No. 9/2002

Dateline: March 20, 2002

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

Editor: Tobias Damjanov, e-mail: 
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INES Chair: Prof. Armin Tenner    [Please note that the first "1" in q18 is the number one, while the last "l" is an "L"]

CONTENTS of WNII No. 9/2002


INESAP Information Bulletin #19 out now (From INESAP Coordinator Regina Hagen)

This is to inform you that the new INESAP* Information Bulletin, issue #19, is available at the INESAP website: http://www.inesap.org/bulletin.htm 

The individual articles will also be available in HTML format within the next two weeks.


* For those who are new to INES: INESAP stands for International Network of Engineers and Scientists Against Proliferation

From INESnet: Email Forum on Ethics for Scientific Activities in a Globalizing World

Since a lot of WNII readers are unfortunately not subscribers to INESnet, I am resending here a slightly edited information bit originally posted by INESnet subscriber Dr. Patricia Morales < >

Email Forum on Ethics for Scientific Activities in a Globalizing World in preparation of the international Conference Seeds of Wholeness, Science, Systems, Spirit

Science has made important advances, using an in-depth, specialized approach. Yet, as globalization proceeds, we find that solutions have backfired, where we have undervalued people(s), animal or plant species, systems of nature, and the complexly changing interrelationships between phenomena. This brings us to reconsider our ethics as scientists in a global age.

You are invited to submit your thoughts on Ethics for Scientific Activities in a Globalizing world . The outcome will be used as a starting point for discussion at the Conference, Seeds of Wholeness, Science, Systems, Spirit (see http://www.seeds-of-wholeness.org ). Some ideas might also be submitted to the United Nations.

Here are the two topics we are focusing on:

1. What principles should be included in an ethics for scientists? Norms and standards? A completely new way of relating? Please respond in English to: < >

2. Can you send us a code of ethics (of your profession, your institution, or other) that contains ethical principles for scientific activities? Please submit these in English, German, French, Dutch, Italian or Spanish to: < >

Discussion Guidelines

E-mail Conference organizers:


Abolition 2000 homepage: http://www.abolition2000.org  Grassroots News: http://www.napf.org/abolition2000/news/ 

WNII Special Edition on the 2002 US Nuclear Posture Review

As announced in the last WNII issue, I have produced a WNII Special Edition on the US Nuclear Posture Review which is available upon request (as usual, as an rtf-formatted email attachment). The Special Edition contains the following:

Excerpts of the Nuclear Posture Review

Latest remarkable articles or statements which might have been published in the meantime, may be added, as well.

Nuclear Posture Review Excerpts now online

"Secrecy News", a publication of the Federation of the American Scientists, reports in its issue no. 21 (March 14, 2002), that "significant excerpts from the classified Nuclear Posture Review (NPR) report on U.S. nuclear weapons policy (…) have now been posted on the website of GlobalSecurity.org, a policy research organization directed by John Pike." The corresponding URL reads: http://www.globalsecurity.org/wmd/library/policy/dod/npr.htm 

NOTE that excerpts of the Nuclear Posture Review are also published in the WNII Special Edition on the US Nuclear Posture Review (details see elsewhere in this WNII issue).

 Resources on the Nuclear Posture Review

The US-based Western States Legal Foundation (WSLF) has launched a very informative web page of resources on the Nuclear Posture Review, including available unclassified government documents and Congressional testimony, newspaper article links, and relevant WSLF publications: http://www.wslfweb.org/nukes/npr.htm 

Abolition 2000 online materials (From: Maryna Harrison, Outreach and Development Coordinator)

You can now access the materials that were part of the recent Abolition 2000 mailing over the internet. In addition, you can also find:

Find them at: http://www.gracelinks.org/nuke/docs/ab2000/links.html 

NPT PrepCom 2002: WILPF NPT Alert-5

The fifth edition of WILPF's Monthly Updates covers the following:

1. Call to NGOs to attend the 2002 NPT PrepCom April 8-19, 2002 
2. Information about NGO Registration
3. NGO Presentations update 
4. April 4, 2002 Meeting to select speakers for the NGO presentations 
5. NGO position papers on the NPT- now online! 
6. NPT Calendar of Events- NGOs please submit details for RCW website

You can get this useful information either at: http://www.reachingcriticalwill.org or from the WNII editor (as an rtf-formatted email attachment or as plain e-mail text message).


