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05/22/2024 Finland and Sweden were until recently traditionally non-allied countries and thus unequivocally non-nuclear-weapon countries. Both countries have a long tradition in promoting nuclear disarmament. These stances are now at stake since Finland and Sweden have joined NATO.

Finland’s current Nuclear Energy Act prohibits the import of nuclear explosives as well as their manufacture, possession and detonation in Finland. Sweden has no formal law prohibiting nuclear weapons, but decisions have been made by previous parliaments that Sweden is nuclear-free.


05/09/2024 It was heartening to see stakeholders from various government ministries and civil society groups come together with a shared goal of working towards the ratification of the treaty.


April 9th, 2024

Nuclear weapons must back on the political agenda

Autor: Willem de Haan

04/09/2024 “Recently there has been more attention to the dangers of nuclear weapons, the subject has made a comeback. Neighbors and former patients talk to me about it. The challenge is to get the subject back on the political agenda.” This is what retired dentist Willem Hubregtse, treasurer of the NVMP, the Dutch Association for Medical Polemology, says.


January 8th, 2024

We are stronger together: Reflections on 2023

The XXIII IPPNW World Congress – Mombasa, Kenya

01/08/2024 2023 was a climax year in my medical peace advocacy work. The year started with a lot of hope; at the time, hope to successfully host the very first IPPNW World Congress in Africa and therefore give an opportunity to many students and young doctors from my beautiful continent to experience the magic that is in IPPNW Congresses. I had only attended one IPPNW World Congress before in 2017, and the great experience gained learning about various indirect determinants of health such as violence and climate change was enough to push me to host this Congress and steer more local and international discussions and solutions surrounding


Speech, May 8th, 2023, German Bundestag

The future of global disarmament and arms control architecture

06/01/2023 Dr. Angelika Claussen, co-chair of the German section of IPPNW and the federation‘s regional vice president for Europe, gave the following speech in Germany’s national parliament, the Bundestag, on  8 May, the anniversary of the end of the Second World War in Europe. She talks about the effects on the climate of a nuclear war and the global consequences of their use, providing concrete steps for the German government to take.


Press release of IPPNW Germany

Hamburg Declaration on the Danger of Nuclear War

Doctors from all over Europe point to the acute danger of nuclear escalation and call on the nuclear powers to refrain from the first use of nuclear weapons.

01/24/2023 Two years ago today, the UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons entered into force. To mark the occasion, doctors from IPPNW Europe today issued a joint statement on the current threat of nuclear war. At the end of their meeting in Hamburg, the doctors from all over Europe call on the nuclear weapon states to fulfill their disarmament obligations under the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, to dismantle their nuclear arsenals and to clear the way for the ratification of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons.


New ICAN report

No place to hide

How would health care systems perform in the worst case?

06/23/2022 The International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN), with assistance from IPPNW leaders in Sweden, the US, the UK, Germany, and France, has released a report entitled No Place to Hide: Nuclear Weapons and the Collapse of Health Care Systems, demonstrating that the health care systems in 10 major cities around the world would be overwhelmed by the detonation of just one nuclear weapon.


Vital Signs Vol 33 Issue 1 2022

One million join call for Russia and NATO to renounce nuclear weapons use in Ukraine

United Nations recieves petition from IPPNW, and supported by many others

06/23/2022 A global petition to reject war and nuclear weapons - signed by more than 1,071,000 citizens worldwide - was delivered at United Nations Headquarters in New York on April 12.
Launched by IPPNW and 17 other Nobel Peace Laureates on the social media platform Avaaz, the open letter calls for "an immediate ceasefire and the withdrawal of all Russian military forces from Ukraine, and for all possible efforts at dialogue to prevent this ultimate disaster." The petition further calls on Russia and NATO "to explicitly renounce any use of nuclear weapons in this conflict, and ... call[s] on all countries to support the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons to ensure that we never again face a similar moment of nuclear danger."


Press release of IPPNW Sweden

NATO membership requires stronger work for disarmament

Statement on Sweden's accession to NATO

05/18/2022 In connection with the Social Democrats' announcement that they have changed their position on the issue of Swedish NATO membership, Swedish Doctors Against Nuclear Weapons make clear demands to ensure that Sweden remains nuclear-weapon-free - both territorially and in policy. A Swedish entry into NATO, which itself classifies itself as a nuclear weapons alliance, places great demands on Sweden to point out the conditions for the Swedish part, in order to distance itself from nuclear weapons as a member of the alliance.


Peace and Health Blog, May 11th 2022

Why Finland will seek NATO membership and why I still think we shouldn’t

Blog entry by Kati Juva, PSR-Finland

05/11/2022 Finland for decades has regarded itself as part of Western society, with shared values such as human rights and democracy. Step by step we have come loose from the sphere of interest of Russia and the former Soviet Union, first by ending our Agreement of Friendship, Co-operation and Mutual Assistance in 1991, when the Soviet Union came to its end, then by joining the European Union and many other European organizations starting in 1995.

Open Letter From Nobel Peace Prize Laureates

“We reject war and nuclear weapons”- Join the global call

IPPNW and other Nobel Prize laureates publish open petition against war and the usage of nuclear weapons

03/24/2022 We reject war and nuclear weapons. We call on all our fellow citizens of the world to join us in protecting our planet, home for all of us, from those who threaten to destroy it. The invasion of Ukraine has created a humanitarian disaster for its people. The entire world is facing the greatest threat in history: a large-scale nuclear war, capable of destroying our civilization and causing vast ecological damage across the Earth.


Letter to Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock

IPPNW Co-Presidents urge Annalena Baerbock to initiate the debate about a nuclear ban in Germany

01/25/2022 Following the elections in Germany last September, the new government stated in their coalition agreement that Germany would attend the Meeting of States Parties of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW) as an observer. The IPPNW Co-Presidents have written to the new Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock, thanking the Green Party for their role in making this happen and recognising their election promise to lead a "broad public debate" on outdated deterrence theories". They urge Baerbock in the letter to use her influence to initiate this debate and points out that the decision on the acquisition of a new nuclear weapon carrier system makes this debate timely and important because of the consequences of such an acquisition on German future policies relevant to nuclear sharing.

Over the span of one week, two nations — Mongolia and Guinea-Bissau — became States Parties to the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW), and three major US cities — Boston, New York City, and Minneapolis — passed ICAN Cities Appeal resolutions.


Webinar on December the 13th 2021

The Dutch commitment to a nuclear-weapon-free world, the Non-Proliferation

Treaty Review Conference and the TPNW’

NVMP, the Dutch IPPNW affiliate NVMP Physicians for Peace together with organisation of the so called Balieberaad organised a webinar on December 13-th on the title ‘The Dutch commitment to a nuclear-weapon-free world, the Non-Proliferation Treaty Review Conference and the TPNW’.


Hufvudstadsbladet (Finland’s main Swedish newspaper)

Is Nato option a restraint for Finland’s détente politics?

Letter to the Editor

10/17/2021 Being convinced of their quantitative and especially their qualitative superiority in weapons and military forces both Nato and US leadership today are objecting all motions towards disarmament and arms control. This concerns nuclear weapons – Nato has taken a strong negative attitude toward the Treaty to Prohibit Nuclear Weapons (TPNW) – robotweapons, missile defence, weapons placed to space etc. Finland has in many occasions chosen the same line. Bilateral agreements with the US, co-operation with Nato and the option to seek membership in Nato are referred. These shall not be endangered at any cause, even though in the program of the current government there is a statement that Finland will work for an agreement to prohibit robotweapons. 


12/15/2021 "The ministers of the so-called Stockholm Initiative emphasise that they are committed to a results-oriented Non-Proliferation Treaty Review Conference (NPT RevCon) in January. But without even factually acknowledging that the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (NPT) exists, there will be no meaningful outcome to the NPT RevCon. The nuclear-weapon-free states have a need for security and do not want to be threatened with nuclear weapons by nine states - only five of which are members of the NPT.


