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Basel Peace Office, September 19, 2017

Basel Declaration on trans-generational crimes of nuclear weapons & nuclear energy

Graphic: Human Rights, Future Generations and Crimes in the Nuclear Age |© Basel Peace Office09/19/2017 

A four-day international conference of doctors, lawyers, scientists and nuclear experts from 27 countries concluded in Basel yesterday with the release of the Basel Declaration on human rights and trans-generational crimes resulting from nuclear weapons and nuclear energy.

The declaration draws from the scientific evidence presented to the conference, and the application of international law, to conclude that:

'the risks and impacts of nuclear weapons, depleted uranium weapons and nuclear energy, which are both transnational and trans-generational, constitute a violation of human rights, a transgression of international humanitarian and environmental law, and a crime against future generations.'

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Peace and Health Blog, August 28, 2017

Faslane to York: The “Health Through Peace” bike tour

Photo: This year's IPPNW bike tour logo, source:https://ippnweupdate.files.wordpress.com/2017/08/biketourlogo.jpg28.08.2017 

A group of medical students and doctors from all over the world (Kenya, India, Pakistan, Germany, Nepal, Nicaragua and Russia) came together here in Scotland today to cycle to this year’s “Health Through Peace” conference and IPPNW Congress in York. On the way they aim to discuss global nuclear disarmament, causes of conflicts and weapons, and the effects on individual and public health with people they meet on the way. 

[Read the full article on the Peace & Health Blog]  [More information on the bike tour]  [Find out more about the participants]

Online Course Medical Peace Work

Successful MPW MOOC

Photo:Homepage online course MPW24.08.2017 

2.200 students participated in the first round of the MPW MOOC (massive open online course) on the role of healthcare in maintaining and building peaceful societies. The course included two hours of training per week and helped to understand how violence affects health in multiple ways and how medical peace work has an impact on health, violence prevention and peace-building. Many participants came from UK, Germany, Canada, USA, Kenya etc.

The next MOOC-round will take part on October 2, 2017.

Register now at: https://www.futurelearn.com/courses/medical-peace-work

[More information]

The Lancet, August 18, 2017

The political determinants of the cholera outbreak in Yemen

The Yemeni cholera outbreak by governorate, photo by The Lancet18.08.2017 

At the end of June, 2017, UNICEF and WHO released a statement declaring that Yemen is “facing the worst cholera outbreak in the world”.1 The statement points out that the outbreak is caused by the civil war that began in 2015, but it does not suggest that one party is more responsible than another, simply noting that “two years of heavy conflict” have resulted in “collapsing health, water and sanitation systems”. Nor does it point to one side being more affected by the outbreak, stating that “cholera has spread to almost every governorate”.

[Read the full article on thelancet.com]

Medicine, Conflict and Survival, August 9,2017

Healing under fire – medical peace work in the field

4cange-Workshop in Thailand, Photo: Gabriella Arcadu09.08.2017 

On August 9, 2017, the journal „Medicine, Conflict and Survival“ published the article „Healing under fire – medical peace work in the field“ from Louisa Chan Boegli and Maria Gabriella Arcadu. Both authors have been instrumental in defining and launching the World Health Organisation´s Health as a Bridge to Peace programme in the 1990s, and are now involved in the MPW partner organization 4Change, whose focus is on the education of health professionals in reducing violence and performing peacebuilding actions. In their article, Louisa Chan Boegli and Maria Gabriella Arcadu write about lessons from a project in Southern Thailand and three asessments carried out in Myanmar, along the Syrian Borders and in Iraqi Kurdistan.

[Read more on Taylor & Francis Online]

Peace & Health Blog, August 9, 2017

North Korea crisis: Reckless threats from both sides must stop

Foto: Kim Jong Un, Foto: Peter Snoopy/CC 2.0 http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/deed.en08/10/2017 

The already dangerous crisis in Korea has escalated further with the reckless rhetoric emanating from both the United States and the Democratic Republic of Korea. The wild threats issued by both sides only inflame an already explosive situation. If acted on they could lead directly to the death of tens of millions of people in both countries and beyond their borders. They must stop.

more ...[Read the full article on the Peace & Health Blog]

Medact, July 25, 2017

A Safer World – Treating Britain’s harmful dependence on nuclear weapons

Medact Report

25.07.2017 

The world now has an international treaty making it illegal for ratifying states to possess any nuclear weapons. Yet the UK continues to keep and modernise its nuclear weapons at huge cost and risk to life, and is increasingly seen as out of step with the rest of the world.

On July 7th 2017 the UN General Assembly adopted, by a vote of 122 to 1, the text of a legally binding ‘instrument’ to prohibit nuclear weapons.

