News

Selected international News of last months


Documents and actions:

* Essen Peace Declaration
Only a policy of peace, cooperation and disarmament makes future possible:
"Goals necessary to reach are:
• Protection for all those who seek protection - without preferential treatment or
discrimination of certain groups of refugees!
• Replacement of the fossil and the nuclear industry and power production by
sustainable processes!
• Disarmament - also nuclear - instead of rearmament!
• Germany must sign the treaty banning nuclear weapons!
• Peace through the fulfilment of international law in a world peace-order,
which respects the security interests of every state
• Overcoming military rivalry in an international peace-order on the planet
earth, which is a common house, which does only have a socio-ecological
future if mankind cooperates globally!"
9/10/2022
Further information: https://essener-friedensforum.de/

German language:
Essener Friedenserklärung
Nur eine Politik des Friedens, der Kooperation und Abrüstung ermöglicht Zukunft - konkrete Forderungen:
 
" • Schutz allen Schutzsuchenden ohne Bevorzugung und Benachteiligung bestimmter Flüchtlingsgruppen!
• Ersatz der fossilen und der nuklearen Industrie und Stromproduktion durch nachhaltige Prozesse!
• Abrüstung – auch nuklear – statt Aufrüstung!
• Unterschrift Deutschlands unter den Atomwaffenverbotsvertrag!
• Frieden durch die Einhaltung des Völkerrechts in einer Weltfriedensordnung, die die Sicherheitsinteressen eines jeden Staates berücksichtigt
• Überwindung der militärischen Rivalitäten in einer internationalen Friedensordnung des gemeinsamen Hauses Erde, dessen sozialökologische Zukunft die Menschheit nur sicherstellen kann, wenn sie global kooperiert!"
Die gesamte Erklärung findet sich unter:
https://essener-friedensforum.de/wp-content/uploads/2022/09/22-09-10Essener-friedensoekologische-Erklaerung-1.pdf,
vom 10.9.2022
9/2022

*  We The Peoples: Proposals for a more democratic UN

 Session at the virtual 2022 Global People's Assembly
 21 September 2022, 06:00 AM EDT
 Find your local time here
"Join this online event that will introduce the We The Peoples campaign for inclusive global governance and its three proposals: a UN World Citizens’ Initiative, a UN Parliamentary Assembly and a UN Civil Society Envoy.
The event, organized by Democracy Without Borders in collaboration with the Coalition for the UN We Need and Democracy International, is an opportunity to discuss action in support of the campaign with a view of civil society, popular mobilization and members of parliament."
sse more:
https://www.democracywithoutborders.org/events/we-the-peoples-proposals-for-a-more-democratic-un
See also:
The Global People's Assembly
20th-22nd September 2022
https://gcap.global/wp-content/uploads/2022/08/2022-Global-Peoples-Assembly-Programme-1.pdf
Language: English
9/2022


* Please sign:
Ban all military attacks on nuclear plants
"As global citizens horrified at the prospect of a nuclear catastrophe in Ukraine, we urge you to use the Review Conference of the Non-Proliferation Treaty to call for a ban on all fighting near any nuclear reactor, demilitarizing them, and creating a ‘safe zone’ of at least 30km. We also call on you to demand that Russia grant immediate access to the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant in Ukraine for independent inspectors from the International Atomic Energy Agency."
Go to:
https://secure.avaaz.org/campaign/en/un_ban_attacks_loc/
Language: English
9/2022

* Save the Date:
The next Global Climate Strike will take place on 9/23/2022!
Fridays For Future:  

"WHAT WE MUST DO

Colonizers and capitalists are at the core of every system of oppression that has caused the climate crisis, and decolonization, using the tool of climate reparations, is the best kind of climate action.

The richest capitalist 1%,must be held responsible for their actions and willful ignorance. Their profit is our death. Their profit is our suffering.

Together with different sectors of society across the world, led by the most marginalized, let’s bring back the power to the people whose power has been stolen. Together, let’s build a system and home where we prioritize #PeopleNotProfit."
https://fridaysforfuture.org/september23/
Language: English
8/2022


* Internationale Ärzt*innen für die Verhütung des Atomkriegs (IPPNW): Verschiedene internationale Friedenspläne für die Beendigung des Kriegs in der Ukraine. Eine Übersicht, Juli 2022. In: https://www.ippnw.de/commonFiles/pdfs/Frieden/Waffenstillstand_und_Frieden_Ukrainekonflikt.pdf,
Sprache: Deutsch
8/2022

* Kassel Institute for Sustainability:

Conference, 2022 Septem­ber 14th – 16th

"The first conference of the Kassel Institute for Sustainability will focus on the opportunities, problems and effects of the transformation in the sense of the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and their challenges for science.

