WHAT'S NEW IN INES?
Dateline: October 31, 1999
This is a weekly electronic information service of the International Network of Engineers and Scientists for Global Responsibility
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INES Congress 2000
''Challenges for Science and Engineering in the 21st Century''
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CONTENTS of WNII No. 42/1999
MEMBER ORGANISATIONS' AND PROJECT GROUPS' NEWS
Scientists' Initiative Responsibility for Peace and Sustainability (NatWis) Germany
NatWis has recently joined two coalition-based initiatives dealing with German arms exports to Turkey. The background is the current public discussion about the government's decision to provide Turkey with one of the most advanced battle tanks named "Leopard 2 A5" for a testing period prior to a possible arms deal of 1,000 tanks of the same type. One initiative is a signature-collecting campaign urging both the government and the Parliament not only to stop this arms deal, but also to refrain
from any arms exports to countries in conflict. This campaign is basically driven by organisations of the German peace movement. The other initiative aims more at a longer-term pressure group to make public any intended arms exports. In parts, it consists of different organisations such as terre des hommes, a church aid organisation, and German UNICEF.
For details, contact NatWis at: < >
Abolition 2000 homepage: http://www.abolition2000.org
Grassroots News: http://www.napf.org/abolition2000/news/
Dear Friends and Colleagues,
As many of you know, we have started Peace Pledge here in Japan and plan to expand it globally. As we are having our first public meeting on Sunday October 31, 1999 at the International House of Japan and plan to launch the official start of Peace Pledge on November 1, 1999. We would like to confirm your endorsement of efforts and inquire as to whether or not we may disclose your name as endorsing the movement. We would also like to know if you want to sign on the Pledge, if so we will send the information form and the Peace Pledge card.
We list below the objectives and the pledge: (For more information, please check the web site: http://www.peacepledge.gr.jp )
We look forward to your response,
Tatsujiro Suzuki and Susan Pickett, co-founders, Peace Pledge < >
The objectives of the Pledge Movement are as follows
1. Commitment to peace
We initiate a Pledge Movement for scientists to express commitment to peace as an individual by signing the pledge, committing not to participate in the research, development, manufacture, acquisition, and/or utilization of nuclear weapons and other weapons of mass destruction.
2. Self awareness and responsibility
This movement is intended to increase awareness and responsibility of each scientist regarding the role of science in international peace.
3. Enhance dialogue
This movement intends to enhance dialogue among scientists whose views toward nuclear weapons and other weapons of mass destruction may be significantly different.
4. Contribution to international peace
By expanding this movement, we hope to contribute to transparency of each country. By doing so, we would like to contribute to confidence building and enhancing regional security and international peace.
I, undersigned below, pledge with honor and dignity:
"To the best of my knowledge, I will not participate in research, development, manufacture, acquisition and/or utilization of nuclear weapons as well as of other weapons of mass destruction."
Letter from the UN Office of the Iraq Programme
The UN's "Office of the Iraq Programme" has taken the unusual step of posting a special three page letter from Benon Sevan, the program's Executive Director, outlining his concerns over the increasing numbers of holds placed on humanitarian contracts under oil-for-food. Adding weight to this document: the Secretary General himself, Kofi Annan, has appended his appeal addressed directly to the president of the Security Council. The original document is in Adobe/PDF (see URL below), but you
can obtain the plain text from the WNII editor.
UNIDIR "disarmament forum" three/1999
"On-Site Inspections: Common Problems, Different Solutions" is the main subject of "disarmament forum" three/1999 which is published by the UN Institute for Disarmament Research. It consists of the following articles:
Articles are published in English and French. For a copy, contact: < >
"Trust & Verify" No. 87/September 1999
"Trust & Verify" is a regular publication of the London-based "Verification Research, Training and Information Centre" (VERTIC). The September issue carries the following main articles:
plus the regular columns Verification Watch, Science & Technology Scan, and VERTIC News.
For obtaining "Trust & Verify", contact: < > or go to: http://www.fhit.org/vertic
CONFERENCES - MEETINGS - SEMINARS
Events listed here are being published only once due to limited space. Changes, however, will be taken into account (marked with ''UPDATE'')
International Nuclear Weapons Abolition Days Planning Meeting
For more details, mailto:
International seminar on strategies of port cities within the context of sustainable development
This seminar will be the forum for an extensive debate regarding the preparation of a declaration for the specific support of the positions of port cities in the Americas, during the City and Ports International Conference to be held at Kaohsiung (Taiwan) in June 2000.
For more details, mailto: with SUBSCRIBE in the subject, or mailto:
or consult: http://www.aivp.com/santos
European Future Congress For Another Europe
Issues to be debated include:
For more details, mailto:
Prior to the Congress, the organizing NGOs are collecting signatures for a corresponding DECLARATION to be presented to the Finnish EU-Presidency and the EU Commission as well as to the press during the Congress.
Organizations can of course sign the declaration even if they cannot participate in the Congress.
For obtaining the Declaration, please contact: < >
INES WEB AND E-MAIL SERVICE
All INES e-mail addresses and homepages are available upon request from:
Scientists for Global Responsibility Australia
e-mail Dr. Robert J. Hunter FAA FRACI, President: http://www.hotkey.net.au/~sgr
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