The following proposals were agreed on the annual meeting of the international network “No to war – no to NATO” Newport, September 2nd, 2014
The No to war – No to NATO network will continue to work globally on the information and de-legitimization campaign against NATO with the aim of its dissolution.
We will contribute actively to a preparatory process for actions around the next NATO Summit (probably 2016).
Due to the plan for a host nation support of Sweden and Finland we will organize a conference on the topic “The High North” to discuss these issues, including the situation in the Artic.
We support the aims of the fact finding mission to Ukraine (civil society conference) and want to contribute to a peaceful solution of the conflict. We need to think what to do for this.
Taking up an old idea, we will organize a conference on the topic “NATO in Africa”. Possible locations could be Tunisia or Senegal. We will create a working group on this. To intensify this process we will participate in the WSF in Tunis in March 2015.
In continuation to the No to NATO conference around the Peace Event Sarajevo 2014, deepening the newly established contacts to the Balkans, we will conduct a regional conference on the topic of “NATO and the Balkans”.
We will contribute actively to the nuclear weapons issue around the NPT 2015 in New York, engaging in the NGO conference and UN side events with the topics “NATO’s nuclear weapons strategy” and “modernization”.
We will provide a brochure about our network for this conference.
These events will be used by our Asia/Pacific working group to enlarge the contacts to the Asia/Pacific region.
We want to reconnect environmentalism with the question of war and peace. The COP in December in Paris is a good opportunity and we will try to bring the question of peace into the preparatory process (i.e. via contacts EU-Latin America networks and Peace Event Sarajevo 2014).
We actively support the ideas developed by parts of the German peace movement of activities around the 60th recurrence of Germany joining NATO (Mai 2015). We suggest to have the annual meeting of the No to war – no to NATO network during this time in Berlin.
In reflection of the international drones meeting we support the idea of an international conference on drones.
We will think about a working group on NATO and EU. One idea is to have a common workshop on “militarization, NATO and EU” with GUE-NGL in Brussels.
We will support and actively contribute to activities of related networks, like on drones (international day of action on drones (Oct 4th 2014), military spending (GDAMS, April 2015; planned increase of military spending of NATO members), weapons in space (Keep space for peace week, October 4th – 11th; GN meeting in Kyoto, August 2015), “High North”, etc.
In all our activities we include the feminist perspective on NATO and peace as well as different affectedness of women and men. We will continue to stimulate feminist perspectives discussions on NATO and war and peace. We aim at organizing a women’s meeting around one of our larger activities in 2015.
We will increase our efforts to gain members, particularly in countries (whether affiliated with NATO or not) in which we do not have contacts working on NATO, especially in Poland.
Because we are network the following proposals can only be realized, if people take over the responsibility for that.
Newport, September 2nd, 2014
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