15th World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates
17.11.2015 The 15th World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates concluded its sessions with a final statement prepared by the Laureates on Sunday. The final declaration expressed sympathy for the victims of Paris and called for people around the world to think and act with compassion toward the millions of refugees forced to leave their homes.“We, the Nobel Peace Laureates and Peace Organisations, in the presence of youth from all over the world, gathered together in Barcelona from 12 – 15 November 2015, have considered issues affecting world peace – with special emphasis on the current refugee and migration crisis,” the declaration said.
Health through Peace
16.11.2015 The Health Through Peace conference was organised by Medact in November 2015, as a forum for the health community to examine and discuss the negative impact of rising levels of war, armed conflict, violence and militarism across the world on health and wellbeing. War, armed conflict and militarism end the lives of hundreds of millions of people worldwide. These problems are being intensified by climate change, resource depletion and increasing inequality. Our response to these threats often relies on a narrow and limited idea of ‘security’ and the misguided belief that we can protect ourselves from complex and multi-dimensional threats by military power alone.
World Medical Association calls on governments to ban and eliminate nuclear weapons
18.10.15 The General Assembly of the World Medical Association, unanimously adopted a new resolution condemning nuclear weapons, stating that the medical profession has a duty to work for the elimination of nuclear weapons, and urging all governments to work to ban and eliminate them. IPPNW and its affiliates, many of whose members are active in national medical associations, will work to ensure that this resolution is promoted and acted upon as widely as possible.
Ukraine conflict risks nuclear war
Letter to Obama and Putin
IPPNW co-presidents Ira Helfand and Vladimir Garkavenko have sent the following letter to Presidents Barack Obama of the United States and Vladimir Putin of Russia, expressing the Federation’s concern over the continuing conflict in Ukraine between two heavily armed nuclear States. Dr. Helfand is a member of the board of IPPNW’s US affiliate, Physicians for Social Responsibility. Dr. Garkavenko is a member of the board of IPPNW’s Russian affiliate, Russian Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War.