Framed by keynotes on the key topics of nature, technology, culture and society, the conference offers lectures and discussions in a total of 25 different panels from the broad spectrum of issues surrounding the SDGs.

In the Open Space (Sustainability Research Café), the conference participants will discuss their proposals for research at the Kassel Institute."
https://www.uni-kassel.de/forschung/en/kassel-institute-for-sustainability/challenges-of-sustainability-research
Language: English
7/2012


* Price for a peace plan
The Peace Forum Essen announces a prize for the most appropriate peace plan in relation to the war in Ukraine. The plan is listed with 5000€ and should consider the interests of both Ukraine and Russia.
https://www.peace-contracts.com/%C3%BCber-uns
Languages: German, English, Ukrainian, Russian
6/2012

* 2022 Global Forum on Modern Direct Democracy
 from September 21 to 25, 2022,
Lucerne, Switzerland.
"
After 14 years, the Global Forum returns to the country where it all began in 2008 with the Aarau Forum. Coming out of a devastating public health crisis and moving closer and closer to an irreversible climate disaster, we will have much to discuss. We will look both backwards to the long Swiss tradition of direct democracy and forwards to innovations that combine tools of direct and participatory democracy, to ways to use direct democracy to protect our planet from climate change, and to best practices for youth democracy."
See more: https://www.democracy.community/global-forum/2022-global-forum-modern-direct-democracy
Language: English
6/2022

* Democracy’s Clear and Present Danger: How Do We Respond?

"The 26th annual Forum 2000 Conference, titled “Democracy’s Clear and Present Danger: How Do We Respond?”, will be held in Prague on August 31- September 2, 2022.

At a time when the people of Ukraine are bravely defending their country against Vladimir Putin’s aggression, the conference will feature a special “Forum for Ukraine” where participants will address the post-war future of Ukraine at the heart of the European and global democratic community. The conference sessions will also discuss the global resurgence of authoritarianism, search for ways how democratic alliances can be constructed, as well as look for new ideas on how to make democracy more resilient in the current challenging environment.

How can democracies respond to the clear and present danger that the current developments represent? Join us in search of answers to this critical question." 
See: https://www.forum2000.cz/en/projects/democracys-clear-and-present-danger-how-do-we-respond
Language: English
6/2022


* UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons: First Meeting of States Parties 

"The first Meeting of States Parties to the UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW) will take place at the Austria Center in Vienna, Austria from 21 to 23 June 2022.   

The President-designate of the meeting is Austria's Alexander Kmentt.

At this inaugural meeting, States parties to the TPNW will gather to commit to concrete actions to implement obligations under the Treaty, including on providing assistance to victims of nuclear weapon use and testing, beginning to remediate contaminated environments (Article 6) and universalising the treaty (Article 12). It will also be an opportunity for States to discuss some of the treaty’s technical details, like setting a deadline for the elimination of nuclear weapons for nuclear-armed states that join (Article 4).

Other states not parties to the Treaty, as well as relevant UN agencies, other international organizations or institutions, regional organizations, the International Committee of the Red Cross, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies and non-governmental organizations, are invited to attend the Meeting as observers." 
English Language: https://www.icanw.org/tpnw_first_meeting_of_states_parties
German Language: https://www.icanw.de/termine/erste-konferenz-zum-atomwaffenverbotsvertrag/
5/2022


Charter of the Climate Journalism Network:

"The climate crisis already touches all areas of our lives — and thus all areas of journalism. Climate journalism explains the crisis and shows causes, consequences and solutions.

The climate crisis is not one topic but — like democracy and human rights — is one dimension of every topic. Climate journalism is therefore not limited to individual events and cannot take place solely within narrow departmental and jurisdictional boundaries.

