Abolition 2000 is a worldwide network working for a global treaty to eliminate nuclear weapons.
From 10th to 12th March 2006, the 3rd "Nuclear Disarmament Days" event will be held in Vitry-Sur-Seine in France. The event, organised by Abolition 2000 France will have workshops, discussions and plenary sessions dealing with the current situation regarding nuclear weapons, as well as strategies for nuclear disarmament.

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Friday March 10, 2006

8.30 pm: Public Event at Paris, City Hall of the 13th arrondissement

Ethics and nuclear armaments
With the participation of:
Albert Jacquard, biologist and humanist writer,
Hiroshi.Taka, chair of the Gensuikyo,
Yvonne Aeschmann, presentative of the protestant network "Solidarité-Pacifique
Bernard Georgeot, represenative of Pax Christi
Pierre Villard, co-chair of the Mouvement de la Paix.

Under the presidency of Serge Blisco, mayor of the 13th arrondissement of Paris

Saturday March 11, 2006

9.30 am: Opening
Welcome Note - Introduction - Aims - Programme
Alain Audoubert, Mayor of Vitry-sur-Seine and vice-chair of the French branch of Mayors for Peace and Christian Favier, Président of the Conseil Général du Val de Marne (local governement of Val-de-Marne, Vitry belongs to Val-de-Marne).


10.30-12.00 am: Plenary: Introduction of the disarmament issue.
NATO - USA - Strategic Weapons in Europe
Colin Archer, IPB / Pol D'Huyvetter, For Mother Earth/ Kate Hudson, CND/ Jean-Marie Collin, CDRPC (research centre, www.obsarm.org).


12.15: Drinks offered by the municipality of Vitry


12.45-1.45: Lunch


2.00 – 3.30 pm: Workshops “Nuclear Disarmament, Where Are We Now?”

1. Military spending and nuclear weapons
How much are they?
Disarmament cost.
What could we do with the money allocated to proliferation in France?
Patrice BOUVERET, CDRPC / Jacques TRELIN, Appel des Cent

2. Nuclear Threats in Asia
India – Pakistan – North Korea – South Korea – China – Japan
Sophie LEFEEZ, Mouvement de la Paix / Hiroshi TAKA, Gensuikyo

3. A Nuclear Weapon Free Zone in the Middle-East
Arielle  DENIS, Mouvement de la Paix / Abraham BÉHAR, IPPNW

4. NPT and CTBT
New interpretation of the NPT by NWS - counter-proliferation - NPT withdrawal - IAEA Additional Protocol  - NPT Article IV & Article VI - institutional deadlock through unanimity rule
Nathalie GAUCHET, Mouvement de la Paix / Michel DOLOT, FNTE-CGT (trade-union) / Jackie CABASSO, Western States Legal Foundation & Abolition 2000 international coordinator

5. Civilian nuclear energy and proliferation
Dual-use - NPT ambiguity - Tools of prevention - IAEA role - Who proliferates - International control
Nicolas DEPRET, Réseau Sortir du Nucléaire / Joël FRISON, Mouvement de la Paix

6. Illegality of nuclear weapons
UN Charter - ICJ - …
John BURROUGHS, lawyer, PNND / Monique WEYL, lawyer, AIJD


4.00 – 5.30 pm: Workshops “Actions to move forward”
1. Activities with French, European,.. Parlamentarians
Parlementarian networks - role of Parlementarian Groups - How to get the EP involved beyond resolutions-taking - Inquiry commissions.
Alyn WARE, PNND / Gérard LEVY, Green Party

2. Preventing the M51 programme
M51 role in the new French posture - Budget - Specific campaign against M51 - Linkage with disarmament campaign
Roland NIVET, Mvt de la Paix, Dominique LALANNE Stop Essais / Abolition des armes nucléaires

3. Citizens’ Weapons Inspections
Perenisation of such experiences - law risks - interest in non-violence, civil disobedience, citizen control - September 2006 project: aims and getting ready - citizen weapons inspection as a promotion of peace culture and non-violence.
Xavier RENOU Greenpeace / Régine MINETTI Mouvement de la Paix / Pol D'HUYVETTER, For Mother Earth

4. How to involve local public authorities?
Résultats de la campagne M4P (Mayors for Peace) en Belgique, en France, en Angleterre, et ailleurs, comment situer l'action municipale par rapport au désarmement, lien avec le maire d'Hiroshima, Tadatoshi Akiba, futures actions communes élus-citoyens.
Michel VERGER, Mouvement de la Paix / Chantal BOURVIC, Conseil Général du Val de Marne  / Alain AUDOUBERT, Vice-président de l'AFCDRP

5. Going to Court. What can we do?
John BURROUGHS, lawyer, PNND / Monique WEYL, lawyer, AIJD

6. Culture of Peace and non-violence: which alternatives to nuclear deterrence?
Non-violent opposition to nuclear weapons - relevance of non-violence in inter-states conflicts, notably when a State possess nuclear weapons - nuclear deterrence vs. conventional deterrence - OSCE - peace culture - negatve security assurances
Abraham BEHAR, IPPNW / Charlotte Ougier, Mouvement de la Paix


6.00 – 7.00 pm: Workshops “Exchanges of experiences”


Sunday March 12, 2006

9.00 am: Reports from workshops


10.30 – noon: Plenary: Getting United to Achieve Nuclear Disarmament.
How to Influence the Public Debate for the 2007 French Presidential Elections?
Gus Massiah (ATTAC), Jacqueline Fraysse (communist deputee),  Jean-Louis Naudet (traide-union), Jean Desessard (green senateur).


12.15-13.15: Buffet


1.30 – 3.00 pm: Plenary: Common Activities and Strategies


3.00 – 3.30: Final Conclusion