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UN negotiations to prohibit nuclearweapons starts next week PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Monday, 20 March 2017 15:40
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The first negotiating session of the  UN Conference to negotiate a legally binding instrument to prohibit nuclear weapons will take place at the United Nations in New York on March 27.

In December 2016, the UN General Assembly decided - by a vote of 113 in favour, 35 against and 13 abstaining - to commence negotiations on a treaty to prohibit nuclear weapons, regardless of whether or not the nuclear-armed and allied states join such a treaty.
 
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UN Security Council Seats Taken by Arms Exporters PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Tuesday, 29 November 2016 19:54

By Lyndal Rowlandsol

The UN Security Council. Credit: UN Photo/Evan Schneider

The UN Security Council. Credit: UN Photo/Evan Schneider

UNITED NATIONS, Nov 28 2016 (IPS) - Nine of the world’s top ten arms exporters will sit on the UN Security Council between mid-2016 and mid-2018.

 

The nine include four rotating members — Spain, Ukraine, Italy and the Netherlands — from Europe, as well as the council’s five permanent members — China, France, Russia, the United Kingdom and the United States.

According to 2015 data from the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI), these nine countries make up the world’s top ten exporters of arms. Germany ranked at number 5, is the only top 10 exporter which is not a recent, current or prospective member of the 15-member council.

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27 October 2016: the day when the big reversal in history became possible PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Saturday, 29 October 2016 15:02

ACDN = Action of Citizens for Nuclear Disarmament

Published 29 October 2016

What a fantastic day. It will count as a red letter day in contemporary history " indeed in world history.

Ever since 6 August 1945, the first time an atom bomb was exploded "on a populous city" and by itself, in an instant, caused tens of thousands of deaths, humankind has been living haunted by a possible apocalypse, with the feeling that we might never end to this age of nuclear terror.

But this 27 October 2016 saw three events occur successively in Paris, Brussels and New York, all directed towards an exit from the nuclear age, with the last one opening a door to a change in era.

Last Updated on Saturday, 29 October 2016 18:34
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Canada says NO to historic UN Vote on Nuclear Disarmament PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Thursday, 27 October 2016 15:27

 

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

By Peggy Mason, Former Canadian Ambassador for Disarmament to the UN, now President of the Rideau Institute released the following statement after Canada’s UN vote today against Resolution L.41.

 

October 27, 2016.

 

“The First Committee on Disarmament and International Security of the UN General Assembly today passed an historic resolution, mandating the launch in 2017 of negotiations for a legally binding instrument prohibiting nuclear weapons.  Such a ban would reinforce customary international law against the threat or use of nuclear weapons and pave the way for further negotiations on their verifiable destruction and ultimate elimination.  

 

Tensions between Russia and the USA are dangerously high.  Massive nuclear weapons modernization programmes are underway.  The negotiation to be launched by this resolution is the best hope the international community has to move away from the nuclear brink.

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DISBANDING NATO AND PROMOTING COMMON SECURITY PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Wednesday, 05 October 2016 09:42

DISBANDING NATO AND PROMOTING COMMON SECURITY

Joan Russow PhD Global Compliance Research Project

Montreal . Resolution presented  at the World Social Forum

August 11. 2016

 

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“The waste and misuse of resources in war and armaments should be prevented. All countries should make a firm commitment to promote general and complete disarmament under strict and effective international control, in particular in the field of nuclear disarmament. Part of the resources thus released should be utilized so as to achieve a better quality of life for humanity and particularly the peoples of developing countries" (II, 12 Habitat 1).

 

TRUE SECURITY IS NOT MILITARIZED SECURITY, BUT COMMON SECURITY

“We must reappropriate the word “security” and not allow it to be distorted by the military”. (Dr Ursula Franklin, 1984)  

AWAREthat NATO states have been complicit or responsible for using the following pretexts for aggressive interventions in other sovereign states

“human security" (Iraq 1991), "Humanitarian intervention" (Kosovo, 1999), “self-defence” (Afghanistan 2001), "Pre-emptive/ preventive" attack (Iraq, 2003) "Responsibility to Protect (Haiti, 2004, Libya, 2011) or "will to intervene" (Mali, 2013). Each time the pretext was discredited, a new pretext emerged.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 05 October 2016 10:03
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All nuclear Arms states including NATO countries must support the September 26. 2016 International day for the Abolition of Nuclear Weapons PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Sunday, 25 September 2016 05:08

 

By Joan Russow PhD

Global Compliance Research Project

 


Nuclear-Weapon-Free Zones Map

 

In a Statement by NATO is the following : “it commits to the goal of creating the conditions for a world without nuclear weapons – but reconfirms that, as long as there are nuclear weapons in the world, NATO will remain a nuclear Alliance.”

