News of last months
Documents and actions:
* Europe Calling e.V.
"Europe Calling is probably the largest policy webinar format in Europe. Since 2017, up to 6,000 people have regularly participated online, engaging directly with policymakers, leading academics, stakeholders, and civil society representatives.
The webinar series was launched by Sven Giegold during his time as an MEP for Bündnis90/Die Grünen. His new role as State Secretary in the Federal Ministry of Economics does not allow him to continue the series. That's why we are founding Europe Calling e.V. - and need your support: Become a founding sponsor now!"
Was ist Europe Calling? – Europe Calling (europe-calling.de)
* Nobel laureates Peace Appeal
"Reduce military spending by 2% in all countries. Save 1 trillion USD over 5 years to fight planetary emergencies."
* Reference to an important détente initiative in Europe:
The attention-getting appeal of ex-generals and ambassadors on the Ukraine conflict
* 5th edition EUROPEAN FORUM 2021
15-25 NOVEMBER ONLINE
26-27 NOVEMBER in BRUSSELS
"The European Forum 2021 is a unique space where the left, greens and progressives can come together and share their struggles. We want to formulate — and fight for — alternative, fairer and greener solutions to the crises facing Europe.
This year's Forum will be held in Brussels and online between 15th and 27th November. Join us! "
* 28. 'Friedensratschlag':
On Dec. 4, 2021, the 28th Peace Council will take place in Kassel as a hybrid event:
"Widerstand gegen Aufrüstung und Krieg - Aufbruch für Abrüstung und Frieden" ('Resistance against armament and war - Starting for disarmament and peace').
It is possible to register on the homepage either for the face-to-face event or for digital participation:
* Action Conference "disarm instead of rearm"
Face-to-face and online event. Action Conference "disarm instead of rearm"
on Sunday, December 5, 2021 at the Frankfurt Trade Union House.
Program and Registration: email@example.com
* Peace helps the climate.
On the occasion of the "International Day for the Prevention of the Exploitation of the Environment in War and Armed Conflict" of the United Nations on 6.11.2021, the 'Civil Peace Service' has just published my article 'Military and War as Climate Killers' freely viewable online:
* Future Combat Air System
- The largest armament project in Europe.
10/27/2021, 7 p.m.
Online discussion "Future Combat Air System - Europe's largest armament project", introduction: Jürgen Wagner (IMI Tübingen), via online-tool Zoom: https://zoom.us/j/526339150,
Naturfreunde [as part of the series "Frieden konkret"]
Contact: Naturefriends Germany, Berlin, firstname.lastname@example.org
* A new Climate Change Conference
The 26th UN Climate Change Conference (COP-26) will take place from October 31 - November 12, 2021 at the Scottish Event Campus in Glasgow, UK. At this conference, the global public must demand that the necessary improvements be made to the Paris Climate Agreement on the way to achieving the 1.5 degree target. (According to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, the path taken so far will lead to global warming of around 3 degrees by the end of the 21st century.)
* Fossil Fuel Non-Proliferation Treaty
"We, the undersigned, call on governments around the world to adopt and implement a Fossil Fuel Non-Proliferation Treaty, as a matter of urgency, to protect the lives and livelihoods of present and future generations through a global, equitable phase out of fossil fuels in line with the scientific consensus to not exceed 1.5ºC of warming."
"Dalai Lama and 100 other Nobel Prize laureates have signed our open letter calling on world leaders to end the expansion of coal, oil and gas."
* KonTra IAA
Congress for Transformative Mobility
September 9-10, 2021 / Munich
For the International Motor Show IAA 2021, we are organizing the alternative summit "KonTra IAA - Congress for Transformative Mobility" on September 9 and 10 in Munich. The congress sees itself as part of the counter-activities to the IAA. With KonTra IAA, we are advancing the necessary substantive debate on the goals, content and implementation options of a climate-friendly mobility transition. In 7 panels/forums and 29 workshops, the focus is on new mobility concepts, the conversion of the automotive industry and implementation strategies. Kontra IAA will take place as a hybrid event at 'Feierwerk' and 'EineWeltHaus', with the opening and the panels and forums live-streamed at 4futu.re/kontra-iaa.
Supporters: Among others attac and BUND.
