ABOLITION 2000 ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
3 May, 2003 – Geneva
Notes taken by Susi Snyder & Rhianna Tyson.
Who Was There
About Abolition 2000
Themes From Prepcom
Reports from Discussion Group
Working Groups – New Convenors
Affirmation of Service
Evaluation & Next Steps
Full Regional Reports
Introductions/ go around, name organization and country
Name Organization & Other Email address
contact info given
Aaron Tovish NGO committee on Aaron.email@example.com
Agneta Norberg Swedish Peace Council Agneta.firstname.lastname@example.org
Akira Kawasaki Japan Kawasaki@jca.apc.org
Alice Slater GRACE Aslater@gracelinks.org
215 Lexington Ave, NY NY
Alison Williams Network for Civil Society Alison.email@example.com
Link with UNGA
Alyn Ware Peace Foundation, IALANA, Alynw@attglobal.net
Annie Frison Mouvement de la Paix firstname.lastname@example.org
France - Bourges
Ben Cramer Radio France International Paincrame@hotmail.com
Bernadette Lulet Stop Essais & Pax Christi Bernadelt.email@example.com
Caroline Gilbert CCND Maasgilbert@hotmail.com
Cavillon Ailctie Mouvement de la Paix Arlette.firstname.lastname@example.org
Cheong Wooksik Civil Network for a Peaceful Civil@peacekorea.org
Claude Collumber Stop Essais Stop.email@example.com
Colin Archer International Peace Bureau Mailbox@ipb.org
Dave Knight Global Network Against Daveknight@gn.apc.org
Weapons and Nuclear Power
Fawzy H. Hammad Egyptian Council for Foreign Fhammad20002002@yahoo.com
Affairs, EESAP Watanoma@internetegypt.com
Gerard Halie Mouvement de la Paix Gerard.firstname.lastname@example.org
Dominique Lalanne Stop Essais email@example.com
Greg Mello Los Alamos Study Group Gmello@lasg.org
2401 Summit Place NE,
Albuquerque, NM, 87106-
office phone: 505.265.1200
office fax: 505.265.1207
Jackie Cabasso Western States Legal Wslf@earthlink.net
Janet Bloomfield Atomic Mirror Janet@atomicmirror.org
Jean Mathieu Essis NYU center on International Jeanmathieue@yahoo.fr
Jean-Marie Collin Centre de Documentation et Jeanfirstname.lastname@example.org
de Recherche sur la Paix et
les Conflits (CDRPC)
Katerina Lecchi WILPF- Geneva Katerina@myspinach.org
Keiko Nakamura Peace Depot, Japan Nakamura@peacedepot.org
Loiodice Antoinette Mouvement de la Paix Loiodice@ac.grenoble.fr
Lydie Letourneau CESIN email@example.com
Maki Kobayashi Peace Depot, Japan Kobamaki2002@hotmail.com
Marie Guerrier Mouvement de la Paix Marie_gueuier@hotmail.com
Michael Pulham CCND Ccnd@gn.apc.org
Olivia Martin Hague Appeal for Peace, Olivia@youthlink.org
Owen Hardwick CCND Owen@hardwiche3701.freesere.com.uk
Pamela Meidell Atomic Mirror Pamela@atomicmirror.org
PO Box 220, Port Hueneme,
Patricia Pulham CCND Ccnd@gn.apc.org
Regina Hagen INESAP Regina.firstname.lastname@example.org
Rhianna Tyson RCW, WILPF Rhianna@reachingcriticalwill.org
Satomi Oba Plutonium Action, Hiroshima email@example.com
Seonghoon Lee Pax Romana, Geneva Miicmica@paxromana.int.ch
Shinryon Shinagawa Hirosak, Japan Shinryo@smile.ocn.ne.jp
Stine Rodmyr Nei Til Atomvapen Stine.firstname.lastname@example.org
Trish Williams Mello Los Alamos Study Group Trish0703@earthlink.net
2401 Summit Place NE,
Albuquerque, NM, 87106-
office phone: 505.265.1200
office fax: 505.265.1207
Vijay & Shanti Mehta World Disarmament UK Vijay@anglo-sphere.com
Xanthe Hall IPPNW- Germany Xanthe@IPPNW.de
Hiroshi Taka Gensuikyo- Japan Hitaka@sonata.plala.or.jp
Peter Nicholls Abolition 2000 UK, Science Pnicholl@essex.ac.uk
for Peace, Canada
Department of Biological
Sciences, University of
Essex, Wivenhoe Park,
Colchester, Esses CO4 3SQ,
Fax: +44.0.1206.872592 attn:
Abolition 2000 orientation, agenda review
Alice Slater gave the background about Abolition 2000. We are now interviewing for an
Outreach and Development Coordinator to staff the Network at the GRACE office in
New York. The international office is at Pax Christi USA in Erie PA, and they handle
the bank account.
Transferred money from Nuclear Age Peace Foundation to Pax Christi, we have had
small donations through 2003, income of $2970 altogether. Laid out some money for
people to travel here and postage. April 22 balance 1853 USD.
The Network has working groups, and they can seen at the Abolition 2000 website,
To subscribe to the Abolition Global Caucus, send an email from the account you wish to be
subscribed to: "email@example.com"
Do not include a subject line or any text in the body of the message.
There is an Abolition 2000 Coordinating Committee of 7 people who plan things like this
Abolition Global Council, from all over the world, on letterhead, and they have some
discussion on email, lend their names to show the breadth of the organization.
The work that comes out of this Network is spearheaded by individual organizations.
Generally have annual meeting at the NPT, but have also met in Scotland and Moorea.
The Network has adopted three major statements:
Abolition Statement(1995) calling for a treaty to eliminate nuclear weapons and laying
out the steps to get there.
Moorea Declaration(1997) acknowledging colonialism and the suffering of indigenous
people from the whole nuclear cycle.
Saffron Walden Declaration(2001) making the links between corporate globalization
The first UN resolution in the General Assembly called for the elimination of nuclear
weapons. So we still have our work cut out for us.
Themes from 2003 PrepCom
1) Creation of subsidiary intercessional nuclear disarmament body (Mexico)
2) Standard reporting requirements (Canada, Mexico)
3) Security Council meeting (France and Germany)
4) Meeting of states parties re: S. Hemisphere NWFZ (Malaysia, Non-Aligned
5) Emergency response procedure (Germany)
6) NGO access/ participation (Canada)
7) Tactical nuke focus (New Agenda Coalition, Austria)
8) NPT secretariat (Possibility being talked about for next year)
9) Negative Security Assurances (New Agenda Coalition/ all)
10) Kofi Annan’s Millenium Call for a Conference to Eliminate Nuclear Dangers
(New Agenda Coalition)
11) Peaceful uses as carrot (China)
12) G8 WMD statement
13) Disarm & Nonproliferation education study (next week)
14) Disarm and nonproliferation as mutually supportive (Many)
15) NPT and CD
16) Funding on NPT process by states parties – impact on states participation
17) Inspections and IAEA additional protocol (Germany)
18) 13 Step Compliance and differing views on level
19) Pullback from unequivocal undertaking
20) Mid East NWFZ
21) Nuclear Weapons convention Framework
Strategic seed thoughts/ brainstorms (recorded on flip charts & noted
Janet: “How can we dream a new dream in 2005?” Recalling Linus Pauling and Rotblat
talk for inspiration. New ideas:
Xanthe Hall: - we have to start thinking outside the NPT process
Education: A-Z on nuclear issues
Caroline Gilbert: We should use the timeline of the NPT: “what would make a difference
in 2005?” Such as Massive people participation. Start next year’s PrepCom: more
education, more NGOs there, people outside protesting etc. (Going off of Hiroshima’s
Mayor’s Ban the Bomb in 2005 campaign)
Dave: 1) NPT and CD are related, as are their problems and we should therefore put more
focus on CD, which, if it hadn’t been stalemated, we might see more work out of NPT.