12/10/2021 The ceremony of 2020 of the Greek Peace Award Nikos Nikiforidis (Non Nuclear) took place on 10/12/2021 (due to the quarantine) in the Ceremonial Hall of the Municipality of Athens with the participation of the Mayor of Athens Kostas Bakoyiannis the ex mayor George Kaminis, ambassadors and officials.


800 activists formed a human chain at the Büchel nuclear base in Germany on September 5th, to call for the removal of the 20 US nuclear bombs that are stored there."The European peace movement is working together to put an end to the nuclear division of labour within NATO. There is a need for a policy of détente, which means that international cooperation in the field of climate must be extended to security and peace," said Angelika Claußen, president of IPPNW Europe and co-president of IPPNW Germany.


The vow from Hiroshima

On August 9, the IPPNW Medical Student Movement hosted a discussion on The Vow from Hiroshima and the importance of medical student activism. The event featured remarks from Hibakusha and activist Setsuko Thurlow, the filmmakers of The Vow Mitchie Takeuchi and Susan Strickler, and five IPPNW medical student leaders; Shoki Hamada (Japan), Ulfat Pardesi (India), Franca Bruggen (Germany), Ekaterina Schelkanovtseva (Russia), and Joe Hodgkin (United States).

The Mainichi article, August 8th 2021

Nagasaki doctor, activist believes collective power still key to abolishing nuclear arms

NAGASAKI -- The world took a major step towards becoming nuclear-free when the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons banning the use and possession of atomic arms went into effect in January.

Nuclear powers and countries like Japan which are under the U.S. nuclear umbrella have not signed the treaty, only going as far as joining the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT), but the influence of the ban treaty on the NPT is enormous.


A Road Map To End Nuclear Sharing

In Conversation with EU Parliamentarians

06/29/2021 IPPNW organised an online event with EU parliamentarians on 28 June 2021 as part of the Nukefree Europe alliance. Karl-Heinz Brunner, SPD Germany, Jasper van Dyke, Socialist Party Netherlands, Kris Verduyckt, Flemish Socialist Party and Kathrin Vogler from the Left Party Germany, discussed a roadmap to end nuclear sharing.

IPPNW Statement on the U.S.-Russia Presidential Joint Statement on Strategic Stability

06/16/2021 IPPNW, which along with Pugwash initiated the 7 June 2021 Russian-American High-Level Appeal to Presidents Biden and Putin on the issues of preventing nuclear war and nuclear disarmament, strongly welcomes the “U.S.-Russia Presidential Joint Statement on Strategic Stability,” adopted by the two leaders at their meeting in Geneva on 16 June 2021.

IPPNW and Pugwash Launch Appeal to Presidents Biden and Putin

An Appeal to Presidents Vladimir Putin and Joseph Biden

06/07/2021 In advance of the first summit between Presidents Vladimir Putin and Joseph Biden in Geneva on June 16, a group of more than 30 American and Russian organizations, international nuclear policy experts, and former senior officials have issued an appeal to the two Presidents calling upon them to take steps to reduce and eliminate the threat of nuclear war.


The Risk of Nuclear War With China

A Letter by Dr. Robert Gould, North American Regional Vice President of IPPNW

06/03/2021 The following letter was published on June 3 in the New York Times. Dr. Robert Gould is the North American Regional Vice President of IPPNW and President of the San Francisco Bay chapter of Physicians for Social Responsibility.

The courageous disclosure by Daniel Ellsberg of the dangerous 1958 U.S.-China flash point over Taiwan provides a vivid warning of how easily we can precipitate a nuclear Armageddon by pursuing our strategy of heightened confrontation with China throughout the Pacific region.


IPPNW Recommendations for the First Meeting of States Parties to the Nuclear Ban Treaty

IPPNW looks forward to the first Meeting of States Parties of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons in January 2022 as an important milestone and step in the increasingly urgent race against time to eradicate nuclear weapons, which pose the most acute existential threat to humankind.

We are pleased to offer these initial recommendations, based on our professional expertise and obligations to prevent and treat disease and suffering, work to fulfill the human right to the highest attainable standard of health for all the world's people, and promote the conditions required to achieve it.

See full list of recommendations, signed by IPPNW's Co-Presidents on behalf of the Executive Committee

“Roadmap to end nuclear sharing”

Report: Webinar, March 29, 2021

The first webinar on the “Roadmap to end nuclear sharing” on March 29, 2021, was a real success, with 87 people from all over Europe, and some from other continents, taking part. Our aim was to develop interactive connections and a common strategy for European peace and disarmament activists to approach governments.


Common Road Map to End Nuclear Sharing in Europe

Webinar available on Youtube

Youtube-Video Common Road Map to End Nuclear Sharing in EuropeThe European peace movement has not yet been able to realize the goal of a nuke-free Europe. It lacks a common road map with feasible steps of how to put an end to nuclear sharing. With several webinars on "ending nuclear sharing in Europe", IPPNW Europe, ICAN-Europe and Nuke-free Europe aim to energize the discussion. We want to develop a common strategy for the affected European countries by creating a dialogue among peace activists, youth movements, churches, trade unions with scientists and parliamentarians.
The first webinar „Roadmap to end nuclear sharing“  with 87 participants was a success. It is available on youtube now. Speakers: Tom Sauer (Universiteit Antwerpen), expert on nuclear arms control and international security questions, will give an overview including the situation in Belgium; further country reports will be given by Peter Buijs (NVMP Netherlands), Lisa Clark (ICAN Italy) and Johannes David Oehler (ICAN Germany). The discussion will be opened by Susi Snyder, expert from ICAN and PAX Netherlands.

Watch the Webinar on youtube

The Nuclear Threat

A short video on the forgotten threat of a nuclear war

The threat of a nuclear war does not belong to the past! But people today seem to be less aware of it. If you live in a city with a military base, an airport or a mayor university, there is a missile pointed at you. Even a war between India and Pakistan, two of the smallest nuclear powers, would threaten us all. In a war between the US and Russia, civilization would be destroyed.

Fortunately on January 22, 2021 a UN agreement came into force that bans nuclear weapons under international humanitarian law – yet there remains a lot to do. Please share this video and help build the public pressure that can overpower our most urgent existential threat.

Watch and share "Nuclear Response" on Vimeo

Join the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN)

Obituary on Dr. Bernard Lown

IPPNW mourns co-founder Dr. Bernard Lown (1921-2021), calls on people worldwide to continue his legacy

02/18/2021 IPPNW mourns the loss of our co-founder Dr. Bernard Lown, just months short of his 100th birthday.

Dr. Lown was a tireless visionary and pragmatic activist whose example continues to inspire countless physicians, students, and citizens worldwide. Those who knew Dr. Lown know that he would insist that the most meaningful way to honor his memory will be to carry on his work.

To honor Dr. Lown, we invite people inspired by his legacy share your memories and express your thoughts to us.

Read the entire obituary here: peaceandhealthblog

Op-Ed for ntv by Alex Rosen, IPPNW Germany, January 17th 2021

UN treaty enters into force

As of Friday, nuclear weapons are banned

01/18/2021 On January 22, a UN agreement comes into force that bans nuclear weapons under international humanitarian law. Germany should contribute its part to ensure that this type of weapon disappears from arsenals worldwide.

For 75 years, the world has lived in the so-called nuclear age. With the nuclear destruction of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, a new global hierarchy was established: States with nuclear weapons became virtually "untouchable". They were given veto power in the United Nations Security Council, and their political, economic and military interests suddenly stood above those of the rest of the world.


Think global, act local with the IPPNW Associate Program

Join the IPPNW Associate Program

12/15/2020 With innovative ways to stay connected, the IPPNW Associate Program is the new heartbeat of a growing global IPPNW movement. Whether or not you are connected to your local IPPNW affiliate, you are invited to join the Associate Program and become an IPPNW Nuclear War Preventer. As a Nuclear War Preventer, you will; be able to participate in the worldwide peace and health actions of IPPNW and our affiliate networks; be invited to special events, both digital and in-person international meetings; receive special appreciation and acknowledgement on our website and in our publications, and; receive a personalized, beautiful certificate signed by IPPNW leaders and an "IPPNW War Preventer" pin. Your contribution to become an IPPNW Associate will help us expand our activist and donor base to keep IPPNW growing, vibrant, and effective to strengthen our critical work to abolish nuclear weapons and advocate for peace.

