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AGM programme & 2019 Resolutions

The Scottish CND AGM takes place on Saturday 16th of November in the Quaker Meeting House, 7 Victoria Street, Edinburgh, EH1 2JL (9.30 am registration, 10 am start).

“Links between the Young People Climate Movement and Nuclear Disarmament”

Speakers:

- Kenneth MacIber & Grace Quinn from Scottish Youth Climate Strike

- Rachel Sermanni from XR Peace (includes short musical performance) 

Below you have the full list of resolutions received for this year's AGM. Amendments can be submitted until 9th of November 2019. 

 Resolutions and Amendments 2019

 

Resolution 1 - Scottish CND Executive Resolution

 

Scottish CND Executive recommends support for this resolution.

 

Scottish CND work for the coming year

This AGM notes that Scottish CND will work to the following priorities over the next twelve months:

 

1.         The expansion of participation from members in Scottish CND through utilising virtual meeting software. These resources will be particularly used to increase participation in the various Scottish CND working groups.

2.       Work to maintain the current situation where the majority of Scottish elected representatives share our commitment to scrapping Trident and supporting global prohibition and elimination of nuclear weapons. This AGM notes that one of the ways we will try and meet this objective will be by asking the public to vote for parties and candidates opposed to nuclear weapons. The AGM also notes that Scottish CND will provide briefings and support MPs and MSPs and press them to speak out in public about nuclear disarmament.

3.       Scottish CND will continue to provide secretarial and organisational support to the Scottish Parliament Nuclear Disarmament Cross Party Group.

4.       Scottish CND will continue to support the parliamentary pledge for the TPNW, the ICAN Cities Appeal, and divestment from Nuclear Weapons through our participation in the Don’t Bank on the Bomb Network Scotland.

5.       Scottish CND will continue to work with Nukewatch and other organisations to highlight the dangers presented by Faslane, nuclear reactors in Scotland and Nuclear Weapons convoys.

6.       Scottish CND will continue to produce regular, reliable and trustworthy press releases and briefings for conventional broadcast, online and social media outlets.

7.        Scottish CND will continue to be represented in Coalitions or work alongside other partners in the wider Scottish Peace Movement such as the Scrap Trident Coalition, ICAN Cities Appeal, Don’t Bank on the Bomb Scotland Network, Scottish Peace Network, SCANA, Nuclear Free Local Authorities and the No to War / No to NATO network Scotland.

8.       Scottish CND will also develop working relationships with new and emerging networks such as Extinction Rebellion and the Stop Climate Chaos Coalition.

9.       Scottish CND will continue to campaign under the People Not Trident banner including highlighting how money spent on Trident could be used in areas such as education, health and responding to the threats posed by climate change.

10.     Scottish CND will also continue with our working groups during 2020. These working groups are Scottish CND / ICAN Working Group, the Radiation Risks Working Group, ICAN Scottish Roundtable, and ICAN UK Working Group.

11.       Scottish CND will continue to be a partner organisation within ICAN

12.     Scottish CND will continue to support the work of the charity Peace Education Scotland in relation to the schools and community based peace education projects.

 

Resolution 2 - Scottish CND Trade Union Network

 

Scottish CND Executive recommends support for this resolution.

 

Diversification

This AGM recognises that Scottish CND and other organisations have produced substantial and well-structured reports on the case for a Defence Diversification Agency.

                This AGM reiterates its support for the setting up of a Scottish Diversification Agency with adequate funding and political support and will actively campaign for it to become a Scottish Government Policy and operational body.

                This AGM notes that Scottish CND have been running a People / Not Trident campaign since the beginning of 2019. The Scottish CND Trade Union Network supports the continuation of this campaign.

                This AGM asks the Scottish CND executive to prioritise the People / Not Trident campaign in its work plans in the next 12 months.

 

Resolution 3 - Eric Chester

 

Scottish CND Executive recommends support for this resolution as amended.

 

Removing the Trident Missile System

Scottish CND is committed to the rapid removal of the UK’s fleet of submarines carrying Trident missiles from Faslane Naval Base. This would constitute a critically important step toward our goal of a nuclear free Scotland.

                Scottish CND believes that one of the first steps that should be taken by an independent Scottish government should be the removal of the Trident submarines from Scotland by a date no later than six months from the date of the independence referendum.

                Scottish CND will work with other peace and social justice organisations to ensure that this target date for the removal of submarines carrying Trident missiles becomes an integral part of the programme for an independent Scotland.

 

Amendment from Scottish CND Executive

Delete the words in second paragraph which say “the removal of the Trident submarines from Scotland” and replace them with “the disarming of the Trident submarines in Scotland as outlined in Scottish CND’s “Disarming Trident” report.

Delete the words ‘date’ and ‘submarines’ carrying from third paragraph.