Example: getting unilateral moratoria on weaponization of space to move along PAROS.
2) What are the states going to do as we approach 2005? The Non- Nuclear Weapons
States have tried to bring in the Nuclear Weapons States to make it easier for them; the
New Agenda Coalition had been successful in 2000, but they feel this is going to unravel.
We should be ready for the New Agenda Coalition and Non- Nuclear Weapons States
being “fed up” by 2005 and the NPT might break then.
Alice: we have to establish a global sustainable energy agency BEFORE 2005 so that our
article IV woes will be over by then. There is huge support for this (world social forum,
world development fora); ALSO, support for Kofi n-danger conference.
Katerina: There are five more issues of WILPF’s News in Review to come out, and we
would appreciate that if anyone who is an expert in any of these issues to come talk to us.
Colin: the US’s right to pre-emptive attack points to the “deadly combination” of pre-
emptive attack and counter proliferation combination- we need to address this linkage,
and the effect on UN and multilateralism. We need to RECORD the government
statements that this is contrary to int’l law. They won’t do it in GA yet, but we should
start doing this now so that by the autumn session of GA it might be possible. This will
play into NPT process; if there were a firm opposition for them to reckon with in the GA,
this would affect next year’s NPT.
The UK changed their non-proliferation agency to counter-proliferation.
Alyn: we need an ICJ ruling on the pre-emptive use of force. (Would start in GA)
Or a contentious case- not put forth in GA- on legality of it in ICJ.
NPT amendment conference proposal: We should remove discriminatory nature of NPT
obligations: i.e. ALL states would have the obligation to NOT produce nukes.
Aaron: We should pre-register every union, student group, every publicly concerned civil
society entity, show up with a barrelful of registrations. Our goal for next PrepCom,
every one of the 2000 organizations in Abolition 2000 should come, at least ONE person
from each group. Including EVERY city from Mayors for Peace should have somebody
representing that city.
ALSO, all of the governments should be challenged to send a head of government to the
opening to the 2005. It would be a SUMMIT on non-proliferation and disarmament. We
should challenge them to keep their foreign ministers there until the end of the
conference. We could then transform this process into Kofi’s call for n-danger
Regina: appeal for 2005 Mayors for Peace Abolition, suggested Hanover, Germany
conference to discuss this.
Aaron: If cities cannot send someone, we should volunteer someone to serve as their NPT
Ben Cramer: we need to come up with other proposals. 2) Citizen inspections need
more discussion, highlighting, actions. 3) Credibility of NPT among French population
because you can’t talk about Israel in France OR in the peace movement. The Israeli
problem NEEDS to be faced. 4) We have seemed to stop talking about the four countries
.that aren’t in it. We need one proposal that includes Israel Pakistan and India. 5)
NATO and other military alliances have visible cracks, and we need to convince certain
states to get rid of the nuclear umbrella and NATO sharing policy.
Jackie: the US products boycott from For Mother Earth. Within the US some of us
would be willing to support this. But how to do this without making it a boycott against
Pamela: a year-long education campaign to commence July 16, 2004 (anniversary of first
nuclear explosion) to go through August 9th, 2005: “The Year of Non-Violence.”
Caroline: How to use Mayors for Peace initiative with education initiatives? Raising
public consciousness of NPT and its process WHILE pushing forward Mayor's For Peace
Mouvement de la Paix: 1) There are “disarmament days” in France. 25-26 October 2003.
2) The movement from the anti-Iraq war must be used; we can organize a petition;
Regina: Peace Messengers Cities group, appointed by UN, hook them up with Mayors for
Peace? Maybe they could come to our morning caucus next week?
Michel: 6-9 August there is a fast in Japan. Should we move this past Japan? An
international fast? We could visit embassies and a demonstration in Geneva.
Satomi: A Mayors for Peace (Mayor’s For Peace) at conference last year there were just
staff, not mayors. Mayor’s For Peace NEEDS support. Encourage your own cities to
join or support.
Jean-Marie: Abolition 2000 should take the petition for NUCLEAR WEAPONS
STATES to unequivocally undertake to eliminate n-arsenals. These petitions should end
up at the heads of NUCLEAR WEAPONS STATES. In spring 2004, an international
Tour de France of artists, April 26 (anniversary of Chernobyl) to end of May that would
visit different sites of the nuclear chain: uranium mines, nuclear power plants, and at the
end, go to ministry of defense.
Fouzy: Move to universities with an appeal to education. Also, to solicit university
positions against nuclear weapons.
Kofi Annan’s millennium call
Citizen’s Inspections Teams Working Group- Pol d’hyvetter
Abolition 2000 establishing working group which will be co-convened by Los
Alamos Study Group and Friends of Mother Earth. Already been a few happening
around the world. Going to do a why, when, where. Reports that come out would go to
UNSC, IAEA, DDA, ICJ, ICC & CTBTO. Doing them to give reports to organizations
info that they would not otherwise receive, publicize through the media, & public. Might
be technical, might not, organized and adapted to specific site. Important to have
trainings and workshops for the inspectors to let them know the specifics of each site, &
how to go about verification and monitoring process. Very few sites would have access
to radiological monitoring devices. Could be done with or without permission. Actions
involved w/in the inspection that you got permission for. WSLF & FME have examples
on websites. <wslfweb.org & motherearth.org> varying inspections, NATO countries,
must include non-strategic weapons. Next PrepCom should be presentation on citizens
inspections> Next PrepCom make presentation and ceremony about presentation of
information/ report to chairman. Send an outline of proposed inspections to seven NATO
countries. Identify buildings and activities that propose to inspect & keep good records.
Follow-up- make sure that when you follow up you have a piece of the report that says
“weren’t actually able to see the bombs, but based on the information we have and what
we did see we believe….” Also follow with paragraph with what would like to see
happen- include timetable for removal of these weapons. Need contacts with Greece
Turkey and Italy. Might involve IAEA inspector & use part of their language w/in
framework. Got to link inspections to NPT. Will be setting up listserv on this as well.
Ask for declaration first- ask the Nuclear Weapons States to declare what they have first,
and then say it was not complete so that we have to inspect.
Greg and Trish will put people on the email list for this working group.
Fauzy: Hold NGO PrepCom. Success of this meeting today which might be able to
come out with mission statement? (But there is already one). Need one or two pages
explaining why should join this campaign. There is a different leadership, which
explains the importance of the 05 revcon.
Culmination of bit meeting of NGOs just before revcon in NYC (05). We should have
our own document to give to delegates. Should ask the member states to attend as
observers to our NGO meeting. – NGO PREPCOM
Patricia CCND: ultimate vision of countdown campaign – many NGOs involved, enviros,
development orgs, bring in celebrities who can endorse campaign. Need to educate
public. With some celebration. We can be confident that with enough pressure we can
make something happen in 2005. May 19th is birthday of 2000 revcon – have a fun,
media friendly party (with cake). Then ongoing education, serious at universities, day to
day with leaflets & press releases, working through anything that we can have
connections, get archbishops, anyone who signed up against the war and more. Get
statements from the churches.
