NPT Review Conference, New York, May 2010
From November 2009 till January 2010 I did my practical work at the office of IPPNW Germany During this internship I’ve got to know about the NPT Review Conference and became interested in participating in the conference and taking part in NGOs-actions during the conference in New York.
The NPT Review Conference was a unique chance for me to see how such international regimes and institutions function, and to experience the atmosphere of the intergovernmental interactions under the roof of the United Nations Organization. It was very interesting and instructive for me to see and hear the representatives of the different member-states to the NPT. Although the conference showed that the nuclear weapons states are still not ready to ban nuclear weapons, the overwhelming majority of the states have called for the negotiation of a nuclear weapons convention. This development is crucial. Although the world community saw again the dependence of the nuclear power states on their instruments of power and their reluctance to cooperate under the NPT-regime, the conference displayed the emergence of a new debate about the irrelevance and illegitimacy of nuclear weapons.I believe that the existence of nuclear weapons bears a threat, which is not compatible with the global human rights regime, and which is supposed to be global and supported by the majority of the permanent members of the Security Council. Showing the illegitimacy and the amorality of nuclear weapons may be the right path to discrediting these weapons and eliminating them to a Global Zero. And that is the way, which I will follow with all the means which I have at my disposal today.
written by Inga Kravchik, student of political sciences at the Free University Berlin
Simulation on negotiations on a Model Nuclear Weapons Convention
“Withdrawal of all American nuclear weapons from Europe! Yesterday, the US government pronounced negotiations on a Nuclear Weapons Convention the US government pronounced yesterday”… Media might have reported in a similar way, if this diplomatic breakthrough would not have “only” been announced during a student simulation of negotiations for disarmament.
In parallel to the 2010 NPT Review Conference 30 international students of different fields went ahead with what we all wish to become reality: constructive negotiations for a Nuclear Weapons Convention.
The following scenario was back grounding the simulation: While interviewed by reporters a high-ranking Israeli politician undelibarately divulges a nuclear weapon-program. The Arab League signalizes its withdrawal from the NPT without any hesitation. Only an extensive Convention on Nuclear Weapons could save the global movement for disarmament.
To negotiate one part of this essential agreement the participants took different chief negotiator’s parts. The course “Perspective for a Nuclear Weapons Convention” has been a cooperation between the universities of Hamburg and Darmstadt, INESAP and NWIP. It was organized by Regina Hagen. To identify with the nationality assigned has definitely not been a problem to most attendants. Many fictitious delegates had the chance to meet their “real role models” which demonstrated the duties and responsibilities for everyone in a very palpable way in advance. On top of that a preparatory seminar at impressive PrincetonUniversity dispelled last technical incertitudes.
Written by Svea Kleiner, IPPNW National Student Representative Germany
Svea took part in the simulation
Talks with diplomats in Geneve February 2010
From 23rd to 27th February 2010 a joined delegation of ten young people from IPPNW, IALANA, BANg and Friedenswerkstatt Mutlangen went to Geneva to attend one meeting of the Conference on Disarmament, to dialogue with representatives of seven missions to the UN in Geneva.
Conference of Disarmament
The meeting of the Conference of Disarmament last 30 minutes and include, despite the introduction and good-bye of the chair, only two statements of ambassadors.
We all left the conference room a bit frustrated. Nothing is moving forward because Pakistan is blocking the discussion about the FMCT (Fissile Material Cut-Off Treaty). In our meetings with diplomats we heard that this is the billing for the US-India deal where Pakistan now feels discriminated.
Report on meeting at Missions
We had meetings in seven Missions, including Portugal, Israel, the Netherlands, Russia, Turkey, Italy and Germany. They meetings really were different – some were very informative and the delegates where really open to our questions, others were short and it was complicated to get into a discussion. Mainly we asked similar questions to all mission about the new development referring NATO Nuclear Sharing, the advantages and disadvantages of a nuclear weapons convention and their expectations towards the NPT Review Conference in May.
In very informative talks we got explanations on the call of the discussion about NATO nuclear sharing. It was outlined that nobody is question nuclear deterrence by now but that in the future steps must be taken to get away from it but also that the nuclear weapons countries probably will want to keep their nuclear weapons as an “option for a rainy day”.. We had to face the reality that since years disarmament is on agenda of the Conference of Disarmament and nothing is really moving. Many also were very concerned that the window of hope is closing of the last weeks because the blockade in FCMT and START negotiations.
The message in each mission was “We have a political will! Let’s hope the others have also.”
written by Nina Eisenhardt
NWIP Training weekend in Aachen, October 1-5 2009
On Friday October 2nd I went straight from my last class to the airport and traveled from Riga to Düsseldorf and further to Aachen where I arrived late in the evening.
Saturday October 3 was intensively scheduled with workshops from 08.30 – 18.30. The first workshop was ‘dialogue techniques’ given by Caecilie Buhman and was quite practical which was nice.
It was followed by two workshops ‘how to organize a workshop or campaign’ and ‘project management’.
In the evening, we all went out to a restaurant in the near to have a common dinner.
Sunday October 4 was very intensive and very productive. We started at 09.00 and finished around 18.00. There were discussions about how we can improve our own work with and raise awareness about NWIP to the public in general. Discussions about structure, finances, goals, actions, future conferences, web page and commercial materials etc were on the agenda and I think that all were happy with the outcome! Very many of the participants signed up for different tasks and it can definitely be concluded that we all want to take part, to take action.
I had to take the evening train from Aachen to Düsseldorf and stay in Düsseldorf airport for the night to take the early morning flight back to Riga on Monday morning.
In Estonia we have a small group (around 10 persons) of medical students in SCORP and we have managed to get almost all out local scorpions involved in our local NWIP work. Meeting people from different countries is always developing and interesting. To discuss and get new perspectives - and to have common projects broadens one’s way of thinking and acting.
Financial issues have not made it possible for me to attend any international NWIP meeting previously so this was my first international NWIP meeting and I am very thankful to you for giving me this opportunity! Vielen Dank!!
written by Roosi Verendel Nyberg, Estonia