Second Session of the United Nations Forum on Forests

The second session of the United Nations Forum on Forests (UNFF-2) took place from 4-15 March 2002, at UN headquarters in New York. Delegates addressed progress in implementation of the IPF/IFF proposals for action and the UNFF Plan of Action related to the following substantive items, or elements: combating deforestation and forest degradation; forest conservation and protection of unique types of forests and fragile ecosystems; rehabilitation and conservation strategies for low forest cover countries (LFCCs); rehabilitation and restoration of degraded lands and promotion of natural and planted forests; and concepts, terminology and definitions. UNFF-2 also considered means of implementation, including finance, transfer of environmentally sound technologies (ESTs), and capacity building for sustainable forest management (SFM), in the context of these elements. The following 'common items' were also addressed: enhanced cooperation and policy and programme coordination; emerging issues relevant to country implementation; monitoring, assessment and reporting; promoting public participation; national forest programmes (NFPs); trade; enabling environments; and intercessional work.

In its "Earth Negotiations Bulletin" (Vol. 13 No. 84-94), the International Institute for Sustainable Development has published a daily coverage of this Conference, which is available from the WNII Editor as an rtf-formatted email attachment.

Alternately, the coverage can be found at: http://www.iisd.ca/forestry/unff/unff2/ 


VERTIC Verification Yearbook 2001 [ISBN: 1-899548-32-7; ISSN: 1355-5847] http://www.vertic.org 

The London-based Verification Research, Training and Information Centre (VERTIC) has recently published "The Verification Yearbook 2001", which contains independent, authoritative and concise analysis of verification developments in the fields of arms control, the environment and peace accords over the past year as well as anticipating future issues and trends in monitoring, verification and compliance. The Yearbook is aimed at academics, professionals research organisations, policy makers and practitioners. It is the only publication to cover global verification developments and compliance matters.

Contact VERTIC: < >


Ethics and Technological Complexity

For more details, contact M.F. Delcourt: < > or N. Demarez: < >

First World Renewable Energy Policy and Strategy Forum "Renewable Energies - Agenda 1 of Agenda 21"

More and more international conferences on Renewable Energies show their remarkable technological and economic progress and the wide spectrum of applications. Nevertheless, there are still enormous regional differences in the practical introduction of Renewable Energies, which are due to different political framework conditions. All successful programmes for the introduction of renewable Energies are the results of political initiatives. In the history of energy systems this is nothing new: even the introduction of the present main energy carriers resulted from political strategies. Therefore, ambitious Renewable Energy policies on the global, national, regional and local level are the basic requirement for speeding up the introduction of Renewable Energies.

For that reason, the First World Renewable Energy Policy and Strategy Forum will give an overview of political achievements and provide a platform for exchange of experiences and views to future needs and opportunities. In addition, issues on the application of alternatives to transport fossil fuels will be discussed in a special session, because strong and urgent actions are required in this neglected field.

The World Forum will underline the unique chance to overcome the global ecological crisis by Renewable Energies and the economic and political vulnerability of societies caused by conventional energy systems. It will show various economic and social benefits of Renewable Energies and ways to implement them. It will address new ideas and proposals for the global promotion of Renewable Energies to the Rio +10 Conference in Johannesburg.

Two Basic Papers, which are elaborated by the Chairmen Committee of the WCRE are the basis of discussions at the World Forum and will be available to the participants before the conference:

The aim of the World Forum is to stimulate protagonists in politics, economy, in development and environmental affairs to enforce ambitious Renewable Energy policies and to integrate them into strategies for industry, agriculture, urban development, the building and construction sector and others.

Online-Registration: http://www.world-renewable-energy-forum.org   For more details, mailto  


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