No. 17/1999


Dateline: 25 April 1999

WNII is an electronic information service of INES,
the International Network of Engineers and Scientists for Global Responsibility

Editor: Tobias Damjanov, e-mail: < >
INES homepage: http://www.mindspring.com/~us016262/ines.html
INES International Office < >
INES Chair Prof. Armin Tenner < >


INES Congress 2000

''Challenges for Science and Engineering in the 21st Century''

Stockholm, 14-18 June 2000


  for Congress Inquiries, mailto: <>


No new or changed email or web addresses in this issue. NOTE: All INES e-mail addresses and homepages are available upon request from:  < >


Do not forget to inform us about changes of your email address or your homepage!


UK: Architects and Engineers for Social Responsibility (AESR) ^

Here are some news items from the British INES member organisation Architects and Engineers for Social Responsibility (AESR):

Contact:  Architects and Engineers for Social Responsibility (AESR), c/o David Evans, 45 Burnards Field Rd, Colyton, Devon EX13 6PE, UK; Tel./Fax: (44-1297) 553 007 [no email available]



Paper by Patrick Mawaya (Malawi)

INES member Patrick Mawaya has circulated a paper which he presented during the Development Society of Southern Africa (DSSA) Biennial Conference in South Africa. He writes: "The paper focused on good governance but approaching the issue from the point of good governance being an institutional challenge in Southern Africa region. I hope INES members will find the paper quite thoughtful and possibly relate the events in Southern Africa to other parts of the world. I also look forward to your comments for further refinement of the paper."

If you wish to obtain this paper (which was already distributed via INESNet), !!! mailto:


!!! Abolition 2000 homepage: http://www.abolition2000.org

For the latest nuclear weapons abolition grassroots news, visit: http://www.napf.org/abolition2000/news/



NOTE: Some of the information bits below are taken from NATO NUCLEAR FLASH 99-22 (April 22, 1999) which is published by the Non-Nuclear NATO Network. For the full text of these and many other documents about the debate over NATO's nuclear policy, visit: http://www.nautilus.org/nnnnet/index.html

Canadian Senate Adopts Nuclear Resolution (plus additional web references)

April 13, 1999 - The Canadian Senate unanimously adopted a resolution introduced by Senator Douglas Roche, which urged the Canadian government to begin a review of its nuclear weapons policies at the NATO Summit Meeting.   http://www.nautilus.org/nnnnet/news/041399roche.txt

The Government of Canada on April 19, 1999 issued its response to the Parliamentary Committee on Foreign Affairs' report on nuclear weapons:   http://www.dfait-maeci.gc.ca/nucchallenge/menu-e.htm

The Canadian government's response to the Canadian Parliament's Foreign Affairs Committee report from December last year is only a modest step forward, writes Canadian Senator Douglas Roche  http://www.nautilus.org/nnnnet/references/roche042099.txt

For various other background documents about this issue, go to: http://www.nautilus.org/nnnnet/referencedocs.html

For news stories relating to this issue, go to: http://www.nautilus.org/nnnnet/newsstories.html



Frank Blackaby: First Use Against International Law  http://www.nautilus.org/nnnnet/references/blackaby041099.txt

The full report is available at: http://www.gn.apc.org/abolition2000uk/nato.html

April 10, 1999 - In a report on no-first-use, Frank Blackaby argues that the current first-use doctrine violates the security assurances which all the nuclear weapon powers have given to 182 non-nuclear-weapon states parties to the Non-Proliferation Treat. Blackaby argues that first-use would also be a clear violation of international law, according to the Advisory Opinion of the International Court of Justice at The Hague.



Bruno Tertrais (French Ministry of Defence) on Nuclear Policies in Europe  http://www.isn.ethz.ch/iiss/prap327.htm

For a text-only version, go to: http://www.nautilus.org/nnnnet/references/tertrais0399.txt

March 1999 -- NATO should reduce the emphasis on nuclear first-use against a conventional threat in Europe, while at the same time stressing the value of deterrence against weapons of mass destruction (WMD), writes Bruno Tertrais of the French Ministry of Defense in Adelphi Papers. He warns that NATO should avoid presenting its nuclear weapons stationed in Europe as a counterweight to Russian tactical/theatre nuclear arms, and suggests that a bilateral no-first-use agreement with Russia could be possible given the disappearance of the massive conventional threat in Europe.


