We had the first discussions on the preamble which focuses on the humanitarian consequences of nuclear weapons. Both states and civil society representatives participated. Suggestions were made to strengthen the references to international environmental and humanitarian law.
One of our delegates attended the side event on ‘Verification of the ban treaty: articles 3, 4, 5 and beyond’
Four of our group together with Dave from UK CND and Tim from Quakers UK participated in a meeting with the UK –UN mission which was organised by the world council of churches. Our concerns over the UK’s refusal to participate in the conference were expressed.
We also attended a Pugwash conference panel discussion on the challenges of being a host state to some one else’s nuclear weapons. That was particularly relevant for Scotland. the Netherlands were the only host state attending.
Janet spoke at the book launch of Tim Wallis’, ‘Disarming the Nuclear Argument’. Also taking part were Rebecca Johnstone and Dave Webb. We intend to promote the book here on our return.
This was the day of the Women’s March to Ban the Bomb. We had prominent Scottish banners and despite very heavy rain marched through New York for an hour .
The delegation took part in an American Friend’s Service Committee event. There were speakers from Hiroshima, the Marshall Islands and Israel. This was followed by discussion on past treaty activities. Alyn Ware, from New Zealand explained their shiftd from a pro- to anti-nuclear state and stressed the importance of showing how nuclear weapons make you a target.We welcomed Caroline Lucas MP and discussed our campaign in Scotland . More next week!
More general daily updates from the negotiations are available from Reaching Critical Will
- Contact the Press! Despite the New York delegation and Scottish support literally working around the clock to post updates and photos on our websites and social media channels. We have so far failed to attract the interest of the mainstream media but perhaps you’ll have more success!
- Contact your parliamentarians! Some MPs and MSPs have already sent us video messages of support for the Scottish delegation. We have posted them at nuclearban.scot. If your MP/MSP isn’t there yet please contact them to ask them to send a message of support – preferably as a 15-20s video.
2. A new update to SGR’s beginner’s guide to nuclear threats is now online to coincide with the start of the next stage of the Nuclear ban negotiations: http://www.sgr.org.uk/resources/nuclear-weapons-beginner-s-guide-threats 3.Theresa May says she would kill ‘100,000 men, women and children’ with a nuclear bomb. Previous prime ministers have avoided answering the hypothetical question of whether they would ever press the nuclear button
Everyone who opposes Trident, its grim replacement and the nuclear ban is invited to join us for ten days of camping, plotting and taking direct action to disrupt this monstrosity.
All welcome for as little or as long as you can stay. Bring friends, make friends, and enjoy camping in an ancient oak woodland adjacent to MOD Coulport, where the nuclear weapons are stored in sinister bunkers deep inside the hillside by one of the most beautiful lochs in Scotland.
1. After the election the Radical Independence Campaign, Edinburgh is hosting an event which we hope will be an opportunity to discuss the way ahead for the left in Scotland. We have an exciting line up of speakers: George Kerevan former SNP MP, Jonathon Shafi RIC, Lyn McCabe, community education worker and women from the Stop the Evictions Campaign in North Edinburgh, Peter McColl Scottish Green Party, Holly Rigby, Momentum London, Sarah Collins, RISE, ETUC speaker tbc Eileen Cook, Edinburgh CND will facilitate. I hope you will come along and join the discussion! 2. Countering Militarisation of Youth : 2 Films & Discussion
22 June. 7 – 9pm. Augustine United Church.
George IV Bridge, EH1 1EL https://www.facebook.com/events/1050691738365148/ 3. Peacemaking in Kabul: Maya Evans: Report from Afghanistan.
All Welcome but this is especially suitable for children and families.
Venue to be confirmed.
5. Sat 8 July 2 – 3pm. Carolyn Affleck Youngs Walking to Japan Book Talk
Edinburgh Peace and Justice Centre
3- 4pm Origami Cranes Workshop with Carolyn Affleck Youngs.
JOIN and SHARE the Facebook Event Here.
4. John Dear: Nonviolent Resistance in the USA in the Age of Trump
Thursday 13 July.
6pm Light refreshments in the Peace & Justice Centre.
6:45pm Talk & Q&A with John Dear. Quaker Meeting House, 7 Victoria Terrace.
John Dear is an internationally known voice for peace and nonviolence.
6. (Glasgow) The monthly vigil of the Scottish Peace Network will take place this Thursday, June 22, from 5-6pm, at Dewar’s statue, Glasgow city centre. The focus of this month’s vigil will be the UN conference to develop a treaty banning nuclear weapons. The conference is taking place now in New York. We will have flyers explaining the treaty as well as our usual banner and placards. We will also be remembering the horror of the Grenfall tower block fire, a disaster that should have never happened. The billions of pounds wasted on the military, and in particular the Trident missile system, could be going to fund the social services, including quality, low-cost housing. There is also something very wrong with a society where poor families are stuffed into a dilapidated high rise while nearby huge mansions owned by property speculators and wealthy tax evaders remain empty