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International Youth Day: Reach HIGH for a nuclear-weapon-free world PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Friday, 11 August 2017 07:33
UN FOLD ZERO Newsletter United Nations International Youth Day. The theme this year is Youth Building Peace. One important way youth can help build peace is to promote the global abolition of nuclear weapons.

Leaders of nuclear-armed States - like President Donald Trump of USA, 'Supreme Leader' Kim Jong-un of North Korea and President Vladimir Putin of Russia - are increasing their threats to use nuclear weapons.
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Global legislators push for diplomatic solution to North Korea threats PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Thursday, 10 August 2017 10:06

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'The increasing tensions and threat of military conflict over North Korea's nuclear and missile capabilities makes a diplomatic solution of vital importance and highest priority,' according to Alyn Ware, Global Coordinator for Parliamentarians for Nuclear Nonproliferation and Disarmament (PNND).

'The risk of war, and even the use of nuclear weapons by miscalculation or accident, is increasing. It won't be quelled by threats and counter threats from North Korea, USA, Japan, or South Korea.'

'Legislators from the United States, Japan, South Korea and around the world recognise this threat and are responding with various calls for diplomacy and proposals for diplomatic solutions.'
 

64 members of US Congress call for diplomacy

Last Updated on Sunday, 13 August 2017 01:42
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Nuclear ban treaty: Will governments take on the nuclear arms merchants? PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Thursday, 01 June 2017 08:15

 

Photo: Rob van Riet speaking today at the UN in Geneva. 

Press release: June 1, 2017

An international prohibition on the financing of nuclear weapons could help reverse the nuclear arms race and be a powerful tool in delegitimizing nuclear weapons, according to nuclear disarmament campaigners participating in  UN negotiations on a treaty to prohibit nuclear weapons.

Last Updated on Saturday, 03 June 2017 22:51
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Not another nuclear weapons supporter, like Canada, should be on the UN Security Council PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Monday, 08 May 2017 07:27

 

 

by Joan Russow

Global Compliance Research Project

 

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In 2017, the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists moved the Doomsday clock to two and one half minutes to midnight because of the threats arising from nuclear weapons and from climate change

 

Eva Walder, the Swedish representative to the UN’s First Committee on Disarmament and International Security, declared: “Sweden’s position is clear. The only guarantee that these weapons will never be used again is their total elimination.”

Sweden would undoubtedly agree with the Women’s International league for peace and freedom  that the treaty should not only prohibit stockpiling; use and threat of use, and planning for use of nuclear weapons but also the deployment; transfer, acquisition, and stationing; development and production of these weapons—along with testing; transit and transshipment; and financing, assistance, encouragement, and inducement and an obligation for the complete elimination of nuclear weapons and a framework to achieve it..

 

Canadians might hope that this is also the position of the Trudeau government.

 

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Fate of Earth Must Not be Decided by US & Fellow Nuclear States PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 24 April 2017 15:38

Joan Russow 

Dr Joan Russow is Co-ordinator, Global Compliance Research Project

Credit: UN photo

Credit: UN photo

VICTORIA, BC, Canada, Apr 24 2017 (IPS)- When the United Nations continues its negotiations in June for an international treaty against nuclear weapons, there must be a treaty that should cover every single aspect of the devastating weapons — and leading eventually to their total elimination from the world’s military arsenals.

As envisaged, the treaty should not only prohibit stockpiling; use and threat of use, and planning for use of nuclear weapons but also the deployment; transfer, acquisition, and stationing; development and production of these weapons—along with testing; transit and transshipment; and financing, assistance, encouragement, and inducement and an obligation for the complete elimination of nuclear weapons and a framework to achieve it.(WILPF, Reaching Critical Will).