Other notes: (apologies for duplicates)
25 October- Days of Disarmament (this is the mid-point in the NPT process
Replicate for disarmament what happened with the Iraqi crisis
International Tour de France- going to all nuclear sites & government offices- 26
April – 31 May
Link with academic institutions
What if the NPT unravels?
Abolition 2000 functions outside of the NPT process
Education of Journalists
A-Z of nuclear weapons
Use the timeframe of the NPT- what would make a difference in 2005- Massive
Focus on the Conference on Disarmament- what states are thinking about for
Citizen participation in the Inspections process
Global Sustainable Energy Agency before 2005
Boycott of U.S. Products
Millennium Conference on Nuclear dangers
World appeal- petition of ACDN to be taken up by Abolition 2000
Utilizing Reaching Critical will’s News In Review during the NPTs to get
U.S. assertion of right of pre-emptive attack- focus on international law,
especially by getting statements of countries in the UNGA
Pre-register every civil society organization for NPT review conference- 540
mayors for Peace, NGO reps as City reps
Send head of state to the opening session- making it a summit level conference-
demanding that they stay for the whole thing
Year of non-violence- July 16, 2004- August 9 2005 with a focus on nuclear
Involve Mayors for Peace, Peace Messenger Cities in disarmament/
Fast during August 6-9- visit international embassies
ICJ opinion on legality of pre-emptive use of force – via UNGA
World civil society support for Mayors of Hiroshima, Nagasaki, Vanunnu
Non Nuclear Weapons States, Nuclear Weapons States, NATO- contentious case
re: ICJ opinion on Article VI
NPT amendment to remove discriminatory nature of NPT
Conference in fall 2004 in Hanover regarding bringing 10,000 to NYC for NPT
Israel, Pakistan, India face the responsibility
Crisis in military alliances, No U.S. nukes in Europe
Timeline for major events/ dates (until august 9, 2005)
March 24 - fauzy’s birthday
May 7-9, 2004 European congress on nuke weapons and energy- Berlin, (in German
language) German IPPNW
May 19- birthday of 2000 review conference birthday of 13 points.
July 16- beginning of nuclear age- first test at trinity NM
August 6- Hiroshima day
August 9- international indigenous people’s day
August 9- Nagasaki day
September 21 - world day for peace
October 24- UN day
May 12- meeting in scient around the world appeal
June- G8 meeting in Evian (France)
June 23-27- Barcelona international peace bureau week of peace including disarmament
July- international Pugwash meeting
September – CTBTO meeting in Vienna
September 2003 (third week) IAEA general conference
Sept/October? Nuclear free future award
Mid-end October 1st committee meeting NYC UN
October 4-11 keep space for peace week
October 25- international citizen’s inspection day
October 25-26- days of disarmament
November 7-9 international meeting of parliamentary network for nuclear disarmament
November 22-24- global citizen’s assembly for the elimination of nuclear weapons in
November- Geneva seminar for diplomats and NGOs – NGO committee for nuclear
November World Social Forum has regional processes- Paris, major disarm theme going
November - European social forum
January 2004- world social forum in Moombai India
February 26– end of May 2004, tour de France
March Mediterranean social forum – Barcelona
April 26-may 7, 2004 NPT PrepCom
August 6- 9, 2004 International fast for Hiroshima & Nagasaki --- proposed
October 2004- keep space for peace
November 2004- US election & rejection of Bush (we hope)
April/may- 4 weeks, review conference (2005)
2005- hidankyo group will be organization around 60th anniversary of Hiroshima &
Nagasaki, also 50th anniversary of Bertrand Russel which established Pugwash.
Reports from discussion groups
Internal NPT Group
Cluster of political reasons major focus should be preparing for revcon 05.
Need to increase participation in 05- need to broaden our base, develop grassroots, might
need to be thought to structural reorganization, regional, social and globalize the website-
to put references to appropriate sites in different languages.
Social contacts: with media, celebrities (each group find one), social groups- unions/
churches, political groups – environment, globalization
Link program to other questions in people’s minds- environment, globalization
Need to organize training sessions- regionally and locally
Focus of nuclear weapons convention- put on the table by Malaysia and Costa Rica-
might be able to bring on board some of the smaller delegations that do not have large
Need to build internal resources
Need to educate other NGOs etc, politically and technically- need them to know what
they need to do to get this thing accomplished. - Get logistics of participation clear to
Need to plan prior and simultaneous events outside this for large groups- which would be
superb to have translation available. Celebrities could raise consciousness of crowds. A
people’s summit outside the UN, with translation during the revcon.
May need to have travel fund.- Could ask people to sign petition of representation and
those who sign could sponsor travel for others.
Have a specific date during the revcon for critical mass action
Agreement that we want to pick up on Aaron’s idea about registering 2000 groups to
participate. & could ask other networks to urge their membership groups to join this
GRACE wants people to think of what we want staff person for abolition 2000 to do
Need to remember what happened in 95- where citizen’s event was far from UN & focus
was taken apart. Need to remember lessons learned.
Need to think about north south equalization and get voices of indigenous people. (might
be looked at by steering committee)
Remember we have no idea what the state of the US will be in 2 years. May look if we
turn up in hundreds or thousands that we might not be let into UN or even into US.
Obviously we’ll see how things go.
Website is being designed out of GRACE office- should be linked to websites of other
organizations, which are in other languages. *** People need to list their own websites
and what languages they are in, and what action items they are interested in.
External NPT Group
Massive participation in 2005 revcon- abolition 2005, organization in NY, who would be
able to do it, if we got all these people there, what would it be? A party? What?
Education necessary to have the mobilization.
Education: 1 basic knowledge of NPT – the A-Z of nukes
2. Approaching universities and faculties
3. Media awareness
Suggest Abolition 2000 working group on education.
Mobilization: use the social forums and the globalization network- European, world and
US. European social forum in Paris and they have a major emphasis on talking to youth,
also would be invitation to do something on missile defense. Global Sustainable Energy
Agency should be a topic on that. Should be keynote speaker on nuclear disarmament-
getting someone in the plenary on disarmament. Mouvement de la paix will follow-up on
Moombai: keynote speaker on disarmament. Alice will talk to Ramdas about getting a
Florida: same thing Alice will look into getting a speaker.
US: how to counter the US aggression. ICJ opinion on preventative force linked to
counter-proliferation question. Should be taken up by Abolition 2000. Declaration of
public conscience. Use Abolition 2000 network to find groups that would want to take
this up and work on it. Should be a core group which would be led by IALANA – first
step to talk to them.
Bush and Blair to ICC
Missile defense & space- needs to be revitiliszed and reenergized, awareness of
relationship to DPRK needs to be more transparent to people. Also to pick up on people
who have been campaigning against war in Iraq, and connect them with the PAROS.
New nukes: more emphasis on this and heightening of awareness. More from Abolition
2000 on this.
Dhanapala suggestion: setting up experts group on vertical proliferation- need to find a
country to back that idea. Set up technical experts who could define what is meant by
vertical proliferation. We need to get a state party to NPT to ask the NPT secretariat to
set that up, and then it will happen. So we could encourage a state to ask the secretariat
to convene this group of experts. Greg Mello: could be technical minefield, very similar
to question of what makes new nuclear weapon. Be conscious of this. Dave Knight: the
reason this has been promoted at the moment is because of the question of whether there
is proliferation due to changes in policy.
