1ANNUAL REVIEW 2006
Introduction1CND in 20062Nations andRegions 7CND in 200712What you can do13Regions
Specialist SectionsAutonomousCampaigns14Membership20CND Personnel21Fundraising 22Treasurer’s Report23Contacts24Cover photo: Rick Wayman
very warm welcome to the thousands of new memberswho have joined CND over the past few months. Yoursupport brings new energy when we need it most – in thestruggle against replacing Trident. Together with the experienceand commitment of our longstanding members we comprise aformidable campaigning force. Our government is facing a totallynew scale of opposition to nuclear weapons, in which we areplaying a key part. This time last year, we demanded a debate andvote in parliament. Since then the government has conceded both. It may not be thefull debate that the British public deserves, but in the past, the decision has alwaysbeen taken behind closed doors – so this is already something of a victory. And lastyear we also demanded that the option of non-replacement be on the table. Now it isthere as never before. There is no doubt that the government is on the defensiveabout nuclear weapons. They are continually asked to explain why they thinkBritain needs them. Their point of view is under scrutiny as never before. Thegovernment’s White Paper, justifying Trident replacement, even included a sectionresponding to its critics.It is hardly surprising that the government is on the back foot over this. In July2006, 59% of the British public opposed Trident replacement when they knew itwould cost £25 billion to procure. We know now that with lifetime costs, the totalbill will be around £76 billion. In September 2006, the TUC Congress votedoverwhelmingly to oppose Trident replacement, and many church leaders and faithcommunities have spoken out. Of particular interest are the large numbers of peoplewho used to support nuclear weapons but now oppose them, and call for a neworientation in British and global security.CND’s call – set out in our
Alternative White Paper
– for multilateral disarmamentinitiatives to go hand in hand with a decision not to replace Trident, has found aresonance internationally. As well as figures like Kofi Annan, Hans Blix andMohammed ElBaradei, who have all urged serious attention to nuclear disarmament,former US senior politicians Henry Kissinger and George Schulz have recently calledfor steps to be taken towards this goal.Our government argues that we need new nuclear weapons, because we don’tknow what the future will hold. But it is crystal clear that if we, and other nuclearweapon states, pursue new systems, then we will certainly face nuclear dangers inyears to come. We will contribute to a new nuclear arms race and provokeproliferation by other countries. If, on the other hand, we decide not to pursueTrident replacement, and instead promote global disarmament – such as backing aNuclear Weapons Convention – then we can help shape a different future. We canhelp prevent the nuclear disaster that we will otherwise be encouraging.All these arguments and more must be put to the government – and to peoplefrom every walk of life. The future of our planet depends upon it: now is ourmoment.Thank you for everything you have done for the cause of peace and nucleardisarmament over the past year. Let us work together to ensure that 2007 is the yearin which we build ever greater opposition to nuclear weapons and war – and winhearts and minds for a real alternative of peace and genuine security.
Kate Hudson, Chair CND