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DRAFT; FOR THE SAKE OF PEACE AND DISARMAMENT PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 14 April 2017 07:54

 

By Joan Russow PhD

Global Compliance Research Project

(OUTLINE FROM A LARGER DOCUMENT)

(RELEASED NOW BECAUSE OF TRUMP'S INCREASED MILITARISM AND DEFIANCE OF THE RULE OF INTERNATIONAL LAW)

 

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PEACE PROMOTION

*COMMON SECURITY

1. We must reappropriate the word “security” and not allow it to be distorted by the military. (Dr. Ursula Franklin, internationally renowned scientist and pacifist (1984 at the lead up conference to Nairobi Conference on Women, 1985)

 2. “True security exists when all are secure, through “common security” (Olof Palme, 1982) whose objectives could be extended to include but not limited to the following:

(a) to achieve a state of peace, and disarmament; through    reallocation of military expenses and delegitimization of war;

(b) to promote and fully guarantee respect for human rights including  labour rights, civil and political rights, indigenous rights, social and cultural rights – right to food, to housing, to safe drinking water and sanitation , right to education and right to universally accessible not for profit health care system; right to water and sanitation

(c) to ensure the preservation, conservation and protection of the environment, the respect for the inherent worth of nature beyond human purpose, to reduce the ecological footprint and to move away from the current model of unsustainable and excessive overconsumption

(d) To enable socially equitable and environmentally sound employment, energy and transportation,

(e)  to fully implement the UN Declaration the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

 

Last Updated on Wednesday, 19 April 2017 16:29
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In bombing Syria, Trump perpetuates the US disregard for the rule of international law PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 07 April 2017 05:21

by Joan Russow Global Compliance Research Project April 6, 2017

 

 

Trump orders military strike against Syria

 

 

Yet again US disrespects the rule international law. Under the Charter of the United Nations is an important Chapter; Chapter VI- the peaceful resolution of disputes. Unfortunately, the US usually bypasses Chapter VI and goes to Chapter VII which does, if supported by the UNSC, legitimize an invasion, and when the US does not receive the support of the UNSC, the US acts, independently.   In this case, Trump did not even attempt to receive support of the UNSC, and did not wait for an investigation into the claim, about the source of the chemical weapons, made by Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov  Sergei Lavrov opposed the invasions of Iraq, Afghanistan, and Libya, all of which were condemned by Trump during the election.

Under the Chemical Weapons Convention, there are provisions for bringing to justice any state or group that has used chemical weapons; none is military intervention; but going to the International Court of Justice is one of the provisions. 

 

SETTLEMENT OF DISPUTES 1. 2. When a dispute arises between two or more States Parties, or between one or more States Parties and the Organization, relating to the interpretation or application of this Convention, the parties concerned shall consult together with a view to the expeditious settlement of the dispute by negotiation or by other peaceful means of the parties' choice, including recourse to appropriate organs of this Convention and, by mutual consent, referral to the International Court of Justice in conformity with the Statute of the Court. 

 

Last Updated on Monday, 10 April 2017 18:27
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A Transformational Moment in Nuclear & International Affairs? PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Monday, 03 April 2017 18:09

 

http://www.ipsnews.net/2017/04/a-transformational-moment-in-nuclear-international-affairs
/John Burroughs is Executive Director of the New York-based Lawyers Committee on Nuclear Policy & Director of UN Office of the International Association of Lawyers Against Nuclear Arms.

 

Credit: UN Photo

Credit: UN Photo

NEW YORK, Apr 3 2017 (IPS) - Is a paradigm shift now underway on nuclear weapons at the United Nations? That was the question posed as about 130 nations gathered this past week to begin negotiations on a treaty prohibiting nuclear weapons, leading to their total elimination. The treaty would prohibit development, possession and use of nuclear weapons, but would not contain detailed provisions relating to verified dismantlement of nuclear arsenals and governance of a world free of nuclear arms.

This is the first multilateral negotiation on nuclear weapons since the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT) was adopted in 1996. It is also the first ever such negotiation relating to the global elimination of nuclear arms, despite the fact that the first UN General Assembly resolution, in 1946, called for the elimination of weapons of mass destruction.

The hope of the nations leading the negotiations, including Costa Rica, whose ambassador, Elayne Whyte, is president of the negotiating conference, is that the second session, to be held from June 15 to July 7, will succeed in adopting a treaty. The idea is to strike while the iron is hot.

Last Updated on Monday, 03 April 2017 18:13
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UN negotiations to prohibit nuclearweapons starts next week PDF Print E-mail
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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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