Dateline: February 16, 2001

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. 7/2001


"Missile Defense and the Maginot Line"

This is the title of the latest article by Dr David Krieger, INES Vice-chair and President of the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation (NAPF). If you wish to receive it, please contact Dr Krieger through:


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

Grassroots News: http://www.napf.org/abolition2000/news/

Scientist' and Engineers' Pledge to Renounce Weapons of Mass Destruction

Leaders of organizations that monitor the U.S. nuclear weapons complex are asking academics, students and technical professionals to sign a Scientists' and Engineers' Pledge vowing "never to participate in the design, development, testing, production targeting or use of nuclear, biological or chemical weapons..." "The time has come for scientists to pledge themselves to renounce work on weapons of mass destruction," declared Dr. Joseph Rotblat, the Nobel Laureate and physicist who left the Manhattan Project for reasons of conscience. Rotblat is one of the initial signers of the Scientists' and Engineers' Pledge, and a member of INES. "I fully endorse your campaign... At a time when science plays such a powerful role in the life of society, when the whole destiny of mankind may hinge on the results of scientific research, it is incumbent on all scientists to be fully conscious of that role and conduct themselves accordingly. I appeal to my fellow scientists to remember their responsibility to humanity," Rotblat wrote to the four organizations launching the pledge campaign, echoing his 1995 acceptance speech for the Nobel Peace Prize. The Pledge reads as follows: "I pledge never to participate in "- the design, development, testing, production, maintenance, targeting, or use of nuclear, biological or chemical weapons or their means of delivery; or in "- research or engineering that I have reason to believe will be used by others to do so. " The organizations originating the Pledge campaign are: Natural Resources Defense Council (Washington, DC), Los Alamos Study Group (Santa Fe, NM), Tri-Valley CAREs (Livermore, CA) and Western States Legal Foundation (Oakland, CA). Initial signers of the Pledge include: Dr. Joseph Rotblat, Nobel Laureate; Dr. Michio Kaku, Henry Semat Professor of Theoretical Physics, City University of New York; Dr. Charles Schwartz, Professor of Physics Emeritus, University of California, Berkeley; Dr. Andreas Toupadakis, former Staff Research Scientist, Los Alamos National Laboratory and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory; Dr. Pervez Hodbhoy, Visiting Professor, Theory Group for Quarks, Hadrons and Nuclei, University of Maryland; and, Dr. Zia Mian, Research Scientist, Princeton University, and a member of INESAP. For further details, including a sign-on form, visit: http://www.wslfweb.org/docs/SciEngpr.htm


Youth for Sustainable Development Process Launched (Source: UNEP News Release 2001/21) http://www.unep.org/children_youth 

Nairobi, 9 February 2001 - The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the Swedish Ministry of the Environment and the Danish organization Nature and Youth have initiated a process to involve youth worldwide in making preparations for the World Summit on Sustainable Development to be held in 2002 in Johannesburg, South Africa. The Youth for Sustainable Development Process will enable youth, aged 18 to 25 years, to contribute to sustainable development discussions by making known their broad and long-term views on the state of the environment and to develop strategies for sustainable development challenges. It will be started with a Youth Conference on Environment and Sustainable Development in Borgholm, Sweden on 23 to 27 May 2001. National youth reviews will be carried out on progress made since 1992 on environment and sustainable development issues followed by a Global Youth Forum in Denmark from 22 to 31 March 2002. A youth statement on sustainable development for the World Summit on Sustainable Development is to be prepared and a catalogue of ideas compiled on youth participation in environmental issues.
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New CSD9-related papers

Upon request, I can make available the following CSD9-related papers as rtf-formatted email attachments:

T. Damjanov, editor


International Society for the Systems Sciences: Special Interest Groups web sites (Source: ISSS posting as of 9 February 01)

You might be interested in visiting the Special Interest Groups (SIG) web sites provided by the International Society for the Systems Sciences (ISSS) http://www.isss.org/homepage.htm

Other sites will be posted as they become available.

VERTIC Verification Yearbook 2000 (see also WNII 34/2000) http://www.vertic.org

The London-based Verification Research, Training and Information Centre (VERTIC) has now made available to download as pdf-formatted documents all of the individual chapters of its Yearbook 2000 from its website. The particular page is at: http://www.vertic.org/ybdescription.html
The chapters are:


CASYS '2001: 5th International Conference on Computing Anticipatory Systems http://www.ulg.ac.be/mathgen/CHAOS/CASYS.html

For more details, contact Dr Ir Daniel M. Dubois, President of CASYS: mailto:
NOTE: An official letter of invitation will be send to you, by post mail, on request.

You can read the report of the last CASYS'2000 conference: http://www.ulg.ac.be/mathgen/CHAOS/news.html   and the tables of contents of the preceding CASYS proceedings: http://www.ulg.ac.be/mathgen/CHAOS/CHAOS.html "left" >


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