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Germany: International anti-nuke conference March 1-3

Nuclear Monitor Issue: 
(January 24, 1997) Dear allies in the resistance against any form of nuclear technologies:
With this letter we want to draw your attention to the international meeting of NGOs against nuclear technologies that will take place March 1-3 at the University of Lueneburg (Germany, near Hamburg). It should be used for some networking, and exchange of experiences and informations.

(465.4611) More and more we notice: The use of nuclear technologies is all over the world. The uranium for German nuclear power plants comes from countries like Australia or Canada. It is discussed that the ultimate disposal of atomic waste could de done abroad, and countries try to sell their nuclear technologies to other countries. Those are just some of many examples that can be seen in all countries working with nuclear technologies.

That realization in 1995 gave us the idea for an international meeting. It was going to be a get-together of people from regions all over the world, who can report about their problems as the persons concerned or as activists from environmentalist groups. The aim was to get information about each other, about the problems, but also about strategies to use when the people struggle against the 'giants' of atomic research.

As date for this first meeting we took deliberatly the spring of 1996. After the meeting we were sure about one thing: there should be a second meeting to pick up the discussions again, but also to give a chance to other prospective activists to gather experiences and to contact people.

The meeting 97

The first day should include reports from as many countries as possible. Per report, there will be 15 minutes for a lecture and 10 minutes for questions. It could happen that there isn't enough time for a country report of each international guest, so the reports should include some basic knowledge about the actual situation of the national/regional politics, reference to nuclear technologies, and an exposition on the social, ecological, economical and physical consequences. On the second and third day there will be workshops on all themes that may be of interest, as long as it is possible to organize them. We will prepare some workshops to which we have invited some speakers, but there will be as much flexibility as possible, so that there will be space for your wishes, desires and ideas.

To give the chance for conversations, we planned long pauses and the evenings are free. This is because we think that most of the arrangements for cooperation, ideas and important conversations don't happen in the discussions. This is also the reason why this event is called a 'meeting' and not a 'conference'. The first priority of this meeting is not to exchange higly scientific discoveries or to draw up resolutions. The aim is to meet and get to know one another, exchange information, learn from each other, and go home with pledges of cooperation and international support.

Possibilities after the meeting

The meeting itself will be for three days. But the organizers hope that many of the international groups have time to stay longer to give lectures, talk in schools, meet anti-nuclear and environmental groups in Germany, disseminate information about special themes, find partners for cooperation, or take part in seminars. We will try to organize a program to satisfy your expectations. For this we need to get in contact with you as soon as possible. The sooner you express your wishes, the more likely they can be realized. Every person or group will have a companion (mostly students) who will organize traveling, meals, lodgings, and who can translate, and show one or another object of interest. The companions are mostly in environmental organizations and have knowledge about the country and language of the guests. It is possible to plan tours and trips up to two weeks for the organizers.

Participation and costs

This is an open meeting. Everyone who is critical of nuclear technologies and searches for exchange of information and networking is sincerely invited to take part. There are neither specialized knowledge needed nor you have to represent any organization. International guests can take part in the meeting for free. In arrangement with the organizers, the traveling costs to Germany and back and the costs for studying and work trips could be paid back full or partial. Write down your ideas for a further program.

The organizers are different, mostly regional environmental and anti-nuclear organizations from Germany who are interested in international contacts and networking. Some of them have been working in this area for quite a time. All participating organizations are non-governmental. For the realization of the meeting and the arrangements, they are working together with Buntstift e.V., which is close to 'Buendnis 90/DIE GRUENEN', the German Green Party. The AStA, student association of the University of Lueneburg, is carrying out the international meeting.

Please get in touch with us as soon as possible!

Source & Contact: Achim Riemann, Meeting coordinator. c/o JANUN, Goebenstr 3a, 30161 Hannover, Germany.
Tel: +49-511-3940712 or 3940415
Fax: +49-511-623151.