“President Trump has sabotaged the Iran nuclear deal, opening the door to nuclear proliferation and military conflict. This is a tragic misuse of power. The world faces enormous existential global challenges, like climate change: this is the time for states to work together, to cooperate, not to take unilateral, confrontational actions that risk reducing our planet to a radioactive wasteland.
“The Iranian nuclear deal was a remarkable achievement which shows just what can be achieved through painstaking diplomacy and negotiation. It removed the prospect of war and nuclear weapons development and replaced it with cooperation and the possibility of real constructive engagement. Rather than seeing this as a model for future engagement, as a way forward for solving complex problems like that of the Korean peninsula, Trump is on the path to war.”
Dr Ian Fairlie http://www.ianfairlie.org/
(Quaker Meeting House, 7 Victoria St, Edinburgh EH1 2JL)
Doors open at 6:30 pm and meeting starts at 7 pm.
Susi Snyder – (Don’t Bank on the Bomb- Netherlands), Elizabeth Minor (ICAN UK), Dr Ian Fairlie (radiation biologist) and Dr Michael Orgel (Medact Scotland)
A key point that ensured their success was develop a mandate, agenda and proposed outcomes for the HLC that can attract participation of all countries, and especially the most relevant countries, i.e. those who are most needed to make progress on the issue.
Another key point was to ensure active participation of parliamentarians, including through parliamentary questions and motions, participation in the HLC preparatory meetings, and coordination through inter-parliamentary forums like the Inter-Parliamentary Union and the Parliamentary Assembly for the Organisation of Security and Cooperation in Europe.
they are also organizing a nuclear abolition event for the 700 parliamentarians from around the world who are gathering today in St Petersburg for the IPU Assembly. (The President of the ban treaty negotiations is one of the keynote speakers). The Non-Aligned Movement submitted their draft resolution on the 2018 UN High-Level Conference to the United Nations on Thursday. The UN conference will advance ‘effective measures for nuclear disarmament’ including (but not limited to) a nuclear weapons convention. One goal put forward is to get 100 signatures for the ban treaty by the end of the UN High-Level Conference (many states will sign at the conference). The Non-Aligned Movement, representing 120 countries, submitted a draft resolution to the United Nations General Assembly late last week laying out the general mandate and dates for a special United Nations process to advance comprehensive nuclear disarmament – a United Nations High-Level Conference for Nuclear Disarmament.
The conference, which is like a summit, will take place at the United Nations in New York from May 14-16, 2018. It could build support among non-nuclear countries for the new Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, and also build traction and progress on nuclear-risk reduction and disarmament measures to be undertaken by the nuclear-armed States. (Three of the nuclear armed States are already supporting the draft resolution).
4. Edinburgh Peace and Justice Centre Newsletter http://peaceandjustice.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/Peace-and-Justice-News-October-17.pdf
5. Following on from the successful UK CND conference last weekend, Youth and Student CND will this weekend host an exciting workshop day to discuss how we build an alliance to scrap Trident. Organisations such as Food not Bombs London will host sessions on campaigning, there will be screenings of anti-nuclear films and former Green Party leader Natalie Bennett will give a talk. And there will be refreshments, including beer! Saturday, October 21st 9:45am-4:30pm Waterloo Action Centre, London Register for your free ticket here If you live outside London and would like to attend, we can offer the first ten people to contact us £20 towards your travel expenses. Terms and conditions apply but do email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on this offer.