Climate journalism draws on the findings of social and natural sciences in an interdisciplinary manner, keeps an eye on other ecological crises such as species extinction, and is guided by the best research. In light of the urgency of the crisis, climate journalism constructively points out solutions and critically evaluates them to foster informed democratic discourse. (...)
English language: https://klimajournalismus.de/charta-en/
German language: https://klimajournalismus.de/charta/

5/2022

* World Meteorological Organization (WMO) -
WMO update: 50:50 chance of global temperature temporarily reaching 1.5°C threshold in next five years
 "There is a 50:50 chance of the annual average global temperature temporarily reaching 1.5 °C above the pre-industrial level for at least one of the next five years – and the likelihood is increasing with time, according to a new climate update issued by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO).

There is a 93% likelihood of at least one year between 2022-2026 becoming the warmest on record and dislodging 2016 from the top ranking. The chance of the five-year average for 2022-2026 being higher than the last five years (2017-2021) is also 93%, according to the Global Annual to Decadal Climate Update, produced by the United Kingdom’s Met Office, the WMO lead centre for such predictions." In:
https://public.wmo.int/en/media/press-release/wmo-update-5050-chance-of-global-temperature-temporarily-reaching-15%C2%B0c-threshold

5/2022

(Language: English) 


* SIPRI:
World military expenditure passes $2 trillion for first time 

Total global military expenditure increased by 0.7 per cent in real terms in 2021, to reach $2113 billion. The five largest spenders in 2021 were the United States, China, India, the United Kingdom and Russia, together accounting for 62 per cent of expenditure, according to new data on global military spending published today by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI). In:
https://sipri.org/media/press-release/2022/world-military-expenditure-passes-2-trillion-first-time
4/2022
(Language: English)

* Very interesting interview mit Noam Chomsky about the war in Ucraine:

Noam Chomsky: US Military Escalation Against Russia Would Have No Victors. 
English language:  https://truthout.org/articles/noam-chomsky-us-military-escalation-against-russia-would-have-no-victors/ 
German language:  https://www.heise.de/tp/features/Emotionen-helfen-uns-in-der-Ukraine-Krise-nicht-weiter-6669066.html 
4/2022


* IPPC:
Climate Change 2022: Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability.
"The Working Group II contribution to the Sixth Assessment Report assesses the impacts of climate change, looking at ecosystems, biodiversity, and human communities at global and regional levels. It also reviews vulnerabilities and the capacities and limits of the natural world and human societies to adapt to climate change."
https://www.ipcc.ch/report/sixth-assessment-report-working-group-ii/
3/2022
(Language: English)


* "No, I will not give my sons!"
Heart touching anti-war song
by Reinhard Mey and friends
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1q-Ga3myTP4
(Language: German/ English)

* The International Court of Justice
has ordered Russia to immediately end military violence in Ukraine. The United Nations' highest court thus upheld a lawsuit filed by Ukraine against Russia.
see more: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S6XsgsAH0DA, 3/16/2022
(Language: English)
3/2022

* Putin's war, Russia's crisis

Very interesting article by Andreas Zumach in Le Monde diplomatique in the 10.3.2022 issue: 
""There is no doubt about victims and perpetrators. In the case of Russia's war of aggression against sovereign Ukraine, international law is clear. Whether Putin will end up before an international criminal tribunal is not known. But politically, he will hardly be able to survive his Pyrrhic war with Great Russian objectives."

"Über Opfer und Täter gibt es keine Zweifel. Im Fall des russischen Angriffskriegs gegen die souveräne Ukraine ist das Völkerrecht eindeutig. Ob Putin vor einem internationalen Straftribunal landen wird, weiß man nicht. Aber politisch wird er seinen Pyrrhus-Krieg mit großrussischen Zielen kaum überleben können."

complete text in: https://monde-diplomatique.de/artikel/!5830499, 10.3.2022

(German language)
3/2022


*
The UN General Assembly
condemned the Russian invasion of Ukraine by a large majority of 141 votes (with 45 abstentions and 5 votes against).The adoption of the resolution has 'only' a symbolic significance. But it reflects the global state of mind regarding the war in Ukraine. Cf. https://www.zeit.de/politik/ausland/2022-03/un-vollversammlung-verurteilt-russischen-einmarsch-mit-grosser-mehrheit, 3/2/2022.
3/2022

*
 Russia blocks Security Council action on Ukraine 

Russia vetoed a UN Security Council resolution on Friday that would have demanded that Moscow immediately stop its aggression against Ukraine and withdraw all troops, ...
see more: https://news.un.org/en/story/2022/02/1112802,
25. February 2022.
(English language)
2/2022