Op-Ed in FRANKFURTER RUNDSCHAU, a national German newspaper, Oct. 27th 2020

Nuclear disarmament is now our right

Honduras is the 50th. country to sign the ban on nuclear weapons. Now the treaty applies. A guest article by Lars Pohlmeier.

10/26/2020 Honduras is the 50th. country to sign the ban on nuclear weapons. Now the treaty applies. A guest article by Lars Pohlmeier.

The small Honduras will be remembered by the world community for signing the Nuclear Weapons Prohibition Treaty, which will now come into force with the signature of the Latin American state on January 22nd 2021. For with the 50th signature, the threshold for the treaty to become binding under international law has been reached. Further states will follow.


TPNW achieves 50th ratification—will enter into force January 22

10/24/2020 On October 24, Honduras became the 50th nation to ratify the UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW). By crossing the 50 ratification threshold, this means that in 90 days, on 22 January 2021, the treaty will enter into legal force and become international law, binding on the states that have already ratified it, and all those which subsequently ratify the treaty. Honduras announced its ratification one day after Jamaica and Nauru joined the TPNW at the United Nations in New York. This is a historic achievement, an essential step to eliminate nuclear weapons, and an enormous win for planetary health.

Science Magazine, July 17th 2020

Uphold the nuclear weapons test moratorium

07/17/2020 Although the United States signed the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty (CTBT) in 1996, and has refrained from testing nuclear weapons since 1992, the country has yet to ratify the treaty. If the US, however, resumes nuclear weapons testing, as the Trump administration is considering and the US Senate has passed the finances needed for carrying out such tests, this would trigger other nuclear powers like India, Pakistan or North Korea to recommence their testing activities as well, increasing the possibility of a new nuclear arms race. Indeed, it could be argued that once the United States breaches the CTBT, the ability to hinder other nations from conducting nuclear tests or to prevent any release of radiation into the environment and atmosphere would become negligible. For this reason, it is imperative that the Senate passes the Preserving Leadership Against Nuclear Explosives Testing (PLANET) Act and ratifies the CTBT without further hesitation.


Peace & Health Blog

What’s up at NATO?

Article by Xanthe Hall

07/16/2020 You could be excused for having missed the fact that NATO is in the process of updating its nuclear strategy, including substantial and significant steps. These include technologically more ambitious weapons that can be used more easily. This is the implementation of a decision made at the NATO Warsaw Summit in 2016 to revise nuclear strategy. In order to follow what’s going on, you have to dig deep on the internet. While this is a little easier because of Covid-19, as a lot more is happening online and NATO is just a little bit more transparent that before the pandemic, it is still difficult because NATO discussions are still shrouded in secrecy.

Joint statement of IPPNW and IPB, July 15th 2020

Statement on the 75th Anniversary of the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki

Invitation to August 9 special worldwide screening of “The Vow From Hiroshima”

07/15/2020 As we recall the unprecedented horrors that the citizens of Hiroshima and Nagasaki experienced on August 6 and 9, 1945, we reaffirm the determination of our organizations to ensure that nuclear weapons are never used again. In just two days, the two primitive atomic bombs dropped over Japan killed a quarter of a million women, children and men. Yet from the atomic ruins, an unwavering resolve has survived to bear witness to the personal human tragedy. For 75 years, the Hibakusha have spoken out as the voice of experience and hope for the urgent imperative of eliminating all nuclear weapons.


06/29/2020 The global COVID-19 pandemic is making it clear that governments must rethink security. Our future challenges lie in establishing a good healthcare system in every country of our planet, in fighting climate change and in achieving the sustainable development goals defined by the United Nations.


The Lancet, June 12th 2020

COVID-19, nuclear war, and global warming: lessons for our vulnerable world

06/12/2020 The COVID-19 pandemic teaches lessons we must embrace to overcome two additional existential threats: nuclear war and global warming. Health professionals need to send a message to those whose lives we have vowed to protect: all three threats result from forces of nature made dangerous by triumphs of human intelligence, and all three can be solved by human intelligence.

Vital Signs Volume 31 Issue 2 2020

TPNW ratification push continues, with 14 to go

Ban treaty ratifications show steady progress despite social distancing

05/21/2020 The COVID-19 pandemic has upended lives worldwide and disrupted plans for nearly all organizations and governments. While the need for united effort to combat global threats has never been more obvious, getting governments to focus on the threat posed by nuclear weapons and nuclear war has become more challenging. Nevertheless, in the last few months, two new countries—Belize and Nauru—have signed the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW) and three countries—Antigua and Barbuda, Namibia, and Paraguay—have ratified the nuclear ban treaty.


Vital Signs Volume 31 Issue 2 2020

75 years since Hiroshima and Nagasaki

For the Hibakusha, the quest for abolition goes on

05/21/2020 Seventy-five years have passed since Hiroshima and Nagasaki were destroyed by atomic bombs in August 1945. Approximately 210,000 people died, while a comparable number—known since then as hibakusha—survived. Both cities were demolished and it was several decades before they were restored to modern cities.


All Things Nuclear, May 26, 2020

Resuming nuclear testing a slap in the face to survivors

Guest commentary by Lilly Adams

05/26/2020 The news that the Trump administration is considering resuming nuclear weapons testing is morally abhorrent. The current US moratorium on nuclear testing was put in place for many reasons, but we must not forget one crucial reason: In conducting explosive nuclear tests, the US government killed thousands of innocent people and sickened untold thousands more. The very suggestion of resuming nuclear testing is shocking and a slap in the face to testing survivors who have spent decades watching their loved ones pass away—survivors like Sandra Walsh, of Salt Lake City, who grew up in Parowan in southern Utah, which received high levels of fallout from the Nevada Test Site.

Preventing Nuclear War

The Medical and Humanitarian Case for the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons

Book by J. Loretz, M. Birch and L. van Bergen

05/22/2020 This book provides a window into the work of the International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War (IPPNW) health professionals, advocates and activists as they persuaded diplomats, parliamentarians, the media, and the public to ban nuclear weapons. Why are doctors speaking out about nuclear weapons and nuclear war, an issue that seems to be the exclusive province of diplomats, politicians, and security experts? This volume offers an answer in the unique perspective of health professionals on the nature of nuclear weapons, their medical and humanitarian consequences, and the responsibility to prevent what cannot be treated.


Caribbean nations rally behind UN nuclear weapon ban treaty

Belize becomes 37th ratifying state

05/19/2020 Caribbean support for the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW) continues to grow, with Belize ratifying the landmark agreement on 19 May. Belize is the seventh member of the Caribbean Community, or CARICOM, to become a party, following Guyana, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago, Dominica, and Antigua and Barbuda. Caribbean nations have been vocal supporters of the TPNW, reflecting their longstanding support for diplomatic efforts to achieve a more peaceful world free from the threat of nuclear weapons.


ICAN Update on ICRC/IFRC conference

Experts and governments meet to discuss the Humanitarian Impact of Nuclear Weapons

03/04/2020 Ahead of the NPT Review Conference in May 2020, the Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement have brought together experts and government representatives in Geneva to discuss the humanitarian consequences and the growing risks of nuclear weapons for a one-day expert meeting, including Dr. med Alex Rosen, who presented on behalf of IPPNW on the humanitarian impact of potential climate effects of nuclear war.

02/27/2020 In the past month, the Trump Administration has confirmed the deployment of low-yield nuclear warheads for its submarine-launched ballistic missiles.  These warheads have an explosive capacity smaller than the bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and were created with the intent to be used preemptively or in a “limited” nuclear war.


02/27/2020 Earlier this month, ICAN held a forum in Paris, “How to Ban Bombs and Influence People,” to further empower the next generation of activists who are fighting to end nuclear weapons.  About 300 students, young professionals and youth organizers sat down with seasoned campaigners to explore and strengthen the links between disarmament work and the movements for women's rights, racial justice, and climate.


As 2019 came to a close, there was an increase in momentum for the TPNW to become international law. Antigua & Barbuda became the 81st nation to sign (or accede to) the Treaty, while Nauru became the 34th nation to complete the ratification process.


