No. 22/1998


Dateline: 8 November 1998

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 < >

Re: WNII Appearance 

Dear WNII readers,

You certainly noticed that the last few WNII issues have been quite lengthy. This is one of the reasons why, for a trial period, WNII will appear weekly from now on. Also, this will allow me to be more up-to-date. 

Please don't hesitate to send to me your opinion on this change of the WNII appearance. 


Tobias Damjanov

Editor, WNII

CONTENTS of WNII No. 22/1998



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

Member Organisations' + Project Groups' News ^


NEPAL APPEAL: A University Does Need Help!!

Originally launched by the German INES member ''Scientists' Initiative Responsibility for Peace and Sustainability'', this solidarity campaign has also been endorsed by this year's INES Council Meeting.

To give you an idea what it's all about and how you could get involved, here are some extracts from the latest promotion leaflet:

.. Kathmandu University in Nepal with 22,000 students and 9,000 faculty and staff. There are shortages of everything; still, year after year, students are being taught there, lectures are held, and exams are given.

.. The project aims to furnish the two departments Physics and Chemistry at Nepal University with surplus that is no longer put to use in other parts of the world and often carelessly discarded....

.. The Physics and Chemistry departments do need:

and as a special request by the chemistry department:

Please send any material and equipment that you do not use or need anymore or would like to support our project with to:

NaturwissenschaftlerInnen-Initiative, Gutenbergstr. 31, D-44139

Dortmund, Germany

Tel.: (49-231) 575 205, Fax: (49-231) 575 210, e-mail:

Donation account:

Postbank Dortmund (Germany)

Acc. No. , Bankcode: 440 100 46


USA: Institute for Energy and Environmental Research (IEER)


(1) The IEER has just released a double issue of its newsletter, "Science for Democratic Action," which covers many aspects of nuclear disarmament and de-alerting.

Articles in this issue:

and more...

The newsletter, which will be posted on the homepage indicated above, is free and is available from IEER:

!!! mailto < >

(2) Recent research (published in the study "Dangerous Thermonuclear Quest") by the IEER has determined that proposed fusion experiments at a US government laboratory would violate the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty (CTBT). Therefore, IEER believes that the University of California should suspend work on this project. IEER is circulating a corresponding letter for the signature of as many scientist, engineers, community activists, and other concerned people. Signed by IEER President Arjun Makhijani, the letter calls, among other things, on the Regents to initiate a public debate about the continuing role of the university in nuclear weapons research.

For all details, !!! mailto < >



USA: Nuclear Age Peace Foundation (NAPF) ''The Sunflower'' No. 18/1998


''The Sunflower'' No. 18, November1998 carries, among other things, the following items:

and more.

To subscribe to sunflower-napf, send an email to: "" with "subscribe sunflower-napf" in the body of the message. Do not use quotes in your message.



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


1998 UN General Assembly disarmament resolutions

You can find the key nuclear disarmament resolution as adopted by the First Committee of the UN General Assembly on 4 Nov 98, plus a brief article, at the following website: http://www.pgs.ca/pages/a2/unndr981104.htm

=============== SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT =============== ^


Re: UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC)^

1) The International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) will provide comprehensive coverage of the UNFCCC Fourth Conference of the Parties, to be held in Buenos Aires from 2-13 November 1998. IISD will publish daily 2000-word issues of the Earth Negotiations Bulletin (ENB) in French and English on the state of negotiations. In addition to daily reports, IISD will maintain its bi-lingual multimedia WWW site on climate change, located at: http://www.iisd.ca/climate/ba/ with photos, RealAudio broadcasts of interviews and conference side events, as well as links to official documents and analyses.

Since the Kyoto Protocol was adopted in December 1997, IISD has monitored the climate change policy process, documented in "The Road to Buenos Aires" timeline at: http://www.iisd.ca/linkages/climate/ba/timeline.html

In addition, IISD has covered the "inter-sessional" meeting in Bonn 1997 of the subsidiary bodies to the Climate Convention: http://www.iisd.ca/linkages/climate/bonn98.html

IISD maintains and moderates a mailing list called CLIMATE-L that provides a free forum for the exchange of climate change policy information by more than 2000 readers worldwide.

To subscribe to free e-mail reports from Buenos Aires or to subscribe to the CLIMATE-L list, visit: http://iisd.ca/enb/email.asp

For information on the Earth Negotiations Bulletin or subscribing to our other electronic products, !!! mailto < >


(2) For the UNFCCC Fourth Conference of the Parties, the Japanese NGO ''Citizens Alliance for Saving the Atmosphere'' (CASA) has recently issued a Paper on Policies and Measures for Post-UNFCCC COP3.

For more: http://www.netplus.ne.jp/~casa/

!!! mailto < >


(3) Asian Scientists and Environmentalists Call for Action to Protect our Climate

The Japanese Citizens' Nuclear Information Center released a statement for the Fourth Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change calling up on this Conference to adopt a number of principles on Climate Sustainability, Climate Democracy, Climate Equity, A Peaceful Energy Future, and Climate Sensitive Development. [Due to it's length, I do not publish it here; The Ed.]

For the Statement, !!! mailto Mika Ohbayashi < >

Sustainable Business Concepts: Challenge


This is the title of a conference (5-7 Nov 98) about which I was unfortunately informed much too late. However, the agenda looks so interesting to me that I decided to present to you here at least the main subjects which are dealt with in 16 workshops:

The conference is/was organised by the Dutch section of the International Network of Environmentally-Aware Designers (see homepage above). For details, !!! mailto < >

Re: NGO Steering Committee for the Commission on Sustainable Development


New web site (still under construction): http://www.csdngo.org/csdngo

This NGO Committee runs a listserv which ''is designed to support communication among representatives of non-governmental organizations involved in the monitoring and implementation of Agenda 21 and the other agreements adopted at the 1992 Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro.''

If you want to subscribe to this list, send a message to < > with the following one line message: subscribe csdgen [your email address] [your name]

NOTE: The above-mentioned homepage of the NGO Committee contains information and links relating to the Commission on Sustainable Development.

=============== BRIEFINGS =============== ^


CONGO Task Force on Communications electronic mailinglist^

The Task Force on Communications of the Conference of NGOs in Consultative Relationship with the United Nations (CONGO) has opened an electronic mailinglist on UN Reform and NGOs: Current Issues on the Questions of Greater Access and Restrictions of Access to the United Nations General Assembly, its Main Committees, UN documentation and participation as well as "Arrangements and Practices for the Interaction of NGOs in All Activities of the United Nations System."

To subscribe to the list, please send a blank email message to: < >


=============== CONFERENCES - MEETINGS - SEMINARS =============== ^

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


Lost Science - Lost Future? On the Status of Science in Russia ^

For more details, !!! mailto < >


INES Ethics Committee Meeting

For more details, !!! mailto < >


=============== INES WEB- AND EMAIL SERVICE =============== ^

A full list of all INES e-mail addresses and homepages is available upon request.
!!! mailto < >

UPDATE Email: Union of Democratic Scientists (Bund demokratischer Wissenschaftlerinnen und Wissenschaftler - BdWi), Germany

The BdWi can also be reached through the following new email address: < >

The previous address > remains.



CHANGE Email: National Trade Union of Workers in Scientific Research (Syndicat National des Travailleurs de la Recherche Scientifique SNTRS-CGT), France:



NEW: The Commonwealth Institute, USA




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