Dateline: November 10, 2000

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

Editor: Tobias Damjanov, e-mail:   
INES homepage: http://inesglobal.org
INES International Office   
INES Chair: Prof. Armin Tenner   

CONTENTS of WNII No. 34/2000


USA: Nuclear Age Peace Foundation (NAPF), The Sunflower, No. 42, November 2000
Back issues: http://www.wagingpeace.org/sf/index.html  
Events for the year 2000 are listed at: http://www.wagingpeace.org/calendar/events_current.html  

The November issue of The Sunflower covers the following:

From the "START Web Site News", November 7, 2000: New "Kursk"-related references http://www.armscontrol.ru/start/

"START Web Site News" is regularly published by the Russian INES member organisation Centre for Arms Control, Energy and Environmental Studies. In its latest edition, a number of of new articles are listed, as news come from divers investigating the "Kursk" accident area:

(see also WNII 24/00 and 27/00)


New Earthscann publications

The London-based publishing house Earthscann Publications Ltd. Has just released quite a number of very interesting new books dealing with different aspects of sustainability, environmental questions with regard to business and economics, and international environment and development. You can find these publications listed at: http://www.earthscan.co.uk/   [Click on "New Titles"]

For more details, you can also contact: < >

Update on Rio 10 preparations

I can make available an update on Rio+10 preparations (CSD 10) that the CSD Secretariat circulated by the end of October. It is entitled "Main Area of Work and Initiatives of the UN Secretariat in Preparation for the 2002 Review of Progress Achieved since UNCED", and it has been originally provided by Zehra Aydin-Sipos, UN Division for Sustainable Development < >

The editor

UNEP Team Maps Global Water Ecosystems http://www.giwa.net 

On 6 November, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) in Nairobi and an international team of water experts in Kalmar, Sweden, announced the launch of an Internet Web site (see above) devoted to global water assessment and information on aquatic ecosystems for both freshwater and oceans. The project, known as the Global International Waters Assessment (GIWA), represents the cooperative efforts of UNEP, the Global Environment Facility (GEF), the University of Kalmar, the Swedish Government and more than 100 water quality centres around the world. This international team will look at the pressures caused by human activities upon these ecosystems, and the possible target areas and activities needed to protect the ecological systems and the water supplies. The GIWA Web site will support informative maps that allow citizens to access data and information about the Earth's major water systems. The project's manager, Mr. Dag Daler, recently joined the GIWA team to coordinate nine regional task teams and 66 sub-regional water science teams from around the globe.

GIWA's operations represent the coordination of major international waters activities, ranging from the Regional Seas Programme, the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission and the Global Oceanographic Observation system to the UN Commission on Sustainable Development, the World Water Council, the European Environment Agency and the United States National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). The scientific assessments cover aquatic ecosystem subregions from the Antarctic to the East African Rift Valley Lakes, from the East-China Sea to the Iceland Shelf, from the Caspian Sea to the Bay of Bengal, and from the Barents Sea to Jordan River system.

For more information, please contact Mr. Goran Rudbock, GIWA Liaison Officer: < > or < >


"NMD Update" Listserve

The US-based Center for Defense Information (CDI) has created a new a new free-of-charge listserve with regard to National Missile Defense (NMD) plans. It will bring you the latest updates on all aspects of the NMD debate: the technological obstacles to NMD deployment, the costs of the system, reaction from other countries etc. It is published irregularly, as new developments unfold, but the frequency generally does not exceed 1-2 updates a week.

To sign up, visit: http://www.cdi.org/hotspots/issuebrief/default.asp  

WTO Impact List

The Brussels-based International Coalition for Development Action (ICDA) issues a daily email Newsletter named "WTO Impact List" with information on the WTO, trade and trade-related issues. Its purpose is to circulate general information on trade and trade-related issues, with special focus on the WTO. The ICDA WTO Impact List is a strictly non-commercial and educational service for nonprofit organisations and individuals active in the field of trade.

To get on the mailing list, send a few lines telling about your organization's purpose, areas of work, activities, address and e-mail to: < >

Subscribers are welcome to contribute information; to submit material to the list, address your message to < > with your or your organisation's particulars and the source of the information, if you are forwarding the material from another source. To unsubscribe from the list, send an e-mail message with "unsubscribe" as the subject.

New VERTIC Publications Verification Research, Training and Information Centre, London http://www.vertic.org 

For orders, contact: < >

Disarmamental matters at the current UN General Assembly

Concerning the current debates and decisions at the UN General Assembly on a variety of disarmamental matters, a number of briefings from an NGO point of view have been issued lately, namely and foremost with regard to the First Committee which deals with Disarmament and International Security. The most helpful and comprehensive insight overview is provided at the specialist website of the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF):


which currently covers the following:


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

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