Edinburgh CND News 18th May 2017. Update on 21st and 23rd

ICAN welcomes the release of a draft treaty to ban nuclear weapons as an essential milestone in the years-long effort to ban these indiscriminate weapons of mass destruction because of their inhumane and catastrophic impacts. Once adopted, the treaty will constitute an important step towards their eventual elimination.

The draft language provides a good basis for a strong, categorical prohibition of nuclear weapons. The President of the negotiations, Ambassador Elayne Whyte has captured many key elements proposed during the first negotiating session in March.

Read the draft treaty text here
We expect more debate over the articles and provisions in the text as this process moves forward and ICAN will be advocating to ensure the strongest possible treaty. We are confident that a treaty prohibiting nuclear weapons can be agreed and adopted by July 7.
‘Plants for Peace’
Meadows Festival Saturday/Sunday 3rd/4th June 2017
New for 2017: plant creche, new for 2017: expert gardening advice (free to Edinburgh CND members, donation otherwise).
Once again Edinburgh CND are going to have a campaigning and fundraising stall at the Meadows Festival in June, selling plants, bric a brac, books, clothes etc. Funds raised at previous Meadows stalls have helped in all areas of our work to ban the bomb.
A local folk band will be playing, and we’ve entered the most environmental stall competition with every hope of winning!
Can you help?
YOUR TIME:
Can you give some time to help on the stall? No previous experience necessary and great fun!
Best is to sign up for a fixed time, say a two hour slot, let me know by email as soon as you can.
If you really can’t commit, just come along anyway when you’re free on those days!
STUFF:
Have you any books, bric a brac or plants you can donate? Best is if you can bring them along yourself on the Saturday or Sunday.
Please let me know what you’ve got and when roughly you’ll bring it.
If you really can’t get along to the festival (and it is a fun event to be at) contact me soon and we’ll try to collect.
Donations can possibly also be received before the festival-contact me!
This year’s target is to buy a laptop as a 35th birthday present for Faslane Peace Camp, to help them monitor the base and it’s warhead convoys, to protest at nukes on Scottish soil, to blog, and to provide a portal for whistleblowers.
Please email edinburghcnd@yahoo.com if  you can help (even for a short time)
BAN TREATY UPDATE
+++++If you missed our meeting on the 17th you can catch up here: https://www.facebook.com/EdinburghCND/

http://uk.icanw.org/campaign/partner-organizations/
Costa Rica announced today that the draft ban treaty text is going to be launched on Monday at 4pm Geneva time (3pm ours) – ICAN will be trying to livestream this and there will be an event in Edinburgh (more details to follow)

There was a briefing meeting for groups (and individuals) living in Scotland to work out how to make sure Scotland knows about the Ban Treaty, and to plan how to share this good news as widely as we can. In March 132 countries took part in a New York Conference, set up by the UN to on write a Nuclear Weapons Ban Treaty. They were very successful, all the important aspects were included and the chair will set out the draft Treaty this month. The next step, working through the draft, happens from the 15th June till the 7the July. Although this is the UN plan, the nuclear weapons states are expected to continue their boycott of the process, and we can’t rely on coverage by the mainstream UK press.
There will be a huge march to support the Treaty, the Women’s March To Ban The Bomb, on Saturday 17th June in New York, with a Scottish banner and supporters there. Solidarity events are expected around the world. Including in Edinburgh where we plane to be at the Mound from 4pm
 The testimony of nuclear weapons survivors and the civil society organisations like The International Red Cross, nuclear disarmament campaigning groups along with scientists and doctors have been crucial in getting things this far. The UN has said this very clearly; including Ireland, Austria and Switzerland.
Scotland is not a member of UN in its own right, even though campaigners from Scotland have been active in getting the Treaty under way. Scotland’s Ban Treaty Working Group is open to anyone who wants to help. We have a wee team going to New York in June, to share the NGO work of monitoring and lobbying as well as sending messages and pictures home.
Can you help to make sure there is a second team at home, with plenty of action in Scotland to get people to follow the talks about the Ban Treaty and tell their friends and the media about it? Please consider if you can support community action, street events, meetings, social media campaigns, phone-ins or other activity during the Conference. 
At the meeting we can bring you up to speed on what’s happened already, and some of what we might expect. SCND has started work on a website and got some leaflets cards and posters for everyone. At the meeting we’ll work out the plan together so groups and individuals can all play a part during this important year.  All welcome There will be a meeting of the Ban Treaty working group same day: 18th May at 4.30 p.m. In SCND Office. Minutes of 10th May meeting are available.

More information: http://www.reachingcriticalwill.org and Also we have an information collection from David Lowry (available on request)

 For the Future: UNFOLD ZERO calls on you to support the High Level Conference on Nuclear Disarmament which the United Nations will hold in 2018 to enhance progress on the global prohibition and elimination of nuclear weapons.
The UN conference will follow after the UN negotiations for a nuclear ban treaty, which non-nuclear States are conducting in 2017. It could build support for the ban treaty, and also pursue nuclear risk-reduction and disarmament measures to be adopted by the nuclear-armed and allied States.
Such measures could include de-alerting of all nuclear weapons systems, adopting no-first-use policies, ending the modernisation of nuclear weapons, re-affirming the goal of the complete elimination of nuclear weapons, and supporting the establishment of additional nuclear-weapon-free zones such as in the Middle East and North East Asia.

THE GENERAL ELECTION                                                                                                                UK CND News: General Election 2017 is an important opportunity for nuclear issues to be brought up the political agenda. As our #VoteOutNukes campaign has gathered pace, thousands of candidates have been contacted to establish their positions on Trident, the global nuclear ban, and nuclear power.
After polling day, how do we set the agenda on nuclear power?
It’s vital that we set the agenda at the beginning of the new government’s term in office. That’s why we have called a major conference to focus on the crucial question of nuclear power on 17th June.
Government research has consistently shown that renewables are now the most popular form of energy amongst the general public, yet the present government wrongly claims that renewables fail to win public support and remains committed to building a new generation of  nuclear power plants.
No need for nuclear: the renewables are here will challenge this narrative, exploring topics including what’s wrong with nuclear power; the politics of nuclear power; energy demand, energy efficiency; and the scope of renewables in the UK. Meeting in London Saturday 17 June 2017 Conway Hall, There will also be a Public meeting: Election Question Time – #VoteOutNukes 18 May 6.30pm – 8.30pm at Bloomsbury Central Baptist Church 235 Shaftesbury Avenue, WC2H 8EP London What are the parties’ policies on nuclear abolition and Trident? Is it possible to vote out Trident at the General Election 2017? The Labour Party has published its manifesto. What does it mean for Britain’s nuclear weapons system and global abolition? Read our latest news story www.cnd.org.uk
Plaid Cymru also published their manifesto this week, committing to scrap Trident, and the Liberal Democrats announced they will reduce the number of Trident submarines from 4 to 3.  On Diplomacy: Labour Party Manifesto – page 117 –“We will publish a strategy for protecting civilians in conflict, setting out detailed plans for work on conflict prevention and resolution, post-conflict peacebuilding, and justice for the victims of war crimes. Labour has created a Minister for Peace and Disarmament to lead this work.” Jeremy Corbyn has said he will appoint a minister for peace if he wins power but insisted he is “not a pacifist”. (News from Minister for Peace petition)

IN SCOTLAND: the SNP and the Greens are anti-Trident as are some Labour party candidates. We still have copies of the election special edition of our green card: Vote out Trident; Vote out Austerity. We want every candidate to be contacted many times during the campaign. None of them must think that nuclear weapons are just a side-issue. If campaigning on social media, use the #VoteOutNukes & #GE2017 hash tags.

NATO SUMMIT: CND is mobilising in support of the No to NATO protests in Brussels on Wednesday 24th and 25th May 2017, working with our partner organisations across Europe. There is a demonstration on the Wednesday and a counter-summit on the Thursday. Let us know if you would like to join our delegation. Trump Not Welcome march at NATO summit  5pm, Brussels Nord station
International Conference: Why we need a world without NATO?
9am – 6pm, Brussels

EDINBURGH WORLD JUSTICE FESTIVAL The festival will take place from 30 September to 15 October. This is a great time to get involved with the organising group, or to think about putting on an event. We aim to agree the theme at our next meeting on Monday and we welcome comments on the ideas we are working with, or other suggestions. The two current suggestions are: ‘Sources of Hope in Uncertain Times’    and ‘Peoples Movements – past and yet to come’ The next meeting of our Organising Group will be at 6 pm on Monday 22 May in the Peace and Justice Centre on Upper Bow, Edinburgh EH1 2JN. Anyone interested in volunteering to help organise the festival will be welcome.