Concept and programm:
The latest analysis (Summary for Policymakers) of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPPC) on climate trends can be read at:
* Bike for Peace and New Energies 2021
There will be a peace bike ride from 9/5 to 9/26/2021. Stopping points: Verdun - Luxemburg - Ramstein - Büchel - Hambacher Forest - Aachen - Köln - Volkel - Kleine Brogel (distance about 1000 Km)
* Stop Ecocide!
International Petition: Support making ecocide an international crime:
We call on all governments to declare support for making ecocide an international crime, in the knowledge that many countries must stand together to put this law in place for the long-term protection of all life on Earth.
* NGO 'Democray Without Borders'
On this Website you can find the initiative
'We the peoples - for inclusive global governance':
The biggest challenges facing humanity such as pandemics, the climate crisis, biodiversity loss, violent conflict, forced displacement, discrimination and inequality are global and cross-cutting in nature. With each passing day, they become more pressing. International collaboration and global governance need to improve significantly and become more accountable to those affected most: the world’s citizens.
On the occasion of the UN’s 75th anniversary, heads of state and government committed to making global governance more inclusive. The UN Secretary-General promised to promote a new model based on full, inclusive and equal participation in global institutions. We agree. It is time to give people a stronger voice in global affairs and at the UN.
We call on the UN and member states to implement three specific institutional changes to strengthen the inclusive and democratic character of the UN:
- A World Citizens' Initiative
- A UN Parliamentary Assembly
- A UN Civil Society Envoy
* 'Rethinking Security'
Konferenz der Initiative 'Sicherheit neu denken' vom 22.-24.9.2021 in Bad Herrenalb:
Weltinnenpolitik und Internationale Polizei.
Von militärischer zu ziviler und polizeilicher Sicherheitspolitik.
Conference of the initiative 'Rethinking Security' from 22-24.9.2021 in Bad Herrenalb:
World Domestic Policy and International Police.
From Military to Civilian and Police Security Policy.
* Ruling of the German Federal Constitutional Court: Future generations not taken into account.
Climate activists, among others from Fridays for Future, achieved success with their complaint to the Constitutional Court. They criticized that the climate protection plans were not decisive enough and postponed the tougher climate protection measures until after 2030.
The Karlsruhe judges inter alia with reference to Article 20a of the German constitution on the obligation of the state to protect the natural foundations of life and to reduce CO2 emissions earlier and also in a longer-term phased plan: "Virtually every freedom is potentially affected by these future emission reduction obligations, because almost all areas of human life are still associated with the emission of greenhouse gases and thus threatened by drastic restrictions after 2030."
Activist Line Niedeggen explains, "The Federal Constitutional Court confirms with the climate lawsuit what natural science has shown for years: Postponement and insufficient climate targets endanger not only nature, but our right to life and the right to a future".
(read more: https://www.zeit.de/news/2021-04/29/klimagesetz-gericht-entscheidet-ueber-verfassungsbeschwerden)
* IPB World Peace Congress 2021
15 October @ 5:00 pm - 17 October @ 5:00 pm
"The international peace movement is gathering in Barcelona in October! Join us!!
The Second IPB World Congress aims to build on the foundation established during our gathering in Berlin in 2016 by
bringing together vast swathes of civil society groups to cooperate on identifying strategies and solutions to the challenges of our times. With the support of local, national, regional, and international organizations and individuals working for peace, disarmament, climate justice, human rights, and more, the congress will offer something for everyone and inspiration for us all as we strive for a better future after the Coronavirus pandemic.
We have a planetary crisis: a world in which confrontational policies have replaced international cooperation on issues ranging from arms control and common security to the climate emergency, threats to democratic institutions, and health crises – most notably the Covid-19 pandemic. Only by coming together can we address these interlinked and overlapping problems that threaten us all; therefore, our gathering aims not only to bring these groups together, but to envision shared policy solutions that can serve as a call to action for social movements and decision makers at the global, regional, national, and local levels.
At the center of these policy proposals comes the idea of ‘building back better for peace’. The Covid-19 crisis has made clearer than ever the costs of returning to the status quo and the necessity to create a better system – one that promotes equality, addresses the existential threat of climate change, and understands the need for true security, not the faux security of yearly increases in military spending at the cost of social services. We firmly believe that the only way to truly do so is to put peace at the center of the ‘new normal’. "
(read more: https://demilitarize.org/agenda/2nd-ipb-world-peace-congress/)
* A new OSZE summit in 2025!
Dear friends of peace in the Nordic and all Baltic Sea countries
In 2025, it will be 50 years since the CSCE/OSCE Final Act was signed in Helsinki.