[Read the whole article here]  [Download A Safer World – treating Britain’s harmful dependence on nuclear weapons]

IPPNW, July 7, 2017

We Just Banned Nuclear Weapons!

07.07.2017 History was made at the United Nations today when the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons was adopted by an overwhelming 122-1 vote by UN Member States determined to provide a legal basis for the elimination of the world’s worst weapons of mass destruction.
The ban treaty, negotiated by more than 140 states under the auspices of the UN General Assembly, prohibits development, testing, production, manufacture, acquisition, possession, stockpiling, use, and threat of use of nuclear weapons, and provides flexible pathways for nuclear-armed and nuclear-dependent states to comply with the prohibitions once they decide to join.

more ...[Link to the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons]

Obituary

Jef de Loof passes away

Jef de Loof. Photo: NVMP

07.07.2017 It is with deep sorrow that we announce the death of Jef De Loof, founding father and president of the Flemish Belgian affiliate. Jef died peacefully at home after a short disease, at the age of 90, on July 7th, the day the Nuclear Ban Treaty was adopted in the UN. Jef dedicated his life to peace and to the abolition of nuclear weapons, with unrelenting commitment and energy. He always advocated non-violent conflict resolution on every level, from family to world politics. We will miss him very much but he will continue to inspire us. We offer our deepest condolences to his wife Rita and to his family.

Peace & Health Blog, July 1, 2017

Round the home turn towards adoption of a strong ban treaty on 7 July

01.07.2017 On Wednesday 26 June, the UN conference to negotiate a treaty banning nuclear weapons undertook the first read-through of a revised draft treaty text prepared by the conference president, Costa Rican ambassador Elayne Whyte. Now two weeks into this final round, many in the room expressed some frustration at this further exchange of positions and views. With the clock ticking towards the conference end and target date for adoption of an agreed treaty text on 7 July, many delegates expressed their desire to get stuck into negotiating treaty text, paragraph by paragraph, line by line.

[Read the article on the Peace & Health Blog]

IPPNW ENews, June 2017

Ban Treaty negotiations head to finish line!

29.06.2017 More than 125 nations are completing negotiations on a new treaty to ban nuclear weapons at the UN. IPPNW and ICAN are in the room as full civil society participants, advocating for the strongest possible language to condemn nuclear weapons and to create the legal and moral foundation for their complete elimination.

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IPPNW ENews, June 2017

Two billion reasons to ban nuclear weapons

29.06.2017 The humanitarian case for prohibiting and eliminating nuclear weapons has been built upon the scientific evidence about medical and environmental consequences. IPPNW has brought that evidence into all three inter-governmental "humanitarian impacts" conferences and into the UN Working Group that preceded the historic negotiations on the Ban Treaty.

On June 26, IPPNW organized an event at the UN negotiations, at which co-president Dr. Ira Helfand and science advisor Prof. Alan Robock of Rutgers University reinforced the findings that a limited nuclear exchage, as might occur between India and Pakistan, would severely disrupt the global climate and agriculture and result in a nuclear famine, placing as many as two billion people at risk of starvation. The draft text of the Treaty warns that the catastrophic consequences of nuclear weapons have “grave implications for human survival, the environment…[and] food security.”

Peace & Health Blog, June 27, 2017

The Bomb and Us

27.06.2017 As I write this, a nuclear ban treaty is within reach. And yet, the optimism I should be feeling is tempered by the knowledge of the people, lands, waters, cultural traditions, and innocence that have been lost to the scourge of nuclear weapons.

On Sunday afternoon, June 18, during an ICAN strategy and planning meeting, many voiced opinions on various aspects of the ban treaty. There was much discussion about the victims of nuclear testing, with Roland Oldham (President of Moruroa e Tatou) offering the perspective of the inhabitants of French Polynesia. At the conclusion of the meeting, Roland offered the booklet “Moruroa La Bombe et Nous” to anyone interested. He seemed apologetic as he admitted that it was available only in French.

Thus began my virtual journey to French Polynesia.

[Read the full article on the Peace & Health Blog]

Discussing peace, health and nuclear weapons in the UK

29.06.2017 

The joint MEDACT Forum and IPPNW World Congress will be held September 4-6, 2017, at the University of York, United Kingdom. In addition to a packed program during the main Forum/Congress, the IPPNW International Council and Board of Directors meetings will be held on Sunday, Sept 3 and on Thursday, Sept 7.