Kashmir: Flashpoint for nuclear war

Nuclear abolition news and updates

IPPNW has been deeply troubled by the escalation of hostilities between India and Pakistan over the long-disputed Kashmir region. Three of the four wars the two countries have fought since partition in 1947 have started in Kashmir. With both sides now armed with nuclear weapons, a fifth major war could plunge the region–and the entire world–into Armageddon. 


Conference on nuclear- and WMD-free zone in the Middle East adopts political declaration

01/09/2020 The Conference on the Establishment of a Middle East Zone Free of Nuclear Weapons and all other Weapons of Mass Destruction was held on 18-22 November 2019 at the United Nations headquarters in New York. This conference results directly from UN General Assembly (UNGA) Resolution 73/546 which mandates the UN Secretary-General to convene this conference “no later than 2019” and to “convene it annually until a legally binding treaty creating such a zone is established.”

Urgent appeal for a nuclear weapon free world

International peace conference for nuclear disarmament in the Peace palace of The Hague

12/12/2019 On their 50th anniversary the Dutch IPPNW affiliate Dutch physicians for Peace (NVMP) organized an impressive peace conference on nuclear disarmament. It took place on the 26th of November 2019 in the beautiful Peace Palace in The Hague in collaboration with the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs. It aimed to be a wakeup call on the growing risks of a new nuclear arms race, and the possibility of an (un)intended nuclear war. The unspeakable medical-humanitarian harm, without any hope for help – is the reason for the NVMP-physicians to raise their voice and to connect with other relevant partners.


New scientific study describes severe consequences of a limited, regional nuclear war

“Rapid expansion of nuclear arsenals by Pakistan and India portends regional and global catastrophe.”

10/03/2019 New research on the consequences of a limited, regional nuclear war, published this week in the peer-reviewed journal Science Advances, concludes that casualty levels and long-term impacts on the global environment will be far more severe than previously believed.


Make Your Mark For Peace

Final Declaration Of The 17th Nobel Peace Summit.

09/25/2019 We, the Nobel Peace Laureates and Peace Laureate Organisations, gathered at the XVIIth World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates from 19 – 22 September 2019, wish to thank the State of Yucatán, the city of Mérida and the nation of Mexico for hosting this World Summit. We are inspired by being able to meet in a city and state with such warmly hospitable people, with such a rich Mexican and Mayan cultural heritage and surrounded by such natural beauty.


IPPNW warns of dire consequences of military escalation in Kashmir

08/20/2019 International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War (IPPNW) is calling on the Indian government to restore immediately all communications and freedom of movement in Kashmir and Jammu, and urging all states in the disputed border regions to initiate new diplomatic talks aimed at reducing tensions and negotiating a peaceful settlement to the long-standing conflict.

Bolivia Ratifies TPNW — Treaty Now Halfway Towards Entry into Force

08/08/2019 On the 6 August 2019, Bolivia submitted its ratification of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW) to the United Nations, making it the 25th nation to ratify the treaty. Ambassador Sacha Llorentty Solíz (fourth from right) gave a moving speech in support of the total elimination of nuclear weapons. The TPNW has now reached the halfway point of its Entry into Force, as 50 states parties are needed for it to become International Law. This milestone was especially significant as Bolivia chose Hiroshima Day for its announcement, commemorating the 74th anniversary of the day the United States detonated a nuclear bomb over the City of Hiroshima in 1945. As we remember the hundreds of thousands of lives lost, we also look forward with hope that the TPNW will help us keep the promise of "never again". Congratulations to Bolivia for bringing us one step closer to our goal of banning and eliminating nuclear weapons.

Physicians for Social Responsibility Opposes US Withdrawal from the INF Treaty

08/05/2019 “Such a withdrawal would turn back the clock to a dangerous era”:
Physicians for Social Responsibility firmly opposes President Donald Trump’s dangerous decision to withdraw from the 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty. This vital landmark treaty entered into force during the Cold War, at the height of elevated tensions between the United States and Russia. It remains responsible for eliminating over 2,600 intermediate-range missiles, bringing tangible progress in stabilization and disarmament efforts between the two countries. Withdrawing from the INF Treaty would make Americans less safe and increase the risk of nuclear conflict between the United States and Russia.

23rd IPPNW World Congress to be held in Kenya

08/01/2019 The next IPPNW World Congress will be held in Mombasa, Kenya, from May 25-29, 2020.

"Disarmament, Development and Health" is a joint event of IPPNW and the Association of Physicians and Medical Workers for Social Responsibility (APMS), the Kenyan affiliate. Delegates from around the world will gather on Kenya's South Coast to discuss disarmament and development as a prerequisite for social justice, good health, and ecological sustainability in Africa and the world at large. Information about the program, accommodations, and registration will be updated regularly on the Congress website.

Interview with Dr. Ira Helfand, IPPNW

07/31/2019 On June 6th, we at Pressenza premiered our latest documentary film, “The Beginning of the End of Nuclear Weapons”.  For this film, we interviewed 14 people, experts in their fields, who were able to provide insight into the history of the subject, the process which led to the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, and current efforts to stigmatise them and turn the ban into elimination.  As part of our commitment to make this information available to the whole world, we are publishing the full versions of those interviews, together with their transcripts, in the hope that this information will be useful for future documentary film makers, activists and historians who would like to hear the powerful testimonies recorded in our interviews.

This interview is with Dr. Ira Helfand, from International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War, at his home in Massachusetts, on the 24th of September, 2018.

Ratification of TPNW

Fruitful Visit to Nepal by South Asian Affiliates of IPPNW

04/02/2019 The south Asia affiliates of International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War (IPPNW) gathered at Kathmandu for dialogue with decision makers to emphasize upon the governments to take steps towards nuclear disarmament, reduction of small arms and resolution of issues through dialogue. They held meetings with the foreign minister, the speaker and advisor to the Prime Minister.


The Lancet, March 09, 2019

India and Pakistan: a plea for sanity

03/09/2019 In a new commentary just published in the prestigious medical journal The Lancet, IPPNW co-president Arun Mitra, Dr. Zulfiqar A Bhutta of Pakistan, and Lancet editor Richard Horton warn that the escalation of hostilities between India and Pakistan is “a matter of urgent public health concern” and call on both countries to pursue “diplomacy, dialogue, and the promotion of person to person contact and engagement between civil society representatives and youth.”

03/07/2019 For the last week I attended the 68th General Assembly of IFMSA (the International Federation of Medical Students’ Associations) in Slovenia. Over 1000 Medical students from all around the world gathered here, to exchange ideas, to discuss and to gain inspiration from each-other. After a very long bus-ride from Berlin to Portoroz, I was warmly welcomed by Hiba Ghandour, Liasion officer for human rights and peace(SCORP).


Red Cross urges world to “decide the future of nuclear weapons before they decide ours”

Global video campaign

02/11/2019 The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) have launched a new global video campaign about the catastrophic humanitarian consequences of a nuclear war. The goal is to encourage people to urge their governments to sign and ratify the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. Among the materials is a new video designed to engage “millennials” with the issue.

Could Spain be the first NATO State to sign the Nuclear Ban Treaty?

The Spanish government struck a deal with Podemos

12/06/2018 Good news just reached us from ICAN Spain: the left-wing political party Podemos got a commitment from the Spanish government to sign the UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW). However, the government has not yet announced how and when they will implement this decision. This was a result of lobbying by ICAN, IPPNW’s Spanish representative Aurora Bilbao and Carlos Umana from IPPNW Costa Rica. At a round-table on “Achieving a world without nuclear weapons,” Aurora gave a powerful presentation on the humanitarian impact of nuclear weapons. Spain’s signature would represent a significant breakthrough for the TPNW among NATO states.

US and Russia must preserve INF Treaty, begin negotiations for nuclear abolition

10/24/2018 Donald Trump announced on Saturday that the United States will withdraw from the 1987 Treaty on Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF), a decision confirmed by national security adviser John Bolton earlier this week. The following is a statement issued today by IPPNW’s executive committee.

