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Scottish CND AGM 2020 REPORT

Our Annual General Meeting took place via Zoom on Sat 21st of November 2020.

Please see enclosed the minutes of the meeting here.

A recording of our Speakers and Open Discussion can be found below.

If you wish to access the recording of the business part please get in touch by email.

A message from our First Minister Nicola Sturgeon was conveyed by Bill Kidd MSP.

HM Government must follow Scotland's lead in signing and ratifying the TPNW

 

The below letter is in response to this Herald article and has been sent to the newspaper.

We have to be a little concerned about academic standards when the Professor of Strategic Studies at St. Andrews University chooses to write about the SNP submission to the UK Integrated Review without having read it properly. He says that 'unilateral disarmament' is not mentioned at all.  However, in page 3 of the document, it states that: 'It is vital that the remaining treaties which constitute the nuclear disarmament regime be preserved and strengthened.  HM Government must follow Scotland's lead in signing and ratifying the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons'.  This will become a formal UN Treaty and part of international law in January.  Every SNP MP and MSP have signed the Parliamentary Pledge in support of this Treaty.

2020 SCND AGM - Papers & Info

Our AGM is taking place onnline (Zoom) on Sat 21st of November. Meeting is due to start at 10 am, but we require all participants to check in at 9.30 to verify their membership status and enable a staggered start for the organisers. If you wish to attend our AGM please register on our Eventbrite page here.

All the voting (executives & resolutions) will happen on the day. Instructions will be offered at the meeting. All voting participants will receive a personal ID in advance by email. Please make note of it to have it handy at the meeting. A separate ID will be given to delegates too so make sure you have both if you fall into that category.

Please see enclosed the papers for the meeting:

AGM update

The deadline for resolutions and nominations has now passed.  You can find these here.

The Day the World Banned the Bomb

24 October 2020 - the day the world banned the bomb

 

Today, Honduras became the 50th country to ratify the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. The 50th ratification triggers irreversible entry into force.

Recalling Britain's Shameful Nuclear Anniversaries

October is a month of terrible anniversaries in Britain. Last week, on October 3rd, we marked the shameful moment when, in 1952, the United Kingdom became the world's third nuclear power, after detonating an atom bomb off the Montebello Islands in Western Australia.

Throughout the 1950s, the UK continued to test nuclear weapons in so-called 'remote' areas of Australia. The environmental devastation, and enormous damage done to human health and life, is still being felt today, especially by the indigenous people who lived close to the source of the blast.

The parade of deadly anniversaries continues this week. October 10th marks the day that fire broke out at Windscale nuclear plant (now Sellafield) in 1957 - an incident which narrowly avoided devastating the Lake District, and which is now blamed for at least 240 cases of cancer.

The Windscale Fire should stand as a warning that even nuclear power plants can be deadly. If you missed last week's newsletter, click here to read about the threat that Hunterston B power station still poses to hundreds of thousands of us in Scotland, and share your #ShutDownHunterstonNow photos on social media to join our online protest.

Our past casts a long shadow, and some of the challenges we face today are eerily similar to the nightmares of the 1950s. Did you know that "New START" - the treaty between Russia and the USA which provides for some measure of arms control - will expire this February, and talks to renew it are foundering?

The challenges are immense, but there is also hope. The world stands on the brink of ratifying the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons - an international agreement that would - fully, finally - ban the bomb. The importance of this moment cannot be overstated. Here, in Scotland, we must seize this opportunity to call for an end to nuclear weapons - out of Scotland, out of Britain, out of the world.

To receive regular updates on this and other essential campaigns, click here to subscribe to our newsletter, or join us and become a member of Scottish CND.

NATO Exercise Joint Warrior

 

The large naval NATO exercise, Joint Warrior, occurring in Scottish waters and ports has commanded public attention because of justified fears for the safety of dolphin nosed whales visiting the Gareloch; whales are known to be highly sensitive to underwater noise.  The Scottish population is not the intended public of the show of force mustered by this exercise but rather Russia or whoever it is in the international community that NATO wishes to impress. Willingness to use nuclear weapons, including in a first strike, is part of NATO military doctrine. It is no accident that the exercise is based on Faslane in the Gareloch, the home of the UK nuclear weapon system. In Scotland, neither nuclear weapons nor NATO’s first strike doctrine have popular support; if asked what they would prefer in our waters, most people would unequivocally choose whales over deliberately provocative displays of mass force.  Yet Scotland regularly hosts such NATO exercises, including events that would never happen anywhere else in Europe. Cape Wrath is the only firing range where multiple countries conduct live bombardment from land, sea and air. As with all military activities, neither the carbon footprint of fuel and resources used up in the process nor the environmental damage in pollution caused by Joint Warrior will be monitored or reported, never mind the direct impact on marine life like whales.  Scottish CND campaigns for a Scotland and a UK that is out of NATO as long as NATO is a nuclear alliance and advocates that the UK join the majority of the world in signing the UN Treaty for the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. We condemn this exercise as an unnecessary harm to our environment, a squandering of resources in the middle of a global tension, climate emergency and a pandemic; it is an unhelpful statement to the rest of the world that is not in our name.

 

#Shut Down Hunterston Now

Last week, the ONR gave permission for the ageing, cracking Reactor 4 at Hunterston B nuclear power station to start up again.

This was a predictable but deeply disappointing decision, after Reactor 3 was given the same treatment earlier this summer. Now both reactors are running for the first time in years, despite known problems. Even if the risk is small, it cannot be worth taking, when the majority of the Scottish population lives downwind.

These decisions show just how strong the nuclear lobby is, and how tightly the nuclear threat is woven through the fabric of our lives in Scotland. From the lorries that carry nuclear warheads up and down our roads, several times a year, to the hulking power stations at Hunterston and Torness, Scottish people are exposed to serious and unjustifiable danger because of the nuclear industry in all its forms.

Sutherland Space Hub and the Military

As the controversial Space Hub on A’Mhòine edges closer to reality, fears deepen that it will soon become a launchpad for military and spy technologies.

The Sutherland Space Hub gained planning permission from the Highland Council last month, despite more than 400 objections from the public, after Scottish Ministers chose not to call in the application and subject it to more rigorous scrutiny. Now the project faces only the barriers of a Scottish Land Court application and formal business case approval before it can go ahead.

Scottish CND AGM, 21 Nov 2020, 10 am (9.30 am registration)