Date(s) - Saturday - Sep 14, 2019
11:00 am - 5:00 pm
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INTERNATIONAL MEETING – Nuclear Security in Europe after the collapse of the INF Treaty
September 14th, 2019 Brussels, 11am to 5pm
Organized by Abolition 2000 – Europe Nuclear Weapons Working Group www.abolition2000.org – Bertrand Russel Peace Foundation – http://www.russfound.org/ – INES – http://inesglobal.net/ – International Peace Bureau – www.ipb.org – IPPWN Europa – https://www.ippnw.eu/ – ITUC – www.ituc-csi.org With the support of TRANSFORM https://www.transform-network.net/ & Belgian Coalition Against Nuclear Weapons https://nonukes.be/
Tensions are growing among states possessing nuclear weapons and the collapse of the Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty brings Europe closer to the brink of another dangerous Cold War. Meanwhile, the UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW) gains traction and opens new avenues for urgently needed common campaigns and actions.
- Peace groups
- International peace networks
- Social and environmental movements
- Trade unions
- Everyone who wants to make the planet safer
All are welcome to discuss this challenging situation and the way forward to a nuclear-weapons-free Europe.
Signed in 1987 by the United States and the Soviet Union, the INF Treaty bans a complete class of nuclear weapons – land-based cruise and ballistic missiles with ranges of 500 to 5,500km. The Treaty signaled a victory on the part of millions of Europeans who, during the 1980s, demonstrated against the “Euromissiles”. As the United States and Russia again spend enormous sums on modernizing their nuclear arsenals, tensions between both countries are widely recognized as being at their worst since the end of the Cold War.
How do we stop this nuclear arms race? How best to promote and implement the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons? What alternatives are there for peace and common/human security in Europe? How can we achieve European Nuclear Disarmament?
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11:00 – 11:15 WELCOME
Pieter Teierlinck (Belgian coalition against nuclear weapons), Reiner Braun (International Peace Bureau) and Katerina Anastasiou (transform! Europe)
11:15 –11:35 OVERVIEW
Where do we stand? “Peace is in danger, nuclear war is possible.” by Ludo de Brabander
11:35 – 14:00 INPUT COMMENTARIES
Jeroen Beirnaert (ITUC), Tom Unterrainer (Bertrand Russell Peace Foundation), Arielle Denis (IPB & ICAN) and Angelika Claussen (IPPNW)
12:00 – 13:30 DISCUSSION
13:30 – 14:30 LUNCH BREAK
14:30 – 15:00 WHAT TO DO?
Actions and campaigns on the European/International level
Dave Webb (Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament, GB), Dominique Lalaine (ICAN, France) and Marion Küpker (Atomwaffen Abschaffen, Germany), Leo Hoffmann-Axthelm (ICAN, Europe)
15:00 – 16:00 DISCUSSION
16:00 – 17:00 CONCLUSION AND AGREEMENTS
Moderation by Tom Unterrainer & Reiner Braun
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