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3rd Rally for International Disarmament, Nuclear, Biological and Chemical
Presentation, programme, speakers, practical information
Published 30 April 2008
In June 2000, Saintes became the first French city to join the international "Abolition 2000" network. Since then this town in Western France has been the venue of national and international gatherings for the abolition of nuclear arms and other weapons of mass destruction: first the Nuclear Disarmament Days of May 2001, during which the "Nuclear Disarmament Flame" was first lit; and since 2004 the Rallies for International Disarmament, nuclear, biological and chemical (RID-NBC). In March 2008, the City Council unanimously decided to join the "Mayors for Peace" and to support the 3rd RID-NBC. Saintes is currently the only French City joining both networks "Abolition 2000" and "Mayors for Peace".
At the first RID-NBC, held in October 2004, four nationalities were present (France, USA, UK and Russia - all nuclear-weapons states). At the second (in May 2006) twelve nationalities were represented, and diplomatic delegations participated from Iran and Vietnam.
On 9-11 May 2008, Saintes will host the Third Rally for International Disarmament, nuclear, biological and chemical.
The fate of the planet - and therefore of each one of us - depends largely on the destiny of weapons of mass destruction: whether they are actually used or whether they are eliminated before it is too late. We live under a constant menace of multiple Swords of Damocles. We have to put an end to this absurd terror, so that we can concentrate on what really matters: improving life conditions for all human beings, for their collective security and just, sustainable well-being.
That is the subject of the 3rd RID-NBC: Disarm in order to live
The peaceable struggle for disarmament in all forms and for the abolition of nuclear weapons has been carried on for decades by numerous citizens all over the world. There have been successes and failures, advances and setbacks... Against the folly that leads to atomic suicide, reason can still triumph. All that is needed is for the leaders to follow the ordinary people’s commonsense, rather than the desire for power.
On the questions of war, peace and disarmament, the great and powerful make their decisions in great cities: their own capitals, but also New York (UNHQ), Geneva (seat of the Disarmament conference) and Vienna, seat of the IAEA and CTBT (International Atomic Energy Agency and Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty).
Where then can the small and unpowerful meet, the ordinary citizens? In their own countries and villages, even the most modest. That is where that can put pressure on their elected representatives - local, regional or national - and demand policies that are more humane, social, ecological and peaceful. The « Mayors for Peace » of over 2000 cities in over 100 countries have understood this: they launched a worldwide campaign entitled « Our cities are not targets », which aims at abolishing nuclear weapons by 2020. Let us join them so as to attain this goal.
Saintes is a small city of 30 000 people, but we don’t need to be a metropolis to want what billions of humans want: peace, justice and life. Since Saintes is two thousand years old and has survived the fall of the Roman Empire, it knows by experience what the poet Paul Valéry said after the First World War: « we civilisations now know that we are mortal. » Saintes does not want human civilisation to destroy itself completely.
The 3rd RID-NBC offers to numerous disarmament activists from France’s different regions, from other European nations and other continents an opportunity to publicly compare their experiences and to open up new paths for working together. Thus it will contribute to the mobilisation of the citizens everywhere who are concerned to rid the planet of all threats of self-destruction.
If you share this concern and wish to learn more, you are cordially invited to the 3rd RID-NBC by the city of Saintes, ACDN France (Action of Citizens for the total Dismantling of Nukes) and all the various organisations that support this initiative.
INTERVENANTS aux 3e RID-NBC
Liste des intervenants confirmés au 30 avril 2008 / List of speakers as of 30 April 2008
(Liste provisoire / Provisional List)
MEMBRES DU CORPS DIPLOMATIQUE / DIPLOMATS
Son Excellence Monsieur Ali AHANI (Iran)
M. Majid JAVANMARD (Iran)
M. Massoud KHALEGHI (Iran)
M. Leyde Rodriguez HERNANDEZ (Cuba)
M. NGUYEN TRUNG (Vietnam)
M. TRANH DO DUC (Vietnam)
INTERVENANTS de la société civile
Alain ACARIES (France)
Alexey BABIN (Russie)
Gabriela BARRENECHEA (Chili)
Liliana BORANGA (Italie)
Mikaël BÖÖK (Finlande)
André BOUNY (France)
CHORALE HUMANITAIRE de Saintes (France)
Michel CHOSSUDOVSKI (Canada)
Peter COOPER, dit PEACH (Grande-Bretagne)
Rafael DE LA RUBIA (Espagne)
Pol D’HUYVETTER (Belgique)
Wayne HALL (Grèce)
John HALLAM (Australie)
Tauqeer HUSSAIN (Pakistan)
Gosman KABIROV (Russie)
Dadou KEHL (France)
Jacques MARET (France)
Jean-Marie MATAGNE (France)
Angeline PETALA (Grèce)
Jacques REY (France)
Paolo SCAMPA (Italie)
Ivo SLAUS (Croatie)
Gideon SPIRO (Israël)
Ria VERJAUW (Belgique)
Alyn WARE (Nouvelle Zélande)
(As on 12 April 2008, subject to amendment)
3rd INTERNATIONAL RALLY for Disarmament, nuclear, biological and chemical
Saintes, France, 9, 10, 11 May 2008
Mr Tadatoshi Akiba
Mayor of Hiroshima
Disarm in order to live
Thursday 8 May: PROLOGUE to the Rally
Lighting of the Nuclear Disarmament Flame
2.30pm at Place Foch (Palais de Justice): The Flame leaves for a « Disarmament Race » in stages through the city (details will be in the newspapers)
4pm Courtyard of Saintonge Building: Arrival and installation of the Flame
Room n° 5: Opening of the "Hiroshima - Nagasaki- Cheliabinsk - Chernobyl" Exhibition
4pm-7pm Hall of the Auditorium: Welcoming of the public, information and registration for workshop participants
Friday 9 May: OPENING of the Rally
9am Hall of the Auditorium: Welcoming of the public, information and registration for the workshops
10am: The Flame visits the city. Beginning of an international multilingual guided city-tour.