Millennium conference idea from Kofi Annan: need to be clarification about what his
idea is and what we would mean by that, how much they would be the same and how
much complementary. First step would be good for a meeting with him. MPI also
expressed interest in this idea, and perhaps could work with them on this. Greg Mello:
the declared mission of Los Alamos is the same slogan as his conference- Los Alamos is
working to reduce nuclear dangers. Alice will try and get a meeting. Don’t want it to be
an elite thing through MPI, but perhaps can talk to them about jointly seeking a meeting
with Kofi where we’d also have Abolition 2000 representation. Will be facilitated by
coordinating committee. Perhaps first stage will be to talk to DDA.
Greg Mello: Would be good if as we do these different things we tie them to ways to
bring them affect the domestic US policies, so that we can find a little bit of political
traction along the way if we can where there are multiple options. The other criteria that
I’m suggesting is that we don’t have many resources as an organization, so we are
basically tasking ourselves and we already have a lot of tasks. What of these things can
bring new resources so that they are self-generating?
Regina Hagen: what could create some of these resources is that if we sign up so many
groups through our existing networks, through IPPNW, INESAP, that are part of
Abolition 2000. To get them to register need to get them to understand what it is, with a
few individuals to desire to become more active. This could take little effort to hopefully
get people to take more effort.
Jackie Cabasso: the outcome of this meeting is more substantive than the last few
meetings, because of the historical moment that we are in. We are going to have to pull
from these notes a program of action we have a lot to work with. I encourage that we do
more outreach, and reinvigorate Abolition 2000 with these new ideas and energies.
Alice Slater: registering more NGOs to 2004 and 2005, do we need to have campaign
group on that? Enrollment campaign?
Regina Hagen: maybe ask Aaron Tovish about this
Xanthe: the people’s summit is the attractive idea to get people to come. Need more than
just the NPT to get people to come.
Ben Cramer: somewhat frustrated. Thought all the new ideas would end up in the other
side of room, and the other stuff. Remember US bases in connection with globalization.
New campaign would be matched with a new working group, which concerns this item.
Also different working groups and what has been said re: 2005, doesn’t really reflect all
that has been said if we just ended up with a working group on education. Elaborate on
the consequences of the process happening in Geneva in relation to war in Iraq, to
working groups for 2005.
Xanthe: Specific proposals, which will either be taken by existing working groups, or set
up new group, or individuals, will work on it with their organizations or by themselves.
Regina Hagen: people’s summit and registering new/many groups tied together. Also
want to remember to look beyond 2005. Maybe a bit more permanence, and have
working group on NPT PrepCom process. Propose that those who are here next few
days can talk to RCW about convening working group about NPT 2005, and taking on
some of this work.
Identify conveners for new working groups and initiatives
These working groups are both grassroots and information people.
Current working groups:
Sustainable energy working group
Would like this to be expanded to include someone from every region, so as to
expand outreach. Will pick up on the social forum idea of promoting sustainable energy
as nonproliferation device, etc. Leslie Seff and Alice Slater are conveners.
Weapons and power in space
Global network against weapons and nuclear power in space- Dave Knight – will
promote space issues in not just campaigning but educational issues as well, will also
help with lobbying as well. Also works with missile defense. This is more of a
grassroots network than scientific network.
Military- corporate working group
Boycott Taskforce: Pol D’Hyvetter would be contact person, with the help of fort mother
each. Stoine from Norway will also help on this. Boycott of US products. For Mother
earth is doing it already- does this mean that Abolition 2000 is endorsing the boycott?
Need to give this information to Steve Staples, convenor of Military-Corporate Working
In Japan we need to be explicit about boycott aims and objectives.
Nuclear weapons convention
Alyn Ware: Can follow up on Malaysian/ Costa Rican proposals, contact smaller
missions about education them on this.
Inventory: Reaching Critical Will, Convenor
Research and development of new nuclear weapons
Haven’t been such a discussion group, but more of a clearinghouse for information.
Jackie is convenor. Would be good to involve IALANA through this working group, on
this idea about vertical proliferation. Will also include the ICJ opinion on preventative
force. Will also look at the issue of legal action. Can the precedent that the US has set
be used against the US? IALANA is working on these issues. ACDN might be able to
help on this, with their experience with the president of France, and possible issues of
treason. This information should be given to Jackie Cabasso and Alyn Ware for more
Radiation/ health effects
Pol Huyvetter, Greg and Trish Mello
Education Working Group- Janet Bloomfield will explore the possibility of it. Xanthe
will also want to work on it. The question is how to do it together. Janet Bloomfield will
be contact person until other notice. Will also cover the point of education other NGOs.
Nuclear Weapons Awareness Project – educational function and have programs. Janet
Bloomfield will propose this at meeting on may 14th. Will they focus at the angle that
we’re going- making the way to 2005? There will be a way for others to filter into this
project. Dave Knight: not just focusing on 2005, about n. Disarm altogether. If this
working group is focused only on nuclear weapons, does it satisfy the criteria we want for
Abolition 2000. If we put all education work on that, then missing out an aspect.
People’s Summit Exploratory Committee: this group would investigate the feasibility and
practicality for whether or not this idea is a good one and to do some more thinking.
Janet Bloomfield, Caroline from CCND, Susi Snyder, from WILFP, Akira Kawasaki.
Affirmation of service: coordinating committee and global council
Really worked hard to make sure that it’s not all Americans who facilitated this meeting.
Don’t really have elections, people volunteer to serve in these positions, so came up with
this term this year, affirmation of service.
Smaller group that takes responsibility for the logistics and administration. Planned this
meeting, arranging date and place. Decided to have press conference. Organized a
mailing that went out six weeks ago. Communicates by email and occasional conference
calls. Lately been inviting the global council to participate in the conference calls.
List has expressed a willingness to serve again for the next year. Alice Slater, Jackie
Cabasso, Akira Kawasaki, Alyn Ware, David Robinson, Dominique Lalanne, Richard
Salvador. Anyone else? John Burroughs and Alyn Ware work together as an alternating
team, and that practice seems to be okay to working. Akira and Hiro were doing the
same, but Hiro doesn’t have time again this year, so Akira will take it.
Makes policy decisions, signs statements, etc. Communicates by email. Other people
can be added who are not at the meetings. It’s an open-ended process.
Kathy Sanchez, is willing to serve, and nominated.
Jean-Mattieu Essis (lives in NYC, from Cote D’Ivoire)
Xanthe Hall resigned a few years ago, and is still on the list, so will come back again.
Regina Hagen never made it to the email list, but is really ready to get onto it now.
There is a specific email list for this- the new coordinator will check on it.
Cheung Wooksik from Korea has also agreed.
Jean-Marie Montaigne(from ACDN).
Jackie Cabasso nominates:
Pol d’huyvetter, Greg Mello, Fawzy Hammad
Regina Hagen: nominates Aaron Tovish- who has already agreed to serve.
When the new person is hired, they should check in with all these people, make sure that
they will stay on the council, and that they will set up an effective communications
Wrap up of meeting and first PrepCom week
Evaluation and next steps
Two suggestions: working groups could report on what they’ve been doing in advance
with a limited number of words (maybe 2 paragraphs) which could identify any needs
they have from the group.
Fishbowl: was good- maybe next time start with smallest group and work to biggest.
Have free food – even just munchies would be nice
Having meeting at NPT really informed discussion in a way that maybe hasn’t happened
in the past. Was also a time for us to assess what to do with ourselves in this process and
in the next week of NPT.
Like to have known of when we have possibility to listen to delegates, so leaving
tomorrow, and couldn’t stay. So it would be good to know when you can listen in to
delegates, and also when can’t.
Might be an idea, in NY, when we have NPT last time we also went to millennium
forum. Might be nice to live in the same hostel, or at least really near to each other so
that we can discuss these things- still be effective in the evenings, and also have fun with
Need to set up meetings with delegations, because there were so many NGO events. Too
many NGOs events in the first week.
