No. 4/1999


Dateline: 24 January 1999

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 < >


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



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


INES Ethics Committee Meeting ^

The INES Standing Committee on Ethical Questions of Scientists and Engineers met on 15/16 January 1999 in Muelheim/Germany upon invitation of chairman Hans-Juergen Fischbeck. Ten members and guests from four countries (France, Germany, Hungary, Netherlands) had lively discussions. The primary objective was the preparation of a workshop on "Science, Ethics and Peace" to be held during the Hague Appeal for Peace Conference on 12/13 May 1999. The Committee discussed a background paper for the workshop entitled "Science and Violence - Non-violent Science - Science for Life." The paper is available from H.J. Fischbeck < >. The meeting was also informed about preparations for the INES 2000 Conference in Stockholm and the plans for a workshop on "Spirit and rationality of sustainability and the Earth Charter Process" to be convened by Frank Meyberg < >. 

Hartwig Spitzer

Russia: Centre for Arms Control, Energy and Environmental Studies

The Centre is running a website on START (Strategic Arms Reductions Treaty) where the following papers were published recently: 

  • Annotation and press reports about the new book of our Center "Russian Strategic Nuclear Weapons" / Ed. by Pavel Podvig (the authors: Pavel Podvig, Oleg Bukharin, Boris Zhelezov, Timur Kadyshev, Eugene Miasnikov, Igor Sutyagin and Maxim Tarasenko) - Moscow, IzdAT, 1998, 492 pages.
  • Conclusions from the Russian - U.S. Workshop On Warhead Transparency. The meeting took place on November 9-10, in Washington D.C.
  • "Modernization Of Strategic Nuclear Weapons In Russia: The Emerging New Posture" by Nikolai Sokov, Monterey Institute for International Studies 

Publications in Russian language: 

  • "Problems of START II Ratification" by Pyotr Romashkin, (Defense Committee Stuff, the State Duma), presented exclusively for the START web site.
  • "The Economy of Weapon Grade Plutonium Disposal in Nuclear Reactors" by Anatoli Diakov and Eugene Sharov Website:
  • http://www.armscontrol.ru/start/ 

PLEASE NOTE: There is also a possibility to receive the START Web site newsletter by e-mail. Let the Centre know if you want to be included in the mailing list. The corresponding e-mail address is: <


USA: 21st Century Project 

I have been informed that the director of this INES member organisation, Dr. Gary Chapman, is the author of the article "A Moral Project for 21st Century: Stop Creating Better Weapons." The article was recommended by the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation as "excellent." 

The article can be found at: http://www.latimes.com/HOME/BUSINESS/COLUMNS/DNATION/t000005306.html 

e-mail Dr. Gary Chapman: < >



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


Coordinating body of Abolition 2000 needs help ^

The International Interim Coordinating Committee of Abolition 2000 needs help. The current group, chosen out of the pool of those present at the last Abolition 2000 Annual General Meeting held after the NPT in Geneva is not functioning due to the busyness of those involved. Are there any volunteers out there would like to help undertake any or one of the following tasks that were set for the ICC: 

(Note that INES is a founding member of the international Abolition 2000 Network)  

Send your respond to: Felicity Hill < > or < > 

Computer program Nukefix, Version 2.01

 From the author of Nukefix, Ike Jeanes < >: With the new version of Nukefix, it is possible to know far more about risk of death from nuclear weapons (even in cases where treaty limitations would limit warheads to very low numbers in each nation) than one would have believed possible. The user can easily simulate a variety of conditions, and then see the probability of different outcomes. 

Version 2.01 of the Nukefix can be downloaded at no charge at: http://www.nukefix.org



New Publication: ''The Planetary Interest''^ 

''The Planetary Interest'' is edited by Dr Kennedy Graham, a former Secretary-General of Parliamentarians for Global Action. The book proposes that we consider the interests of the entire planet in political decision and policy making. It contains contributions from leading political figures from across the globe including Kofi Annan, Sir Shridath Ramphal, Emma Bonino, Andrei Kozyrev, Koji Kakizawa and David Lange. It makes practical suggestions on how to move forward towards concrete action on issues such as nuclear disarmament, chemical weapon manufacture, global warming and population crises. 

To order a copy contact: Customer Services, Taylor & Francis, UK < > http://www.tandf.co.uk


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


The Role of NGOs in the 21st Century: Inspire, Empower, Act ^

This will be the first-ever conference of NGOs to address issues across the whole spectrum of human development. The major goals of the conference are to monitor and explore ways to implement pledges made by UN member states at major world conferences, and to strengthen NGO partnerships with the UN and its agencies. At the same time, the conference will be a valuable forum to reflect about humanity's common values, ideals and goals at the threshold of a new century. 

For more details, !!! mail to Tripartite Steering Committee, Seoul Office, att: Alanna K. Hartzok < >

================ end of No. 4/1999 what's new in ines ================ ^