2.30pm Saintonge Auditorium: Official Opening Ceremony attended by elected representatives, personalities and diplomatic representatives
3.30pm Auditorium: Panel discussion: « The position of states regarding nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation »
With the participation of diplomatic representatives
6pm Prairie de la Pallu: Planting of the ’’Nagasaki Tree’’ close to the ’’Hiroshima’ Tree’
8.45pm, Theatre Geoffroy Martel: Concert by Gabriela Barrenechea, a Franco-Chilean singer
(Tickets on sale at the Office de Tourisme, Cours National ; at the ACDN office, Maison des Associations ; at the Theatre on 9 May from 8.15 pm )
- Saturday 10 May: « Disarmament and Life, the state of play »
9am Saintonge Building: Workshops A
A1 - Countries at war, regions in crisis
11am Saintonge Courtyard: humorous interlude
11.30am Auditorium: Plenary session (bringing together the workshops)
2.30pm Auditorium: « The Nuclear Threat : past, present and what future ? »
Panel Discussion, with Michel Chossudovsky (Canada), Pol d’Huyvetter (Belgium), John Hallam (Australia), Jean-Marie Matagne (France), and Alyn Ware (New Zealand)
6pm: Special Event
8.45pm Saintonge Auditorium: Documentary Films
Sunday 11 May: « Perspectives on action for peace and disarmament »
9am Saintonge Building: Workshops B
B1- For a different globalisation
11.30am (Auditorium): Plenary Session (bringing together the workshops)
2pm (Auditorium) : Panel Discussion and Plenary: final discussion and resolutions
4.30pm: Closing of the RID-NBC
- Venue : Saintonge Auditorium and rooms, 11 Rue Fernand Chapsal (near the Hôtel de Ville)
The Rally is open to the public
Participation is open and free, but seats are limited
Prior registration is strongly advised
Participants and speakers are expected from Australia, Belgium, Canada, Croatia, Spain, USA, Finland, France, Greece, UK, Italy, India, Israel, Japan, New Zealand, Pakistan and Russia.
All French citizens are invited to welcome them and to join in the thinking and the festivity.
Functioning of the morning workshops and plenaries :
Each workshop lasts 2 hours, and has two stages :
An introduction by one or more speakers
Discussion between speakers and all participants
Each workshop is the subject of a report to all Rally participants, in the plenary session.
The number of seats and the options for accommodation are limited. It is wise to register for the Rally and book a hotel room as soon as possible.
Information, reservations, registrations :
The ACDN office is staffed from Monday to Friday from 9am to 12 noon and 2pm to 5pm: in the Maison des Associations, 31 Rue du Cormier, Saintes
REGISTRATION and/or DONATION to the 3rd RID-NBC
RESPONSE FORM to fill in and return quickly to :
ACDN - 31, Rue du Cormier - 17100 - SAINTES
or by email to : firstname.lastname@example.org
Post code :
(_) I hereby register for the 3rd RID-NBC (Rally for International Disarmament, nuclear biological and chemical)
(_) I support the Rally with a donation of .................. ¤uros (make out cheques to « ACDN »)
(_) Enclose a stamped addressed envelope to that I can receive:
(_) a tax receipt (donation tax-deductible for 66 %)
(_) confirmation of my registraton
(_) list of accommodation options
(_) I offer to lodge one or......... foreign speaker(s), preferably of ....................language
(_) I will be able to assist (_) in welcoming participants (_) at the workshop secretariat
(_) in English->French translation (_) written (_) oral - and or French->Engish (_) written (_) oral
(_) in translating other languages : .............................................................
(_) I am particularly interested in the following questions:
(_) I would like to speak on the following subject :
I will come to the RID registering desk (11 Rue Fernand Chapsal, Saintes), where I will receive a name-badge :
(_) On Thursday 8 May between 4pm and 7pm
(_) On Friday 9 May after 9am
(_) I intend to join the city tour that will leave the Saintonge Building on Friday 9 May at 10am
Signed on.....................................at.................. .... Signature :
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