OTHER NEWS: SEE ALSO PREVIOUS POST

  1. The NHS was brought to its knees at the end of last week because of a cyber-attack that infected Windows XP computers with malware. Trident submarines use a modified version of Windows XP called Windows for Submarines.
  2.  Scottish CND is looking for a part time Administrative Assistant Hours: 16 hours a week
    Salary: £16, 861/year pro rata (£10.04 / hour) + 6% pension contribution Purpose of the Role
    Assisting with the clerical and administrative work of Scottish CND For the full job description and application details please check our website. http://www.banthebomb.org Application deadline Friday 2nd of June 2017.  Shortlisted candidates will be approached by 12th of June for interviews on Monday 3rd of July. 
  3. The Good Soldier Schwejk’s has now a face (see earlier post): he is young actor Alfie Stewart. He has been to Sands for a first fitting and rehearsal will start after Monday Bank Holiday. We are all looking forward to this! Updates on other progress available.

On Monday 22nd May,                                                                                                                 1. at 1 P.M., Trident Ploughshares members will gather on Mound Place, Edinburgh EH1 2LU, at the Entrance to the Church of Scotland Assembly Hall for an hour and a half, to share with folk attending the church’s annual assembly the news about the UN Nuclear Ban Treaty and its significance for disarmament. They chose the 22nd since that is the day of the Church and Society report, which makes repeated mention of nuclear weapons ALSO The ELECTION DEFENCE DEBATE is being held at Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) on Monday 22 May, 2017 from 11.00 am to 12.30 pm,  with the hashtag #RUSIDebate17 and will be live- streaming the debate from this webpage: https://rusi.org/event/open-all-pre-election-defence-debate

2.New thoughts on British War Resisters 1914-1918  Speaker: Cyril Pearce
Monday 22 May at 5pm.  Free public talk National Records of Scotland
H M General Register House | 2 Princes St | Edinburgh EH1 3YY

3. 6pm EWJF meeting see below

4. Monday is the last day to register to vote in General Election 2017. It takes less than 5 minutes to register online or you can telephone your council.

Edinburgh CND News 7th May 2017 (Updated)

EDINBURGH CND EVENTS:
1. Thursday 11th May Edinburgh World Justice Festival ‘building’ meeting 7.30pm at Augustine Church Edinburgh EH1 1EL -Help plan the 2017 Edinburgh World Justice Festival, come to a meeting where you can contribute your ideas and get involved: Date: Thursday 11 May Time: 7.30pm-9pm Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/ events/1484424191609452/
Edinburgh CND has been involved with the EWJF since its inception and we hope to continue this year. Do come along if you would like to input.
2. Saturday 13th May: Leafleting 1230 East end of Princes Street
3. Wednesday 17th May: Special ECND meeting on the Global Ban talks (and the election!) 7.30pm at the Peace and Justice Centre. This will be followed by a meeting the next day in Glasgow:An invitation you cannot resist! Can we tell Scotland about the Nuclear Weapons Ban Treaty this June? Come to a meeting in the SCND Office, G12 8LE  on Thursday 18th May at 7.00pm to find out what you could do.
We have a new ‘election special’ of our green card. These are designed by Fiona Menzies who we can recommend!

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THE GENERAL ELECTION
Scottish CND General Election Statement: Complacency about nuclear risks is now turning to concern among voters who had come to believe that nuclear weapons were history. This General Election is an opportunity to look critically at the policies of the parties seeking our votes.
Scotland will be the number one target in Europe outside of Russia if we are dragged into a war. The Faslane base, just 30 miles from Glasgow, has the biggest concentration of nuclear firepower. With Trump in control of the US arsenal, we are in a period of great uncertainty. Scotland’s best defence is to be known for its peace and disarmament work. Instead, with Trident, we are known as the place where the British state keeps its nuclear bombs so that it can pose as a big power.
The British Conservative Government recently announced that it would be prepared to make a ‘pre-emptive’ strike and use the Trident bombs to launch an attack first, killing millions of civilians. That support for first – use creates a frightening breeding ground for mistrust and miscalculation. Don’t let Scotland be part of this. Use your vote wisely.

UK CND adds: It is vital that every candidate knows that where they stand on nukes makes a difference to how we vote.
Today we are launching our General Election Database to support that work. We want every candidate to be contacted many times during the campaign. None of them must think that nuclear is just a side-issue. With your help we are gathering and sharing information about the views of candidates standing in all 650 constituencies. In this way we can help voters to make the best choice to #VoteOutNukes at this important election. cnduk.org/Election2017
You can view the database by visiting our http://www.cnduk.org/component/k2/item/2727 This is very much a work in progress and we need your help us collect candidates’ positions for us to share.
CND is urging members and supporters to contact their parliamentary candidates, asking them to make three commitments ahead of the election:
To support UK signing the UN nuclear weapons ban treaty
To oppose the replacement of Trident
To oppose the construction of new nuclear power stations
We have written a model letter to help you when contacting candidates. Please send any responses you receive to parliamentary@cnduk.org or telephone 020 7700 2393 to ensure that our records are up to date. Please also contact us if we have missed candidates standing in your constituency.
Please use the #VoteOutNukes hash tag when using social media to campaign in your area.
The May 2017 edition of CND’s Campaign magazine launches the election campaign this week and the magazine has all the information you need to make nuclear issues central to the debate. http://www.cnduk.org/cnd-media/campaign-magazine

THE UN GLOBAL BAN TALKS
On June 15th, the United Nations will begin the second round of its negotiations to draw up a treaty banning all nuclear weapons.
We have until that date to make sure the UK drops its boycott of these historic talks.
With your help we can do it – please donate today: contact Scottish CND http://www.banthebomb.org
Also don’t forget the SCND Working party: next meeting 10th May in the SCND office. Minutes of previous meeting available.
The international community is counting on us, as the UK’s largest anti-nuclear organisation, to make sure that happens.

Abolition 2000 held its 22nd Annual Assembly on May 1 as governments arrived in Vienna for a 2-week conference on nuclear non-proliferation and disarmament – the 2017 Preparatory Committee for the 2020 Review Conference of the Parties to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT Prep Com).
And the Assembly established a new working group to build support from civil society and governments for the United Nations High Level Conference on Nuclear Disarmament, which will take place in 2018.
The participants at the assembly adopted a statement alerting governments and civil society to the risks of nuclear weapons being used by accident, miscalculation or even by intent. The statement calls on governments to take all nuclear weapons off alert, and adopt additional measures to reduce the risks of nuclear weapons being used pending their elimination.
The Assembly also gave support to an exciting Women’s March and Rally to Ban the Bomb which will be held in New York on June 17, during the United Nations negotiations for a nuclear ban treaty. T
The Abolition 2000 Annual Meeting was happy to note the recent launch of the newly designed abolition 2000 website which is available in English and Spanish, and shortly in French. Expressions of interest in working on other languages should be sent to Tony Robinson tonymrobinson@gmail.com                                                                                  UNFOLD ZERO calls on support  for the High Level Conference on Nuclear Disarmament  Newsletter available on request:  Contact info@baselpeaceoffice.org.
On 22 May there will be a planning meeting for ICAN UK partners and other organisations in the UK that support the nuclear weapons ban treaty

More information: http://www.reachingcriticalwill.org and http://uk.icanw.org/campaign/partner-organizations/
Also we have an information collection from David Lowry (available on request)

OTHER EVENTS:

