The 2005 No Nukes Asia Forum Joint Statement

June 3-8, 2005 @Taipei, Taiwan

Introduction

We are representatives of the people of Japan, Korea, Netherlands, and Taiwan who have been struggling against nuclear power plants, nuclear weapons, nuclear waste dumping, and uranium mining. We have gathered in Taipei for a six-days international conference and activities, June 3-8, 2005, and have achieved a sense of full trust and solidarity among ourselves.

We celebrate 2005 No Nukes Asia Forum, NNAF, which was first convened in Japan in 1993. We are proud of having participated in and promoted an Asian anti-nuclear movement over the past twelve years. However, the challenge of stopping nuclear dangers remains. The people of Asia continue to be exposed to fear of nuclear disaster and radioactive contamination. The greed of multinational corporations continues to feed nuclear energy expansion, and the menace of nuclear war continues to proliferate.

With the Kyoto Protocol taking effect on February16, 2005, nuclear power promoters are delighted that this gives them the go-ahead to push hazardous nuclear power, especially to Asia, under the rationale of evading internationally sanctioned limits on greenhouse gas emissions.

Nuclear Power Plant Is Not A Solution For Climate Change

1 Nuclear energy is not sustainable. The use of nuclear energy will reduce the reserves of nuclear fuel, increase nuclear waste, emit greenhouse gases indirectly, and also release huge waste heat, and hence will aggravate the global warming and climate change.

2 Life span extension of nuclear reactors, owing to the equipment and component deterioration, will result in malfunction, cracks, and corrosion problems, and increase the risk of catastrophic accidents.

3 The right ways to reduce the emissions of greenhouse gases include promoting energy conservation, increasing energy efficiency, and developing renewable energies, but not building new nuclear power plants or extending the life spans of nuclear reactors.

We anticipate an increasing cooperation between the Asia and European anti-nuclear movements. We resolve that we will further strengthen our grassroots citizens' solidarity to prevent nuclear energy generation, nuclear weapon development, nuclear waste dumping, radioactive materials mining, and other nuclear related activities that damage the health and environment of this and future generations.

Our Stand

1 We are strongly opposed to the expansion of nuclear power and the extension of nuclear reactorfs life span. We call on all governments to abandon their nuclear energy programs.

2 We urge the government of each country to take all possible measures to care for the victims of radiation, including health care and compensation.

3 We are strongly opposed to include nuclear energy as one of greenhouse gas reduction strategies in the clean development mechanism (CDM) and joint implementation (JI).

4 We advocate the sustainable energy policy. We urge the government of each country to promote energy conservation, enhance energy efficiency, and develop renewable energies (solar, wind, micro-hydraulic, biomass, geothermal, hydrogen, and ocean).

5 We urge the government of each country to assure the civil rights of self-determination. We are in solidarity with the Taiwanese people's action to call for revising the referendum law and holding a referendum on NPP4.

6 We are strongly opposed to Taiwan governmentfs decision to expand the highly energy-consuming, polluting, and carbon dioxides emitting industries, while continuing the construction of the NPP4 and postponing the decommission of the existing nuclear reactors.

7 The continued storage of nuclear wastes on Orchid Island has put the lives and the environment of the indigenous Tao people to great risk. We request the Taiwan government to seek the speediest and most judicious solution to this.

8 We are strongly opposed to the cross-border radioactive waste dumping, whether to Russia or to other parts of Asia and the Pacific. The nuclear fuel supplier should take the responsibility of taking back the radioactive wastes.

9 We demand that Taiwan government should fulfill the commitment of President Chen to distribute iodine tablets to the residents in the 32 km range of a NPP.

10 .We request that Taiwan government should not add more budget to the NPP4. The NPP4 site is good to build an energy technology museum and an R&D center for sustainable development.We also demand that the Taiwan government should dismantle the NPP4 heavy-equipment dock to regain the natural Fulong sand beach.

We will continue planting seeds of no-nuke peace not only for ourselves, but most especially for our children. We commit ourselves to protect our land and ocean from the violence of nuclear power, for we live by the bounty of the land and ocean that we hold sacred, which are the most precious legacy to the future generation.

All Participants of 2005 No Nukes Asia Forum
June 3-8, 2005, Taipei, Taiwan


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