*  Secretary-General’s remarks at press encounter following the Security Council meeting on Ukraine: 

"I must say, President Putin: In the name of humanity bring your troops back to Russia. In the name of humanity do not allow to start in Europe what could be the worst war since the beginning of the century, with consequences not only devastating for Ukraine, not only tragic for the Russian Federation (...)"
https://www.un.org/sg/en/node/262040, 23 February 2022.
(English Language)
2/2022

* Erklärung der Sprecher*innen der Kooperation für den Frieden

vom 23.02.2022

"In den letzten Tagen erleben wir eine atemberaubende Eskalationsdynamik. Wir sind erschüttert, sehen zu müssen, wie alle Seiten - zuletzt in massiver Art und Weise Russland - an der Eskalationsschraube drehen. Es ist entmutigend, wie alle Lösungen, die auf dem Tisch liegen, und die Erkenntnisse von Friedensforschung und Friedensarbeit ignoriert werden. Gerade erst ist der Afghanistankrieg zu Ende gegangen und ist doch für die Menschen in Afghanistan und für alle Soldat*innen, Kämpfer*innen, Angehörigen noch lange nicht zu Ende. Schon wird das Risiko eines weiteren Krieges fahrlässig in Kauf genommen. Was auch immer die Vorgeschichte aktueller Grenzen ist: eine Verschiebung löst die Probleme nicht, sondern verschärft sie. Aktuell besteht die Gefahr eines Krieges bis hin zu einem Krieg zwischen Atomwaffenstaaten. Wir wollen keine Verschiebung von Grenzen, sondern Schritte hin zu offenen Grenzen, keine nationale oder nationalistische Vereinheitlichung, sondern konföderative Vielfalt. Wir wollen keine militärische Durchsetzung von Interessen, sondern das Ringen um allseits akzeptable Lösungen und das Festhalten an Völkerrecht und Verträgen. Die Sicherheitsinteressen aller Parteien müssen gesehen und berücksichtigt werden. Dazu brauchen wir Dialog, Kooperation und eine Politik der gemeinsamen Sicherheit.  Dagegen müssen die Interessen von Rüstungsindustrie, die Legitimationen für militärische Aufrüstung, die innenpolitischen Interessen und das Ringen um weltpolitischen Einfluss hinter dem Interesse der Menschheit an Frieden und einem menschenwürdigen Überleben auf diesem Planeten zurücktreten. Wir wollen den strikten Vorrang von Menschenrechten, allen voran des Rechts auf körperliche Unversehrtheit, das in jedem Krieg massiv verletzt wird. Das Völkerrecht und seine Institutionen wie UN und OSZE müssen gestärkt werden. Wir appellieren an die deutsche Bundesregierung, daran festzuhalten, dass in Krisengebiete keine Waffen geliefert werden. Sie muss ernsthafte diplomatische Lösungen betreiben, denn Krieg ist keine Alternative. Wir appellieren an die Menschen in Deutschland, aus Solidarität mit allen Menschen, die von Kampfhandlungen betroffen sind, sich öffentlich gegen Eskalation und für Diplomatie auszusprechen."
In: http://www.koop-frieden.de/ 

(2/2022)


* AUKUS for War or Australians for Peace.
By dismissing out of date military alliances, Australians could contribute to their own security by promoting policies to achieve peace with justice. That creative, humanitarian goal would engender hope, foster mental and physical health, and become the means of ensuring survival and justice.
We call on all people to reject AUKUS and on the Australian government to cancel the agreement.
We need passion for peace, not preparations for war.
Please sign:

https://openletter.earth/aukus-for-war-or-australians-for-peace-e21f6607

(English language)
2/2022

* SIPRI: 9th Stockholm Forum on Peace and  Development, 23.-25.May 2022
The ninth annual Stockholm Forum on Peace and Development will convene in a hybrid format on 23–25 May 2022. This year’s Forum will explore solutions and ways to address human security challenges in the light of environmental degradation and climate change:
https://www.sipri.org/events/2022/2022-stockholm-forum-peace-and-development

(English language)

1/2022

*  Fridays for Future

International climate strike on 3/25/2022 

‚Take action: Find a strike in your area or organize one and use the profile picture frame on social media to spread the word!“ 

https://fridaysforfuture.org/march25/ 

(English language) 