0. Next Edinburgh Stop the War Meeting, Monday 15th May 7.30pm at the Quaker Meeting House, 7 Victoria Terrace.  Hope to see you there.We’ll be planning for activities over the next few weeks, including Syria and the Middle East, the Trump visit, the Global Nuclear ban talks and our presence at summer festivals (all in context of current election).  If you haven’t been to one of these meetings before you will be very welcome. A general leaflet and our petition on arms sales to Saudia Arabia and the impact on Yemen can both be downloaded from the resources page at www.scotlandstopwar.org
1. Legacies of Resistance to the First World War Workers Education Association Adult Education Classes Starting Edinburgh: South Bridge Resource Centre, Infirmary Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1LT. Starting Wednesday 10th May for eight weeks. 12.30pm – 2.30pm.
2. Conscientious Objectors Day Vigil 5 – 6pm. Monday 15 May The Mound, by the National Gallery of Scotland
3.Yemen: the Forgotten People 18 May, from 5:00 – 8:30pm. Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation High School Yards Infirmary Street Edinburgh EH1 1LZ Kate from the Edinburgh CAAT group will be speaking at this UN House event on Yemen on Thursday 18 May, alongside some incredible Yemeni analysts https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/yemen-the-forgotten-people-tickets-33898378964In addition to the panel discussion, they’ll be showing a short documentary by Yemeni filmmaker Nawal AlMaghafi, as well as exhibit photos by Yemeni artist Thana Faroq, so it should be a really interesting event.                                                                              4.Challenging Military Recruitment of Youth Saturday 27 May. 11am – 1pm.
All invited to arrive early (10:30am) for a cup of tea and networking time. Two short Films, Speakers and Discussion Screening “Engage” Forces Watch film about Cadets in schools and Woodcraft Folk campaign against it.
Screening Quaker film “The Unseen March” that outlines the UK governments concerted campaign to improve its image – from Armed Forces Day events annually to the expansion of the Cadets programmes and Speakers.
5.“Say NO To Militarism Stall on Armed Forces Day” stall in Glasgow on Armed Forces Day. 11am George Square. There are Armed Forces Day acitivities planned for George Square that day too. That event is at:https://www.facebook.com/events/620742864791795/
6.The next meeting of Don’t Bank on the Bomb is 29 June at 1:30pm at the P&J Centre in Edinbugh. Minutes of DBOTB Meeting 4 may 2017 are available
7.In Australia they continue:For the latest news: https://walkingforcountry.
8.Jaroslav Hasek’s masterpiece Good Soldier Schwejkis as relevant today as it was in 1923 and the Good Soldier is now at Sands Films to star in a new live stage adaptation. It is a comedy, a political comedy and its subject is the absurdity of war. The production is going ahead, costumes are being made, sets are being built and the cast is chosen. In many respects this project is a protest and we invite everyone to join us.

Edinburgh CND News 24th April 2017 (Update 30th April)

Up and coming events:

1. Edinburgh CND monthly meeting Tuesday 2nd May 6pm in the Peace and Justice Centre
2. Saturday 6th May: Edinburgh CND will be at the annual May Day march and rally. Assemble 1130 for 12noon at Johnston Terrace and march behind our banner. Rally 1230 at Scottish Parliament with Edinburgh CNDs Penny Stone singing (and other speakers and singer). Peace stall. Followed by a social.
3. Thursday 11th May Edinburgh World Justice Festival ‘building’ meeting 7.30pm at Augustine Utd (see below)
3. Saturday 13th May: Leafleting 1230 East end of Princes Street
4. Wednesday 17th May: Special ECND meeting on the Global Ban talks (and the election!) 7.30pm at the Peace and Justice Centre.

NEWS:
++1. nuClear News No.95 May 2017 is now available for downloading here
http://www.no2nuclearpower.org.uk/nuclearnews/NuClearNewsNo95.pdf

2. UK CND says http://www.cnduk.org: The General Election, taking place on Thursday 8 June, comes less than a year after MPs voted to support government plans to spend £205 billion replacing Trident. The government also remains committed to building new nuclear power stations despite concerns about safety, feasibility and soaring costs. The United Nations is expected to finalise a nuclear weapons ban treaty in July, with the support of the overwhelming majority of the international community. Despite successive governments claiming to support multilateral disarmament, Boris Johnson boycotted the talks. The treaty comes as prospects of a nuclear confrontation between the US and North Korea are rapidly increasing. In this turbulent context, it’s vital that Britain leads on nuclear disarmament and the de-escalation of conflict. To support this effort, we can use the General Election to elect more anti-nuclear MPs.
CND will be contacting candidates to find out their positions on three issues ahead of the election.
The UK signing the UN nuclear ban treaty
The replacement of Trident
The construction of new nuclear power station
Kate Hudson added following news items about Jeremy Corbyn and Michael Fallon: “The goal of Britain’s foreign policy must be to build a secure and peaceful future for Britain and every new government reviews the best way of working towards that goal. Given the enormous costs and risks associated with Trident, Britain’s nuclear weapons system, it’s absolutely right that it would be part of that review.
“A commitment to review Trident was part of Labour’s policy at the 2015 general election and should be part of Labour’s 2017 manifesto too. Regular review is just common sense not controversial. What is controversial is the Defence Secretary’s comments today that he is prepared to start a nuclear war with a first strike.
“Britain’s first strike policy is actually determined by NATO. It’s outrageous that our nuclear policy is set by an external body. British sovereignty needs to be re-established in the sphere of defence policy as a matter of urgency so it can be brought back within the bounds of international law.”
Further info:
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/theresa-may-nuclear-weapons-first-strike-michael-fallon-general-election-jeremy-corbyn-trident-a7698621.html
Labour repeats backing for Trident after Jeremy Corbyn casts doubt on it
https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2017/apr/23/jeremy-corbyn-casts-doubt-labour-support-trident-nuclear-deterrent-manifesto
Also video of Jeremy Corbyn available
There is some discussion about all this: watch this space!

We hope to add the views of Scottish CND shortly: see http://www.banthebomb.org Minutes of the last executive are available.

3. The Scottish Ban Treaty Working Group is working up to the June/July talks and the Scottish Ban Treaty website will be coming on line very soon.
3.1.ALL WELCOME TO:
Next Working Group meeting 27th April 10am in SCND offices
The Campaigners briefing on 18th May in Glasgow SCND office, 7pm
Ban Treaty at Edinburgh CND meeting on the 17th May P&J, 7.30pm
London meeting for all ICAN UK, including Scotland, 1.00pm at SOAS 22nd May (see below for more details of this: it is open to CND members.) Meetings of last meeting are available on request
3.2. Highlighting the work in Scotland. There are small cards for the pocket and new leaflets are in preparation. Good videos on Facebook.
The Scottish New York Team: SCND are directly funding staff member, Flavia, to attend. VC Janet is funded primarily through through NFPB although she will represent Scottish CND. and there may be reps from CAAT and MEDACT. and are happy to be part of the Scottish Team here or there. Janet and Gari (UN House) will select a young academic delegate (please e-mail for more details). Aberdeen CND will identify an experienced north-of-the-central belt grass-roots campaigner. If funding allows, another team member will be added and Scottish elected representatives from Holyrood and Westminster are encouraged to be there. The group is working closely with CND and others in ICANUK
A special Scottish Ban Treaty Support Fund (for materials and delegate costs) has been set up to which contributions can be made.
3.3. Renowned writer and artist Alasdair Gray has kindly donated one of his signed framed prints to help raise funds at the Nuke Banboree event organised in St Peters Church Hall, (Partick, Glasgow), on Sat 29 April, 4 – 8 pm.
Raffle tickets can be bought at the event or online. You can order or buy tickets to be added to the raffle even if you cannot make the event. We’re happy to post the prize.
3.4.All CND and other peace groups groups are urged to participate in a Global Day of Action in support of the Global Nuclear Ban. A rally and march has been arranged in New York on Saturday, June 17th and there will be one in Scotland the same day.
3.5. On 22 May there will be a planning meeting for ICAN UK partners and other organisations in the UK that support the nuclear weapons ban treaty, to:
– Discuss the international state of play with the ban treaty (the NPT Preparatory Committee meeting will be over, and the draft treaty text may or may not be out at this point)
– Discuss strategic issues in the UK in relation to the ban, and
– Work out a plan of outreach and activities in the UK up to the end of the next session of the negotiations (which run 15 June – 7 July) and immediately after the conference ends. The sudden election of course offers some complications but also opportunities for us!

PLEASE SEE END OF POST FOR MORE READING! NB Ireland have had a very instrumental role in building the talks.