Need to establish better reporting mechanism on who spoke with whom during the NPT.
– Was supposed to be happening during the morning caucus, but wasn’t really happening.
Which was why we created the abolition caucus.
Coming to an Abolition 2000 meeting is a little like coming home, even when don’t
know ½ the people, which means they are new, and it’s very exciting. This meeting
seemed more settled, and working more, really working on trying to get substantively
further, instead of going over the same old ground. Was brilliant that we discussed what
came out of the statements.
The involvement more on the NPT has helped strategizing, we did it last year, but not in
the light of the NPT, still good that we’ve kept wider focus of campaign.
One thing we haven’t emphasized is that if you’re going to be effective in lobbying at
NPT it has to be done at home, long before.
There are some difficulties in the sharing about the lobbying. You have to make
decisions before you come about what you’re going to do. It is possible to meet with
delegations- and if you do that you are going to miss NGO meetings. It’s easier the
second week, but for those only here one week you have to decide the priorities. Also
need to have priorities in what you are going to discuss with the delegates- make sure you
know where they are and what they are wanting.
Sometimes it’s difficult to share information that you get from diplomats, because what
they tell you is off the record, and if off the record then you just can’t say some things.
Also, deciding who will see which delegation being decided at the caucus, it just doesn’t’
work for everyone.
On the caucus: it facilitates the ability of new people who are coming into the process,
people who maybe only send one person, it’s an opportunity to be transparent about the
process of engaging with delegates.
Today’s meeting was great, we have never gotten to this level of strategy, and the
substantive amount of work that we heard about in that original process. A little
uncomfortable about money INESAP will cover the supplies that were used. No matter
how rich or poor you are you should try and send a little something to the network.
Relations with delegates- had little chances to meet with delegates, but someone came up
with some of the materials group put out and we started a good conversation that it looks
like will go strong places. But still would be good to organize such moments to meet
with some representatives.
Anglo-French event on Friday went superbly. Representatives from 4 delegations were
Impressed by Ambassador Molnar,
UK session on verification was poor outreach experience, and Peter Nichols will talk to
the UK about it.
Linus Pauling event was fantastic
Today’s meeting went very well.
APPENDIX: REGIONAL FISHBOWLS
Africa & Middle East
UK: in that part of Europe, have the CND, have atomic mirror and several organizations
that have to do with the destruction of nuclear weapons, I myself am in several of these
organizations, including Pax Christi, and ccnd which is only 700 members, what we do is
we have a timeline that has a countdown campaign towards the year 2005 when in N.Y.
there will be the revcon in NYC each year we take a big cake around to the nuclear
weapons states embassies and ask them what have they done so far. Embassy walk with
our birthday cake, keep the dialogue going, work toward 2005 for this series of meetings
that take place in Geneva and NY
Caroline, ccnd: there has been a real change in Europe, this is the first time that the
church has not blessed a war. The pope, the archbishop of Canterbury have all said that
he war is bad. In all the great demonstrations, there has been a change in the political
climate, which was created by this cataclysmic event, this has some advantages, now on
TV I heard the words “nuclear non-proliferation”. Nearly in the consciousness of people
in Britain, they have heard of the NPT, and we need to make them understand that it
means people in Britain. So we have this campaign that concentrates on the timeline to
Vijay Mehta, from UK: recently attended European peace conference in Prague, where
there was a good chance to network with eastern European peace movements, which we
usually don’t meet, Czech republic Ukraine, Russia, etc. At that time the war was on,
and we all spoke about the war, then opened a memorial in the name of Bertha Stunner
who won Nobel peace prize in 1905 and said that only disarmament would achieve the
goal of ending these wars. Some sessions on nuclear weapons, peace education and how
to achieve permanent peace in Europe. 15000 people assembled in Prague when there
was big march in London. Trying to take Bush government to court for illegal war and
crimes against humanity, in the end made a resolution uniting for peace 377 which was
sent to secretary of UN, heads of state, etc. Was a good opportunity to network. Uniting
for peace resolution was the one first used when Britain went to war with Egypt, and this
resolution was used to stop that war, passed in UNGA and passed in one week, and UK
stopped the war. Has also been used another 10 times to stop another 10 wars.
Patricia Pullam, ccnd: countdown campaign is aiming to get knowledge about it into the
general arena. We are working through churches, and church structures. At all levels of
the churches, prayer cards in the congregations, where there are facts about the treaties,
info packs for every minister, aiming for the top to, to get a motion in the Anglican synod
to get debated to coincide w/ review conference.
Stine Rodmyr, from Norway, no to nuclear arms. We work with the Pugwash movement
and also the IPPNW. We have formed national MPI group. We tried to do as much as
possible together so that we don’t have different events about the same things. We work
a lot with education campaigns, in schools. Have a lot of parliamentarians in Norway,
visit every party group in parliament, educate them about nuke disarm. Focus on young
politicians, working mostly with parties on the left, be3cause they have most of the young
parliamentarians. Big issues on Norway are demonstrations against war in Iraq and also
NATO missile defense. Because NATO decided to research missile defense, Norwegian
government accepted this with no debate and people in Norway have reacted to that
because they don’t want to be a part of missile defense and we have a radar system to the
north, close to the Russian border, and figure that would be used in missile defense
system. Also have a lot of focus on what is sold to other countries. Don’t think there
have been any illegal sales, but we sell and buy weapons with Israel and that’s a big issue
Claude decomeian, stop essays: stop essays is a union of different movements. Monthly
paper goes out. Movement in France in France it’s as Caroline said in England with the
churches that didn’t agree with this war.
Jean Marie colon: Russians center on peace and conflict: French center on observation
and? Work on nuclear disarmament encouraging transparency work on French and
British nuclear forces. We write collaboration about nuclear forces in French and
England. There is collaboration on the issues of disarmament. Scientific military and
political actions the cooperation of the work is on nuclear disarm because they signed
CTBT in 96. .obsarm.org
Regina Hagen: close to Frankfurt, in Germany. In Germany we have the German section
of Abolition 2000 which was founded before Abolition 2000. Cooperation groups to
disarm nuclear weapons. We have official membership of 40 groups. Like the youth
section of large trade union, and other nationwide groups. Only about 6-8 groups are
actually active. The German IPPNW in Berlin is our current coordinating address they
do the mailing of the leaflets it’s their telephone number. Sorry that Xanthe hall has not
yet arrived. There is an inner circle of 8-10 individuals that are actually doing this work
and we meet about 4 times a year to coordinate. Our main project is to do an annual
conference, which has been done since 97. We make it a point that we are either former
east/ former/ west. Still a wide gap between east and west. This year conference is
Berlin. Next year is Mutlangnen, in cooperation with history museum in Stuttgart. Will
do a large exhibition about the civil disobedience in 80s about missiles. We will be part
of their official program, which will help to attract more attention with the public. In
Germany the attention to nukes is very small. I translate important texts and offer that to
documentation page of large newspaper, otherwise it’ s a non-topic. More active are:
German IPPNW, IALANA, inesap (although we don’t have German section) mutlangen
group and one group: GAAA they do CD and go to small place in Germany buchler
every year at least once if not twice to do civil disobedience and civil inspections,
because there are still American B61 bombers located there. The main topics we are
dealing with are: missile defense, Germany working on one with Italy, and NATO has
feasibility study about missile defense, the trager veiss was able to get grant to develop
exhibition about missile defense which is being presented about this now, and one other
place, and will be shown to various groups (traveling) and the files are available and you
can get them from Regina and deal with translations yourself (they are currently in
Peter Nichols: UK: publish the blakeby papers. Most recently written by Regina.
