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What's New in INES, 6. June, 2012

CAMPAIGNS

Avaaz.org took up the Disarmament for Sustainable Development-campaign

NEWS

INES and partners activities at the Peoples Summit and the Rio+20 conference
INES Global Responsibility Newsletter No. 64 now online
Ecological Footprint Creators Drs. Wackernagel and Rees Win Prestigious Kenneth E. Boulding Award
INFORSE 20-year Anniversary
Busting the carbon and cost myths of Germany's nuclear exit
Military spending: how much does the military cost each country. Is the global arms trade recession-proof?
Germany to Greece: Cut Safety Nets for Citizens But Keep Buying Our Weapons
130 actions in 40 countries on GDAMS
A New Global Peace and Justice Movement is Rising: Final statement from the NATO Counter Summit
Obama's 'Poverty-Relieving' Plan for Africa a Profit Boon for Giant Agribusiness
New Footprint and Biocapacity Data Released from Space


UPCOMING EVENTS


CAMPAIGNS

Avaaz.org took up the Disarmament for Sustainable Development-campaign
Community Petitions by Avaaz is a new web platform that gives people around the world the power to start and win campaigns at the local, national, and international levels.Community Petitions is a crowd-sourced part of Avaaz, the largest-ever global web movement bringing people-powered politics to decision-making everywhere. Every week, millions of people from all walks of life and in every country take action through Avaaz on pressing issues, from corruption and poverty to conflict and climate change.

The Disarmament for Sustainable Development-campaign and the appeal to the Rio+20 conference are initiated by INES, the International Peace Bureau (IPB), Foreign Policy in Focus (FPIF), and the World Future Council (WFC). The campaign was launched on April 17, 2012 on the occasion of the 2nd Global Day of Action on Military Spending (GDAMS). The appeal can be downloaded from the INES website in English, German, French, Portuguese, Spanish, Arabic, Polish, Russian and Lithuanian. Go to the Campaigns site.

The signatories of this appeal demand that the governments of the world seriously address the neglected issue of peace and disarmament, and agree on a global plan for disarmament for sustainable development at the Rio Summit in June 2012. 
Here is the link to join the worldwide movement and sign online: http://www.avaaz.org/en/petition/SD_for_SD/?cBoscdb


INES and partners activities at the Peoples Summit and the Rio+20 conference
INES in cooperation with the Federation of German Scientists (VDW) and the International Peace Bureau (IPB) offers three side events at the Peoples Summit and the official UN meeting. See also: www.inesglobal.com/events-2012.phtml#cpid2152

18. June, 2012
Disarmament for Development
Organisers: INES and IPB
13:30 - 15:00
Room: T-6. See details here: www.uncsd2012.org/rio20/index.php

21. June, 2012
The Future of Food – challenges and recommendations
Organisers: INES and VDW
13:15 - 14:45
Room: UN3 (Barra Arena). This Side event is taking place outside RioCentro in the Barra Arena. See details and the program here: www.uncsd2012.org/rio20/index.php

22. June, 2012
Food, agriculture and conflicts – challenge for peace
Organisers: INES and IPB
11:00 - 12:30, Room: P3-A. See details here: www.uncsd2012.org/rio20/index.php


Search and find all side events here: www.uncsd2012.org/rio20/index.php


INES Global Responsibility Newsletter No. 64 now online
www.inesglobal.com/newsletter.phtml#cpid2273
Some featured topics:

  • Why we need Millenium Consumption Goals (MCGs) at RIO+20 (by Mohan Munasinghe)
  • How business hijacked the sustainability agenda (by Delyse Springett)
  • The role of think tanks in revising the policy agenda (by Dieter Plehwe).
  • Which "Green economy" for the future we want (by Joachim Spangenberg)
  • Rio+20 – Global Marshall Plan – Worldwide Ecosocial Market Economy (by F. R. Rademacher)
  • Appeal to the Rio+20 conference: Disarmament for sustainable development!

Newsletter 63 and 64 have been sent out to the INES members.


Ecological Footprint Creators Drs. Wackernagel and Rees Win Prestigious Kenneth E. Boulding Award
Global Footprint Network is thrilled to announce that Co-Founder and President Dr. Mathis Wackernagel and Dr. William Rees, co-creators of the Ecological Footprint, have been named the winners of the 2012 Kenneth E. Boulding Award, the world’s top honor in the field of ecological economics.
The award will be presented at the ISEE Conference 2012 in Rio de Janeiro on June 19, 2012. Read the press release:www.footprintnetwork.org/en/index.php/newsletter/bv/dr._wackernagel_wins_prestigious_kenneth_e._boulding_award


INFORSE 20-year Anniversary
20 years ago the International Network for Sustainable Energy (INFORSE) was formed as an informal network of NGOs, at a seminar at the ”Global Forum” of NGOs in Rio de Janeiro parallel to the UN "Rio-conference" on environment and development.
An overview with highlights from the first 20 years are now available from www.inforse.org
INFORSE will again be represented in Rio de Janeiro, at the upcoming Rio+20 conference, including at the side-event "Green energy for a green economy" on June 19. See:www.uncsd2012.org/rio20/index.php