[Find out more about the Congress here]

IPPNW Germany, June 12, 2017

International Symposium "Nuclear Weapon Ban: A European Point of View" in Büchel, Germany

12.06.2017 The second round of negotiations for a UN nuclear weapon ban is scheduled to start next Thursday, 15th June, in New York with more than 130 states taking part. Germany will not be one of them. Hoping to raise more public awareness for the ban, the German affiliate of the IPPNW (International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War) organised an international symposium “Nuclear Weapon Ban: A European Point of View” on Sunday in Büchel, a military base in the west of Germany where US nuclear weapons are located, with 70 participants.

more ...[Pictures of the symposium, as well as of the protests can be found here.]

Human Rights, Future Generations and Crimes in the Nuclear Age Congress in Basel, Switzerland

09.06.2017 The Swiss IPPNW, the Association of Swiss Lawyers for Nuclear Disarmament, the International Centre for Comparative Environmental Law (CIDCE), the Uranium Network as well as the Basel Peace Office are organising an international congress on the topic of Human Rights, Future Generations and Crimes in the Nuclear Age, which will take place at the University of Basel from 14th to 17th September 2017. Bringing together lawyers, physicians and experts on nuclear weapons as well as victims of nuclear accidents and nuclear testing, the congress aims to create an interdisciplinary dialogue about topics that are especially relevant in these times of increased geopolitical tension and uncertainty.

[Please find further information on the congress, as well as the online registration form, here.]

ICAN, May 21, 2017

Draft UN Nuclear Weapon Ban Released

21.05.2017 The first draft of the United Nations treaty to prohibit nuclear weapons was released in Geneva, Switzerland, on 22 May. Elayne Whyte Gómez, the Costa Rican ambassador who is presiding over negotiations of the historic accord, presented the text to diplomats and members of civil society, before answering questions from the media.

more ...[Read the Article on icanw.org]

IPPNW statement on Korea crisis

28.04.2017 The persistent tensions on the Korean peninsula are rapidly escalating into a crisis fueled by mutual fears, provocations, and the volatile temperaments of two unpredictable, nuclear-armed heads of state. The current US administration seems determined to “resolve” the situation through shows of force and military threats. The government of Kim Jong-un is accelerating its efforts to test and build nuclear weapons and missiles, while promising “massive” retaliation should the US follow through on those threats.

[Full article on peaceandhealthblog.org]

Battle for Mosul

How the Jiyan Foundation is helping traumatized victims

Copyright Jiyan Foundation for Human Rights04/10/2017 

Bloodshed and Despair: Fleeing the Battle for Mosul

In 2014, when the so-called Islamic State (ISIS) attacked Sinjar, the Nineveh plains and the city of Mosul, about one million people were displaced within few weeks. The situation has become more severe since October 2016, when the Iraqi army, Peshmerga forces, allied militias and the international coalition launched an operation to retake Mosul. In fact, the number of security incidents has quadrupled, causing fear among civilians, large-scale destruction and displacement, and leaving people with nothing to go back to.

more ...[Jiyan Foundation for Human Rights]

International Symposium on Global Security in Moscow

Letter to Dmitri Medvedev

Foto: Dmitri Medwedew, Foto: Government.ru, https://m.facebook.com/Dmitry.Medvedev/photos/pcb.10153747381361851/10153747372216851/?type=3&source=48, CC-BY 4.0

07.03.2017 On February 21th, an international delegation of IPPNW physicians visited Moscow and met with Russian IPPNW the Russian Pugwash Committee at a symposium on Global Security in the Russian Academy  of Sciences (RAS). On this special occasion, the IPPNW US and Russian Co-Presidents personally delivered a letter to Russia's Prime Minister Medvedev. In this letter they urge him to join the negotiations on a treaty banning nuclear weapons and to provide leadership for this process.

[The letter to Dmitri Medvedev]

Nobel Peace Laureates: Time to prohibit and eliminate nuclear weapons is now!

The following statement from 21 Nobel Peace Laureates was released at the conclusion of the 16th World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates in Bogota, Colombia.

Co-president Ira Helfand at the 16th World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates. http://www.bogota-nobelpeacesummit.com/index.php/en/

05.02.2017 On March 27, negotiations will commence at the United Nations for a treaty to ban nuclear weapons. As Nobel Peace Laureates we applaud the UN General Assembly for convening this negotiating conference, fully support its goals, and urge all nations to work for the speedy conclusion of this treaty in 2017 and for its rapid entry into force and implementation.

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IPPNW welcomes China’s call to ban and eliminate nuclear weapons; urges leadership at UN treaty negotiations

Xi Jinpin, Antilong, Eigenes Werk, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=33807498

24.01.2017 IPPNW welcomes the statement by Chinese President Xi Jinping that “nuclear weapons … should be completely prohibited and destroyed over time to make the world free of them.” President Xi’s remarks, made during a speech on January 18 at the United Nations in Geneva, were consistent with China’s long-standing official support for nuclear disarmament, and come as the UN is preparing to convene negotiations on a new treaty to prohibit nuclear weapons.