World doctors urge world leaders to join the Treaty on Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons

10/10/2018 Nuclear weapons are weapons of mass extermination. In light of the terrible humanitarian and environmental effects that such weapons have, doctors and scientist have always warned the global society that such weapons must never be used again, and should be abolished. This weekend (October 5-6), I had the privilege to represent IPPNW at the general assembly of the World Medical Association in Reykjavik, Iceland. The WMA is a federation of 114 national medical associations from all over the world.

"In the shadow of power”

After the government launched an investigation regarding possible Swedish accession to the UN Convention on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, Swedish Physicians against Nuclear Weapons and WILPF Sweden launched a 'shadow-report’ entitled ”I skuggan av makten” - "In the shadow of power”. It contains 12 texts, partly by well-known, partly by new authors, which clarify many of the issues raised in connection with the TPNW for Sweden. 

Anti-Trident March at Faslane

09/22/2018 On 22nd September Medact members tok part in the ‘Nae Nukes Anywhere’ peace rally at the Faslane Nuclear Base – home to the UK’s Trident submarines. Our Medact contingent joined hundreds of protestors on the stretch from the Peace Camp to the North Gate, and inspiring speakers included Makar Jackie Kay (Scottish poet laureate) and fellow poet, US ICAN co-ordinator and longtime friend of Medact Timmon Wallis. Medact members brought the health voice with our banners, placards and by handing out “prescriptions for nuclear disarmament” to interested members of the public.

09/21/2018 Medact’s 2018 Annual General Meeting has been held in Glasgow on 21st September. The AGM followed by a speaker event organised with Medact Glasgow and Medact Scotland. The Friday began with a productive AGM - including the election of four new excellent Trustees: Professor Neena Modi, retired GP Lesley Morrison, Margaret Jackson, also a GP, and Communicable Diseases Consultant Kitty Mohan


IPPNW Peace and Health Blog

Youth-led nuclear disarmament

09/07/2018 IPPNW and IFMSA have enjoyed informal working relationships for years, and over the next month, I worked with the team at the IFMSA to create a session dubbed “Youth-led Nuclear Disarmament.” The session was going to explore how youth and students can speak against nukes as we all push governments to sign the TPNW. This opportunity reminded me of how our IPPNW founding fathers must have felt when they first united to speak against these nukes. I imagine they found seemingly insurmountable hurdles, but, like us, did not give up.

Between 1952 and 1958, Aotearoa New Zealand military personnel participated in nuclear weapon tests carried out by the UK and the US, in Australia and Kiribati. Members of Aotearoa New Zealand’s armed forces were also exposed to radiation during the Allied occupation of Japan following the atomic bombing of Nagasaki and Hiroshima, and later, when protesting against France’s nuclear testing in French Polynesia. Aotearoa New Zealand nuclear veterans claim that their health, and their descendants’ health, were adversely affected by exposure to ionizing radiation. Their concerns are supported by independent medical research.


August 28, 2018

California Legislature Votes to Support U.N. Nuclear Weapon Ban Treaty, Restrict Presidential Authority for Nuclear Strike


08/28/2018 LOS ANGELES – On Tuesday, August 28, the California Senate voted to approve AJR 33, a resolution introduced by Assemblymember Monica Limón that urges the U.S. to embrace the U.N. Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons and implement important protective nuclear policies. The Senate also approved AJR 30, a resolution introduced by Assemblymember Cecilia Aguiar-Curry that supports federal legislation to restrict the President’s sole, unchecked authority to launch a first nuclear strike. Both resolutions passed the Assembly last week.


Los Angeles City Council Votes to Support U.N. Nuclear Weapon Ban Treaty

Council honors Atomic Bomb Survivors as it endorses "Back from the Brink" Resolution

08/08/2018 Los Angeles has added its name to a growing number of individuals, organizations, and cities that are calling for the United States to take action to prevent nuclear war. On August 8, the Los Angeles City Council voted to approve a resolution that urges the U.S. to embrace the U.N. Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons and implement important protective policies such as ending the President’s sole, unchecked authority to launch a nuclear attack, taking U.S. nuclear weapons off hair-trigger alert, and canceling U.S. plans to replace its entire nuclear arsenal with enhanced weapons. The resolution was introduced by Councilmembers Paul Koretz and Mike Bonin.


Memory of the Hiroshima Atomic bomb victims

The 4-th International Table Tennis open Tournament in Moscow

08/08/2018 The Traditional international open tournament in Moscow, dedicated to the memory of the victims of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, was won by physicists. On the day of the open tournament 19 athletes-students, staff, alumni of Lomonosov Moscow state university (MSU), other Moscow universities and students from China participated. This event is originally dedicated in memory of the Hiroshima Nagasaki Atomic bomb victims of 1945, after the United States air force bombed the two cities during 6-9 August of the same year.


Peace and Health Blog; July 23, 2018

A journalist came to Helsinki to ask about nuclear weapons

Sam Husseini, a journalist with The Nation, was forcibly ejected from the press conference held at the conclusion of the US-Russia summit in Helsinki. A piece of paper that he held on which the words “nuclear weapon ban treaty” were written, seen briefly on video as he was being dragged from the room by Finnish security, provided a pretty big clue as to why he was unwelcome.


One Year Anniversary of Nuclear Ban Treaty

– promises to keep!

07/07/2018 In the year since it was passed at the United Nations, 59 states have signed and 12 have ratified the Treaty to Prohibit Nuclear Weapons (TPNW). Once 50 ratifications are reached, the treaty will enter into force. “Even before the Treaty enters into force, responsible financial institutions are taking note,” said IPPNW’s Dr. Tilman Ruff in the Australian Institute of International Affairs.   “Since the treaty’s adoption, the Norwegian Pension Fund, the world’s largest sovereign wealth fund with assets over US$1 trillion, the largest Dutch pension fund ABP, Deutsche Bank, and major Belgian bank KBC have announced that they will exclude from their investments companies that produce nuclear weapons.”


Peace and Health Blog, July 17th, 2018

Humanity is connected by common threats and shared benefits

07/17/2018 On 8 July 2018 Dr. Taipale delivered this address to President Trump and Putin from the balcony of the Old Student House in Helsinki, Finland: "You have awakened humanity from years of deep hibernation. And let’s not forget the North Korean leader, Kim Jong Un. Together you have reminded the peoples of the world about the existence of nuclear weapons. The greatest threat today is not global warming but nuclear weapons and the danger of nuclear war. Your colourful speeches have let the genie out the bottle. The spirit of nuclear disarmament has escaped, and can no longer be shut away. 122 countries have signed the United Nations’ Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty.

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Peace and Health Blog, July 13th, 2018

The sea of death

07/13/2018 The US conducted 105 atmospheric and underwater tests at its Pacific Ocean proving ground from 1946-1962. Massive amounts of radioactive fallout from those tests spread across the Pacific, causing severe health effects that have continued to this day.

One of the best-known incidents from this reckless and shameful history was the fate of the Japanese fishing boat the Lucky Dragon. Despite being 90 miles away from ground zero, all 23 crew members were covered in thick layers of fallout from the March 1, 1954 Castle Bravo explosion, which, at 15 megatons, was the largest US nuclear test. The entire crew suffered from acute radiation sickness and were hospitalized for months. One crew member died from his injuries.

Talk given by Dr. Elizabeth Waterston

Taking the finger off the red button: De-escalating the risk of nuclear war

05/10/2018 There is general concern about the impulsive behaviour of the current President of the USA and this article addresses ways of de-escalating the danger of a nuclear exchange.

The 12 kiloton bomb dropped on Hiroshima in 1945 caused total obliteration over a distance of 3.2 km, and fires across 11km2. Some 70-80 thousand people or 30% of the population of Hiroshima died either immediately or over the next few weeks of blast, firestorms or radiation.