Busting the carbon and cost myths of Germany's nuclear exit. Critics of the atomic phase-out said energy emissions, costs and imports would all rise. They were wrong. By , The guardian, UK
With the UK taking another step towards supporting new nuclear power on May 22nd, – at either no extra cost to the consumer if you believe ministers, or substantial cost if you believe most others – it's worth taking a look at what actually happens when you phase out nuclear power in a large, industrial nation.
That is what Germany chose to do after the Fukushima nuclear disaster, closing eight plants immediately – 7GW - and another nine by 2022. The shrillest critics predicted blackouts, which was always daft and did not happen.
But more serious critics worried that the three things at the heart of the energy and climate change debate - carbon, cost and security of supply – would all head in the wrong direction. Here in Berlin, I have found they were wrong on every count. Read on here: www.guardian.co.uk/environment/damian-carrington-blog/2012/may/23/energy-nuclear-power-germany


Military spending: how much does the military cost each country. Is the global arms trade recession-proof?
The latest arms trade numbers show the US is still number one, but with China and Russia catching up fast. Is the global arms trade recession-proof? Almost, it appears. While government spending is being cut across the globe, military spending is staying remarkably steady.The world's countries spent $1.7trillion on their militaries last year, according to new figures published by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (Sipri). It's barely changed from the year before, masking decreases in the west countered by big increases in China, Russia and some Middle eastern countries.Read on here: www.guardian.co.uk/news/datablog/2012/apr/17/military-spending-countries-list


Germany to Greece: Cut Safety Nets for Citizens But Keep Buying Our Weapons
German 'Hypocrisy' Over Greek Military Spending has Critics Up in Arms

As Germany insists that Greece submit to harsh austerity measures leaving pensions cut, unemployment soaring and the healthcare system slashed, one area it believes needn't be cut is Greece's weapons purchases, provided in great part by and benefiting Germany.
In April the Guardian's Helena Smith reported from Athens that both Germany and France, while pushing Greece to make cuts to its healthcare program, were trying to seal lucrative arms deals with the country.Smith writes: "Speculation is rife that international aid for the country was contingent on Greece following through on agreements to purchase military hardware from Germany and France." Read on here: www.commondreams.org/headline/2012/04/19-5


130 actions in 40 countries on GDAMS

The International Peace Bureau (IPB) and the Institute for Policy Studies (IPS) are delighted to report that the Global Day of Action against Military Spending (GDAMS) was a tremendous success worldwide: around 130 actions were organized in about 40 countries on and around April 17. See the documentation of events around the globe here: demilitarize.org/gdams-2012-event-reports-photos/


A New Global Peace and Justice Movement is Rising
Final statement of the Network of the Free Future Counter Summit for Peace and Economic Justice, Chicago, Illinois, USA on May 18 & 19, 2012

The NATO-Free Future gathering in Chicago coincides with a rising global movement against war, militarism, inequality and poverty. We represent the pro-peace and justice majority, the global 99%. We heed the wisdom of Dr.Martin Luther King Jr.’s call to challenge the “triple evils” of poverty, racial inequality and militarism.
The rising global peace and justice movement works from the premise that poverty, inequality and militarism are forms of violence that constitute an endless cycle that can and must be broken for the survival of humanity. Each feeds off the other, and all must be challenged.
These “triple evils” are embodied in the NATO military alliance and its relationship to the actions of many of the wealthiest countries. We are convinced that to overcome these evils we must oppose wars, embrace peace, and demand that the drive for empire be replaced by an understanding of our global interdependence and a flowering of genuine democracy. And that democracy, in turn will foster greater inclusion, equity and justice for all. Read the statement here: www.inesglobal.com/chicago-final.phtml


Obama's 'Poverty-Relieving' Plan for Africa a Profit Boon for Giant Agribusiness
$3 billion investment from BigAg leaves sustainable agriculture, small-scale farmers' voices behind. President Obama's announcement today of $3 billion in private investments in a poverty- and hunger-relieving plan for Africa is set to be a boon for giant agribusiness, a move critics say leaves small-scale farmers and agro-ecological methods in the dust. The pledged investments come from agricultural behemoths including Dupont, Monsanto and Cargill. Read on here: www.commondreams.org/headline/2012/05/18-3


New Footprint and Biocapacity Data Released from Space: Trends Reveal a ‘Global Auction’. Astronaut Launches Living Planet Report 2012
Humanity is now using nature’s services 52 percent faster than what Earth can renew, according to Global Footprint Network’s latest data, published in the 2012 edition of the Living Planet Report. The biennial report, produced by WWF in collaboration with Global Footprint Network and the Zoological Society of London, was launched today by ESA astronaut André Kuipers from the International Space Station.
Read the news with all functioning links here: www.footprintnetwork.org/en/index.php/newsletter/bv/living_planet_report_2012_released_from_space


UPCOMING EVENTS