Haven’t brought copies. Regular meetings w/ nuclear policy division of UK foreign and
commonwealth office. One member was present at session yesterday lunch. Cooperate
with Anglo French initiative to get UK and French government to discuss cooperative
approach to nuke weapons reductions. The next event will be trying to bring in member
of euro parliament, which will be 24 June in Brussels. Two days before meeting of euro
network for peace and human rights. In preparation for the event the Anglo French group
met with 5 delegations and one of them was present at the lunch event. Hope to take part
in subsequent meetings.
Michel marno: war resistors int’l: org of conscious objectors, Swiss group w/o army has
tried twice to abolish Swiss army, didn’t succeed, but our group is in relation with similar
groups in Germany and France and hope to have long run Europe w/; no army. And
therefore no atomic weapons. This is the aim expressed in the ads. We figure, no army=
Janet, atomic mirror: new initiative inspired about Joseph Rotblat. Need to engage wider
audience. Nuclear awareness project, Pugwash, scientist, CND, Quakers, Greenpeace,
etc. To find out where people are on the issue of nuke weapons. Focus groups and
opinion research. Not intended to be a political focus group work, but find out where
people are, so that we can produce campaign and education material to reach them where
they are and educate and them about abolition.
Agnetta Norberg: Swedish peace council: gathers 15 small peace organizations. Talk
about nuke weapons- many think they are out of date, and not worth talking about. Now
hard struggle to inform people about what’s going on. Uprising in awareness in world
affairs. Swedish archbishop was almost despised by right wing because he was actively
taking stand against war in Iraq. Huger demonstrations than during Vietnam War.
Country belongs to new agenda coalition. But have to keep an eye on things, because
prime minister is very fond of Tony Blair. PM said: short war can be good and then it’s
over and we can go on. But he bit his tongue after 15 Feb. Peace council: inviting Jackie
Cabasso to seminars, also Regina Hagen, and others, to seminars. We are also dealing
with things like the decline of UN. Peace Council in favor of supporting and lifting up
the UN. Attacked by groups on the right and the left both. Also support Faslane groups.
Had 25 youth going there last year, they went to Kleine Brogel last October. Also have
project to connect globalization and militarization of the world.
On Faslane: impressive number of Scandinavians and Netherlands who oppose and come
to the camps.
Jean Marie Mattan: Action of citizens for nuclear disarm: founded 96 in sciends[?], small
town of 30,000. Principle aim to make an end to nuclear armament. Abolition of all
nuclear arms. And also all WMD, and also nuclear power plants. Try to work direct
action. Mix cultural activities and political activities. 96 September organized 8 hours
for nuke disarm, with some artists and singers. 01 may days for nuke disarmament, some
singers, some musicians, etc. Wrote theater piece “lesevine wishawn des nuclear” the
“gods of antiquity who symbolize different nuclear strategies” song of societies. Mixture
of mythology and historic reality- story of atomic bomb. Was displayed several times in
France. We try to unify with other French organizations. In 2001 we had days for
nuclear disarmament. Mayor of Standes who was elected only 2 months before, right
wing woman she lit flame for nuke disarm. She promised to light it, but not keep it lit.
Hope that next Saturday may 10 she will again light this flame during this colloquium
about civilian and military uses of nuclear. During this event we will have Michel
Devasie, founder of commission for research and information independent on
radioactivity. Which is very prestigious organization in France, recognized by press. We
will also have veterans of gulf war and French tests in pacific. We sent an appeal to
referendum about disarm to France, now 5 or 6000 endorsers, including deputies and
mayors, etc. Also sent petition about WMD- please sign that. Main work for French
activists is to obtain a change of French nuclear policy. We tried to attempt it by meeting
officials, were received by counselor and will be received by member of ministry of
defense. Was also running for French presidency. I tried to be in the start blocks, but
did not obtain the signatures, which were necessary but was still useful for information.
Areletted gavepain mouvemant la paiz: main topic is culture of peace. Try to organize
with youth to reflect about peace and no use of war. Tried to have some help to pacifist
people especially with Iraqi crises. Have had 50 activists from France to discuss with
Palestinians to have discussion about what happens in France and Israel. Tried to
coordinate the actions and reflections from all organization about 100 during Iraqi crises.
Had many reflections about the subject of WMD. This Iraqi crisis will change the place
of the UN and the treaties that are listed by them. It was a great moment for pacifists,
because they were gathered around the world against this war. For us it was important it
was the real first start of the culture of peace. JND is international meeting that was key
organizer. All are invited to this meeting. Also work in the context of European social
forum, which is in Paris this year and put the question of disarmament into this
Monique: stop essays: very difficult to inform public in France. Hopefully we work
with the institute cdprc (jean Marie) to make both information and contact with people ..
In France no parties want to discuss this except communist and green parties. To
memory Hiroshima we have fast – during three days in august in connection with
Japanese people. Talenane headquarters of nuclear forces in France- only 40 people but
we can meet with the officer commanding this headquarters. There is another point in
France about veterans of nuclear testing. Polynesians were not interesting politicians.
But now it’s a bit changing due to the Chernobyl and also veterans in US. The issues are
going from generations to generations. Are because of the health problems, media are
interested in following the weapons, and the process in the churches. Want to thank
Japanese friends for invitation to their meeting in Japan last year. There is a general
convention of all people who are involved in these topics.
Dominique: stop essays is working to have impact on public opinion and have some
work with organizing of manifestation, the common organization with English and to
give sense to what could be done between UK and France.
Dave knight: CND: most orgs. CND has been swamped by war in Iraq and before that in
Afghanistan and that have set the stage in all the work CND has been mobilizing for big
demos. Stop the war coalition and Muslim association in Britain. CND has been
working before the war to legally (using the legal system) stop the war from the point of
British gov’t .. That case couldn’t be put because we couldn’t get money in case of loss.
CND has also been trying to keep all the other nuclear issues on the boil, including
working with groups like Faslane peace camp and Scottish CND for the last peace camp
including the one a couple of weeks ago. In Yorkshire trying to keep the profile to space
weaponization. Yorkshire has menwith hill that was used as communication station
during Iraq war as well as for any missile defense system. . While all this was going on
British slipped in permission for us to use the base. Slipped in during the war and people
were not as focused as they could have been. Intend to be ready to launch campaigns on
missile defense and space militirazation, as the antiwar protests start to diminish. Also
Regina’s initiative, floated idea of European working group on missile defense and space
weaponization. Also have these posters which are successful.
Aaron: doesn’t seem to be a lot of work going on for Europe as a whole. Not much
strong on NATO, etc. Might be a good plan to get something going on between all of
Europe. If bush is reelected US will not be a place where much can be accomplished. If
Europe is together, that will help the US resistance. US does appreciate what Europe has
to say, and if were saying something clear and constructive, that would be helpful.
Regina: how many people from euro groups are aware that Abolition 2000 has int’l
email but also European list, most mail which is sent by Janet which is helpful and comes
from general abolition 2000 list. Hope that people will subscribe themselves. Will help
to increase our information and cooperation and awareness of what people are doing.