In deutscher Sprache siehe auch 

https://www.klima-streik.org/ 

2/2022 


* 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!"
https://europe-calling.de/was-ist-europe-calling/ 
(German language)
1/2022

* Nobel laureates Peace Appeal
"Reduce military spending by 2% in all countries. Save 1 trillion USD over 5 years to fight planetary emergencies."
sign:  https://peace-dividend.org/
(English language)
12/2021

*  Reference to an important détente initiative in Europe:
The attention-getting appeal of ex-generals and ambassadors on the Ukraine conflict 

https://ostexperte.de/raus-aus-der-eskalationsspirale/

(German language)
12/2021

* 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! "
https://europeanforum.eu/
(Several Languages)
11/2021



* 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: 
https://www.friedensratschlag-digital.de/ 

(Language: German)
11/2021

* 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: frieden-und-zukunft@t-online.de
(Language: German)
11/2021


* 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:
https://www.ziviler-friedensdienst.org/de/umwelt-militaer-und-krieg
(German language)
11/2021

* 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, hiksch@naturfreunde.de
(German language)
10/2021

* 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.)
https://ukcop26.org/
(English Language)
9/2021

* 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."
https://fossilfueltreaty.org/open-letter?fbclid=IwAR2YQxv3decOJ7xZlfd_NyjlNArP4rfhzuDvw_2teLX4CQ8JZxmDUsmhtwQ
"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."

https://fossilfueltreaty.org/ 
(English language)
9/2021


* 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:
https://kontra-iaa.org/
(German language)
9/2021

* IPPC
The latest analysis (Summary for Policymakers) of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPPC) on climate trends can be read at:
https://www.ipcc.ch/report/ar6/wg1/downloads/report/IPCC_AR6_WGI_SPM.pdf 
(English Language)
 8/2021 



* 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)
https://www.bikeforpeace.net/index.php/friedensradfahrt-2021/1327-friedensradfaht-2021-verdun-ramstein-buechel-hambacher-wald-volkel-keine-brogel
(German language)
 7/2021 



* 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. 
https://www.stopecocide.earth/become

(several languages)
5/2021 



* NGO 'Democray Without Borders'
https://www.democracywithoutborders.org/
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
(English language)
4/2021 


* '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.
(Sprache: Deutsch)
Contact: https://www.sicherheitneudenken.de/

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.
(German Language)
 Kontakt: https://www.sicherheitneudenken.de/
4/2021
(German language)

 

* Ruling of the German Federal Constitutional Court: Future generations not taken into account.
29.4.21
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)
4/2021
(German language)
 
* 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/)
(English language)

* A new OSZE summit in 2025!
 26.4.21 

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)
(English language)

* Speech at the 'Easter March 2021'
in Kassel
Klaus Moegling: Environment, military and war.
3.4.21

https://www.friedenskooperative.de/ostermarsch-2021/reden/klaus-moegling-kassel 
(German language)


*  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)

(English language) 


*
  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:

https://www.greenpeace.de/sites/www.greenpeace.de/files/publications/umfrage_atomwaffen_gp_2021.pdf 
(German language)


*  Initiative against the militarization of the baltic sea
http://www.naisetrauhanpuolesta.org/vuoden-2018-jutut/
(several languages)
or
https://www.naisetrauhanpuolesta.org/liike/aufruf-fur-die-ostseeein-meer-des-friedens/
(German language)

* Open letter to world leaders:
Face the climate emergency!

February 2021
"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:
https://climateemergencyeu.org/?fbclid=IwAR01y1QNTpkLbK-OSRYXRnXGA6ZxSKVdyvmSE1Xs-FUi1-ZpDWsWpuHdPuQ
 Initial signatories:
Luisa Neubauer
Greta Thunberg
Anuna de Wever van der Heyden
Adélaide Charlier
(English language)

* Finnish website against nuclear power, military rearmament and climate destruction
https://www.naisetrauhanpuolesta.org/category/kannanotot-mielipiteet-ja-julkilausumat/page/2/
(Finnish, English language) 


Topicalities

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

Interview

An interview of about 1 hour with Clemens Ronnefeldt (Transparency TV) on the 3. edition of the book 'Realignment/ Neuordnung' - highly recommended:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H6LueJCfTFA&list=PL_ycjkpe_FbOLKWGB52xfBKzr1ZmMS0g3&index=4&t=409s


from 1/27/2021 (Language: German)