4.Edinburgh World Justice Festival had a successful application to Awards for All this has enabled them to let a contract for the role of Festival Co-ordinator, on a freelance basis. (See previous news item) And please note
The dates of the festival are 30 September – 15 October.
A meeting to get more people involved on the Steering Group will be held on +++++Thursday 11 May at Augustine Church -Help plan the 2017 Edinburgh World Justice Festival, come to a meeting where you can contribute your ideas and get involved: Date: Thursday 11 May Time: 7.30pm-9pm
Place: Augustine United Church (Mull room), 41 George IV Bridge, Edinburgh EH1 1EL Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/ events/1484424191609452/

5. +++++ Abolition 2000 Annual Meeting 8:30am – 5pm. Monday May 1, 2017
Donau City Church, Vienna Join nuclear disarmament activists from around the world at the Abolition 2000 Annual Meeting to share campaign reports, discuss nuclear disarmament strategy, explore opportunities for action and plan further campaigns. Click here for the agenda. For other background documents, visit Abolition 2000 Annual Meeting. ALSO #3DnukeMissile & Rally: 2pm-4pm, Sunday April 30 Graben 21, Ecke Kohlmarkt followed by dinner. AND NPT Side Events: May 2-12 Vienna International Centre (UN)info@baselpeaceoffice.org

6. Chernobyl Anniversary:The 26th April marked the 31th anniversary of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant disaster. The world’s most serious nuclear disaster led to thousands of deaths, destroyed communities, and caused far reaching environmental damage. An upcoming London conference http://www.cn duk.org will explore how to prevent another Chernobyl disaster. The conference will argue there is no need for nuclear power; the latest developments in renewable technology can now supply the energy we need in a safe, healthy and sustainable manner. ++++++++++No need for nuclear: the renewables are here Saturday 17 June 2017 10.15 to 5pm Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, London WC1R 4RL Conference web site cnduk.org/NoNeedForNuclear

7. Because of the General Election, the closing date for petitions has changed. All petitions now have to close at 00:01am on 3 May. Petition will be available for people to read on the site even though it will be closed for signatures. Petitions can’t be reopened after the election. A new petition can be started signatures can’t be transferred. See earlier posts for petitions affected. Add your signature before the date!

OTHER EVENTS:
ADDED:
++++0.1 Palestinian Activist Iyad Burnat: Practising Non-Violence Thursday 4 May 7:45pm Quaker Meeting House, 7 Victoria Terrace Edinburgh
++++0.2 Migrant Crisis conversations &Through Refugee Eyes photos
Thursday 4 May 7 – 8:15pm. Top floor, Beehive Pub, Grassmarket, Edinburgh
++++0.3 Frances Mildmay from the United Nations Association had passed away . Frances will be known in a number of networks.Funeral is on Friday May 5 at 230pm in Glasgow Crematorium at 19 Chester Road Maryhill Glasgow G2
++++0.4 This a link to a free showing off free showing of a film – We are the many on Wed May 3 at 7pm in CCA Glasgow.Please feel free to pass round
http://www.cca-glasgow.com/ programme/stop-the-war- coalition-glasgow-we-are-many
ORIGINAL:
1. 140,000 Origami Cranes Workshop: Remembering Hiroshima 2 – 4pm. Saturdays at Edinburgh Peace and Justice Centre 5 Upper Bow, Edinburgh EH1 2JN NB Origami Cranes Project Volunteer & Saturday Volunteer needed.
2. Faith, Politics and Peace in the Age of President Trump Thursday 27th April, 7-9.15pm Annandale Street Mosque
3. Legacies of Resistance to the First World War Workers Education Association Adult Education Classes Starting Edinburgh: South Bridge Resource Centre, Infirmary Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1LT. Starting Wednesday 10th May for eight weeks. 12.30pm – 2.30pm.
4. Conscientious Objectors Day Vigil 5 – 6pm. Monday 15 May The Mound, by the National Gallery of Scotland

Some more reading (thanks to Rebecca Johnson and Trident Ploughshares)
The David Lowry (ICAN) list started last time is suspended, but updates on request.

As the US and North Korea rattle sabres and the UK reels from the sudden decision to have a snap General Election, I wanted to draw your attention to these two recent articles on the Nuclear Ban Treaty negotiations published by openDemocracy, with links:
on 10 April: https://www.opendemocracy. net/rebecca-johnson/uk-trump- un-nuclear-disarmament-talks
and on 19 April:
https://www.opendemocracy.net/ 5050/rebecca-johnson/un-talks- nuclear-weapons-what-can-they- achieve
See also this link to the Emergency Resolution on the Nuclear Ban Treaty which was passed unanimously by the Global Greens Congress on 2 April, after being proposed by Austrian MEP Ulrike Lunacek, Vice President of the European Parliament: https://www.globalgreens.org/ congress-documents/emergency- resolution-1-un-legally- binding-international-nuclear- weapons-ban
You might also be interested in this short 3 minute video on FB with different UK voices at the recent Nuclear Ban Treaty negotiations, produced by Clare Conboy:
https://www.facebook.com/ 443437662404428/videos/vb. 443437662404428/ 1333172916764227/?type=2& theater&notif_t=like&notif_id= 1492604678135161
Lots more materials available from ICAN http://www.icanw.org/
and considerable background documentation and analysis from relevant disarmament and security fora, as well as available statements and documents from the first week of NBT negotiations (March 27-31, 2017) from Reaching Critical Will http://www. reachingcriticalwill.org/ disarmament-fora/nuclear- weapon-ban
For anyone wanting to read contemporaneous articles on how the nuclear ban treaty process developed in parallel with NPT and UN meetings, these are listed on openDemocracy from the present going back as far as April 2010: https://www. opendemocracy.net/author/ rebecca-johnson

Edinburgh CND News 12th April (Latest Update 19th)

Please note this months May Day meeting is on the 17th (one week early).
As part of GDCOMS on Saturday 22nd Edinburgh CND, Scrap Trident and other groups will be undertaking actions in Edinburgh including leafleting the March for Science and Pedal on Parliament. There will also be leafleting in the city centre, including at the East end of Princes Street. We will be assembling 12 noon at the East End of Princes Street.
More information below.

THE UN START BANNING NUCLEAR WEAPONS
By the last day of the first session of the UN Nuclear Ban Treaty discussions in New York, there was an exuberant excitement in the room at the enormous significance of what is under way.
132 UN Member states participated in this meeting to agree the elements for a nuclear weapons ban treaty. This important treaty is a real step towards general and complete disarmament, leading to peace, security, and human rights, so it is not an end itself, but a tool.
When the nine states that possess nuclear weapons exhibited no good faith commitment to nuclear disarmament and chose to boycott the conference, their absence did not have the effect they had intended but allowed thoughtful deliberation and exchanges, and a useful example of how the United Nations can operate in terms of open, fluid conversation amongst states, international organisations, academics, and non-governmental organisations. This was particularly helpful around the discussions of positive obligations that states would commit to, such as ensuring the rights of victims and survivors of nuclear weapons activities, and identifying actions to address damage to affected environments and providing for international cooperation and assistance to meet the obligations of the treaty.
Member states showed their concerns that the devastating effect of nuclear weapons can never be contained by national borders or their governments and they listened respectfully to survivors describing the awful reality of nuclear weapons and tests, and the expert advice from organisations like the International Red Cross and Red Crescent.
All of the key points that ICAN hoped the states would raise were discussed and hopefully will be incorporated into the draft treaty that the chair will now compile for further discussions in the second session , which takes place from the 17th of June till the beginning of July.
Ensuring that the information is available for the diplomats, encouraging them to work together in groups to resist the financial pressure and threatened removal of military supprt by the nuclear weapons states, organising or participating in the many side events to help people to be well informed, and keeping track of who is there who is speaking and what they are saying is a lot of work, and we need to ensure that civil society and parliamentarians who support the treaty are there, speaking out. Lots of people are pinning hopes on Scotland succeeding in disarming the UK, and it is essential that we share this news here – the mainstream media are not listening in the UK.
Already, the conference is starting to change the norm and stigmatise and delegitimise nuclear weapons in the eyes of the world.
Thanks for the info on the talks to:
https://reachingcriticalwill.org
http://thebulletin.org/blog
http://www.icanw.org/
https://www.opendemocracy.net/5050/towards-nuclear-non-proliferation
https://www.opendemocracy.net/rebecca-johnson/uk-trump-un-nuclear-disarmament-talks
wordsandactions.scot

There is a Scottish Working Group which has open meetings in Glasgow contact SCND http://www.banthebomb.org for details.
The last Working Group meeting decided to write a ‘brief’ on the Nuclear Treaty Ban. A folded A4 leaflet has been proposed which would serve several purposes, the actual briefing as a series of questions and and is constructed of eight ‘boxes’ which can easily convert to PowerPoint if necessay, the same ‘boxes’ can also easily be sent out on social media such as Twitter and Facebook. As it stands it can of-course also be given out as a leaflet which is eye-catching and presents the arguments as a series of easily absorbed main points.