 

NATO countries  have a chance to create the conditions for a world without nuclear weapons by  reversing their previous positons taken on May 15 August, 2016  and August 25  2016   

http://www.icanw.org/why-a-ban/positions

 

http://www.icanw.org/campaign-news/support-for-a-conference-in-2017-to-negotiate-a-treaty-banning-nuclear-weapons/

Last Updated on Sunday, 25 September 2016 06:58
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Habitat III: time to implement habitat I call to reallocate the military budget PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Monday, 11 July 2016 08:19
By joan russow PhD
Global compliance Research Project
 
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On the 40th anniversary of habitat I time to implement the recommendation:
 
"The waste and misuse of resources in war and armaments should be prevented. All countries should make a firm commitment to promote general and complete disarmament under strict and effective international control, in particular in the field of nuclear disarmament. Part of the resources thus released should be utilized so as to achieve a better quality of life for humanity and particularly the peoples of developing countries" (II, 12 Habitat 1).
 
and subsequent similar recognition or commitment:
Last Updated on Monday, 11 July 2016 08:46
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NATO SUMMIT 2016: PREVENTING WAR AND ARMED CONFLICT BY MOVING FROM MILITARIZED SECURITY TO COMMON SECURITY PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Friday, 08 July 2016 08:19

 

by Joan Russow PhD

 

Peace Earth and Justice Project

Global Compliance Research Project

 

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ACTIONS THAT COULD BE PROMOTED INTERNATIONALLY

 

1. Changing the UN system

2. Reallocating military expenses

3. Opposing militarism by member states of the United Nations

4. Abolishing nuclear weapons

5. Disbanding NATO

                        6. Redefining what constitutes global  common security

Last Updated on Saturday, 24 September 2016 07:19
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1996 HABITAT II: RE-ALLOCATION OF THE MILITARY BUDGET; presentation for the Peace Caucus PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Friday, 24 June 2016 13:30

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By Joan Russow (PhD) Global Compliance Research Project

 Presentation behalf of the Peace caucus. 

September 1996

Circulated at Habitat II in Istanbul 

 

"To address the urgency" none of the actions required nor all of them combined- is expensive in the context of...military expenditures. A few would require little or not additional financial resources in that they involve changes in lifestyles, social norms or government policies that can be largely brought about and sustained through greater citizen action and political leadership (Programme of action of the United Nations International Conference on Population and Development, 1994)

 

REDUCTION OF THE MILITARY BUDGET

Cities will be habitable when there is the international political will to make fundamental global change to provide for essential needs. Both humans and ecosystems have basic identifiable needs for survival and quality of life and function.

 

Concerned that  currently (1996) the Global Community spends $860 billion on the military budget at a time when the right to housing, the right to food, the right to health care, the right to equality of all , the right to education, the right to safe drinking water, and the right to a safe environment have not been fulfilled.

 

Aware that in 1976 at Habitat 1, member states of the United Nations affirmed the following in relation to the military budget:

 

"The waste and misuse of resources in war and armaments should be prevented. All countries should make a firm commitment to promote general and complete disarmament under strict and effective international control, in particular in the field of nuclear disarmament. Part of the resources thus released should be utilized so as to achieve a better quality of life for humanity and particularly the peoples of developing countries" (II, 12 Habitat 1).

Last Updated on Monday, 04 July 2016 05:09
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International Day of Peace 2015: Ending Militarism and Redefining Security PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Sunday, 20 September 2015 11:46

By Joan Russow

Global Compliance Research Project

A. To fulfill commitments to reallocate the military budget

B To prevent war and conflict

C. To redefine what constitutes true security- common security 

Last Updated on Sunday, 20 September 2015 14:22
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