Cheong Oosik, from Seoul: on the peace movement in Korea, there are two main vents
recently in Korea with implications for this movement with an anti-Iraq war message;
many South Korean cities were upset over the war and they expressed their indignation
over the South Korean government who claimed in the beginning of elections that they
would be independent from US pressure, but finally they surrendered and it angered the
The intention of the government was to guarantee that the US wouldn’t attack North
Korea if they supported the war in Iraq; we insisted that there is no link between Iraq and
the North Korea problem; the South Korean peace activists organized a demonstration for
one week; because of our protest the national parliament had to adjourn two times for
their final decision;
Finally the bill to send troops was passed in spite of our strong opposition; but
nevertheless this event was very important for South Korean peace movement; we
became aware of the international peace movement against the war in Iraq… the second
issue is the hostile policy of US against North Korea and the North Korean nuclear
weapons program; South Korean civil society is divided on this issue; one wants that they
don’t have nukes, the other group believes that they want nukes only because of the
United States, and so we should therefore protest against he US; but majority of citizens
are against BOTH US and North Korean nuke program; the main problem is that if this is
not solved peacefully, it will have serious effects on the development of Missile Defense;
Bush wants to deploy ten tactical nukes (?) In Alaska without testing (on NMD); Asks
that we please put pressure on American government;
Alice invited Oosik to be on Global Council, he accepted.
Peacekorea.org is their English website address.
Keiko Nakamuro from Peace Depot: Peace Depot did a presentation and a workshop
during the first week of the conference. Since last Fall, they launched a joint research
project with academic researchers and NGOs, with both Koreas, China and Japan. Point
of project was to look at ways of NE Asia nuclear issues; has been going well so far; big
achievement was the workshop this week, which was the first during a UN conference
with NE Asian NGOs taking advantage of the NPT PrepCom. This was not the goal, just
a part of the process.
Another big project been pushing Japanese government to implement 13 Steps; they try
to incite more dialogue with their government, and between Japanese and DPRK
Main focus is the NWFZ in NE Asia;
Rep from Gensuikyn: organized peace march every year; 60% increase in participants this
year; take place on 6 May; (on boat that suffered from nuclear testing); they organize
these with other peace organizations; doing outreach with organizations in the Koreas;
Conference 3-9 August in Hiroshima and Nagasaki; once you come to Japan they will
help you out with accommodations and local transportations, but you have to get your
own plane ticket. They have been approached by a number of delegations here at the
NPT and they have demonstrated interest in attending this conference. The major task is
how to unite the conference; they try to get compensation for the victims of the Bikini
(atoll?) Tests; they are also raising money for the peace museum in the Marshall Islands;
Katerina Lecchi, WILPF, from New Zealand/ Australia: 30% of the world’s uranium is in
Australia, for the past seven years the Howard government has opened uranium mines in
the country; this is where the majority of anti-nuke efforts are focused, at Jabiluka in the
north, which his the most concentrated uranium deposit on the planet. In South Australia
there are two operating mines, they probably have export licenses by now. There is a
proposed nuke waste dump in S. Australia, but the government down there is opposed,
but since it is on commonwealth land that is irrelevant. Group of indigenous women
elders who won the Goldman award is spearheading that campaign. There is also
research for a new nuke reactor in Sydney; many NGOs have done whatever they could
to stop it; but in Sydney is hard to organize at grassroots. The Iraq war spawned the
biggest burst of anti-militarism in Australia. She is part of a coalition in Melbourne of
over 40 groups representing a diverse collection of groups. Howard government is totally
dependent on US for foreign policy. After the biggest peace rallies, Howard’s quote was,
“It is not going to change our mind.” There is no strong opposition government in
Australia. The Green party has however gained significant support as a result. Now a lot
of the energy from the movement will go towards looking at Middle East NWFZ. Not
another election for two years however.
Alyn Ware, IALANA, PNND, New Zealand: working on a NWFZ in Southern
Hemisphere in 2004 there may be a conference, but probably 2005; there will be a
declaration, that is forward looking. NZ government did oppose the war, and now they
are feeling repercussions, including trade repercussions from the US. Education
disarmament: ministry of education has agreed last year to August 6-9 is School’s Peace
Week and they are helping them bring this together. Biannual conference just happened:
strengthening nwfzs, developed a youth network, try to prevent n-waste transport.
PNND: strengthening the network, organizing a conference in Vancouver, November 7-9
this year, hosted by Lloyd Axworthy, former FM of Canada. IALANA: Drafted an
international legal statement opposing use of force; organizing a regional conference on
n-dangers and abolition in South Asia for 2004; European branch drafting Euro
constitution to include two articles on non-use of force and recourse to nonviolent
methods of conflict resolution and also opposed to WMD including nukes. MPI: working
on NATO nuke policy by consulting with NATO states, and by building support within
NATO countries for New Agenda Coalition resolutions (on disarmament and
nonstrategic weapons). Canada supported the first, but would only support the second
with other NATO states.
Shinryo Shinagawa, IPPNW rep from Japan: two problems: abolition nuclear viewpoints
should be studied from Northeast Asia and Western Europe. Abolition should start in
Europe because Madame Curie and others discovered n-technology; started here should
end here. Western European people opened the Pandora Box and they should close it.
NE Asia should be second because of the wars that have gone on there (?).
Akiro from Japan: Situation in Japan similar to those views expressed by South Korean
friend. Huge demonstrations, about 80 % of Japanese population was against it, but then
it became 60% in support (according to the polls) because they needed guarantee of US
peaceful solution for Korean issue. Missile Defense System in Japan is getting research
and support from Japanese Defense Minister; going from research to development
because of that support. First test of the Theatre Defense System will happen soon (?).
Japanese government introducing PATRIOT PAC 3 system as well.
Satomi Oba: translates Abolition 2000 stuff into Japanese; have connection with Euro
groups and translates their materials as well. Only 200 members in her group based in
Hiroshima; they launch letter campaigns to prime minister regarding nuclear issues,
including missile defense and nuclear energy. Most urgent is the processing plant in
Japan. In 2005 another reprocessing plant will start up. Put in context of N Korean
program, whose plutonium production pales in comparison to Japan’s, which has more
than 30 tons in stockpile. In Tokyo there is a group holding international indigenous
peoples day on August 9. Invites people to submit poems and materials from indigenous
groups for her to present there.
AFRICA & MIDDLE EAST
Fauzy: Africa and Middle East are closely linked. First movement to establish nwfz was
1960s after French test in Algiers. 1961 resolution from UNSC on establishing African
nwfz. Tlatleco came after the resolution in Africa. Now is African nwfz treaty that has
article linking to the Middle East. The Middle East has two countries of the axis of evil
from Bush. NPR also targets many countries in Middle East. There are also 200 nuclear
weapons in middle east (Israel). Abolition 2000 small movement in Egypt has the slogan
that abolition of nuclear weapons in Middle East is a step towards abolishment of nuclear
weapons throughout. Colonialism came back to the Middle East. Iraqi resistance started
to take place, we are supporting that, and those who were against war in Iraq should also
support Iraqi resistance. Which will take a long time. Two areas of violence in Middle
East: Palestine and Iraq. Iraq now has been inspected for three months by UN, the last
report was clear that there is no smoking gun in Iraq. Now there are 1000 inspectors that
belong to the Iraqi states, and last report of yesterday was that nothing was found. Chem.
& bio weapons are planted in Iraq, so that there can be found justification for the war.
