Dateline: 5 August 1999

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INES Congress 2000

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

Stockholm, 14-18 June 2000


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CONTENTS of WNII No. 31/1999

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Troy Davis on "Global Coalition World Democracy 2010"

INES member Troy Davis has recently disseminated a comprehensive presentation of the "Global Coalition World Democracy 2010" campaign of which he happens to be the secretary. This Coalition was launched in The Hague on 14 May 1999 where it was supported by INES, among others. Also, INES is listed as a member of the Provisional Steering Committee.

Contact: Acting Secretary, Coalition 2010, c/o World Citizen Foundation, 777 UN Plaza, 6th floor, New York, New York, 10017, USA; Tel.: (1-212) 973 9835, Fax: (1-212) 973 9836; email : or directly Troy Davis at:

Alice Slater on the Earth Day 2000 campaign

Alice Slater, President of the US-based INES member organisation "Global Resource Action Center for the Environment" (GRACE), recently spread information regarding the Earth Day 2000 campaign, "New Energy for a New Era". She likes to invite you to consider joining with the Earth Day Campaign which is planning a host of events in 2000 and offers opportunities to build constituencies for our cause.

Their website is http://www.earthday.net   and you can reach them by email at

For more details,  mailto: 

USA: Nuclear Age Peace Foundation (NAPF), The Sunflower, No. 27, August 1999 http://www.wagingpeace.org/sf/index.html

The latest edition of The Sunflower covers the following:

Russia: From "START Web Site News" of the Centre for Arms Control, Energy and Environmental Studies; August 5, 1999

The United States and Russia agreed last week to begin a new round of negotiations next month to reduce their long-range nuclear weapons. The decision was made during talks between Russian Prime Minister Sergei Stepashin and Vice President Al Gore, co-chairmen of a U.S.-Russia commission. But Gore, at a news conference, said a START III treaty would not be signed until the Russian parliament ratifies the 1993 START II accord. Stepashin told reporters, "we will try to get START II ratified in the fall". Russia and the United States will hold discussions on the START III arms reduction treaty in Moscow on Aug. 17-19, the Russian Foreign Ministry said.   [abridged]


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

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

Tokyo Forum for Nuclear Non-proliferation and Disarmament

Dr Hiro Umebayashi from the Japanese INES member organisation "Engineers and Scientists for Global Responsibility/Study Group for Nuclear Non-Proliferation and Disarmament" informs that the Tokyo Forum (an international experts' forum initiated by the Japanese government after nuclear tests by India and Pakistan last year, which took place in Tokyo on 23-25 July) released a statement and key recommendations. Due to its length it will not be published here but you might mailto:   to receive this highly interesting document.

Also available at: http://www.wagingpeace.org

Abolition 2000 Working Group on a Nuclear Weapons Convention (NWC)

Following an upsurge in progress on the NWC, the Working Group coordinators - Merav Datan, Juergen Scheffran and Alyn Ware - have decided to engage the WG more in the campaign for a NWC.

We invite anyone interested to apply to join the working group by responding to this email.
Yours sincerely
Alyn Ware 

International Atomic Energy Agency on Y2K

Note that the latest IAEA Bulletin (June 1999) is a Y2K Special: which you might visit at:  http://www.iaea.or.at/worldatom/inforesource/bulletin/bull412/index.html

Abolition 2000 Grassroots News

The Nuclear Age Peace Foundation has just released the July 1999 issue of the Abolition 2000 Grassroots News. For a copy, mailto: 


Continuing deforestation of the Brazilian rainforest

For those of you who can download it, here is a page of a current news report on this topic from the MSNBC web site: http://www.msnbc.com/news/263403.asp

One of the unusual - and impressive - aspects of this report is that it includes links to several other news items ['sidebars'] and features on the same issue - even including an interactive site on 'trying to manage a rainforest.'

[From: Michael Strauss, Media Coordinator, NGO CSD Steering Committee < >]


Nikitin appeals to the European Court in Strasbourg

Frustrated with Russian legal system Aleksandr Nikitin appeals to the European Court.  On July 26, 1999, Aleksandr Nikitin forwarded his application to the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg. In his application Nikitin indicates that Russian authorities have violated his rights under Articles 6 (1) and 13 of the European Convention of Human Rights.

Aleksandr Nikitin has been prosecuted on the basis of secret and retroactive legislation, his freedom of movement has been restricted for a considerably long time, and, finally, the Russian authorities showed inability to determine his case.

"The European Court has to decide whether Russian has violated provisions of the European Convention of Human Rights," says Jon Gauslaa, Bellona's lawyer who wrote the application. "If Russia fails to follow resolution drawn by the Court, she risks suspension of membership in the Council of Europe," adds Gauslaa.

Evaluation of cases in the European Court might take from one to five years. Aleksandr Nikitin, however, urges the Court to give his application priority under Rule 41 of the Rules of the Court.

Read more:  http://www.bellona.no/e/russia/nikitin/      http://www.bellona.no/e/russia/nikitin/juridic/strasbourg/

Contact:  mailto:   mailto: 


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

Fifth Interdisciplinary Cosmology Symposium Humanity and the Cosmos

This interdisciplinary conference invites a dialogue between theologians, scientists, philosophers and other disciplines on the issue of "ethics without religion." If a revolution has taken place in ethical thinking, what are the implications for our understanding of humanity's place in the cosmos as we enter the new millennium?

For more details, S.Baago, Keith Sudds: e-mail:

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