Letter to Macron, Merkel and May

IPPNW urges JCPOA parties to adhere to Iran agreement despite US withdrawal

06/18/2018 The national affiliates of IPPNW in France, Germany, and the UK, and IPPNW’s international leadership, have appealed to officials in the three governments to stand by the agreement that they made with Iran on their nuclear program. In a letter to President Macron, Chancellor Merkel, and Prime Minister May, reprinted here, IPPNW has urged the leaders to continue working closely with Iran’s government to ensure the obligations of the agreement continue to be met by all remaining parties to it.(June 18, 2018)

05/08/2018 15,000 nuclear weapons remain in existence in 2018 despite the 1970 commitment by UN member States to disarm. With 100 nuclear weapons exploding on cities, a nuclear winter can be created that is capable of killing up to 2 billion human beings, saying goodbye to human civilisation as we know it in the process. With 1000 nuclear weapons we can say goodbye to the human species.


Peace and Health Blog, April 30th, 2018

Global health leaders rally behind the Ban Treaty

04/30/2018 The International Committee of the Red Cross and the World Medical Association have issued important and very timely calls for states to join and implement the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. On April 23, ICRC president Peter Maurer, reiterating the ICRC’s long-standing appeal “to all States, global leaders and citizens to act on the increasing risk of the use of nuclear weapons,” said that “States should take the necessary steps to adhere to the 1972 NPT, the 1996 Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty, the 2017 Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons and other nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation treaties to which they are not yet party and fully implement their provisions.”

03/28/2018 Over the past few days in Delhi, I’ve had the privilege of joining an international seminar titled: “The Landmark Treaty Prohibiting Nuclear Weapons: Opportunities and Challenges.” Held in the augustly named Constitution Club, the seminar was organised by Indian Doctors for Peace and Development (IDPD), IPPNW’s Indian affiliate, together with the Coalition for Nuclear Disarmament and Peace, and the All India Peace and Solidarity Organisation. The seminar was joined by former government Minister Shri Mani Shankar Aiyar, other former Members of Parliament, retired Major General Vinod Saighal, distinguished Indian scholars and campaigners for peace, medical students from across India, and prominent physicians and IPPNW leaders from Nepal and Bangladesh. IPPNW was well represented by International Student Representatives Franca Brüggen (Germany) and Kelvin Kibert (Kenya), as well as IPPNW co-presidents Ira Helfand (USA), Arun Mitra (India), and myself (Australia).


03/15/2018 The Trump administration’s Nuclear Posture Review, released in February, marks a continuation of the nuclear weapons programs, priorities, and budgets from the past decade or so. The main additions to an already enormous and expensive arsenal — at a cost of $1.2 trillion over the next three decades — are a “low-yield” submarine-launched  ballistic missile and a sub-launched cruise missile.


ICAN & PAX, March 7th, 2018

Don't Bank on the Bomb 2018

03/07/2018 ICAN partner organization PAX has published a new edition of the landmark report detailing global investments in companies that produce nuclear weapons. The 2018 update of Don’t Bank on the Bomb shows that 329 financial institutions from around the world have invested US $525 billion into 20 companies involved in the production, maintenance and modernization of nuclear weapons in France, India, the United Kingdom, and the United States since January 2014. Fourteen country profiles provide details about nuclear-weapons-related work of identified producers and the financial institutions that support this work. On the positive side, Pax researchers found that the number of institutions that have financial relationships with nuclear weapon producers has decreased since the adoption of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons.

ICAN Australia, February 26, 2018

Dr. Wareham awarded Canberra Rotary Peace Prize

02/26/2018 IPPNW Board member Dr. Sue Wareham has received the first Chief Minister’s Rotary Peace Prize in Canberra. Attorney-General and Minister for the Arts and Community Events, Gordon Ramsay presided over the award ceremony at the unveiling of the Canberra Rotary Peace Bell in February. Dr. Wareham called on Australia to rethink the policy of building an economy on war profiteering and having a vested interest in wars and instability. “Going to war should not be the thing that Australia is good at and the thing that Australians recognise as central to their identity,” she said.


You’d be hard pressed to find a stronger case for the Nuclear Weapons Ban Treaty than the new US Nuclear Posture Review released last week by the Trump administration.

Not that the gloomy, unreconstructed apologists for US geopolitical, economic, and military dominance who authored this frontal assault on nuclear disarmament intended to make that argument. To the contrary, after portraying a world so relentlessly hostile to US interests that only a multi-billion dollar “recapitalization” of the nuclear weapons enterprise can keep the country’s adversaries from wreaking havoc, the authors dismiss the Treaty as an unrealistic and polarizing diversion that undermines the whole principle of nuclear deterrence.


01/29/2018 During Senate estimates in October last year, the Australian government dug further into the deep and dark moral abyss in which it is stuck in relation to the existential threat posed by nuclear weapons.

In questioning by Tasmanian Labor Senator Lisa Singh, DFAT Assistant Secretary Richard Sadleir sought to explain the circumstances in which under Australia’s security doctrine the government regarded use of nuclear weapons as appropriate: “extended nuclear deterrence is something which comes to the fore in a situation of extreme emergency of the sort that has been referred to in terms of self-defence”. Senator Singh was appropriately appalled that there were any circumstances in which the government considered that use of nuclear weapons was appropriate.


USA, January 26, 2018

Two minutes to midnight

01/26/2018 Citing “looming threats of nuclear war,” the Science and Security Board of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists has reset the Doomsday Clock to two minutes to midnight—the closest the world has been to catastrophe since 1953.

While the Clock has come to represent the level of a number of global threats, including global warming and emerging technologies, the Bulletin attributed this year’s warning almost entirely to the urgent and growing risk of nuclear war.


01/25/2018 For the first time in France, on Thursday, January 25, the French Red Cross (CRF) organized a panel discussion at its headquarters in Paris on the issue of the Nuclear Weapons ban treaty (NWBT).


12/19/2017 On December 19th 2017 Tilman Ruff, IPPNW Co-President and also ICAN Campaigner visited the demilitarised zone between North and South Korea together with Tim Wright (ICAN), where they spoke to reporters about the urgent need for all nations to sign and ratify the nuclear ban treaty.


PSR, Medact and AMFPGM, December 4, 2017

American, British, and French physicians condemn their governments' protest of the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony

Joint statement from US, UK, French affiliates on Nobel Peace Prize ceremony

12/04/2017 PSR, Medact, and AMFPGM have responded jointly to the announcement by the US, UK, and French governments that they will be sending only lower level representatives to the Nobel Peace Prize award ceremony in Oslo on December 10. Their statement follows: We the undersigned are ashamed that our governments are insulting this year's Nobel Peace Prize award ceremony in Oslo, Norway on 10th December by sending only junior diplomats. The award is for ICAN, the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons, and follows the overwhelming vote of 122 nations at the United Nations General Assembly in July this year to adopt the nuclear weapons ban treaty.


11/12/2017 Speaking at an international meeting on disarmament entitled "Perspectives for a world free of nuclear weapons", organized by the Vatican, the Nobel Peace Prize winner from Argentina, Adolfo Pérez Esquivel, denounced the existence of nuclear submarines on the islands Malvinas: "It is outrageous what is happening, we can talk about many international treaties against nuclear weapons, but they are not respected. In Latin America we have the treaty for the banning of nuclear weapons from Tlatelolco, but we have nuclear submarines in the Malvinas Islands, occupied by the United Kingdom," he accused.


Action for the ban of nuclear weapons

Demonstrators in Germany protest US, North Korea tensions

11/18/2017 On November 18, 2017 IPPNW and ICAN and the Berlin peacemovement organized a great action for the ban of nuclear weapons and asked chancellor Merkel to sign the ban treaty. 700 people built a human chain between the US embassy and the North Korean embassy. Two person dressed up as Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un together with their specific nuclear bombs which they moved all the way between the two embassies. In the Middle, in front of the Brandenburger Tor, they had to meet with UN General secretary Antonio Gutérres and chancellor Merkel. Merkel was convinced to sign the weapons ban treaty this way.

10/06/2017 ICAN UK represents the British-based NGOs who are partners of ICAN, acivil society network of over 450 organisations in one hundred countries. Dr Rebecca Johnson, an original co-chair of ICAN and member of the International Steering Group based in the UK, said: “We thank the Nobel Committee for recognising and honouring ICAN and thethousands of people in our international network that have worked so hard to ban and eliminate nuclear weapons. The nuclear threats being issued by President Trump and North Korea remind us that nuclear sabre rattling can lead to nuclear war through arrogance or miscalculation.”