Important for UNMOVIC to come back. This has been important since resolution 687
really links what happens in Iraq to establishing a nwfz in Middle East. We are
reorganizing and revitalizing our small group. Egyptian council for foreign affairs has
positively responded to request to establish a group looking at nuclear weapons. Program
will emphasize education, planning a conference on disarmament and the role of NGOs
in UAE, also participated in a conference organized by Arab league and UNIDIR, we will
make notes among lawyers syndicates, doctors, university faculties, & repressed
journalists. They have played a great role in the campaign against a war in Iraq. In one
of the demonstrations 800 were arrested. Revival of the movement. Would like to be
linked with Europe, because what happens with one affects the other – especially in
development of working group on missile defense. . Would also like to be linked with
Asia. Would also like to link to activities around Hiroshima. Disarm that has taken place
in S. Africa is also a good step towards nuclear disarm.
Jean: where the NPT stands now- not only that Nuclear Weapons States have regrouped
after 2000 and been able to resist the ideas of steps towards disarm. With the withdrawal
of dprk there is a risk that we will see a cascade of withdrawals- esp. From Middle East.
1995 Egypt was key in asking resolution on Middle East, and was able to get 12 other
states to help with that. Had said that indefinite extension should be subject to progress.
Egypt was key in getting 9 of 13 states that were not parties of NPT to join. The idea was
to get them into treaty so that there could be pressure put on Israel to disarm. Now most
of those states are asking the question: why should remain in this treaty that doesn’t
deliver, and gives pretext for US to attack Iraq. This is a multilateral instrument. So far,
NGOs are second-class actors, citizens are third class. What matters is what states
decide. They have taken us out of the picture. What matters is that they will make a
decision without being watched. In 1995 111 states agreed to indefinite extension. 14
states wanted Middle East resolution, 13 states were not members. 40 states had no
preference. Those 40 were the ones who really wanted to see progress before deciding.
That is 191 states. The composition of the majority that won the extension is what’s
interesting. For the first time an alliance between east and west in support of indefinite
extension. Eastern and western united into northern states position. Those states from
the east were new states that resulted from the breakup of Soviet Union. They brought
more votes. This massive addition to states to the northern position shifted the balance
against the southern states. In 2000 almost all Non- Nuclear Weapons States were able to
form a group that was able to press against the Nuclear Weapons States. That’s why able
to have progress on the implementation of 13 steps. Right now we are under risk that
most of Non- Nuclear Weapons States that were capable of achieving that will simply
feel less interest in pushing towards nuclear disarm and more pressure on Nuclear
Weapons States. More than ever the NGOs community has to invent the strategic
relationship with the small states. So when the delegates come to the meetings they know
nothing. In 1994 had a junior delegate from my country that learned everything by
reading the info provided by the NGOs. So then they start arguing with their capitals.
The PM of the capital says to vote one way, and then the delegates say wait, there is more
to it than that. So now we must strategically see what states can be brought into this
awareness movement and consistently respond the way we want them to respond. What I
know is that in Africa you have – you should understand western and eastern Africa. In
those two regions in w. Africa you have 16 states, and just as much in east Africa. There
is a need for us, so I have decided to move away from my position as researcher and
become active. We need to find a way to approach states, mainly through citizens and
local governments. My initiative for African campaign for disarmament action does that:
first try to raise awareness of the issues on university campuses. 50% of Africans are
under 15 years of age. About 75% are 25-30 years. They can be made aware of the
conflict of interest between them and the rest of their society and be led to take action for
disarmament. This action should first: get the states that have not ratified the African
nwfz to do that. There is no reason not do, only that those governments don’t think it’s
important, so we will tell them that it is, by mobilizing them. Very interested in getting
into Abolition 2000 Hiroshima project. I believe I can get 10s of mayors who can pay for
youth to go to Hiroshima and can see a global youth declaration from Hiroshima about
the rejection of nuclear weapons and nuclear terror for this generation and the next. That
would be very powerful message that will lead to further progress on this issue.
Jackie Cabasso, WSLF: extreme difficulties “your American colleagues are having”: the
about movement in US is very very weak for a few reasons: such as the government has
gone to the right, many of the NGOs have gone even more to the right before, like s the
arms Control groups; the foundations and funders have also gotten a lot more
conservative. We are all in danger of financial extinction. Second: it is encouraging to
see the upsurge in the anti-war movement, there is however no linkage between that and
the anti nuke movement. This is the linkage we need to make. Other faction of NGOs
focus on testing, research of nukes etc and they have separated themselves from anti-war
movement. Nationally, there are anti war coalitions such as UFP&J; there will be a
national strategy session in June; Jackie wants an Abolition 2000 mission at that meeting
in June. Another demand on the anti war movement, is the extreme level of repression
and civil liberties in US; domestic issues are therefore getting attention. On the local
level, however, things are more promising. In western California, People’s Nonviolent
response coalition that has successfully integrated nuke disarm work with anti-war stuff.
On the national level, the anti war movement is not agreed on nonviolence. The US
public is now learning about the UN system for the FIRST TIME.
Pamela Meidell, Atomic Mirror: through Fellowship of Reconciliation she worked
against the war. The National Council on Churches came out very early against the war.
Nuclear Posture Review caused her military based community become concerned for the
first time since the end of the Cold War. Also involved with Green Party; re: 2004
elections: we are ready to spend an enormous amount of time to get Bush out; we need
bridge building work between Dems and Greens. Need help with Euro friends on how to
do this. Re: 2005 revcon: artistic dimension: four strips on website coming up soon.
Will create materials for people to use in their communities, materials from the heart,
focusing on cultural dimension, not just intellectual.
Susi Snyder, WILPF: last October, Susi at NTS saw hopeful things: more youth involved,
an all-night, three sound stage electronic dance party, (which opened floodgate for youth
participation) saw “returnees” who had been reinvigorated to take direct action after ten
years of no action. Three groups of people: newcomers, middle people, and the
returnees. Re: petitions for Kofi call conference, started dialogue on street with people;
have been linkages between anti-war and anti-nuke.
Rhianna Tyson, RCW, WILPF: hopes that RCW can fulfill its purpose of coordinating all
NGO activities at next year’s PrepCom. Purpose of RCW is to increase NGO quality and
quantity of participation in these fora.
Alice Slater, GRACE:I have never been as hopeful as I am here. Between Porto Allegre,
the Feb 15th marches; the presidential candidacy of Dennis Kucinich in the Democratic
primaries – won’t split the vote, he has a bill in to establish a department of peace; he
comes to all of our meetings, including anti-nuke stuff; on Children’s Defense Fund
panel, he discussed anti-nukes and anti=space nuke stuff; even if Dennis doesn’t get the
nomination, it will push the Dems to take more principled positions; it will make visible
people’s anti-nuke stance.
Greg Mello, Los Alamos Study Group: Without help from Euro and other colleagues, we
can’t get out of this downward spiral. Not just nuclear, but environmental issues, and
others as well. They have been working on (with our limited budget:)
Lobbying, media (international and national and local), released information worldwide
regarding US nuke scientists to sell nuke testing to Congress, the nuke designs and
testing they wanted, and how they were going to push that through Congress, their plans
for a strategy meeting- LASG got this information out WORLDWIDE. Devoted
resources to war, of course, since it is naturally related to anti-nuke stuff. They have
billboards (including a free one!) These billboards were changed to anti-war billboards.
“We have a rise in political hooliganism in the United States now” and peace activists
have experienced violent acts against them. Ran radio ads through donations received in
the mail. Ran 600 ads, and got HUGE support for that. THERE IS A LOT OF
SUPPORET THERE- if we can mobilize ourselves to find it. We have been working on
the environment, since at Los Alamos there are 26 nuclear dumps, including one that is
still active. The state government has not required a permit for the n-waste dump.
Devoting resources to investigating Bush’s background.
(Jackie throws in advertisement for WSLF, as does Greg: www.lasg.org)