 

Resolution 3 as amended reads:

Scottish CND is committed to the rapid removal of the UK’s fleet of submarines carrying Trident missiles from Faslane Naval Base. This would constitute a critically important step toward our goal of a nuclear free Scotland.

                Scottish CND believes that one of the first steps that should be taken by an independent Scottish Government should be the disarming of the Trident submarines in Scotland as outlined in Scottish CND’s ‘Disarming Trident’ report and that this should be done by a date no later than six months from the date of the Independence referendum.

                Scottish CND will work with other peace and social justice organisations to ensure that this target for the removal of Trident missiles becomes the integral part of the programme for an independent Scotland.

 

Resolution 4 - Isobel Lindsay

 

 Scottish CND Executive recommends support for this resolution.

Climate change

The ground-breaking collaboration by scientists from many countries published in 1984 (The Conference on the Long-term Worldwide Biological Consequences of Nuclear War) produced the evidence of devastating climate change in the event of even a limited nuclear exchange.

                We now have the evidence from scientists throughout the world that the failure to stop carbon emissions will have a devastating impact on the world’s climate. This will produce major global food and resource shortages and mass migration. 

In a world with nuclear weapons, there will be extensive new trigger-points for violent conflict. These are the two human-made threats to civilisation as we know it.

                Scottish CND will support the campaigns to stop climate change and to transfer the expenditure on weapons of mass destruction to the investment we need to reverse carbon emissions.

 

Resolution 5 - Jean Anderson

 

 Scottish CND Executive recommend support for this resolution as amended.

Arms Fairs

This AGM recognises that the Coalition against the Glasgow Arms Fair in summer 2018 was a successful group effort. Glasgow City Council affirms that any future events will be judged by ethical standards. See the details in the attached letter.

                We commend all who came together to persuade Glasgow City Council to stop supporting arms fairs and other unethical events.

                This AGM recommends that CND groups in other cities seek assurances from their city councils that they have or will create an ethical events policy.

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From: “McDonald, David(Cllr)” < This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. >

Subject: RE: Ethical events policy

Date: 7 May 2019 at 13:50:06 BST

To: “ This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ” < This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. >

 

Dear Jean,

Please accept my apologies for the delay in getting back to you.

Following the concerns raised by Scottish CND I made a commitment to review our processes in relation to conference and conventions in the city.

As you will recall the decision to host the UDT Conference organised by Clarion Events, was contractually agreed upon before the last local government elections in May 2017.  We took steps to remove the branding support of the ‘People Make Glasgow’ slogan from this event based on the legitimate concerns expressed by SCND and others.

Following the event I met with our staff at the Glasgow Conventions Bureau to re-examine our policies and procedures with regard to any support associated with winning convention and conference business for the city, so that, in addition to financial and economic criteria, the policy will examine wider strategic aims including being a human rights-supporting city and other ethical concerns.

I’m pleased to report back to you the following progress.

1)    We have removed the area of ‘defence’ from our key sectors. We will now focus on attracting conferences in the areas of; Life Sciences, Tourism, Low Carbon Industries, Financial and Business Services, Engineering’s, Design and Manufacture, Higher and Further Education and the Creative Industries.

2)    We have introduced greater flexibility in the sign off/review process for conference. This will now be done on a case by case basis that allows the city to make the most appropriate decision in line with the city’s values and approval policies.

3)    Where a conference is considered to have any a reputational risk to the city, there will be a multi-stage approval process involving Glasgow Life and the City Council. During this process the following points will be considered:

What is the focus of the event and might the subject matter or title be controversial or present the risk of reputational damage to the City or City Council? And; Do the activities and aims of the conference conflict with the policies of Glasgow City Council?

I hope that you can see from the points above and from my previous public comments that that we have taken the concerns you have raised seriously.

I hope you are assured by the steps we have taken to date. Please note we will continue to monitor and review this process. I want to finally thank you for your positive engagement in this process.

Kind Regards,

Councillor David McDonald

 

Amendment from David Peutherer

This AGM recognises that the Coalition against the Glasgow Arms Fair in summer 2018 was a successful group effort. Glasgow City Council affirms that any future events will be judged by ethical standards. See the details in attached letter.

                We commend all who came together to persuade Glasgow City Council to stop supporting arms fairs and other unethical events. This AGM recommends that CND groups in other cities seek assurances from their City Councils that they have or will create an ethical events policy.

                This AGM notes that in his letter of May 2019 to Secretary of Scottish CND Councillor MacDonald stated that with regard to any support associated with winning convention and conference business for the city the new policy will examine wider strategic aims including being a human rights supporting city and other ethical concerns and that where a conference is considered to have any reputational damage to the City or City Council, and whether the activity and aims of the conference conflict with the policies of Glasgow City Council.

