Dateline: May 12, 2001

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CONTENTS of WNII No. 19/2001


Looking for research/INES contacts

Nikolai Bobylev, a Russian student currently working at Hamburg-Harburg Technical University (Germany) would like to get in contact with researchers and/or students who are working in similar fields to his one. His present research interests are in the relationship between civil engineering works with particular emphasis on underground construction work, and the built and natural environment. Major research interests include: * sustainable development; * environmental impact assessment; * underground space development as an integral component for a sustainability of historic cities; * resolution of environmental problems by means of integral underground space utilisation.

Nikolai Bobylev, who is also interested in INES and INES students contacts, can be contacted via: < > Website: http://eop.cef.spbstu.ru/bobylev.html  

USA: Nuclear Age Peace Foundation (NAPF), The Sunflower, No. 48, May 2001 Back issues: http://www.wagingpeace.org/sf/index.html   Events are listed at: http://www.wagingpeace.org/calendar/events_current.html  

The May issue of The Sunflower covers the following:


D. Krieger: Nuclear Deterrence, Missile Defenses and Global Instability

Dr David Krieger, president of the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation, USA, and vice-chair of INES, has just disseminated this article.

You can obtain this paper either from the author: < > or as an rtf-formatted email attachment from the WNII Editor.

International Meeting of the Global Network Against Weapons and Nuclear Power in Space http://www.peacevision.org.uk/home.html  

Papers of this meeting which was held in Leeds (UK), 4-6 May, are available at: http://www.peacevision.org.uk/papers.html  

The themes are Star Wars, Space Control and Domination, Global Responses to "Missile Defense", Echelon, Spying and Civil Liberties, Globalisation and Corporate Involvement, Space Research and Ethics, and Space Nukes, Mining the Sky and Space Law.

"START Web Site News": Russian articles on Bush's recent 1 May speech
http://www.armscontrol.ru/start/   ("START Web Site News" is edited by the Russian INES member organisation "Centre for Arms Control, Energy and Environmental Studies" at the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology)

With regard to the US-Russia relationship in the context of President Bush's speech on May 1, 2001, "START Web Site News" of 11 May referred to the following articles in Russian language:

BASIC's North Atlantic Network on National Missile Defense (NMD) http://www.basicint.org/NMDpageNAN.htm  

This website includes:


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

Grassroots News: http://www.napf.org/abolition2000/news/

Phase-out of nuclear weapons from Belgium? [Source: Nuclear Policy Project Flash, Volume 3, Number 17, April 30, 2001]

Belgian parliamentarians pledged on April 12 that they intend to introduce a resolution calling for the phase out of nuclear weapons from Belgium. The move, which was reported in the Belgium daily De Morgen, comes after the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists Nuclear Notebook reported in March that the US Air Force plans to keep nuclear storage sites in Belgium and eight other NATO countries operational at least until 2018. The information was based on a document released under the Freedom of Information Act to Joshua Handler from Princeton University.

For details, visit:

"Nuclear Weapons and International Law in the Post Cold War World"

New York litigator and former St. John's law professor Charles Moxley, in his recently released book, "Nuclear Weapons and International Law in the Post Cold War World," (*) argues that "...the use of nuclear weapons under established rules of international law is unlawful, even according to official U.S. and military documentation." Moxley will discuss the results of his 10-year study on the legality of nuclear weapons as well as implications of the US administration's Missile Defense Program as keynote speaker at the upcoming meetings of the Professional's Network for Social Responsibility and the Middle Powers Initiative.

Robert McNamara describes Moxley's book as "the best exposition I have seen of the irrationality of the U.S. policy in this area, the irrationality of the policies of the other nuclear weapons states, and the irrationality of the human race in permitting the potential use of these weapons to continue."

(*) Austin & Winfield, Publishers, University Press of America, 2001


World Summit on Sustainable Development: Summary of the First Preparatory Session

The tenth session of the Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD-10), acting as the Preparatory Committee for the World Summit on Sustainable Development, took place at UN Headquarters in New York from 30 April to 2 May 2001. Over 600 participants attended the session, including representatives of governments, intergovernmental organizations, NGOs and other major groups and stakeholders.

The International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD), in its "Earth Negotiations Bulletin" (Vol. 22 No. 03, 4 May 2001), has published an extensive summary of this meeting. Also, the Secretariat of the World Summit on Sustainable Development has made available the decisions taken at this meeting.

I have combined these two documents in one file which is available as an rtf-formatted email attachment.

NOTE in addition, that a daily coverage of the Tenth Session of the Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD-10), can be found at: http://www.iisd.ca/2002/pc1/ 

Rio+10 Conference 2002: Treaty Initiative to Share the Genetic Commons

Representatives of a number of concerned NGOs have recently launched this initiative which is aiming to have adopted a Treaty to Share the Genetic Commons by governments and civil society at the Rio+10 Conference in South Africa next year. They have drafted a treaty text as a "work-in-progress" which, together with a Context Statement, is available from the WNII Editor as an rtf-formatted email attachment.

The Washington DC-based Treaty Initiative can be contacted via: < >

"A Survey of Sustainable Development: Social and Economic Dimensions" http://ase.tufts.edu/gdae/ 

This is the title of a new book released by the US-based Global Development And Environment Institute. The editors have summarized 66 articles covering a range of relevant topics, including: * Population and the demographic transition * Agriculture and renewable resources * Energy and materials use * Globalization and corporate responsibility * Local and national strategies

For details/orders, contact Marci Harris: < >


"European Peace Forum" Established in Berlin (German Peace Council information, 5 May 2001)

On March 24, participants from 19 European countries decided to establish an European Peace Forum. This conference was held as a follow-up of last year's European Tribunal on NATO's war against Yugoslavia. The goal of the European Peace Forum is a network of international cooperation and coordination aiming to establish a solid European peace. In order to make this a democratic process there was no official establishment of a board. This should happen in 2002 at a follow up conference in Athens. In the meantime some working groups will start working.

"Living, Evolutionary and Tailorable Information Systems: Development Issues and Advanced Applications" http://www.unipi.gr/jass/  

This is the subject of a special issue of the "Journal of Applied Systems Studies (JASS) - Methodologies and Applications for Systems Approaches", which is being published by the International Society for the Systems Sciences (ISSS).

As to the content of this issue, the publisher writes: "Living systems" is a core research area in the Systems Sciences and has been applied in disciplines ranging from biology to manufacturing and economics. It is only recently, however, that the 'living' aspect has been applied to Information Systems (IS) and that dynamic concepts such as evolution and tailorability have been researched. In timely fashion, this special issue explores approaches to information systems development that promote the ongoing design of systems and/or defer the design process. It is increasingly recognised that business organisations are 'emergent' in the face of change driven by technology, globalisation, deregulation, acquisition and merger, customer relationship management and the like.

JASS can be found at the website indicated above.


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