Also see below for a Scottish fundraiser. http://www.banthebomb.org and meeting on 17th May. Other fundraisers are happening and planned.

The April 2017 edition of CND’s Campaign magazine is out. CND was present at the UN last month to witness the historical negotiations on a nuclear weapons ban treaty. Despite the UK government boycotting the talks in March, there is still a chance to participate at the next session. It is more important than ever to increase the pressure on the government. If you haven’t already, please write to the Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson and your local MP, expressing how important it is to attend the final round of talks.
The also attended the Liberal Democrats’ Spring Conference to hear the party discussing their policy on Trident. Read about what happened in this month’s magazine, as well as an update on Britain’s disastrous attempt to build more nuclear power stations. http://www.cnduk.org/cnd-media/campaign-magazine
For yet more on the talks see:
http://www.mayorsforpeace.org/english/ has some interesting material
http://theconversation.com/why-efforts-to-secure-a-deal-on-banning-all-nuclear-weapons-are-so-important-75484?utm_content=buffer45dc0&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

EVENTS:

1. April 18-28 are the Global Days of Action on Military Spending (GDAMS). Civil society organisations around the world will take action to reduce military spending in order to help fund social and environmental needs, including the Sustainable Development Goals.
Internationally, UNFOLD ZERO is partnering with GDAMS to ‘Move the Nuclear Weapons Money’. We encourage you to take action in your community to highlight the $100 billion global nuclear weapons budget, and ‘move the nuclear weapons money’ to better purposes.

1.1 On Saturday 22nd Edinburgh CND, Scrap Trident and other groups will be undertaking actions in Edinburgh including leafleting the March for Science and Pedal on Parliament. There will also be leafleting in the city centre, including at the East end of Princes Street. Watch this space for more details.
1.2 From Scotland with Shame: Demonstrate to call for an end to Arms Exports from Scotland Scottish Parliament.
The EP&JC is joining CAAT Edinburgh on this Day of Action outside the Scottish Parliament. All invited to come along for all or part of the time.
++++1.3 Global Campaign on Military Spending (GCOMS)#FromScotlandWithShame
12-2pm, Wednesday 19 April, outside Scottish Parliament
https://www.facebook.com/ events/100896443796519/
There will be a pre-meeting from 11.30am – to allow us to collate all our materials, banners, props, assign a few tasks and even possibly do a bit of dressing up! Serenity Café Space
The UK has been supplying the Saudi-led coalition with Paveway IV missiles produced by arms manufacturer Raytheon at its factory in Glenrothes. These Scottish-made “smart-bombs” are being used in coalition attacks on Yemeni civilians that violate international humanitarian law and may amount to war crimes. The same Raytheon bombs have also been used previously by Israel during assaults on Gaza (there will be an Edinburgh event on 16th)
1.3 CAAT Creative Campaigning Workshop Quaker Meeting House
Sat 15 April. 10:30am – 3pm. Anyone wanting to hone their creative campaigning skills ahead of the Day of Action and plot strategy for ending arms exports from Scotland is invited. To express interest email Mark Bitel at: eventscaatedin@gmail.com
1.4 The next quarterly CAAT meeting will be on 14th June 2017 from 7-8.45pm. Previous minutes available

2. Actions around the Global Ban (see above)
2.1. Local Edinburgh meeting with report from Janet Fenton Wednesday 17th May 7.30pm at the Peace and Justice Centre.

2.2 Fundraiser event for the whole family on Sat 29 April, 4 – 8 pm in St Peter’s Church Hall, 46 Hyndland Street, Glasgow, G11 5 PS (Chancellor St entrance)
Music & special guests including actor David Anderson
Circus workshops & performance by Ringmaster Parties (plate spinning, hula hoops, juggling, pedal go’s & much more) Short drama Games for all ages
Refreshments & food available Raffle
The money raised will help send delegates to negotiations on a Global Ban Nuclear Weapons Treaty which will take place in June/July this year in New York. Most countries in the world are supporting the proposed treaty – and if the talks in New York are completed successfully this will be a major breakthrough in getting rid of nuclear weapons from our world.
This will be a fantastic day for all ages so please come along and bring your children or grandchildren. Tickets: £5 waged, £3 unwaged Free for under 12s & asylum seekers £10 supporter ticket Book your ticket online at the link below or phone/text Arthur West on 07826127759.

2.3 On the same day: Glasgow Launch event for Scotland against militarism campaign 29th April 13:00 Quaker Meeting House Glasgow https://scotlandagainstmilitarism.com/

+++++3. http://cnduk.org/cnd-media/item/2722-will-there-be-a-nuclear-war
Wednesday, 19th April 2017. 5.30pm to 7pm US Embassy, Grosvenor Square, London
Nuclear war has never been so possible and never so probable.

4. Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) conference, Vienna May 2-12
States parties to the NPT, plus registered non-governmental organisations, will be meeting at Vienna International Centre (the United Nations) from May 2-12 in the First Preparatory Committee Meeting for the 2020 NPT Review Conference.

5. Challenging Military Recruitment of Youth Saturday 27 May. 11am – 1pm.
LG 09, David Hume Tower, George Square, Edinburgh
All invited to arrive early (10:30am) for a cup of tea and networking time.
Two short Films, Speakers and Discussion Screening “Engage” Forces Watch film about Cadets in schools and Woodcraft Folk campaign against it.
Screening Quaker film “The Unseen March” that outlines the UK governments concerted campaign to improve its image – from Armed Forces Day events annually to the expansion of the Cadets programmes.

5.1 Saturday 17th June will see Women marching Worldwide to Ban the Bomb.
http://www.womenbanthebomb.org This is part of a Global Day of Action in support of the Global Nuclear Ban, which CND groups are supporting. A rally and march has been arranged in New York on Saturday, June 17th.
5.2 There is a national conference in London (also on Saturday, June 17th) to discuss how renewable energy can and should replace nuclear energy production. Experts say renewable energy is safer, healthier, more sustainable, quicker and cheaper

6. This month’s Edinburgh CND trip to Faslane was on Wednesday 5th April.
2 members with a carload of stuff that had been collected and a load of food bought as a donation. Had a good chat with the campers and a look around, then went along, with one of them to the vigil at the North gate. Spent an hour there with a saltire and CND synbol, got lots of waves from cars.
The campers are in court today (Thursday) about their recent action and we send them a message of support.
The Wednesday weekly vigil from 4pm outside the Faslane Trident base – North Gate, Faslane – organised by Helensburgh CND, Faslane Peace Camp and Trident Ploughshares

+++7.Cooperative Games & Conflict Resolution Skills for Schools Facilitator Training: Saturday 22 April. 9am – 1pm. Central Edinburgh Venue peaceandjustice.org.uk

8. Next meeting of Scottish Peace Network:Tuesday 30th May at 6 pm in the Edinburgh Peace and Justice Centre.Minutes of last meeting available. ++++At present they are preparing a new leaflet about Syria for use at their next vigil Thursday, April 27, at 5pm at Dewar’s statue on Buchanan Street. Previous minutes available.https://www.facebook.com/events/1342951059129022/

9. In Australia: This years Walkatjurra Dates are now set for the 4th of August leaving Fremantle and returning on the 3rd of September. They are hoping for a really good turn out this year ad hopefully it will be a celebration of a Ban on uranium mining.