For this reason, the President of Finland, Sauli Niinistö, has proposed to hold a new summit of major powers in the spirit of the CSCE. The President believes that a new summit could calm the growing tensions between the major powers.
Niinistö believes that in this situation Finland could have the capacity to act as a mediator because the country has a direct discussion relationship with all major powers.
The Finnish Prime Minister Sanna Marin has expressed support for the proposal.
In January 2021, Sweden took over the chairmanship of the OSCE. Foreign Minister Ann Linde then stated that Sweden will during the year work to strengthen the organization's important role in contributing to security in the region.
We have compiled a letter in support of the holding of a new summit. (See below or attachment)
We will send it out to the governments and parliaments of Finland, Sweden, all other countries in the Baltic Sea region and to the media. The letter will also be sent to the leaders of the major powers and the OSCE.
If the summit project progresses, we hope to be able to organize some kind of shadow event for non-governmental organizations.
We sincerely hope that your organization will sign the letter of support before 25.5.2021 by notifying Ulla Klötzer (ullaklotzer(at)yahoo.com)
- Name of the organization
- Contact person: name and email
We also hope that you via your networks will forward the invitation to sign the letter.
Hoping for your support for the project,
Lea Launokari, Women for Peace – Finland (lea.launokari(at)nettilinja.fi)
Ulla Klötzer, Women Against Nuclear Power – Finland (ullaklotzer(at)yahoo.com)
Susanne Gerstenberg, Women for Peace – Sweden (susanne.gerstenberg(at)telia.com)
Jan Strömdahl, The Peoples' Movement Against Nuclear Power And Weapons – Sweden (jfstromdahl(at)gmail.com)
Oleg Bodrov, Public Council of the South Coast of the Gulf of Finland – Russia (bodrov(at)greenworld.org.ru)
(You can get the letter in support of the holding of a new OSZE summit from the people above.)
* Astronomers for Planet Earth
Open letter to astronomy departments, institutions and societies: Adopt sustainably as a primary goal.
More than 2700 astronomers from 73 countries signed.
(read more: https://astronomersforplanet.earth/open-letter)
* Speech at the 'Easter March 2021' in Kassel
Klaus Moegling: Environment, military and war.
* A Ministry for Peace and Sustainable Development
A new important initiative is the suggestion for the establishment of a ‚Finnish Ministry of Peace and Sustainable Development‘ presented by the Finnish 'Women for Peace' in March 2021 on the occasion of the International Women's Day. This initiative, supported by some Finnish NGOs, criticizes the waste and misinvestment of societal resources for armament and war. The initiating women call for the establishment of a Finnish ministry that will ensure that a considerable part of the money spent so far on the military is spent on peace, poverty reduction and hunger eradication, and ecological development aligned with the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). They also call on other countries to establish such ministries to work for a more peaceful, just and environmentally sustainable world.
(Cf. Klötzer, Ulla/ Launokari, Lea (2021): Ministry for Peace and Sustainable Development. (Women for Peace – Finland). http://www.naisetrauhanpuolesta.org/ministry-for-peace-and-sustainable-development/, 3/ 2021, 28.3.21)
* UN's treaty banning nuclear weapons
According to a study by Greenpeace, more than 80% of Germans want to see no more nuclear bombs stored in Germany and for the German government to sign the UN's treaty banning nuclear weapons:
* Initiative against the militarization of the baltic sea
* Open letter to world leaders:
Face the climate emergency!
"You must stop pretending that we can solve the climate- and the ecological crisis without treating it as a crisis."
Please read and sign the letter:
Anuna de Wever van der Heyden
* Finnish website against nuclear power, military rearmament and climate destruction
(Finnish, English language)
The manuscript of my book 'Realignment. A peaceful and sustainably developed world is (still) possible' is now translated into English.You can find the full manuscript of about 420 pages on this website under 'international edition' (open access). I would be pleased to receive comments and opinions and will try to respond to all letters (languages: English or German). This can refer to the whole manuscript or to single chapters. Furthermore, the manuscript is very suitable for reading and discussing individual chapters in political science university seminars or in political science classes of older grades.
Please send comments to the author to:
klaus (at) moegling.de
An interview of about 1 hour with Clemens Ronnefeldt (Transparency TV) on the 3. edition of the book 'Realignment/ Neuordnung' - highly recommended:
from 1/27/2021 (Language: German)