A 1 day conference held at London Birkbeck University, Saturday 10 November 2018 by Dave Webb This was a timely and important conference which followed closely media reports on the ways in which technology may change the nature of the way in which war will be fought in the future. For example, the Independent (https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/future-war-robot-soldiers-enhanced-humans-space-gene-editing-ministry-of-defence-a8583621.html) reported on a Ministry of Defence report predicted that robot soldiers and ‘enhanced’ humans will fight future wars, and technological advances will see new frontiers … Continue reading →
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.
Please participate in the following actions for peace: Light-Relay and Folded paper crane (Orizuru) going around the planet Earth 1: Please 1 minute light off ( extinction) of your house except TV etc at 8:15 pm <8:15 am is Hiroshima Bombing time> 20th September when UN start Ban treaty ratification.: light – relay goes around the Earth. 2 : Please put folded paper crane (Orizuru) at the door/ entrance at 11:02 am <11:02 is Nagasaki A-Bombing time >, 24th … Continue reading →
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 →
Dear friends of INES, *** 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 … 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 →