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George Bush leads the US toward a policy of unilateral, pre-emptive counterproliferation warfighting strategy.

Abolish nuclear weapons

The Cold War may be over, but this does not mean nuclear weapons have disappeared. Far from it: There are over 30,000 nuclear weapons in the world, with more than a thousand of them ready to launch at a moment's notice, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Over 400 reactors in warships and nuclear submarines are still circlingthe globe. Some are rotting away on the bottom of the ocean or in adistant port somewhere in Russia. Accidents such as the Russiansubmarine, the Kursk, tragically sinking in the Barents Sea can happenevery day, anywhere.

Over 2,000 nuclear weapons tests have left a legacy of global andregional contamination. People living near the test sites have sufferedfrom cancers, stillbirths, miscarriages and other health effects -- and are still suffering today. Manyhad to leave their hometown or island as it became too contaminated tolive there.

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The nuclear threat has quite literally scaled down in the last twodecades. While the prospect of an all out exchange of arsenals betweenRussia and the US has receded, the 15 kilotons of destructionthat obliterated Hiroshima could today be accomplished with a lunch-boxsized bomb. George Bush talks openly of developing new "more useable"nuclear weapons. Even more alarmingly, the administration continues toseek approval for a programme geared toward designing more robust, more'usable' nuclear weapons.

The prospects of a nuclear weapon actuallybeing used are perhaps greater today than during the cold war.

Today, the number of countries involved in active weapons programsis increasing. A growing number of countries are lining up to join thenuclear club, increasing the chance that a nuclear catastrophe willhappen somewhere on the planet. 

George Bush's war on Weapons of Mass Descruction had its firstconcrete result when the number of countries in the world with declarednuclear weapons increased to 8 from 7, when North Korea announced thatit had built "enough nuclear weapons to deter a US attack."

Nuclear brinkmanship is inevitable in a climate of nuclearhypocrisy. Only when all countries pursue nuclear disarmament in goodfaith can we begin putting the nuclear genie back in the bottle bybanning the use and manufacture of the nuclear materials at the heart of the bomb.

The only thing that will stop the threat is the voice of the second superpower: world opinion.

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"I believe that this has been very good

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"I believe that this has been very good. I will take what I learned back with me. I will tell others. It is very good to meet these people."

'Unofficial' ambassadors have met at the

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'Unofficial' ambassadors have met at the Global Forum to talk about sustainable development, environmental degradation and poverty alleviation.

These women are here as part of the Women’s

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These women are here as part of the Women’s movement. They want to bring a direct change to lives of women, especially those from underprivileged backgrounds. 'Poverty is the most important factor in raising the standards of women in Africa.'

When there is an injury to one

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When there is an injury to one, there is an injury to all. Sla means peace, brother hood. We want to live side by side. Palestine is for the Palestinians. If the Jews, Christians, Muslims – they say they want to live together, they are not...

I am here with the Concerned Women’s Organization

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I am here with the Concerned Women’s Organization from Capetown. I am here to support sustainable development. I am here to support all the oppressed and the underprivileged and the poor people of the world. I am here to raise my voice,...

Oxfam’s Make Trade Fair campaign calls on

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Oxfam’s Make Trade Fair campaign calls on governments, institutions, and multinational companies to change the rules of fair trade to give poor people a chance to work their way out of poverty.

My name is Libe Moremoholo

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My name is Libe Moremoholo. I am here representing the Social Council of Non Governmental Organisations …. . I am especially here for agenda 21. We are especially working on poverty issues.

Rasheeda Bee, Bhopal survivor

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Rasheeda Bee, Bhopal survivor

Invitation: Climate Change and the Kyoto Protocol

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The World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) and Greenpeace International organise a joint event in Johannesburg

Invitation Bhopal Exhibition

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One night in December 1984, a lethal gas leaked from the Union Carbide/DOW factory in Bhopal (India), killing 8000 people within days and injuring half a million. Since then, thousands more have died a slow death, and 150 000 are chronically ill.

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