10. Pugwash meetings (London):
25th April – ‘What underlies North Korea’s drive to acquire nuclear weapons?’ – A talk by John Everand, former diplomat – UCL – More info here – Facebook here
27th April – ‘Global Climate Finance: Securing a low carbon future’ – Seminar with Federico Mazza from Climate Policy Initiative

0. Next Edinburgh Stop the War Meeting, Monday 17th April
We are meeting at 7.30pm at the Peace and Justice Centre, 5 Upper Bow, EH1 2JN
There’ll be a general discussion about current events. The escalation of the bombing in the Middle East is leading to thousands of civilian casualties and a dangerous military stand-off is developing between Russia and the West. Trump is also escalating tensions in the Asia Pacific and on the Korean peninsula, including through the deployment of warships to Korean waters. We’ll be planning for activities over the next few weeks – if you haven’t been to one of these meetings before you will be very welcome.

JOBS:
1. The EP&JC invites applications for the post of part time Administrator,
15-16 hours per week negotiable.Salary: £18,940 to £21,220 / year pro rata (£10.38 / hour) Job Purpose To provide support and assistance to the Coordinator – ensuring all the day-to-day aspects of running the Centre work smoothly – from membership records to event management to recording financial transactions of the charity.
++++2. (new) EDINBURGH WORLD JUSTICE FESTIVAL 2017
FESTIVAL CO-ORDINATOR Play a central role in the world’s only world justice festival! Freelance contract, June – October 2017 – £6,000
The Festival Co-ordinator will work with the Steering Group to organise the EWJF 2017 programme, taking responsibility for planning the festival, compiling the programme, overssing promotion and supporting delivery of the festival. The festival has been run until noe entirely by volunteers; we now wish to expand its reach and impact.

A PETITION: a better way to use government funding? https://petition.parliament.uk /petitions/195077
N.B. The petition to appoint a minister for peace and disarmament only made489 signatures BUT THERE IS TIME TO ADD YOURS!

RECENT NEWS ITEMS (updated often)
Please email edinburghcnd@yahoo.com

http://www.reachingcriticalwill.org/images/documents/Publications/modernization/assuring-destruction-forever-2017.pdf

http://drdavidlowry.blogspot.co.uk/2017/04/labours-big-nuclear-disarmament.html
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/apr/21/the-pressing-need-for-nuclear-disarmament
http://mynorthwest.com/605931/the-dangers-of-impatience/
https://www.foreignaffairs.com/articles/2017-03-22/vision-trump-war
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4430060/Risk-accidental-nuclear-war-higher-ever.html)
http://thediplomat.com/2017/04/the-nuclear-test-ban-time-to-finish-what-we-started/

Edinburgh CND News 4th April 2017 (Updated 7th April)

More than 100 states gathered at the United Nations in New York last week to begin negotiations on a treaty to ban nuclear weapons. These historic talks represent a chance to make real progress towards a world without nuclear weapons. Sadly, before the talks had even started, the UK lined up behind Donald Trump’s representative to denounce the talks. While the international community discussed how to rid the world of nuclear weapons, the UK opted for platitudes over participation.
A range of issues were discussed during the week, ranging from what should be included in the treaty to how it would be enforced. You can read CND’s daily reports from the conference on our website.
CND hosted a side event which was addressed by Fabian Hamilton MP, Shadow Minister for Peace and Disarmament. Dave Webb, CND Chair, has posted a report of the event in New York.
There was broad consensus that a ban treaty is needed and that it must be comprehensive. It is likely that a draft treaty will be published ahead of the second round of talks, which are due to start in June.
CND is continuing to push for the UK government to attend the next round of talks. You can join the campaign today by writing to your MP. (Posters available for £1) http://www.cnduk.org/

‘Unfold Zero” pointed out that One of the issues discussed was the proposal by UNFOLD ZERO and Parliamentarians for Nuclear Nonproliferation and Disarmament (PNND) that the treaty prohibit any financing of nuclear weapons production.
It is said that ‘money makes the world go around’. With respect to nuclear weapons, the corporations manufacturing them are highly influential on nuclear weapons policy. Most of the global nuclear weapons budget of $100 billion goes to about a dozen powerful corporations who spend lavish amounts of money lobbying to keep the nuclear arms race going.
If the nuclear prohibition treaty includes a ban on investing in these corporations, it could put a big dent in their lobbying power, and give support to legislators and civil society in nuclear-armed States who are trying to cut nuclear weapons budgets.
Statements and working papers to the conference can be accessed on the UN conference website.

There is a Global Ban Working Group in Scotland, which welcome members. See Actions for meetings and end of this post for minutes

More info on the talks from:
https://reachingcriticalwill.org
http://thebulletin.org/blog
http://www.icanw.org/
janetsabeatnik@wordpress.com
The Nuclear Ban Isn’t the End, but It’s a Good Beginning http://www.alternet.org/environment/nuclear-ban-isnt-end-its-good-beginning

Actions:
1. Join Edinburgh CND to leaflet about the Global Ban. Saturday 8th April 1230 at the East End of Princes Street.
2. Join the Global Ban Working Group set up by SCND. Next meeting 10th April at the SCND offices in Glasgow. Minutes of meeting on 3rd April are available. http://banthebomb.org/
3. Scrap Trident Campaign meets 5th April 6pm in the Edinburgh Peace and Justice Centre
4. Scottish wilpf meets Monday 10th April 6.15pm at the Edinburgh Engender Offices
++++5. Edinburgh CAAT meeting on Wednesday 12th April 2017, 7-8.45pm, at Quakers Meeting House (7 Victoria Terrace, Edinburgh EH1 2JL)
6. Edinburgh Stop the War meets Monday 17th April 7.30pm in the Peace and justice Centre
7. The next meeting of the Peace Network will take place at 2pm on Tuesday, April 11, a the electron club which is on the first floor of the Centre Contemporary Arts on Sauchiehall Street in Glasgow City Centre,
++++++8. Nuke Banboree Fundraiser event for the whole family on Sat 29 April, 4 – 8 pm in St Peter’s Church Hall, 46 Hyndland Street, Glasgow, G11 5 PS (Chancellor St entrance)

++++++PLEASE HELP no2nuclear power by donating what you can. You can send cheques, made payable to “no2nuclearpower”, to Pete Roche c/o Friends of the Earth Scotland, Thorn House, 5 Rose Street, Edinburgh EH2 2PR. If you want to donate via internet banking send to No 2 Nuclear Power, Co-op Bank 08-92-99 a/c No. 65162637.
Or you can donate by PayPal. For details see here:
http://www.no2nuclearpower.org.uk/donations/
Latest News at: http://www.no2nuclearpower.org.uk/nuclearnews/NuClearNewsNo94.pdf

+++++++Latest Peace and Justice newsletter http://peaceandjustice.org.uk

In the longer term:
1. There is a Women’s March to Ban the Bomb in New York on June 17th (which is the same day as the Stirling Military Parade & show where Scottish Peace Network plans to protest). There will be solidarity activities happen in Scotland https://www.womenbanthebomb.org/
2. The Disarmament Camp at Coulport 8-16th July is being organised by Trident Ploughshares. More info here.
http://tridentploughshares.org/coulport-disarmament-camp-july-2017/
We will of course be hoping that Faslane Peace Campers can join us and be working together.
++++3.Conference: No need for nuclear: the renewables are here
Saturday, 17th June 2017. 10.15am to 5pm Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, London WC1R 4RL The government is obsessed with backing nuclear. Experts say renewable energy is safer, healthier, more sustainable, quicker and cheaper.http://www.cnduk.org/

And a TV programme: http://www.channel4.com/programmes/dispatches/on-demand/66214-001 President Trump: How Scared Should We Be? plus
http://www.tandfonline.com/eprint/HnvvhGqGAEGmKMZTqy8W/full

