Second Anti-nuclear Thematic World Social Forum

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  • Thematic Anti-nuclear World Social Forum in Montreal (Quebec, Canada) on August 8-14, 2016

March 23-28 the first thematic anti-nuclear World Social Forum (WSF) took place in Tokyo. The idea arose at the 2015 WSF in Tunis. Participants from more than ten countries on three continents called for creating a worlwide network for exchange, mutual support and co-ordinated actions against civil and military usage of nuclear power. They agreed to arrange a second topical anti-nuclear World Social Forum in Canada during the Montreal WSF in Quebec from 8th to 14th of August. A third topical WSF is supposed to take place in April 2017 in Europe during the anniversary of the Chernobyl disaster.

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Invitation to participate in the Second Thematic World Social Forum for a world free of the threat of nuclear fission, both military and civilian

The first Thematic World Social Forum against military and civilian nuclear fission technology took place in Tokyo and Fukushima from March 23 to 28, 2016. Pursuant to our commitments undertaken during that event, we are pleased to invite you to attend the Second Thematic World Social Forum for a nuclear-­fission-­free world, taking place during the upcoming World Social Forum in Montreal, from August 8 to 13, 2016.

The objective is to amplify our momentum to build a global network of mutual support, inter‐communication and common actions launched to bring about a world free of nuclear threats, whether military or civilian. This Second Thematic World Social Forum for a world free of all nuclear fission technology, both military and civilian, will begin symbolically on August 8, in order to commemorate the victims of the atomic bombing of Nagasaki in 1945.

Attendance at this event will underscore the crucial importance of the struggle against nuclear madness and will nourish the vision of a nuclear-­fission-­free future on planet Earth.

Monday August 8

9:00‐10:00 am: Nagasaki commemoration
10:30‐12:30: Round Table – a world without nuclear fission, military or civilian
2:00‐ 5:00 pm: Thematic workshops (7): making connections and exchanging information

Tuesday August 9

9:00‐11:00: Thematic workshops (7): planning for common actions
11:00‐ 1:00: Plenary session: synthesis of workshops and signing of the Montreal Appeal
3:00‐ 7:00 pm: Contingent against nuclear in the opening march of the World Social Forum
7:00‐11:00 pm: Symbolic action and speaker to address the opening event of the WSF

Wednesday August 10

4:00‐ 6:00 pm: Assembly of solidarity to act for a world free of the threat of nuclear fission
Evening: Theatrical event proposed by Bruno Boussagol

Wednesday Aug. 10, Thursday Aug. 11, Friday Aug. 12

Organisation of 12 workshops within the programme of the 2016 World Social Forum

Saturday August 13

Active participation in the Open Forum of Initiatives for a Better World

Proposed 7 thematic workshops

  1. Nuclear Weapons: joining UN and other global campaigns to eliminate all nuclear arsenals, with a special concern for elaborating propositions to the countries adhering to militaristic NATO
  2. Puncturing Myths: debunking nuclear propaganda, such as the fallacy that nuclear energy can solve global warming, when in fact it exacerbates the problem, or that nuclear weapons provide security when in fact they create the worst kind of global insecurity.
  3. Nuclear wastes and geriatric reactors: recognizing the urgent need to halt increased nuclear waste production and to prevent the extension of the operating lifetime of decrepit facilities.
  4. Mining and Import-­Export: banning uranium mining (in solidarity with indigenous peoples of Canada, Australia, Mongolia etc.) and blocking international trafficking in nuclear materials, information and facilities (i.e. export of reactors, import of nuclear wastes, reprocessing, etc.)
  5. Alternatives: alternatives to nuclear reactors for energy (i.e. state-­wide deployment of solar, wind, geothermal, etc.) and for isotopes (i.e. cyclotrons and accelerators rather than reactors)
  6. Workers: assisting workers in the nuclear field (compensation for radiation illnesses, careful employment in decommissioning, decontamination and nuclear waste management)
  7. Victories: sharing success stories (nuclear phase-­out in Quebec, moratoria on uranium mining in 3 of 10 Canadian provinces, progressive collapse of nuclear power in N. America and W. Europe)

The workshops will provide for the exchange of testimony and information on anti-­nuclear movements.