There are over 16,000 nuclear weapons in the world today. As the recent 3rd International Conference on the Humanitarian Impact of Nuclear Weapons concluded: the impact of the use of just one is unacceptable. A mere 100 would lower the earth’s temperature by over 1 degree Celsius for at least ten years, causing massive disruption of global food production and putting 2 billion people at risk of starvation. If we fail to prevent nuclear war, all of our other efforts to secure peace and justice will be for naught. We need to stigmatize, prohibit and eliminate nuclear weapons. Meeting in Rome, we commend Pope Francis’ recent call for nuclear weapons to be “banned once and for all”. We welcome the pledge by the Austrian government “to identify and pursue effective measures to fill the legal gap for the prohibition and elimination of nuclear weapons” and “to cooperate with all stakeholders to achieve this goal”. We urge all states to commence negotiations on a treaty to ban nuclear weapons at the earliest possible time, and subsequently to conclude the negotiations within two years. This will fulfill existing obligations enshrined in the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, which will be reviewed in May of 2015, and the unanimous ruling of the International Court of Justice. Negotiations should be open to all states and blockable by none. The 70th anniversary of the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 2015 highlights the urgency of ending the threat of these weapons.
“The courage to ban nuclear weapons”: ICAN Civil Society Forum opens in Vienna
More than 600 civil society campaigners from around the world filled the Aula der Wissenschaften (Hall of Sciences) for the first day of the ICAN Civil Society Forum in Vienna yesterday. “The courage to ban nuclear weapons,” is both the theme of the two-day campaign gathering, and also the message that campaigners intend to bring to the third Conference on the Humanitarian Impact of Nuclear Weapons hosted by the Austrian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The conference begins on Monday, and 150 States have already registered, exceeding the numbers that came to the previous HINW conferences in Oslo and Nayarit.
Nuclear weapons: the road to prohibition
Peace & Health Blog
Nuclear weapons are the greatest threat to the health and survival of mankind. This statement from the World Health Organisation in the 1980s is echoed in the recent call to action from the International Red Cross: Nuclear weapons must be abolished. But climate change? Is that not the greatest danger? OK, let’s not argue. Climate change is already here and experienced by most of us. We know that if strong and decisive action is not taken soon by all states we will face grave problems for mankind, in this century and worse in the next.
Medact Student Blog: Inequality and Health – Lecture Summary
In the first event of the Global Health Justice series, Medact and QMUL hosted a talk titled ‘Global Health Justice: Harnessing academia to inform policy’. This was attended by Global health students and health professionals.
IPPNW Bike Tour Kazakhstan 2014
From the eyes of a German participant
My experience in Kazakhstan certainly was so full of new and unexpected surprises that I can hardly choose one of them as the most educational or revealing about a specific topic. Nevertheless, during the conversations with the local community about the nuclear testing in Semipalatinsk some things struck me as peculiar and stuck in my head for some time afterwards.
IPPNW files amicus brief in support of Marshall Islands
Peace & Health Blog
IPPNW, its US affiliate, Physicians for Social Responsibility, and Pax Christi International have submitted an amicus curiae (“friend of the court”) brief in support of the lawsuit brought against the US by the Marshall Islands in Federal District Court. The brief advises the court that the Marshall Islands, whose people suffered through more than a decade of nuclear testing by the US, has the right to seek a ruling that the US is legally required to comply with its nuclear disarmament obligations established either the NPT.
IPPNW responds to Gaza crisis
IPPNW calls for an immediate cease fire between Israel and Hamas. We call on Israel to stop its air strikes and ground invasion of Gaza, and we call on Hamas to stop all rocket attacks on Israel We also call on both sides to allow full access to medical care for all those wounded in the fighting.
IPPNW statement on crisis in Ukraine
IPPNW calls call for an immediate cease fire to the fighting in Ukraine and for all states to refrain from any military intervention in Ukraine. We further call on Ukraine to reaffirm its historic decision to renounce nuclear weapons and for Russia to reaffirm the guarantee of Ukraine's territorial integrity that accompanied that decision. We further call for urgent UN mediation to achieve a diplomatic solution to the issues involved in this conflict.
IPPNW European Student Conference 2014
As part of the European Student Conference in the Finnish capital of Helsinki, IPPNW students organized a Target event on one of the city's busiest spots – Narinka Square. As part of a giant flashmob, hundreds of people watched the ICAN video on a large screen and simultaneously collapsed on the square at the detonation of the nuclear bomb in the film. Strangely enough, there was a weapons show by NATO troops on the same square and the soldiers were the prime discussion partners for the medical students and young doctors who swarmed through the city after the flashmob, informing people about the ongoing dangers of nuclear weapons – especially during these days of conflict between NATO and Russia over control the Ukraine.
Check out the photos here
Check out the flashmob here