And in Australia they continue:For the latest news: https://walkingforcountryet

STOP PRESS: Some reading: The secret of the Soviet hydrogen bomb http://physicstoday.scitation.org/doi/10.1063/PT.3.3524#.WOS2INIJ92w.
Terrorism & CounterterrorismWMD & Proliferation
https://www.foreignaffairs.com/articles/2017-04-04/dirty-bomb-threat
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Minutes of Global Ban Working Group:
Feedback from the UN Janet gave a short account of the March session of the negotiations, recognising that a fuller briefing for campaigners will be necessary. These had been very successful both in content and process. There were three elements:  the goals, objectives, and preamble of the treaty;  the details of what actions will be included in a prohibition, such as the possession, development, testing, and use of nuclear weapons and assisting other countries with them,  what actions will be required of parties; and legalities for such things as accession to the treaty, regular review conferences, and questions about the accession of nuclear-armed states.The elements for a valid treaty had all been noted to be included in the draft. The President – Elayne Whyte Gómezfrom Costa Rica – led a very open ethos and a process that included an innovative and interactive panel session with civil society representatives. Janet had also been with a group that met with the disarmament officer of the UK permanent mission to the UN. WE can promote account of proceedingsthat is on Janets blog as a ‘Scottish’ perspective in addition to ican, rcw blogs.Planning for second sessionIn this context we will need a good team from Scotland for the summer session. We will seek SCND EXEC approval for aspecific SCND funding appeal for up to £5,000 for the venture and raise discussion about staff members’ participation and travel arrangements.Preparatory to inviting MSPs/MPs to travel to the summer sessions we will work on raising general awareness and engagement, and discuss with ICAN international timing of any Parliammentarians side event(s) The Holyrood Cross Party Group will be an important context, as will Greens and Yes groups. In terms of media we should try for articles in the National and perhaps a follow-up to the Herald Agenda piece. Above all it needs to be on the Scotref agenda, due to the fact that Scotland’s distinctive stance within the UK and the upcoming treaty will play helpfully together. We can perhaps access the Yes Registry and SIC.Resources and tasks Petition/Vision Statement. We will develop a very brief sign -up statement for stalls etc. David to draft. This will be time limited. We will plan a briefing event for campaigners – for a group of around 25. Ellen will write a short, factual briefing, adapted from Jane Tallents’ Edinburgh street briefing (as revised)  For further discussion: a more developed briefing for parliamentarians and media. Janet will update text for our general briefing leaflet, Flavia to liaise with John on layout New website .scot is under construction by Flavia with input from Janet, DavidEvent: Nuke Banboree – 29th April, 4.00pm – 8.00pmSt Peter’s in Partick

Edinburgh CND news 27th March 2017 Updated on 30th/31st

Edinburgh CND will be meeting on Tuesday 4th April 6pm in the Edinburgh Peace and Justice Centre to discuss our future activities including around the Ban talks. We will also be leafleting on Saturday 8th April 1230 East End of Princes Street

Support the Nuclear Ban Treaty gathering Saturday 1st April at 1:30 PM – 2:30 PM
The Mound, Edinburgh, EH2 2, United Kingdom
Here are some interesting updates:
1.A CASE FOR A NUCLEAR WEAPONS BAN
Clara Levin | Svenska Läkare mot Kärnvapen (Swedish Physicians against Nuclear Weapons)
http://www.reachingcriticalwill.org/images/documents/Disarmament-fora/nuclear-weapon-ban/reports/NBD1.4.pdf
2.Kate Hudson’s piece on the ban talks and the Abolition 2000 poll in the Huff Post 75% Think UK Should Attend Nuclear Disarmament Talks At UN – So Why The Boycott? http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/dr-kate-hudson/nuclear disarmament_b_15633172.html
3. United States and Allies Protest U.N. Talks to Ban Nuclear Weapons By SOMINI SENGUPTA and RICK GLADSTONE New York Times, MARCH 28, 2017
4.At the multilateral conference negotiating a Global Nuclear Weapons Ban treaty, which started at the United Nations in New York on Monday this week, the diplomatically progressive EU-State, Sweden, called for a reference to the “gendered impact” of nuclear weapons to be incorporated in the preamble of the treaty.
(http://www.reachingcriticalwill.org/images/documents/Disarmament-fora/nuclear-weapon-ban/statements/28March_Sweden-T1.pdf}
In the words of Sweden’s Disarmament Ambassador, Eva Walder :
“Furthermore, we would like to see that the treaty recognizes the gender aspects of nuclear issues. We would also like to see references to the ever present danger of use of nuclear weapons by mistake. And finally, there should be references to the enormous waste of resources resulting from the production and modernization of nuclear weapons.”
This concern was raised by the American campaigner and researcher, Mary Olsen*, in an invited presentation she made to a big planning conference , hosted by the fellow diplomatically progressive EU state, Austria, in Vienna, in December 2014.
(https://www.bmeia.gv.at/fileadmin/user_upload/Zentrale/Aussenpolitik/Abruestung/HINW14/Presentations/HINW14_S1_Presentation_Mary_Olson.pdf).
5. plus on 31st: The UN’s Nuclear Weapon Talks May Be The Most Important Thing Nobody’s Paying Attention To
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/united-nations-nuclear-weapons_us_58dbcbe3e4b0cb23e65d5237
Top commander says banning nukes would make wars worse
http://www.politico.com/story/2017/03/john-hyten-nuclear-weapons-ban-united-nations-236751
and don’t forget:

Nuclear Ban Daily, Vol. 1, No. 5 now available
http://thebulletin.org/blog

There is planned for Scotland a Uranium Film Festival in 2017 and/or 2018, showing documentaries and movies about the risks of nuclaer power and nuclear weapons as we did already in several countries and cities. More details later

Original Post:

Today (27th) is an important day for the anti-nuclear movement. The following words offer a summary. There are many links to follow for more information.

The international community is gathering in New York for the start of negotiations on a nuclear weapons ban treaty. There is widespread support for the treaty, despite the UK and other nuclear weapons states continuing the boycott the talks. A recent poll found 75% of British public want our government to take part.
More than 120 countries supported the idea of a treaty when a vote took place last year, and since that time ideas for what the treaty might contain have been discussed. This week is just the first session of talks covering the process and general principles of the ban. Sessions run from 15:00 – 18:00 and 20:00 – 23:00 each day. You can keep up with the latest from the negotiations on CND social media and through daily updates on Kate Hudson’s blog
The details will be discussed at the next session, due to run from 14 June – 7 July. It is possible that a draft treaty may be published ahead of those talks.
CND is working with MPs and other allies to put maximum pressure on the UK government to attend the next round of talks. http://www.cnduk.org/ Last Saturday there was a page advert in the Guardian alerting the public to the UK position
Kate Hudson, CND general secretary, said:
“The hypocrisy of the government’s position is staggering. These are UN multilateral negotiations for a treaty to ban all nuclear weapons. The government says it supports multilateral nuclear disarmament, so why is it boycotting a serious attempt by the overwhelming majority of the international community to do just that?
“In July last year, when the government asked MPs to back the £205 billion plan to replace our own nuclear weapons system, the motion stated they would press ‘for key steps towards multilateral disarmament’. It’s now clear this was entirely false.

In December 2016, the UN General Assembly decided – by a vote of 113 in favour, 35 against and 13 abstaining – to commence negotiations on a treaty to prohibit nuclear weapons, regardless of whether or not the nuclear-armed and allied states join such a treaty. UNFOLD ZERO launched a series of consultation meetings see http://www.pnnd.org/event/consultation-meetings-un-initiatives-and-parliamentary-action for details of the meetings and other useful information

The International Campaign against Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) has also been working hard around the Nuclear Ban and recently sent a letter to Boris Johnson, signed by many organisations (including Edinburgh CND) and individuals urging the UK government to take part in the http://uk.icanw.org/campaign-news/uk-ngos-government-is-on-wrong-side-of-history-boycotting-ban-negotiations/. ICAN issued a press release this morning and pointed out that The US ambassador will be making a statement to the press outside the conference room when the negotiations on the ban treaty start- at 10am New York time / 3pm in the UK – with UK expected to stand with them (though this is not confirmed). ICAN’s message is that this is a distraction, weak, and disrespectful to the process especially given that these states have been invited in – we will send round further messaging for the UK around this list if the UK does join this ‘protest’. ICANs new Ban Brief http://thebulletin.org/blog offers regular updates on the ban negotiations, their background, and their implications. It is written by Tim Wright, Asia-Pacific director of the http://www.icanw.org/ and Ray Acheson, director of Reaching Critical Will http://www.reachingcriticalwill.org%2Fabout-us%2Fwho-we-are
++++++BRITAIN was condemned for “boycotting” groundbreaking United Nations talks to ban nuclear weapons worldwide.

