ABOLITION 2000 -
A GLOBAL NETWORK TO ELIMINATE NUCLEAR WEAPONS
REPORT ON SECOND ORGANIZING MEETING,
NOVEMBER 4-5, 1995:
The second organizing meeting of Abolition 2000 was convened
on November 5, 1995, in Den Haag, The Netherlands, by the NGO
Nuclear Abolition Caucus. (See below.)
The first meeting was held in April, 1995,
at the NGO Conference in New York during the United Nations
hearings on the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT).
"Through our shared commitment to a nuclear-free 21st
century we will seek ways to weave together the work of our
various organizations and networks into a cooperative, effective,
internationally coordinated campaign," reads the invitation to the
November strategy meeting.
The theme of the weekend-long World Court Project-sponsored
seminar was "REACH OUT!", to lots of different issue groups --
disarmament, environmentalist, human rights, labor, students,
educators, scientists, etc. -- to seek hundreds/thousands of
group endorsers, to sign the Abolition 2000 Statement.
AGREED: Abolition 2000 is a "tight network," a
CLEARINGHOUSE for communications among like-minded groups, a
computer network, which will also make quarterly mailings of
information member organizations provide about related issues.
A committee will come up with proposals about where clearinghouse
should be, plan next meeting, send mailing in December with notes
from this meeting plus requests for other people to be actively
involved. Already hundreds of international, national, and local
groups of all sizes have endorsed the statement.
There was heartening discussion of the need NOT to create
AGREED: No one can speak FOR the network, but anyone who
endorses the Statement is part of the network, and is encouraged
to seek endorsements from other groups and to share information with co-endorsers.
The next meeting will probably be in March, either in Brussels or at an Edinburgh peace gathering, unless many people show up in Den Haag again when the World Court rules on the question of the legality of the threat or use of nuclear weapons.
Temporarily the clearinghouse staff will be: Jackie, Xanthe,
Janet, Reiner & Colin, and perhaps other volunteers from the organizations which convened the Abolition 2000 conference at The Hague: the NGO Nuclear Abolition
Caucus, International Physicians for the Prevention of
Nuclear War, (IPPNW), International Peace Bureau (IPB),
International Association of Lawyers
Against Nuclear Arms (IALANA), the World Campaign to Abolish
Nuclear Weapons, and International Network of Engineers and Scientists Against
Proliferation (INESAP), convened the conference. (INESAP invites linkage with European groups on the following websites:
INESAP (http://www.th-darmstadt.de/ze/ianus/inesap.htm) -- and
IANUS (http://www.th-darmstadt.de/ze/ianus/welcome.htm) -- (both Germany).)
Contact: Jackie Cabasso, World Court Project / Western States
Legal Foundation, 1440 Broadway, #500, Oakland, CA 94612;
telephone 510-839-5877; fax 510-839-5397; e-mail
First Meeting, New York NGO Caucus on the NPT, April 1995
By the year 2000?
World Court Project