IPPNW, September 28th, 2017

World’s strongest girl supports nuclear ban

09/28/2017 A few weeks ago, during a meeting with the Swedish ambassador in Helsinki, members of Finnish Peace organizations, including Physicians for Social Responsibility, dressed up as Pippi Longstocking to support Sweden's efforts towards a nuclear ban. The choice to dress up as the fictional character was motivated by her long-standing status as an idol for Scandinavian girls, who is known as the "world's strongest girl".



Landmark nuclear ban treaty has opened for signature at UN

09/25/2017 The Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, which was adopted on July 7 by 122 non-nuclear-weapon states, has opened for signature on September 20 at the United Nations. Nearly 50 heads of state have announced that they will sign on the first day at the General Assembly. The ban treaty, which prohibits the possession, development, production, testing, acquisition, use, and threatened use of nuclear weapons, will enter into force once it has been ratified by 50 nations. The opening of the Signature Ceremony was webcast live on Wednesday, September 20, beginning at 8:00 am New York time. The speakers included UN Secretary General António Guterres, ICRC president Peter Maurer, and ICAN executive director Beatrice Fihn. Over 50 states have already signed the ban treaty during the first week following the opening ceremony.

Peace an Health Blog, September 23, 2017

Health federations call Ban Treaty “crucial step toward elimination” of nuclear weapons

09/23/2017 The leading international federations representing millions of doctors, nurses, and public health professionals have joined with IPPNW in calling for swift entry into force of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. The World Medical Association, the International Council of Nurses, the World Federation of Public Health Associations, and IPPNW, in a statement released on September 18, said the treaty “completes the process of stigmatizing and delegitimizing nuclear weapons,” and urged the nuclear-armed and nuclear-dependent states to eliminate weapons “which threaten the security of everyone….The establishment of a new international norm prohibiting nuclear weapons,” the organizations concluded, “is a crucial step toward their elimination, but it is only a first step.” The WMA, the ICN, and the WFPHA collaborated with IPPNW last year on a joint working paper that presented the health and environmental evidence in support of the ban treaty process.

09/19/2017 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.'


Peace an Health Blog, September 13, 2017

Physicians call for urgent negotiations to resolve Korean nuclear crisis

09/13/2017 Participants in IPPNW’s 22nd World Congress arrived at York University in the UK to news that the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea had conducted a test of what it said was a hydrogen bomb on September 3. The new nuclear test, along with recent tests of intercontinental and medium-range missiles, were seen as a response to joint military exercises by the US and South Korea, and added to heightened tensions in the region. IPPNW issued a statement from the Congress on September 5, calling on the US and the DPRK “to enter into direct negotiations without preconditions to resolve this dangerous crisis.

Peace and Health Blog, September 5, 2017

IPPNW hails ban treaty as “milestone for nuclear abolition”

09/05/2017 “Health Through Peace 2017,” the joint Medact forum and 22nd IPPNW World Congress, was a resounding success. More than 400 participants from the UK and from IPPNW’s global network of affiliates gathered at York University for three days of in-depth discussions about the new Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, the impacts of armed violence on health and security, and the role of health professionals in building a medical peace movement. The Congress statement, read by co-president Tilman Ruff during the opening plenary, celebrated the achievement of the ban treaty: “With this powerful new legal, moral, and political tool in hand, we can increase the pressure on the nuclear-armed and nuclear-dependent states and bring them into compliance with the Treaty through the complete and irreversible elimination of all nuclear weapons, delivery systems, and infrastructure. Only then will we achieve our goal of abolishing nuclear weapons as the only sure way to prevent nuclear war.” 

Peace and Health Blog, August 28, 2017

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

08/28/2017 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. 

08/14/2017 "There are thousands of nuclear warheads held by 14 countries, either kept in military bases, or freely circulating around the planet by air and sea. We cannot survive an armed conflict, even a regional one with a limited use of nuclear weapons. And thus, we all remain in harm's way. How is it then that even with this knowledge nuclear weapons still exist? How is it possible that these tools of the Cold War did not fade into history, even withstanding collective steps taken to reduce their diversity, proliferation and use in entire regions, from the first UN resolution in 1946 to the recently adopted Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons?"

Hector Guerra, Specialist in international relations and Latin American civil society advocate for nuclear disarmament, questions whether the abolition of nuclear weapons could be a conduit to revolutionizing world politics and whether a democratization of the latter could have positive consequences on the eradication of nuclear weapons.


08/10/2017 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.


Medact, July 25, 2017

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

Medact Report

07/25/2017 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.

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.


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.

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.


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.

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.


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.

We have a ban treaty draft

22.05.2017 The Draft Convention on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons was released today in Geneva by the president of the negotiating conference, Elayne Whyte Gomez of Costa Rica. The draft is based upon proposals made and discussed by participating states and civil society during the first negotiating session in March, and will be the starting point when negotiations resume in June.

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.


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.

International Symposium on Global Security in Moscow

Letter to Dmitri Medvedev

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.

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.

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.


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

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.

New "Don't Bank on The Bomb" report

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

12/13/2016 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! 

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.”

11/24/2016 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.


IPPNW peace and health blog

Under Pressure

by Xanthe Hall

11/03/2016 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.

Media release Norske leger mot atomvåpen

Norwegian Medical Appeal gaining momentum

Norwegian Medical Appeal

09/16/2016 Inspired by the 2015 Dutch Medical Appeal, Norwegian Physicians against Nuclear Weapons (NLA) launched a Norwegian Medical Appeal. Prominent health professionals who have endorsed this appeal include, the President and Chairman of the Norwegian Medical Association. IPPNW Germany also produced an appeal urging the German government to ban nuclear weapons from German soil and to actively support a nuclear weapons ban.

08/19/2016 “There can be no doubt that a majority of UN members intend to pursue negotiations next year on a treaty banning nuclear weapons,” said Beatrice Fihn, executive director of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons.
“This is a significant moment in the seven-decade-long global struggle to rid the world of the worst weapons of mass destruction,” she said. “The UN working group achieved a breakthrough today.”


On the anniversary of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki atomic bombings, IPPNW calls on NATO states and Russia to end the policy of nuclear deterrence, engage with the Humanitarian Initiative, and prohibit and eliminate nuclear weapons. The recent military coup attempt in Turkey has once again raised the question of how secure US nuclear weapons really are, whether based at Incirlik or elsewhere in Europe. An even larger question is how nuclear weapons can be perceived to provide security at all when they are, in fact, the greatest threat to humankind.


Peace and Health Blog, June 6, 2016

IPPNW responds to Obama Hiroshima visit

Dear President Obama: We applaud your decision to bear witness to the ghastly horrors that befell the citizens of Hiroshima, and to meet with Hibakusha. However, we deeply regret that you made no commitments to ensure that nuclear weapons are never used again.

On the 19th  of April a NVMP-delegation handed over the Dutch Medical Appeal (and the BMJ-article) to the Committee of Foreign Affairs, with all the main spokesmen of our Parliament re NWs, with afterwards time for bilateral talks. It was remarkable how serious our medical arguments were taken – the strength of IPPNW! In collaboration with PAX we had waited with this handing over till it was clear when the parliamentary debate on a ban on NWs, forced by the 45.000 signatures collected by PAX, was planned: 10 days later.


Statement to UN Working Group, May 2, 2016

Global health federations issue collective appeal for prohibition and elimination of nuclear weapons

The leading international federations representing the world’s physicians, public health professionals, and nurses have told a special UN working group that the medical and scientific evidence about the consequences of nuclear weapons requires urgent action to prohibit and eliminate them as “the only course of action commensurate with the existential danger they pose.” 

Pressenza, May 24, 2016

93% of Germans reject nuclear weapons

Geneva, Switzerland - International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons

The overwhelming majority of Germans – a staggering 93 per cent – want nuclear weapons to be banned just as chemical and biological weapons have been banned, according to an opinion poll commissioned by the German chapter of the International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War (IPPNW), an ICAN partner organization.

