Abolition 2000 '97 Conference WWW

Pacific Impact (freezone-tahiti@hookele.com)
Sat, 18 Jan 1997 11:11:45 -1000 (HST)


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Aloha:

Last week you received an invitation to join our discussions on the agenda of the Abolition 2000 Conference being held in Moorea January 20 -28. We have uploaded a web site to host this discussion and provide more information at:

http://www.hookele.com/abolition2000

If you are unable to view the site please send your postings to our address and we'll upload your message to the discussion. Also send your letters of encouragement if you are inspired through this week through our journal postings and reports. On the web site there is also a daily journal where we'll be uploading stories, interviews, press statements, comments and images. For those on e-mail only - we'll be glad to send you postings, just let us know.

WAYS TO PARTICIPATE ONLINE

1. Join the online discussion group at: http://hookele.com/abolition2000/abotalk

2. Please try and keep the discussion to the agenda topics and reports

3. Send E-mail support and comments on topic(s) to: freezone-tahiti@hookele.com

4. Send faxes of support and comments on topic(s) to: fax: +689 57 28 80 (this fax number may change once we're there and we'll post a note to that effect).

5. Become signatory to the Abolition Statement:

http://hookele.com/abolition2000/abostatement.html

6. Become a signatory of support for the Hiti Tau - resolution/declaration which will be developed. (I'll provide more info on Hiti Tau, with ways you can help, after we're present in Moorea.)

7. Continue to return to the site each day to review discussions, list of needs and reports from Abolition 2000 and Hiti Tau

8. Distribute and activate your network on issues and resolutions you support

TOPIC FOR DISCUSSION

Decolonisation has been a hot topic/issue of discussion in preparation for this conference. The question raised in the earlier part of this month which was raised by European and USA abolition members was: "Why Discuss Decolonization?" Soon you will find a thread archived in the Conference Discussion Group with earlier comments by Abolition members and Pacific Indigenous Peoples. This discussion has been encouraged to continue for growth and clearer understanding of our Pacific Issues.

AGENDA

HITI TAU is our Te Ao Maohi (Indigenous Peoples of Tahiti) host and will open and close the conference and each day with appropriate protocol and prayers. Gabriel "Gaby" Tetiarahi is the head of Hiti Tau and will be holding a conference at the same time as this conference. Both conference participants will join together for meals and will interact on common agenda.

MONDAY - JAN. 20: ARRIVAL & REGISTRATION

TUESDAY - JAN. 21: PROTOCOL & SITE VISITS

WEDNESDAY - JAN. 22: OPENING CEREMONY of RECONCILIATION FOR NUCLEAR TEST VICTIMS & PACIFIC NUCLEAR ISSUES

THURSDAY - JAN. 23: LINKING REGIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL NUCLEAR ISSUES CAUCUS: (a) Regional; (b) Indigenous Peoples; (c) Youth - VISION - hopes and expectations for this conference - review of Abolition 2000 Statement (point by point evaluation of progress, problems, challenges)

FRIDAY - JAN. 24: ABOLITION 2000 WORKING GROUPS * Introductory reports from Abolition 2000 working group conveners - identify additional working groups (goal of day: action plans from each working group) * Evening issue briefings (shipment of plutonium, ICJ opinion, lab testing, etc.; videos)

SATURDAY - JAN. 25: BUILDING THE NETWORK - RESOLUTIONS & REPORTS

SUNDAY - JAN. 26: UNSCHEDULED TIME AND CLOSING CEREMONY * Preparation for Monday press conference and Peace Vigil

MONDAY - JAN. 27: PRESS CONFERENCE & PEACE VIGIL IN PAPEETE (world invited)

PRESS CONFERENCE IN PAPEETE - announcement of the results of the first independent health study of Polynesian test site workers and the outcome of the Abolition 2000 meeting - public signing of solemn declaration to mark the end of nuclear testing and appeal for the abolition of nuclear weapons

DIRECT ACTION - MARCH through Papeete with local youth, women's NGO(s) and church groups, trade unionists, etc.

*Exhibition of anti-nuclear artwork in Papeete (tentative)

TUESDAY, JAN. 28: SITE VISITS - FINAL NETWORK, STRATEGIC PLANNING - LOCAL NEEDS/FUTURE

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"Background Information on conference coordination and organization"

* The Abolition 2000 Interim Management Group (IMG), which manages the operation of the Network between meetings, will oversee the agenda and program. Its members will meet frequently to assess how the conference is going and make adjustments as needed. Judy Rubenstein has been retained by the IMG as a facilitator and "ombudsman" (a person who people with complaints can come to).

* Simultaneous French/English translation will be provided during plenary sessions, and there will be rapporteurs for plenary sessions. We hope to produce daily reports, in French and English, for distribution to delegates. If possible, these daily reports will also be posted on the internet.

* The Abolition 2000 conference will deal with information sharing, development of coordinated strategies, and administrative management of the Network over the next year. We anticipate that resolutions and proposals dealing with both substance and process will be put forward during the conference. Delegates are encouraged to present written proposals and resolutions to the IMG before the Saturday plenary session.

* The Abolition 2000 Statement is the "glue" that holds the Abolition 2000 Network together. It represents a kind of "contract" among the nearly 700 non-governmental groups around the world who have signed it, and it is the starting point for our common work at this conference. <http://hookele.com/abolition2000/abostatement.html>

* One day of the conference is devoted to working group meetings. Abolition 2000 currently has 10 working groups. Additional working groups can be formed based on participants' interests. Existing working groups are: 1) Nuclear Weapons Convention; 2)Non-Nuclear Security Model for Europe; 3) Chernobyl and Nuclear Power; 4) Media, Communication and Outreach; 5) CTBT and Beyond; 6) Fissile Materials; 7) Overcoming Nuclear Threats/Legal Issues; 8) Lobbying, Dialogue and Campaigning; 9) NPT PrepComs; and 10) Newsletter.

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P A C I F I C I M P A C T P E A C E Kekula P. Bray-Crawford <kekula@hookele.com> Ho`okele Hawai`i - HAWAIIANAVIGATION Co. 1135 Makawao Ave. No. 103-122 - Makawao, Maui 96768 Ka Pae `Aina o Hawai`i Loa Malama Ala a ka Manu ___________________________________

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