China gave a positive signal at the UN General Assembly last month, unlike its other P5 partners, when it abstained from, rather than voting against, a resolution authorizing negotiations for a treaty banning nuclear weapons. The resolution was carried by a majority of over three to one.

[Full article on peaceandhealthblog.com]

A peace agenda for the new administration

Donald Trump, Foto: Michael Vadon August 19, 2015.jpg, CC BY-SA 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=42609338 (bearbeitet)17.01.2017 

The looming advent of the Trump administration in Washington threatens to worsen an already deeply troubling international situation. Bitter wars are raging, tens of millions of refugees have taken flight, relations among the great powers are deteriorating, and a new nuclear arms race is underway. Resources that could be used to fight unemployment, poverty, and climate change are being lavished on the military might of nations around the world―$1.7 trillion in 2015 alone. The United States accounts for 36 percent of that global total.

Given this grim reality, let us consider an alternative agenda for the new administration―an agenda for peace.

[read full article on peaceandhealthblog.com]

Why nuclear energy is not an answer to global warming

Talk from Dr. Alex Rosen, Medact-Conference

Dr. Alex Rosen12/16/2016 

On December 9th, Dr. Alex Rosen, Vice-President of IPPNW Germany, was invited to talk on the subject of nuclear energy and climate change at the MedAct Conference "Healthy Planet - Better World". The subject of his talk was "Why nuclear power ist not an answer to global warming". In it, he argued that nuclear power was not a good investment and that the true and long-term costs and effects of nuclear power far outweigh its potential short-term benefits. He named the detrimental effects of uranium mining and nuclear waste on the environment an on public health and listed the most relevant studies on the effects of uranium mining and civil nuclear energy on childhood leukemia, lung cancer and other radiation-related diseases.

more ...["Why nuclear energy is not an an answer to global warming"]

Medact Annual Forum, 9.-10. December 2016, London

Medact "Healthy Planet, Better World" conference

Highlights at the conference included the launch of “Doctors against Diesel”. Photo: Medact16.12.2016 

Medact’s Annual Forum, this year entitled “Healthy Planet, Better World” took place on 9 – 10 December at Friends House in central London. Hundreds of participants listened to leading speakers on topics such as climate change impacts, food and nuclear energy and joined in the debates. In the breaks many new connections were made in the corridors and intense and productive discussions took place. Highlights at the conference included the launch of “Doctors against Diesel”.

[More information about the conference is available at www.medact.org]

New "Don't Bank on The Bomb" report

Is your money being used to develop nuclear weapons right now?

dont_bank_on_the_bomb_0613.12.2016 

Governments have decided to negotiate a nuclear weapons ban treaty in 2017, and now is the time for banks, pension funds and insurance companies to get ready and end financial relations with companies involved in nuclear weapons.

Today, ICAN partner organisation PAX launches its 2016 Don't Bank on the Bomb report, which examines financial institutions and their investments in nuclear weapons.
Is your bank amongst those financial institutions that are prepared for the ban treaty and have ceased investments in nuclear weapons? Or is it in the Hall of Shame, and use your money to assist the production of inhumane and indiscriminate weapons of mass destructions? 
Read the report and take action to make sure your money isn't spent on nuclear weapons! 

[More information...]

European health groups launch teaching materials on violence and health

Press release, 9 December 2016, London, United Kingdom

Online Case "Refugee health", www.medicalpeacework.org09.12.2016 

European health groups launch six online teaching cases to educate nurses, doctors, students and others on the health aspects of violence, war and armed conflict. They will be presented at the Medact conference “Healthy Planet – Better World” on December 10th, 2016 in London.
 
The cases are part of an educational series to help health professionals to engage in the identification and prevention of violence from the micro level (such as domestic violence, refugee discrimination, and torture) to the macro level (such as nuclear weapons, climate change, and war).

[read full press release]

Détente Now

A New Call for Peace, Security, and Cooperation

Participants of the campaign "We refuse to be enemies" in Smolensk, Photo: IPPNW12/06/2016 

A transatlantic appeal for a new policy of détente with Russia has been launched in Germany. The declaration’s authors invite the general public to join leading political figures and social activists who have publicly rallied to support the call.  The declaration was initiated by a few concerned citizens of civil society, churches, and science, including Wolfgang Biermann former adviser to Egon Bahr), Peter Brandt (historian), Konrad Raiser (former secretary general of the World Council of Churches), Reiner Hoffmann (chairman of the German Trade Unions Federation), and Horst Teltschik, (former head of Chancellor Kohl’s office and 1999–2008 director of the Munich Security Conference), as well as, from the United States, Daniel Ellsberg (longtime advocate for an informed citizenry).

