WHAT'S NEW IN INES?
Dateline: February 4, 2000
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CONTENTS of WNII No. 5/2000
MEMBER ORGANISATIONS' AND PROJECT GROUPS' NEWS
USA: Project on Defense Alternatives of the Commonwealth Institute http://www.comw.org/pda
Please note that the Project on Defense Alternatives of the Commonwealth Institute, a US-based INES member organisation, runs a particular website on Chinese Military Power at: http://www.comw.org/cmp
Abolition 2000 homepage: http://www.abolition2000.org
Grassroots News: http://www.napf.org/abolition2000/news/
Briefings on the 2000 NPT Review Conference
Web references (from Felicity Hill, Director, Women's International League for Peace and Freedom)
- Final report of the Preparatory Committee for the 2000 Review Conference. This is the document the governments are going into the 2000 Review Conference with. The Final Report document contains the agenda, the rules, an official summary of the 3 preparatory meetings for the 2000 Review held in 1997, 1998 and 1999, the Chairman's first draft of a text, 29 different papers in response and the final Chairman's text. http://www.reachingcriticalwill.org/npt_documents/NPT_CONF.2000_1.htm#562.htm
- You can find all the official documents from 1995, 1997, 1998 and 1999 at: http://www.reachingcriticalwill.org/NPT_docs_index.html
- Treaty texts, the 1995 decisions and the Final Documents and Press Releases from the 1997 and 1998 meeting are also up on the US Department for Disarmament Affairs website: http://www.un.org/Depts/dda/WMD/NPT.htm
- Preparing for 2000 Review: http://www.acronym.org.uk/41npt.htm
- Using the NPT to Make the Nuclear-Weapons States Negotiate the Abolition of Nuclear Weapons: http://www.acronym.org.uk/41npt.htm
- The 1999 PrepCom: Substantive Issues, Rebecca Johnson: http://www.acronym.org.uk/36prep.htm
- Use 1999 To Rescue The NPT Review Process, Rebecca Johnson: http://www.acronym.org.uk/33npt.htm
- The NPT Internal and External Challenges, Mr. Dhanapala, Carnegie Conference: http://www.ceip.org/programs/npp/dhanapala.htm
- Tariq Rauf & John Simpson, The 1999 NPT PrepCom: http://www.nyu.edu/globalbeat/nuclear/Rauf0399.html
The 3rd NPT PrepCom (1999):
- DURING: Briefings from the ACRONYM Institute: http://www.acronym.org.uk/nptdesc.htm
- AFTER: -- The NPT Third PrepCom: What Happened and How, Rebecca Johnson: http://www.acronym.org.uk/37npt.htm -- Jim Wurst, Lawyers Committee on Nuclear Policy: http://www.lcnp.org/disarmament/npt%20report.htm
- BEFORE: -- Executive Summary, ACRONYM 11 Reviewing the Non-Proliferation Treaty, Preparing for the Future, Rebecca Johnson: http://www.acronym.org.uk/a11exec.htm -- Part 1, ACRONYM 11, From 1970 to 1998: http://www.acronym.org.uk/a11pt1.htm -- from ACRONYM 11 Some Questions and Proposals for Strengthening the Non-Proliferation Regime: http://www.acronym.org.uk/a11pt2.htm -- Rearmament is Disarmament? Lawyers Committee on Nuclear Policy http://www.lcnp.org/disarmament/Article6.htm
- AFTER: -- The 1998 PrepCom: Summary and Snapshots, Rebecca Johnson http://www.acronym.org.uk/25npt.htm -- ACRONYM 12 Reviewing the Non-Proliferation Treaty: Problems and Processes, Rebecca Johnson http://www.acronym.org.uk/acro12.htm
- BEFORE: -- Launching an Effective Review Process of the NPT in April 1997, Rebecca Johnson: http://www.acronym.org.uk/13launch.htm -- A New Beginning for the NPT by Joseph Cirincione: http://www.acronym.org.uk/13npt.htm
- AFTER: -- 1997 PrepCom report Rebecca Johnson: http://www.acronym.org.uk/14prep.htm -- Report of 1997 PrepCom, Ben Sanders: http://www.acronym.org.uk/15npt.htm -- Using the NPT to advance nuclear disarmament Jonathan Dean: http://www.acronym.org.uk/14npt.htm
- 1995 Review and Extension Conference: -- ACRONYM 7, Indefinite Extension of the Non-Proliferation Treaty: Risks and Reckonings: http://www.acronym.org.uk/acro7.htm -- Greenpeace legal analysis of extension: http://www.greenpeace.org/%7Eintlaw/npt-law.html
- UN First Committee Reports with references to nuclear disarmament and the NPT: -- 1st Committee 1999: http://www.acronym.org.uk/41unga.htm -- 1st Committee 1998: http://www.acronym.org.uk/32first.htm -- 1st Committee 1997: http://www.acronym.org.uk/20first.htm -- 1st Committee 1996: http://www.acronym.org.uk/10un1.htm -- 1st Committee 1995: http://www.acronym.org.uk/dd01.htm#T-0028
Report from the last NGO Planning Meeting
On January 29, the third NGO Planning Meeting for the NPT Review Conference was held in New York. Roger Smith, Network Coordinator of the NGO Committee on Disarmament, has already published a comprehensive report which I can make available upon request.
