What’s new in INES June 2017
Dear friends of INES,
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Today continues the United Nations conference to negotiate a legally binding instrument to prohibit nuclear weapons, leading towards their total elimination. Please find the draft treaty here, an overview of the draft ban treaty here, and an open letter to President Trump and President Putin The World needs Nuclear Zero by David Krieger, Richard Falk, Noam Chomsky, Jody Williams, Daniel Ellsberg, Medea Benjamin and Mairead Maguire.
Similar to the supporting letter by the Future of Life Institute, the International Association of Lawyers against Nuclear Arms (IALANA) published a lawyers’ letter on nuclear abolition. It is open for signatories with a legal background. Please find and sign the lawyers’ letter here.
On June 17 the Women’s March to Ban the Bomb will take place in New York. Please find a ppt of Subrata Ghoshroy on The “Ban Treaty” and the prospects for Nuclear Disarmament here. INES will be present at the UN negotiations and we will continue to inform you on this historical process.
INES also has been at the NPT PrepCom in Vienna early May. The missile defense working group presented a statement on Missiles, Missile Defenses and Space Weapons as Obstacles to Nuclear Disarmament to the delegates of the NPT PrepCom at the NGO presentation.
INES was involved in four side events on Missile defense impact on nuclear disarmament and space weaponization, NATO, nuclear weapons and the ban treaty, Fighting nuclear Weapons in Europe, and A Nuclear Weapons Free Zone in the Middle East.
Again on nuclear weapons, at the international summit around the protests against the NATO summit in Brussels, Lucas Wirl gave a presentation on Nuclear Weapons in the World in the special session on nuclear weapons.
Nuclear weapons are one of the hot topics of the year 2017. But there are and have been also other issues and actions that are of high importance:
- For the March for Science and the AAA congress in February in Boston INES issued a statement on the plight of science.
- Please find the SGR open letter to party leaders on climate change and the UK economy
- Military research is being conducted on an institutionalized EU level. If you are interested in working on this, please contact us. In December at the EU Defense Summit the EU’s military research program shall be further implemented and decided upon. ENAAT produced a helpful piece of information on these processes. Dave Webb calls on scientists to oppose this program. INES together with others is working on such a campaign right now.
- Early July the Solidarity Summit around G20 Summit in Hamburg will take place
- In early September the Campaign Stop Air Base Ramstein conducts an international congress on military bases.
- In the first week of September or October 2018, there will be a World Peace Youth Congress in Berlin. PLEASE save the date. More information will be available towards fall this year.
The three main points of work in 2017 are nuclear weapons abolition, missile defense, and military research at an EU level.
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