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Hibakusha Petition

Join the Hibakusha Appeal for a Nuclear Ban Treaty

“So that the people from future generations will not have to experience hell on earth, we want to realize a world free of nuclear weapons while we are still alive.”

Hiroshima dome11/24/2016 

71 years have passed since the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. This is the call of the survivors, known as Hibakusha. Although their average age is now more than 80 years old, the Hibakusha have launched a signature campaign calling for an international treaty to ban and eliminate nuclear weapons, in the hope that noone will ever have to suffer as they have. They plan to continue to collect signatures until 2020 or until a nuclear ban treaty is concluded.

more ...[Sign the petition here]  [Read about the appeal on hibakusha-appeal.net]

Parliamentary motions on Medact's latest report

Photo: Medact23.11.2016 

Medact recently published a report examing the recruitment of children into the British armed forces. This practice has been heavily criticized by UN bodies and multiple human rights and child rights organisations, and Medact's report joins them in calling for the recruitment age to be raised to 18.

The report, published in October, received extensive attention in the press and is now gaining traction in the UK Government.

Last week,
a motion was tabled in Holyrood by Christina McKelvie from the SNP about the recruitment agenda behind armed forces visits to schools. The motion acknowledges Medact's report, and calls on Parliamentary members to read it.

[view full report here]

IPPNW Press Announcement

The Nuclear-Free Future Awards 2016

This year's NFFAward laureates come from Turkey, France, Ethiopia, the Netherlands, and South Africa

Susi Snyder, Nuclear Disarmament Programme Manager, PAX, aboard the Peace Boat in New York in October 2016, Foto: www.icanw.org

17-11-2016 Johannesburg, South Africa: Since 1998 the Nuclear-Free Future Award has honored individuals and organizations from around the globe who are working to end the Nuclear Age – visionaries primarily engaged in pounding the world's nuclear warheads into plowshares, or ending the energy sector's so-called 'peaceful use of the atom.' 
The 2016 Nuclear-Free Future Award Ceremony, in cooperation with Earthlife Africa Johannesburg, will take place on 17 November at Matlapeng Country Estate  in, Vanderbijlpark,  Johannesburg, South Africa.

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IPPNW peace and health blog

Under Pressure

by Xanthe Hall

UN vote for Resolution L.41, 27. October 2016. Photo: ICAN03.11.2016 

For once, the United States, France and the United Kingdom are in agreement with Russia: plans to negotiate a nuclear weapons ban need to be stopped. Before the vote last Thursday in the UN First Committee, they pulled out all the stops to pressurise other states to vote against or abstain on a draft resolution co-sponsored by 57 states for a conference to be convened in 2017 to negotiate a nuclear ban. In private conversations with delegates, the International Campaign for the Abolition of Nuclear weapons (ICAN) heard of several instances of applied and implied pressure on states, also receiving a leaked document from the US to NATO allies. Several states simply left the room rather than vote the “wrong” way.

[More Information ]

Medact

The Recruitment of Children by the UK Armed Forces: a Critique from Health Professionals

The Recruitment of Children by the UK Armed Forces: a Critique from Health Professionals17.10.2016 

Medact’s new report on the long-term impacts of the British military’s recruitment of children under the age of 18, presents evidence linking ‘serious health concerns’ with the policy, and calls for a rise in the minimum recruitment age.

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„Nuclear Energy-Newsletter“ August 2016

„Unreasonable cancer diagnoses in Fukushima“

How Fukushima Medical University undermines their own study

Thyroid screening Japan. Photo: Ian Thomas AshPhoto: Ian Thomas Ash10/12/2016 

In Fukushima, an extensive screening on thyroid cancer in children is running for almost 5 years now. Whereas the pro-nuclear Japanese government deliberately downplays the impacts of the multiple nuclear meltdowns, scientists, physicians and parents associations were at leastable to enforce this screening. Despite all justifiable criticism of this study like its limitation to Fukushima Prefecture, the lack of transparency or the influence of the nuclear lobby on Fukushima Medical University, which carries out the examination, this screening provides the possibility of early detection and therapy of thyroid cancer.

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IPPNW World Congress

Medical Peace Work


Massive Open Online Course:
Starting 2nd October 2017

Animated Short Film about DU by ICBUW and PaxChristi

click to watch the video in IPPNW's youtube channel