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Abolition 2000 is a network bringing together organisations that agree a nuclear weapons free world is not only necessary, it is possible. As all nuclear armed countries are planning to upgrade their nuclear weapons systems at a cost of many billions of dollars, at the same time the majority of countries in the world are calling for negotiations in 2017 on a new treaty to prohibit nuclear weapons.
Now is a great time to join the Abolition 2000 Annual General Meeting.
Timing: The meeting will take place in the afternoon of 29 September (around 13:00) and continue on the morning of 30 September. It will end in time for participants to join the IPB Congress events.
Location: Technical University in Berlin.
There will be a number of events taking place around the IPB World Congress, including international speakers, workshops, cultural events and a youth gathering. So, not only is this a good time to connect with friends and colleagues old and new at the Abolition 2000 meeting, it is also a great opportunity to meet and discuss with some of the many hundreds of participants in the IPB World Congress.
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The Marshall Islands and Kazakhstan are the two most irradiated nations on earth as a result of nuclear weapons tests by the two superpowers during the Cold War. Kenneth Kedi, Speaker of the Marshall Islands parliament, recently traveled to Kazakhstan to speak at an international conference on the UN Day Against Nuclear Tests, and to visit the Semey region in Kazakhstan where Soviet nuclear tests have severely impacted the health of over 1.5 million people. The Japan Times reported on his trip.
The world is witnessing the unthinkable re-emergence of a mini Cold War between nuclear powers: increasingly ominous actions by the United States/NATO and Russia; dangerous tensions between the United States and China; hot spots with nuclear weapons held by North Korea and Israel; and high tensions in Kashmir between nuclear powers Pakistan and India.
A nuclear working group at the UN concluded its work in Geneva recently and the majority of governments voted to recommended that the UN General Assembly set up a conference in 2017 to negotiate a new treaty prohibiting nuclear weapons.
Nuclear weapons are the only weapon of mass destruction that are not outlawed by international treaty. But that is about to change.
Peace & Planet held Convergence Assembly at the World Social Forum on August 10. At the end of the assembly, they adopted the Montreal Declaration for a Nuclear-Fission-Free World (see below), which calls for an end to nuclear weapons, nuclear energy and uranium mining. Joseph Gerson, for Peace & Planet, encourages everyone to read and use it.
The nuclear abolition and human rights movements last week lost one of our most determined and active campaigners. Peter King, founding President of the Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies and Co-founder of the Human Survival Project, passed away on 5 August in Sydney from pancreatic cancer.