Brian Conway | April 30, 2018
As you know the European Commission in 2017 took the unprecedented step by proposing a European military research programme of 40 billion euros for the next ten years. The establishment of a EU military research programme points towards an unprecedented acceleration in the militarisation of the EU and will divert funds from other research areas. These steps will not increase peace and security. On the contrary, they will only worsen global tensions. In the meantime, scientific research which might actually … Continue reading →
ACTIONS FOR A SUSTAINABLE WORLD: FROM THEORY TO PRACTICE
The International Sustainable Development Research Society (ISDRS) Conferences represent a valuable occasion to discuss opportunities and challenges for a sustainable future bringing together the academic community and other stakeholders from around the world.
In October of 2017 the Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN), “for its work to draw attention to the catastrophic humanitarian consequences of any use of nuclear weapons and for its ground-breaking efforts to achieve a treaty-based prohibition of such weapons”. Jürgen Scheffran, Professor of Geography at the University of Hamburg and former Senior Research Scientist at ACDIS (2004–2009), contributed the following commentary.
INES (International Network of Engineers and Scientists) congratulates ICAN (International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons) on winning this year’s Nobel Peace Prize for its successful work to draw attention to the catastrophic humanitarian consequences of any use of nuclear weapons and for its ground-breaking efforts to achieve a treaty-based prohibition of such weapons. This treaty adopted by over 120 countries in the UN was a huge success of ICAN, its partners, one of which is INES, and other members of the peace movement.
And the campaign goes on, we have to continue pressuring our governments to sign the treaty.
One day after and some rest one may finally ask the question what did the summit achieve for whom politically? This is the attempt approaching the reality of the G20 summit. It will name the deeply undemocratic and aggressive behavior of the police, the impressive and courageous protest, and the outstanding demonstration of the 76,000 as well as the condemnable actions of the criminal mob. We will learn how many provocateurs were involved. An independent commission is highly needed. What … Continue reading →
*** All of our work costs money. Please find instructions on donating money to INES in the last paragraph *** 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 … Continue reading →
Europe’s researchers should take a principled stand against the new military R&D programme. The EU was created to preserve peace; it will not be peaceful anymore, says Dave Webb, of the UK Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament
International Network of Engineers and Scientists for Global Responsibility (INES) NGO Statement to the NPT Prepatory Committee Meeting 2017 in Vienna Missiles, Missile Defenses and Space Weapons as Obstacles to Nuclear Disarmament The opportunities for nuclear disarmament after the end of the Cold War were missed. Although the number of nuclear weapons of the United States and Russia have been reduced, there are still more than 15,000 nuclear weapons that threaten life on Earth. The number of nuclear weapon states … Continue reading →
Dear colleagues The International Peace Bureau together with Austrian organizations conducts the conference “Dangers of nuclear power and the role of IAEA” in Vienna City Hall on May 4th. Please find the program here: http://www.ipb.org/events/dangers-of-nuclear-power-and-the-role-of-iaea/ We invite you to the conference and would like to ask you to spread the invitation to interested persons. We are looking forward to seeing you. Greetings, Reiner Braun Lucas Wirl … Continue reading →
Berlin, 22.04.2017 Declaration of Scientists for Peace Germany (NatWiss) on the global Marches for Science The manifold statements of US President Donald Trump on restricting research on climate change and other scientific areas as well as his style of politics based on “fake news” provokes protests from science. These protests are legitimate and their global support should be as large, impressive and diverse as possible. These actions also offer the opportunity to articulate critical questions. It is possible to understand … Continue reading →
Am 19. März hatte ich in Tokio auf einer Veranstaltung über die Militarisierung der Forschung vorgetragen und dabei auch über die deutsche Zivilklausel-Bewegung gesprochen. Am 24. März hat dann der Science Council of Japan, ein Beratungsgremium der Regierung, das 850.000 Wissenschaftler vertritt, zum Boykott der militärischen Forschung aufgerufen. Ein Bericht dazu findet sich in Nature: http://www.nature.com/news/japanese-scientists-call-for-boycott-of-military-research-1.21779 Was auch immer die Rolle der Veranstaltung dabei war, der Beschluss ist jedenfalls beeindruckend und verdient weite Verbreitung. Sollte für uns ein Ansporn sein, … Continue reading →
David Krieger | Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists – TRANSCEND Media Service 23 Mar 2017 – Albert Einstein noted, “Mankind invented the atomic bomb, but no mouse would ever construct a mousetrap.” We humans have created the equivalent of a mousetrap for ourselves. And we’ve constructed tens of thousands of them over the seven decades of the Nuclear Age. In the mid-1980s, the world reached a high of 70,000 nuclear weapons, with more than 95 percent of them in the … Continue reading →