"Limited Wars" Doctrine: Statement by the Movement in India for Nuclear Disarmament (MIND) & Pakistan Peace Coalition (PPC)
The recent announcement by the Indian Defence Minister George Fernandes unveiling a "limited wars" doctrine is alarming evidence of the dangerous path along which those who govern India are moving towards. Recent news from Pakistan also suggests a tussle among the ruling generals with significant voices among them pushing for a "tougher" stand vis a vis India. This coupled with the continuing voices of nuclear threat mongering and blackmail on both sides of the border (especially exchanged during the Kargil conflict) pushes the subcontinent into one of is gravest crises ever.
Several citizens forums have called for the cessation of the present climate of jingoism and chauvinism and stressed the need for sobriety and peace. The visits last week of several senior retired army officials from Pakistan and their recognition and commitment (reciprocated by their counterparts in India) to taking bold steps to foster peace in the region are an indication of the possibilities that still exist to urgently initiate a process of mutual restraint and dialogue.
We urge the peoples and governments of both countries to urgently forge a bold plan of action to reverse the present process of sliding into a political deadlock that may justify continuing "limited wars" at the expense of greater amity and security for the peoples of South Asia.
(Signed by representatives of MIND and PPC on 29 January 2000)
Contact MIND: e-mail: , http://www.angelfire.com/mi/MIND123/
Contact PPC: e-mail Karachi Office:
Ballistic Missile Defence and the Asia-Pacific region
Recently the Nuclear Free and Independent Pacific movement has published a Briefing Paper entitle "Kwajalein Atoll and the New Arms Race: Ballistic Missile Defence and the Asia-Pacific region".
You can find this paper at: http://pidp.ewc.hawaii.edu/PIReport/2000/February/02-02-19.htm
You can also get it as an rtf-file from the WNII Editor.
CONFERENCES, MEETINGS, SEMINARS
One year after - Causes, Coherence and Consequences of the Kosovo Crisis International experts conference http://www.publica.cz
- Date: 26-28 February 2000 [+] Venue: Prague, Czech Republic
- Organized by the Information Forum Bloc-Free Europe in cooperation with the European Network for Peace and Cooperation
From the programme:
- Political aspects and consequences of Kosovo crisis
- Consequences of bombing for Yugoslavia and the influence on the other Balkan countries
- Application and violation of norms of international law
- Role of the international organizations in prevention and peaceful solving of conflicts
- Please send text contributions in advance to: < >
For more details, mailto: Or: mailto:
Convention - "Engineering in the New Millennium"
- Date: 25 March 2000
- Venue: London (Savoy Place) UK
- Organized by the Institution of Electrical Engineers (IEE) UK
- Registration (obligatory): before 28 February 2000 at < >
For more details, contact the event co-ordinator Matthew Rhodes: < >
PUSAT 2000 : International Conference on Public Understanding of Science and Technology Main theme: "Bringing Science and Technology to the Public" http://www.science.org.au/ifaast/pusat.htm
- Date: 2427 April 2000
- Venue: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
- Organized by the International Federation of Associations for the Advancement of Science and Technology (IFAAST)
The objectives of PUSAT 2000 are:
- To promote better public understanding of science and technology
- To review existing initiatives and methods of promoting public understanding of science and technology
- To encourage greater public involvement in scientific and technological decisions and developments.
- Closing date: 15 March 2000
For more details, contact the PUSAT 2000 Secretariat at: < >
UPDATE: World Congress on Managing and Measuring Sustainable Development
- Date: 17-22 August 2000
- Venue: Kananaskis Village, Canada
- Organized by The Society for World Sustainable Development
To check the Preliminary Programme, which is ready now, visit: http://members.home.net/global2000
and click Preliminary Program.
You are invited to submit a Paper. The organizers can accept 35% more Papers than those already shown in the Preliminary Program (see "Participants").
For more details, mailto:
INES WEB AND E-MAIL SERVICE
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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