“The two year countdown to the Independence Referendum in the autumn of 2014 will see a number of highlight events and none will be of greater importance than this visit of international activists and experts on nuclear non-proliferation and disarmament coming to Scotland and our Parliament.”
– Bill Kidd, MSP, A2000 Global Council Member, Co-President of PNND
We are very excited to announce that Abolition 2000 has decided to hold its Annual General Meeting for 2013 in Edinburgh Scotland on 17 – 18 April. The two day meeting will include a public event, as well as an optional trip to Faslane on Friday 19th.
The meeting itself will take place over two days, culminating in a public event in the Scottish Parliament on Thursday 18 April featuring Dr. Tad Akiba, Chairman Middle Powers Initiative, former Mayor of Hiroshima, Humza Yousaf MSP, Scottish Government Minister for International Development, Jackie Cabasso, Western States Legal Foundation, and more. On Friday, 19 April, there is an opportunity to visit the Faslane naval base, home to Trident, the UK’s nuclear weapons system. Register now.
We are working closely with members of the Scottish National Parliament and the Nuclear Free Local Authorities to ensure that our meeting has a broad reach- publicly and politically. This is also an important time to show our solidarity with the Scottish Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament.
Activists traveling to Europe for the A2000 Annual General Meeting may wish to combine this with meetings taking place in Geneva immediately after. These include: the Prep Com Meeting of the States Parties to Nuclear Weapon Free Zones (19 April); ICAN Campaigners meetings (20-21 April); the Prep Com of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (22 April- 3 May); NGO events at the NPT Prep Com including some organised by Abolition 2000 and ICAN; and the International Security Forum, sponsored by the Swiss government (22-24 April).
The weekend before the Annual General Meeting there will be actions in Glasgow and at Faslane ‘Scrap trident: Let Scotland lead the way to a nuclear free world.
The following events have been organised
- Saturday 13th April – demonstration in Glasgow, beginning 12 noon
- Sunday 14th partial – workshops and non violent direct action training in Glasgow
- Monday 15th April – action at Faslane
The weekend is intended to bring together a massive public demonstration and action. It is organised by representatives of a number of groups, including Trident Ploughshares, Edinburgh Peace and Justice Centre, Scottish Socialist Party, Scottish Green party and more. All are welcome, and for more information please see here.
Your financial support would be greatly appreciated at this time. If each of our 2,000 member organizations gave even a modest donation, it would be enough to staff the Abolition 2000 Coordinator’s position and pay for web services for one year. There are no membership dues to be part of this network, but there is no denying the enormous value we receive from being able to communicate across oceans and continents in a unified voice for the abolition of nuclear weapons. To contribute, click here.
Our colleagues in Edinburgh have also compiled a helpful list of accommodations, to find that, click here.
We urge you to make every effort to join us for this extraordinary event.
See you in Scotland,
Abolition 2000 Coordinating Committee