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  • Need for Immediate Action on Global Warming: Congress Must Act Now to Protect Public Health
    Posted by Mae Stevens on May 15, 2009

    PSR extends its appreciation to Chairman Henry Waxman and Subcommittee Chairman Ed Markey for their leadership in crafting a comprehensive climate change and energy bill. They and their staff have taken the first step to transform America’s energy future and to begin combating global warming. The bill falls short in several areas, shortcomings that might cause the bill, if implemented as drafted, to be insufficient to make necessary reductions of the emissions of greenhouse gases in the U.S. Read more »

  • Last Day @NPT
    Posted by Jill Marie Parillo on May 15, 2009

    The NPT PrepCom came to an end today. The outcome was not too bad (great compared to the 2004 PrepCom). Parties met at 10am today, and by 1pm the Chair decided they would never come to consensus on a draft recommendation to the Chair of the 2010 NPT Review Conference. Read more »

  • PrepCom Almost Falls Apart
    Posted by Jill Marie Parillo on May 14, 2009

    Parties met last night, and all day today, to discuss the second draft of Recommendations to the 2010 Review Conference Chair. Parties were very excited to have adopted an agenda so quickly, and kept mentioning that they wanted to keep this positive momentum running. Read more »

  • Another Step to RevCon 2010
    Posted by Jill Marie Parillo on May 13, 2009

    Draft recommendations are shaping up for the 2010 RevCon. The Zimbabwean chair released a draft of his recommendations to the NGOs. Read more »

  • FY2010 Budget: EPA Receives Much-Needed Funding Increase
    Posted by Mae Stevens on May 13, 2009

    On May 12, 2009, EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson testified before the Senate Environment and Public Works committee regarding the President’s FY10 budget proposal. The President has requested $10.5 billion for the EPA, representing a 37 percent increase greater than the FY09 budget and the highest level ever for the EPA. After severely decreased budgets during the previous administration, PSR supports the President’s request and is encouraged by the apparent dedication by the administration to carry out EPA’s mission to protect human health and the environment from pollution. Read more »

  • Coal fight now focusing on CO2 and EPA
    Posted by Barbara Gottlieb on May 13, 2009

    Many of you have been fighting to prevent the construction of dirty new coal plants. Now we have a chance to fight against coal pollution on a massive scale, not just one plant at a time. Read more »

  • NPT Presentation PSR Proves a Great Need for Nuclear Disarmament at NPT
    Posted by Jill Marie Parillo on May 13, 2009

    Today we had a special guest appearance from Dr. Victor Sidel, one of the founders of Physicians for Social Responsibility (PSR) in 1961 and one of the 1981 founders of the International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War (IPPNW), the recipient of the 1985 Nobel Prize for Peace. Read more »

  • Only Euros Speak Today
    Posted by Jill Marie Parillo on May 13, 2009

    Today, the only statement that made it to the floor was one given by a representative of the European Union. Delegations are too busy to speak due to their private meetings with the Zimbabwe delegation over the text of the recommendations to the Chair for the 2010 RevCon. Read more »

  • NPT Safeguards by the IAEA
    Posted by Jill Marie Parillo on May 12, 2009

    Bernardo Ribeiro, Office of External Relations and Policy Coordination from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) gave a presentation today at the PrepCom on “NPT Safeguards.” Read more »

  • World Free of Nuclear Weapons Goes to 2010 RevCon
    Posted by Jill Marie Parillo on May 12, 2009

    Monday PrepCom chair, Ambassador Boniface G. Chidyausiku of Zimbabwe passed out his draft recommendations for the 2010 Review Conference. Read more »

  • Iran vs. the United States at the PrepCom
    Posted by Jill Marie Parillo on May 8, 2009

    Wednesday and Thursday the NPT parties began, and concluded, speaking on "Cluster One" issues (nuclear disarmament and security assurances). U.S.-Iranian disagreement surfaced as a major hurdle to success at the 2010 NPT Review Conference. Read more »

  • I-CAN do a Nuclear Weapons Convention says IPPNW
    Posted by Jill Marie Parillo on May 8, 2009

    International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War (IPPNW) hosted an NGO event Thursday chaired by John Loretz of IPPNW and Dimity Hawkins of International Campaign Against Nuclear Weapons (ICAN). Read more »

  • Joe Cirincione at the GSI event and the Indonesian Ambassador GSI- Another Big NGO Event
    Posted by Jill Marie Parillo on May 8, 2009

    Another big press day for Global Security Institute (GSI) who held a celebrity-studded NGO event May 7 chaired by GSI President Jonathan Granoff in the main conference room. Read more »

  • Ambassador Loulichki News on Global Initiative to Combat Nuclear Terrorism
    Posted by Jill Marie Parillo on May 7, 2009

    Included in a statement by Morocco’s Ambassador, S.E.M. Mohammed Loulichki at the PrepCom are next steps for the Global Initiative to Combat Nuclear Terrorism. Read more »

  • Arab League Speaks to NPT
    Posted by Jill Marie Parillo on May 7, 2009

    The Arab League's PrepCom statement, delivered by Wael Al-Assad, reported that the League welcomed the vision expressed by the United States, but clarified that action by nuclear weapon states must be taken. Read more »

  • Gareth Evans Pairs up with Christie Brinkley
    Posted by Jill Marie Parillo on May 6, 2009

    "Progressive Initiatives," an NGO presentation took place today in the main conference room, attracting a lot of attention and press. It was co-sponsored by the Government of Austria and organized by the Global Security Institute. It likely attracted a lot of press due to two of their four speakers; Gareth Evans of the International Commission on Nuclear Non-proliferation and Disarmament, a famous disarmament expert, and Christie Brinkley, who is just plain famous. Brinkley is also a Board Member of the Global Security Institute. Read more »

  • Philippine to Chair NPT 2010
    Posted by Jill Marie Parillo on May 6, 2009

    We have waited a long time to know who would chair the NPT 2010 Review Conference. It will be the Philippines Ambassador Libran Nuevas Cabactulan. Read more »

  • START CTBT and FMCT- Go USA!
    Posted by Jill Marie Parillo on May 5, 2009

    It is really a great sign that the Obama Administration gave our new Assistant Secretary, Rose Gottemoeller, the authority to speak so positively on disarmament May 5 at the NPT PrepCom. Secretary Gottemoeller explained how the United States would work on steps towards the U.S.'s NPT Article VI commitment. Read more »

  • PSR endorses CTBT Statement at NPT meeting
    Posted by Jill Marie Parillo on May 5, 2009

    This afternoon NGO's were given the floor at the NPT PrepCom. Daryl Kimball, Executive Director of the Arms Control Association, made a great statement on, "Realizing the Promise of the CTBT." The Statement was endorsed by over 20 leading experts and organizations in the arms control community, including endorsement of PSR Executive Director, Dr. Peter Wilk. Read more »

  • NPT May 5, 2009
    Posted by Jill Marie Parillo on May 5, 2009

    At around 11am today, a message from President Barack Obama to the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty PrepCom was read by Assistant Secretary of State and Verification, Compliance, and Implementation, Rose Gottemoeller. Read more »

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