                This AGM welcomes these changes of policy and that the ‘area of defence’ has been removed from key sectors but the AGM also notes that the Council has signed ICAN’s pledge thereby underlining the Council’s continuing commitment to ICAN’s aim of securing a United Nations international agreement to a Nuclear Weapons Prohibition Treaty and that on the occasion of signing the Pledge the Council Leader publicly said that “Glasgow remains committed to ICAN’s goal of achieving nuclear disarmament”. The AGM also notes that Glasgow City Council is a member of Mayors for Peace whose aim is to achieve the total abolition of nuclear weapons.

                The AGM believes that to host any conference involving any reference to nuclear weapons or any companies involved in any aspect of their development, production or use would cause reputational damage to the City and Council as a signatory to the ICAN Pledge and member of Mayors for Peace, and that it would be in conflict with the Council’s stated policies associated with these.

                The AGM therefore requests that the new policy of the Council with regard to conferences should include a clear and explicit statement that it will not host any conference involving content relating to, or any company involved in, any aspect of the development, production or use of nuclear weapons.

 

Resolution 6 - Aberdeen and District CND

 

 Scottish CND Executive recommend support for this resolution as amended.

NATO

Scottish CND opposes an Independent Scotland being part of NATO.

                NATO is a nuclear first strike nuclear alliance which has been at the centre of disastrous military interventions in sovereign counties. Any membership in any form inevitably means we would be sucked into its activities and operations. The ending of the Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF) makes this even more inevitable. Membership of NATO would make getting rid of Nuclear Weapons from Scotland not only less likely but also mean we would still be a member of a nuclear first strike alliance and that is hypocritical.

                Scottish CND should actively campaign against membership of NATO whether in the UK or within an Independent Scotland.

Scottish CND will organise Scottish protests against the December 2019 NATO meeting in London.

                Scottish CND oppose an Independent Scotland being part of NATO or any associated groups

 

Amendment from Scottish CND Executive

Change wording in fourth paragraph from “Scottish protests” to “protests in Scotland”.

 

 

 

 

Resolution 7 - David Kelly

 

Scottish CND Executive generally support resolution and agree to remit postal vote issue to a working group.

 

AGM Attendance

The attendance at SCND AGMs represents only a small proportion of the overall membership. Currently only those present can vote. Other methods of voting are available. Postal voting may be too expensive, and on-line voting may not be possible for some members. This AGM agrees that the whole membership should be asked if on-line voting or postal voting would improve democratic accountability and increase the franchise.

The AGM currently alternates between Glasgow and Edinburgh. “Central belt bias” is something that might not be practical to change, but 10:30 is a very early start for those travelling from far away.

                This AGM asks that the start time is changed to either 1) 10:30 for 11:00 or 2) 11:00 for 11:30.

 

Resolution 8 - Aberdeen and District CND

 

Scottish CND Executive would wish to remit this resolution and discuss as part of a working group.

(NB - Working group would consist of some Executive members and representatives of local groups who wish to be part of working group).

Scottish CND elections

Scottish CND will work on improving its democratic workings to enable greater involvement of its members.

 With this in mind both Executive Officers (as in the Constitution) and other Executive Members should be voted on via the use of a postal ballot.

 To save costs the postal ballot should be circulated along with the circulation of the Nuclear Free Scotland Magazine.

 

Resolution 9 - Lynn Jamieson

 

Scottish CND Executive recommends support for this resolution.

 

Hunterston - Action on Radiation Risks of Nuclear Power

Scottish CND calls for immediate and permanent closure of Hunterston B in light of new information about the deterioration of the graphite core of Reactor 4 and the knowledge that the currently closed Reactor 3 is in a more perilous state than previously believed.

                We also call for the issue of potassium iodate tablets and the publication of evacuation plans including evacuation zones at the Hunterston B and Torness nuclear power stations.

 

This AGM agrees that:

1.         Scottish CND write to the appropriate Scottish Government representatives and agencies requesting a more proactive stance seeking the immediate closure of Hunterston B and opposing the continued operation of Torness.

2.       Scottish CND write to the appropriate local authorities, health and security agencies concerning the issue of potassium iodate and publication of evacuation plans.

3.       Scottish CND takes opportunities to include information in its campaigns about the links between nuclear power and nuclear weapons, radiation risks of nuclear power as well as nuclear weapons and long term harms of nuclear waste when appropriate.

 

Resolution 10 - Paul Shaw

 

Scottish CND Executive recommends support for this resolution.

Scottish CND and racism

                Scottish CND should work with anti-racist organisations throughout the country to build grassroots opposition to weapons of mass destruction.

                Racism and neo-colonial exploitation have resulted in the suffering of indigenous communities arising from nuclear testing and military bases and have created triggers for military conflict.

                Scotland should set an example by accepting our humanitarian responsibilities to those fleeing war and persecution.