Edinburgh CND News 20th October: Update 26th

STOP PRESS (26th):
LOVE CULTURE HATE RACISM Sat 28 October, 12pm - 4pm
Grassmarket Community Project, 86 Candlemaker Row, Edinburgh, EH1 2QA
There is something for everyone in the best ever line-up for  this year’s Love Culture Hate Racism: including a stall with  White Poppies and CND materials.This musical and cultural     celebration reflects Edinburgh's diverse communities and has performers including Jit Jive playing African music sure to get you on your feet, Syrian Guitarist Ayman Jarjour and story   teller Mara Menzies who will enchant and captivate your kids. From pulsating drumming to the Baharat ensemble performing music from the Balkans and the Eastern Mediterranean, to bookbug sessions we have it all.
Stalls and events include origami tutors, face painting, Henna hand painting, hair wrapping, books and stalls from local    community groups (including CND) And no multicultural celebration would be complete without food from the corners of the globe. Free entry, donations welcome.
Please like and Share the Facebook event page
1. Talking about the Iran Nuclear deal Kate Hudson, CND general secretary, said:
“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.”
On a similar theme: an interesting article:
Commenting on this:
 Ian Fairly is speaking at a ECND sponsored meeting in Edinburgh on 15th November:
Stop funding nukes – Don’t Bank on the Bomb
(Quaker Meeting House, 7 Victoria St, Edinburgh EH1 2JL
Doors open at 6:30 pm and meeting starts at 7 pm.
Speakers include: 
Susi Snyder – (Don’t Bank on the Bomb- Netherlands), Elizabeth Minor (ICAN UK), Dr Ian Fairlie (radiation biologist) and Dr Michael Orgel (Medact Scotland)
and another comment:

2. After the Edinburgh World Justice Festival: Helping the Faslane Peacecampers        In response to the support offered at the last CND meeting they did as part of the Justice Festival, the Faslane Peace Camp have finally set up a crowd funding page to make it easier to donate. They’ve popped it up on the facebook page

3. The UNFOLD ZERO/Basle Peace office virtual conference (see previous blog for details) included key participants from other UN High-Level conferences (HLCs) that have had considerable success, including those on climate change, sustainable development and the oceans.
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.
Basel Peace Office asks you to contact your government and urge them to support the resolution (if they are not already doing so), and to announce that they will attend the UN High-Level Conference at the highest level.
For more information on the Oct 11-12 conference visit Reaching HIGH virtual conference. 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). 
The 2018 UN High Level Conference on Nuclear Disarmament aims for the same inclusivity. The proposed mandate, outlined in the draft resolution, is to advance ‘effective measures’ for nuclear disarmament. This can include incremental measures on which it’s possible to get agreement and action by nuclear-armed and allied countries. And it includes more comprehensive measures which non-nuclear States can support, such as the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (‘ban treaty’).

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 information@cnduk.org for more information on this offer.

6. Extra bit: November 1 is the first ever National Block It Out Day. This initiative from STOMP Out Bullying™ aims to block negativity from online spaces, and end cruelty, homophobia, LGBTQ discrimination, racism, hatred and online violence.
National Block It Out Day encourages those who are bullied, trolled and mistreated online to block out their bully on social media, and empower their friends to do the same. With a focus on positivity and safety, National Block It Out Day seeks to erase online cruelty for good.





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