of the support for international nuclear power. Everything else would mean a ‘nuclear two class society’: nuclear plants are too dangerous for Germans but not for the citizens of other countries.” Read on.


Final declaration of the World Conference against Atomic & Hydrogen Bombs
Read the final declaration of the conference here.

To read the opening speech of INES staff member Reiner Braun please click here.


Nagasaki vows to help Fukushima victims, urges end to nukes
The first Nagasaki mayor to call on Japan to move away from nuclear energy: Mayor Tomihisa Taue
Taue called on the central government to seek "a society free from the fear of radioactivity"and to promote new energy sources in place of nuclear power.
Following the reactor meltdowns at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant, Taue, during his speech at last year's Aug. 9 ceremony, became the first Nagasaki mayor to call on Japan to move away from nuclear energy. Read on here: ajw.asahi.com/article/behind_news/social_affairs/AJ201208090075


Japan’s Government Pledges Safer Energy
Amid growing aversion to the use of nuclear energy in Japan, officials calling for the elimination of nuclear arms at anniversary rites in Hiroshima have been obliged to also call for a safer energy policy for the country.
The city was devastated by a US atomic bomb on Aug 6, 1945, in the final days of World War II, with Nagasaki the second city to be hit three days later.
The Hiroshima event on August 6th comes nearly 11/2 years after a quake and tsunami triggered a nuclear plant disaster in Fukushima prefecture, releasing massive amounts of radioactive materials.
Speaking at the city’s Peace Memorial Park, Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda said: “The government will continue to call for the importance of a world free from nuclear weapons and will support activities to hand down the memories of atomic-bomb sufferers beyond borders and generations…” Reat the full story here: www.asianewsnet.net/home/news.php


The World Nuclear Industry Status Report 2012
Twenty years after its first edition, the World Nuclear Industry Status Report 2012 portrays an industry suffering from the cumulative impacts of the world economic crisis, the Fukushima disaster, ferocious competitors and its own planning and management difficulties. Download the report, an executive summary & conclusions as well as all past editions in various languages, presentations, essential news snippets and a selection of ongoing media coverage here: www.worldnuclearreport.org/#


Stop the war in Syria – No intervention
Statement of the International Coordinating Committee of the network No to War - No to NATO
The ominous signs of impending war with Syria are escalating. A nightmare is unfolding across the country and has now reached the streets of Damascus and Aleppo. As we are writing these lines, the Minister of Defence Dawoud Raha and Assad’s brother in-law Assef Shawkat have just been assassinated, supposedly by terrorist attack. And we all sense how the story will probably end: Thousands of soldiers and civilians killed,
towns and families destroyed, and President Assad and his family beaten to death in a ditch. Read on.


ACTIVITIES OF INES MEMBERS

BAN TOXICS! Philippines : The only world worth passing to our children is toxics-free
BAN Toxics! is an independent non-profit, environmental organization that is devoted to preventing toxic trade - wastes, goods, and technology, and upholding the rights of developing countries to environmental justice, with particular focus on the Asia-Pacific region. We achieve our goals through organization, education and advocacy.

Long term INES member engineer Ines M. Basaen serves on the Board of Trustees of Ban Toxics, as CEO of Global Quality Education Providers (GQEP) and Executive Vice President of Informatics College Diliman Campus.


UPCOMING EVENTS