 Citizens Inspection Action Booklet

An updated Citizens Inspection Action Booklet can be found at: http://www.motherearth.org/inspect/index.htm

In addition, you can find there the NRDC 1998 Status Report of Nuclear Weapons Deployment.


 New NPT Review Document Available  http://www.nautilus.org/nnnnet/references/finalrpt99.pdf

With the NPT PrepCom rapidly approaching, a summary report of the Seminar Briefing CESD organized in Geneva on March 24, entitled, 'The 1999 PrepCom: Towards the 2000 Review Conference,' is now available in a PDF format. The report contains excellent presentations by the speakers and several interventions from the largely diplomatic audience. The report was provided by Sharon Riggle, Director, Centre for European Security and Disarmament (CESD).


18 June 1999: A day of protest, action, and carnival in financial centres across the globe  http://www.gn.apc.org/june18  ^

June 18th 1999 will be an international day of action aimed at the heart of the global economy: the financial centres, banking districts and multinational corporation power bases. The idea is to encourage as many movements and groups as possible to organise their own autonomous protests or actions, on the same day (June 18th), in the same geographical locations (financial/corporate/banking/business districts) around the world. Events could take place at relevant sites, eg. multi-national company offices, local banks, stock exchanges. Each event would be organised autonomously and co-ordinated in each city or financial district by a variety of movements and groups.   For more, see the website indicated above.

NOTE that there is a discussion list concerning these events: For more information send an email to with the following request: subscribe J18DISCUSSION Your Email Address then messages sent to will automatically go to other interested groups around the world to facilitate wider discussion of this day of action.


 Third WTO Ministerial Conference, Seattle WA, USA, 29 Nov - 3 Dec 1999

An email list has been set up to organise against the 3rd WTO Ministerial. To subscribe send a message to: <>

For more information, please write to <> or go to:  http://members.aol.com/mwmorrill/pga.htm


 Documents from the NATO Summit, Washington, 23-24 April 1999

The documents from the recent NATO Summit can be found at:  http://www.nato.int/docu/comm/1999/9904-wsh/9904-wsh.htm

Pay particular attention to the Summit's main document, the "Alliance's Strategic Concept", which can be found (as English version) at: http://www.nato.int/docu/pr/1999/p99-065e.htm


Events listed here are being published only once due to limited space.  Changes, however, will be taken into account (marked with ''UPDATE'')


 State of the World Forum: Examining the The Challenge of Reconciliation: Diversity and Community in a Global Age

For more details, mailto:   <http://www.worldforum.org>


 Global Youth Peace Conference

For more details, mailto:


 International Model United Nations

For more details, mailto: <> or <>  http://www.bart.nl/~imuna


 6th Annual International Conference of the International Education and Resource Network (I*EARN)

Theme: "Language, Culture, and Equity through Global Learning Networks"

For more details, mailto: or <> http://orillas-web.upr.clu.edu


 1999 World Summit of Children Project

Theme: Creation of a Charter for the Young General Assembly, an international body of young people working to strengthen the United Nations and serve as a voice for young people in international affairs   For more details, mailto:


 United Youth Conference

Theme: Developing an integrative strategy for unifying the youth movement and giving young people an effective international voice    For more details, mailto:   <http://www.oneday.org>


 2nd Conference of "Peoples' Global Action against 'Free' Trade and the World Trade Organisation" (PGA)

a) The conference will launch a discussion process among peoples' movements from the around the world on the role and functions that an international coordination and communication network like the PGA should play, and how it should fulfil those functions.

b) The conference will also provide a great opportunity to plan massive mobilisations against the Third WTO Ministerial Conference Seattle WA, USA, 29 Nov - 3 Dec 1999.

For more details, mailto:   <http://www.agp.org>


 2nd Assembly of the United Nations for the Peoples

Involving 13 international fora in different Italian cities   For more details, mailto:


 Millennium Young People's Congress

For more details, mailto:   <http://www.oneworld.org/peacechild>

Pathways to Peace

For more details, mailto:

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