The Los Alamos Study Group can also be recommended for updates: http://www.lasg.org/press/2017/press_release_27Mar2017.html
ALSO:
OpenDemocracy has just published an article about the UN negotiations. Find this and more here: https://www.opendemocracy.net/5050/towards-nuclear-non-proliferation
Dr Philip Webber, SGR, outlines the key scientific and technological information on the threat from these weapons of mass destruction.Nuclear weapons: a beginner’s guide to the threats | Promoting ethical science, design and technology
Five UK Churches have issued a statement to support and encourage those meeting in New York to negotiate a treaty banning nuclear weapons. They have also expressed their shared disappointment that the UK Government has refused to take part in these talks, despite its longstanding international commitments to work towards a nuclear weapon free world. http://www.jointpublicissues.org.uk/
++++ The UK has quietly revoked the compulsory jurisdiction of the ICJ over issues relating to nuclear weapons, making direct reference to the Marshall Islands case.

The German Peace Mouvement is starting a campaign of 50 groupes and organizations against the 20 US nuclear bombs still deployed in Germany (air force base in Büchel.) Messages of support appreciated and all are invited to take part of the International Action Camp Germany in July.

Two survivors of the US atomic bomb attack on the Japanese city of Hiroshima will visit Scotland as the critical UN negotiations for a nuclear ban treaty enter their third day.

Reiko Yamada and Midori Yamada will visit Scotland next week as part of the Hibakusha 2017 tour. The tour is timed to coincide with the start of the United Nations negotiations on putting a Global Nuclear Weapons Ban Treaty in place. These important talks take place after a historic vote in favour of a treaty at the United Nations General Assembly by 123 countries at the end of last year.
These two women were direct witnesses to the horrific consequences of nuclear weapons and their visit to Scotland is very welcome.
Wed 29th of March The survivors will meet Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon and have a tour of the Scottish Parliament.
++++++They will also visit the Edinburgh Peace and Justice Centre (contact them for details)
Thu 30th of March They will travel to Faslane and Coulport to observe the nuclear bases and will visit Faslane Peace Camp. Members and supporters can join them at the Peace Camp at 3 pm for some tea at the cherry tree planted by a previous Hibakusha visitor thirty years ago.

Scottish CND http://banthebomb.org is sponsoring working group on the Ban Treaty
It is an open group and anyone can join. They are working on web section dedicated to the ban where you will find updates, events, resources and news, particularly relevant to Scotland. They hope to launch this next week.
Next meeting of the working group is 3rd April 11am
++++++On Tuesday SCND issued a statement: see their website or Facebook

N B Signatures are still needed for the e-petition:
http://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/175096
And you can write direct to your MP (see previous posts more details)

Other News:
1.Still open: Petition to appoint Ministers for Peace and Disarmament to avoid the dangers of history repeating itself.Click this link to sign petition … https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/178703
APPOINT MINISTERS FOR PEACE AND DISARMAMENT
2.Creative Training Day Campaigning against Arms trade in Scotland
Saturday, 15 April . Quaker Meeting House, 7 Victoria Terrace, Edinburgh.
CAAT training with external facilitators to explore creative campaigning and develop strategy for campaigning against the arms trade in Scotland. Free and open to activists from across Scotland, regardless of organisational affiliation or none, that wish to take part in a variety of actions in locations across Scotland.Spaces are limited to 20. To register interest,or for more information, email Mark at eventscaatedin@gmail.com
3. From Scotland with Shame Wednesday 19 April Outside Scottish ParliamentRaising the profile of the arms made in Scotland currently being used against Yemen by Saudi Arabia. To Register your interest in attending part or all of this action, or for more information, please email Mark at eventscaatedin@gmail.com .Organised Jointly by EP&JC and Edinburgh Campaign Against Arms Trade.
4.Conscientious Objectors Day Vigil 5 – 6pm. Monday 15 May The Mound, by the National Gallery of Scotland With Singing, readings of poems and the names of COs from Edinburgh and across Scotland, as well as contemporary COs. This year Sweden has resumed conscription. We will stand in solidarity with all COs, past, present and future. Organised by EP&JC. 4th annual CO Day Vigil in Edinburgh. All welcome.
5.140,000 Origami Cranes Workshop: Remembering Hiroshima
2 – 4pm. Saturdays at Edinburgh Peace and Justice Centre
5 Upper Bow, Edinburgh EH1 2JN
Sat 25 March the Origami Cranes workshop will be on the Meadows at the Fly Kites Not Drones event.
6. Saturday 27 May is a possible date for an open meeting on military recruitment in schools: watch this space.
7. And in Australia they continue:For the latest news: https://walkingforcountry.

Edinburgh CND News 20th March 2017

Later this month negotiations will begin at the United Nations to formulate a ban on nuclear weapons. http://nuclearban.org

UN talks on a treaty to ban nuclear weapons has the overwhelming support of the British public, a new poll reveals.
The YouGov poll, commissioned by Abolition 2000 UK, asked a representative sample of UK adults, “Do you personally think the UK government should or should not be participating in [the upcoming nuclear ban treaty] negotiations?”. 75% of those polled said yes. Full results can be found at: https://yougov.co.uk/
It comes in the wake of news reports suggesting that the Government would not attend the talks beginning later this month. Kate Hudson, CND general secretary, said:
“The hypocrisy of the government’s position is staggering. These are UN multilateral negotiations for a treaty to ban all nuclear weapons. The government says it supports multilateral nuclear disarmament, so why is it boycotting a serious attempt by the overwhelming majority of the international community to do just that?

There is an open group of campaigners in Scotland who have formed a working group to support ICAN and the Ban Treaty
negotiations that are starting in New York in a couple of weeks. The working group is FOCUSSED ON THE DISTINCT OPPORTUNITIES FOR CAMPAIGNING HERE IN SCOTLAND. Next meeting is TODAY 20th March in the SCND offices at 10am or it is possible to join by Facebook https://scottishcnd.org/

N B Signatures are still needed for the e-petition:
http://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/175096
And you can write direct to your MP (see previous post more details)

In addition to the 123 countries supporting the ban, inspiring advocacy has emerged from the Hibakusha. They are the survivors and descendants of those affected by the Hiroshima nuclear bomb in 1945.
Reiko Yamada, a Hiroshima survivor, and Midori Yamada, a second generation Hibakusha, will begin a tour of the UK later this month to coincide with the opening of the treaty negotiations.
Reiko remembers the moment the bomb dropped: ‘The children in the sports ground started to shout “It is B29! B29!” […] Suddenly the rain started which made us completely wet – we were told later that this was the black rain. The sun had disappeared in the sky and a grey cloud had spread all over.”

Liberal Democrats have voted at their Spring Conference on Trident replacement. They decided to support the building of three submarines rather than four and an end to the practice of continuous deployment of submarines.
Delegates rejected an amendment from grassroots party members which opposed Trident replacement. The vote comes after a year-long review to which CND contributed.
Kate Hudson, CND general secretary, said: “Whilst we recognise that the Liberal Democrats do not support the full folly of Trident replacement, they have today missed an opportunity to join the many voices in British politics opposing Trident replacement and calling for the programme to be cancelled.”

Other News:

Please join the call to appoint Ministers for Peace and Disarmament to avoid the dangers of history repeating itself.
Click this link to sign petition … https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/178703
APPOINT MINISTERS FOR PEACE AND DISARMAMENT
There should be a mechanism that would make it easier to achieve peace than to achieve war, easier to facilitate peace in Northern Ireland than to start a war in Iraq. Proposal that UK governments must include the senior cabinet positions of Ministers for Peace and Disarmament.

Meetings and events:
1. Edinburgh Stop the War are meeting today (20th) 7.30pm at the Edinburgh Quaker Meeting House Victoria Terrace

2. 1. Fly Kites Not Drones: Sat 25th March 1pm at the Meadows

3. May Day organising committee (Edinburgh CND is part of this): Monday 27th 7pm at Edinburgh’s Hepworth Halls Nicholson Square

4. Next Scrap Trident Meeting 5th April 6pm at the Edinburgh Peace and Justice Centre

5. Next Edinburgh World Justice Festival meeting: 6pm Thursday 6th April at the Peace and Justice centre

6. The next Scottish Peace Network vigil will take place this Thursday 23rd from 5-6pm at Glasgow Dewar’s statue