Dateline: September 8, 2000

This is the weekly electronic information service of the International Network of Engineers and Scientists for Global Responsibility

Editor: Tobias Damjanov, e-mail:   
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INES International Office   
INES Chair: Prof. Armin Tenner   

CONTENTS of WNII No. 25/2000


USA: Nuclear Age Peace Foundation (NAPF), The Sunflower, No. 40, September 2000
Back issues: http://www.wagingpeace.org/sf/index.html
Events for the year 2000 are now listed at: http://www.wagingpeace.org/calendar/events_current.html  

The September issue of The Sunflower covers the following:

USA: Project on Defense Alternatives of The Commonwealth Institute

Aaron Katz, Communications Director of the Project on Defense Alternatives, has sent the following information to WNII:

We are pleased to inform you of major updates to two new internet gateways to full-text security studies resources on the Web:

The Chinese Military Power page < http://www.comw.org/cmp >, and The Revolution in Military Affairs (RMA) Debate page < http://www.comw.org/rma >.

Both pages link users to hundreds of online full-text articles and a dozen books, categorized by subtopic. The pages are comprehensive and regularly updated, drawing together material from across the policy spectrum.

Access is unlimited and free -- in the traditional sense!

This service is sponsored by the Project on Defense Alternatives (PDA) at Commonwealth Institute in Cambridge, Massachusetts USA. Also of interest: the PDA Web site < http://www.comw.org/pda >, which features dozens of full-text reports and articles by PDA staff and guests on US defense policy and global security issues.

I hope you find these resources useful. We would appreciate your comments and suggestions.


Abolition 2000 homepage: http://www.abolition2000.org  Grassroots News: http://www.napf.org/abolition2000/news/  

UNIDIR research project on tactical nuclear weapons

The UN Institute for Disarmament Research (UNIDIR), in cooperation with the Monterey institute of International Studies and Peace Research Institute Frankfurt, has launched a research project on the urgent issue of tactical nuclear weapons (TNWs). The project addresses such topics as the definition of TNWs, numbers, the roles of TNWs in various military and political doctrines, and future measures to address the TNW problem. The project will be carried out over a period of nine months at UNIDIR. The Institute has commissioned papers from experts and has coordinated the research and a research meeting. The preliminary findings of the study were circulated at the May NPT Review Conference. The project will result in the publication of a Research Report in the UNIDIR series and a "UNIDIR Brief" setting out the main findings of the study in succinct form for broad distribution.

For more information please contact Jackie Seck, UNIDIR Research Programme Manager: < >


Selected web references

The following web references are compiled from "/linkages/journal/", Vol 5, No 81, September 2000, published by the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD). A pdf version of this issue is available at:


The Millenium Project: Global Challenges Indicators

The Global Lookout Panels of the Millennium Project report for FY 00 have concentrated on regional perspectives of global challenges and indicators to measure progress on issues such as; Sustainable Development, Women, Water, Population and Resources, Democratization, Globalization of Information Technology, Peace and Conflict, Transnational Crime, Energy, Science & Technology etc. Over 700 futurists, scholars, business planners, scientists, and decision makers who work for international organizations, governments, corporations, NGOs, and universities in over fifty countries have participated on this Millennium Project's Global Lookout Panels since the beginning of the project in 1996 and identified challenges, regional perspectives, actions to address each, indicators to measure progress, and related analyses.

As of 1 September, Jerome Glenn of the American Council of the United Nations University has made available the outcome of this effort on Energy and Science & Technology. If you wish to obtain this part of the report, you can get it either from the WNII editor or from Jerome Glenn: < >


UNIDIR "disarmament forum" three/2000

"Peacekeeping: evolution or extinction?" is the subject of the latest issue of "disarmament forum" which is published by the UN Institute for Disarmament Research. Introduced by a Special Comment by UN Under-Secretary-General Ibrahim Gambari, Adviser for Special Assignments in Africa, the third edition of this year carries the following articles:

Also, "disarmament forum" three/2000 has a very useful section called "UNIDIR activities", from which the following selected items are compiled:

Articles are published in English: http://www.unog.ch/UNIDIR/e-df0-3.htm
and French: http://www.unog.ch/UNIDIR/f-df00-3.htm  

For a copy, contact: < >


GLOBE conference on environmental security in Africa

For more details, visit: http://www.globesa.org/envsecurity.htm  

International Conference on Biotechnology in the Global Economy Science and the Precautionary Principle

For more details, visit: http://www.cid.harvard.edu/cidbiotech/bioconfpp/  

UNECE Working Group on Environmental Impact Assessment

For more details, visit: http://www.unece.org/meetings/meetgen.htm

International Conference on Forests and Sustainable Development

For more details, visit: http://www.geic.or.jp/forest/ 


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