Medact article, March 2, 2016

#StopTrident march in London

On Saturday 27th February, Medact members and supporters joined an estimated 20,000 people on the #StopTrident march to highlight the health impact and humanitarian consequences of the use of nuclear weapons. Trident, and nuclear weapons in general, represent the most destructive weapons on the planet. Trident consists of four submarines with a total of up to 160 nuclear warheads between them. Each one of these warheads is eight times more powerful than the atomic bomb which was dropped on Hiroshima. This bomb caused an estimated 140 000 deaths, including 90% of all physicians and nurses in Hiroshima, along with widespread long-term health effects like cancer. Read this blog article by Frank Boulton and Ben Clavey of Medact.

On January 6th 2016, North Korea announced its successful detonation of a ‘hydrogen bomb’ in its fourth nuclear-bomb test. Seismic detectors around the world revealed a 5.1 magnitude earthquake centred on the county’s only nuclear test site, at Punggye-ri. The estimated yield of about 10Kt was less than what might be expected from a full-blown hydrogen bomb; some experts (such as Frank von Hippel) feel that it was really a ‘boosted’ fission bomb amplified by a deuterium/tritium fuse to increase the yield of fission-inducing neutrons. But this development marked a significant step towards weapons-miniaturisation and hence missile carriage.


Article in BMJ, February 19, 2016

Dutch medical appeal for nuclear disarmament

by Peter Buijs and Lode Wigersma

In September 2015, on the UN International Day for Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons, a medical appeal for nuclear disarmament was presented in Amsterdam (see below). This declaration, signed with remarkable enthusiasm by 100 leading Dutch healthcare executives, clinicians, and scientists, is meant to put the urgent need for nuclear disarmament back on the societal and political agenda—not from an ideological or political viewpoint, but from a medical humanitarian one. It is now circulating within the Dutch medical community, and will be officially presented to Parliament in the coming months. That day the NVMP, the Dutch affiliate of the International Physicians for Prevention of Nuclear War, organised a symposium about nuclear weapons for physicians and other medical professionals. It covered the medical humanitarian consequences of nuclear weapon use, and the position and role of Dutch healthcare and its allies.

NYT article, Jan 28, 2016

IPPNW founder Dr. Herbert L. Abrams dies at 95

Obituary in New York Times

Dr. Herbert L. Abrams, a radiologist at Stanford and Harvard universities and a founder of International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War, which won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1985 for its work in publicizing the health consequences of atomic warfare, died on Jan. 20 at his home in Palo Alto, California. With a group of American and Soviet doctors, he helped create International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War, with the goal of publicizing the health risks of a nuclear exchange and countering theories that physicians might be able to save enough people to continue civilized life. He later called nuclear weapons and nuclear war “the central health issue of the 20th century".

01/19/2016 A fight now underway over newly-designed US nuclear weapons highlights how far the Obama administration has strayed from its commitment to build a nuclear-free world.


12/07/2015 An unprecedented series of intergovernmental and civil society conferences has laid the foundation for a political process that could finally ban and eliminate nuclear weapons. Norway hosted the First Conference on the Humanitarian Impact of Nuclear Weapons (HINW) in March 2013 in Oslo. A follow-up Second Conference on the Humanitarian Impact of Nuclear Weapons was held in Nayarit, Mexico in February 2014. An all-important Third Conference on the Humanitarian Impact of Nuclear Weapons, held in Vienna in December 2014, produced a Humanitarian Pledge “to identify and pursue effective measures to fill the legal gap for the prohibition and elimination of nuclear weapons.



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.


Time for nuclear sharing to end


08.10.2015 It was already announced some years ago, but last week Germany woke up to the fact that new US nuclear weapons are actually going to be deployed at its base in Büchel. Frontal 21, a programme on the second main TV channel reported last Tuesday that preparation for this deployment was due to begin at the German air force base. The runway is being improved, perimeter fences strengthened, new maintenance trucks arriving and the Tornado delivery aircraft will get new software.


Nuclear weapons, our one concern (Kernwapens, ons een zorg)

Dutch medical world warns for old and new dangers of nuclear weapons

29.09.2015 On September 26 - the UN-declared International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons Full - also the medical world sets the this issue on the agenda. The Dutch affiliate of IPPNW, the NVMP, organised in De Balie in Amsterdam the symposium "Nuclear weapons, our one concern". The afternoon culminated with the presentation of a  Medical Appeal, where 100 influential healthcare people declared that the elimination of nuclear weapons is the only option to prevent unprecedented medical and humanitarian disasters.


Physicians for Social Responsibility, 19.09.2015

The results are in! Watch the winners from the short film award

19.09.2015 IPPNW's U.S. affiliate PSR, with support from NSquare, held a short film contest to raise awareness about what's at stake if we are complacent about nuclear weapons.

08/11/2015 On August 6th, 1945, the nuclear bomb “Little Boy” exploded over Hiroshima and turned the city into a burning inferno. Three days later, on August 9th, Nagasaki suffered the same fate. Tens of thousands died the day of the explosions, nearly 200,000 until the end of the year, hundreds of thousands more were marked for their whole life – by injuries, burns, the consequences of radiation exposure, the loss of loved ones, traumatization and stigmatization.



70th anniversary of Hiroshima and Nagasaki

Activities in France and Finland

11.08.2015 ICAN and the IPPNW’s French affiliate organized a non-stop demonstration from August 6 to 9, with one hundred fasting demonstrators in Paris, Valduc and Barp. Doctors from AMFPGN participated in all places, not only for support but also for medical monitoring. French radio stations, newspapers and TV stations were very interested in the activities and broadcasted a lot of interviews and commentaries. The physicians explained their reasons for supporting the ICAN campaign for a nuclear-weapons-ban treaty.



What's good for Iran is good for the nuclear-armed states

Statement by the IPPNW Executive Committee

14.07.2015 The agreement on Iran’s nuclear programs announced today by Iran and the United States is welcome news for a number of reasons. The terms of the deal, negotiated over a 20-month period by diplomats from Iran and six other States, should assure the international community that Iran will continue to abide by its obligations under the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT). There are no nuclear weapons in Iran today, and compliance with the agreement will make it far less likely that Iran can acquire nuclear weapons in the future. The US Senate, which has insisted upon its right to ratify the agreement, must now act responsibly and do so without delay or partisan bickering



Climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro for Peace

07/08/2015 Young peace and environmental activists climbed Mount Kilimanjaro to take a stance against nuclear weapons and uranium mining. The group campaigning through the K-Project for Peace, initiated by International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War, aimed to show that with determination everything is possible. Reaching the peak and raising the IPPNW flag - despite altitude sickness and other difficulties - shows just how committed these activists are. The message is clear: "We live for an Africa free of uranium mining! And for a world free of nuclear weapons!"


Turning Point

Summary of the World Uranium Symposium (Québec / Kanada)

20.04.2015 The Uranium Symposium 2015 organised by a group of Canadian NGOs just ended in Quebec city (Canada). 2300 experts and activists from 20 countries and 5 continents participated, including an impressive representation of Indigenous Peoples from whole Canada and North America, Greenland, Australia as well as Africa.


May 8, 2015

The NPT and the nuclear ban treaty

Peace & Health Blog

05/08/2015 As this is being written, the conference reviewing the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) is going on at the UN in New York. I often lose the line in the formal presentations by the official delegates, and find myself wondering: Why has the NPT worked?

April 29, 2015

America’s disastrous non-proliferation policy

04/29/2015 This week, the states who are party to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, NPT, will gather at the United Nations for their five-year review conference to assess whether the treaty is meeting its goals.

The U.S. has long viewed this treaty as a key bulwark against the spread of nuclear weapons to other countries.  Since it was adopted 45 years ago, 3 nations which never signed the Treaty have developed nuclear weapons and one country that did sign has withdrawn and built a small nuclear arsenal, but we have not seen the wholesale spread of nuclear weapons that many feared when the NPT was negotiated in the late 1960’s.

April 25, 2015

Meeting Dutch Minister of Foreign Affairs before NPT RevCon

04/25/2015 The day before Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands Bert Koenders travelled to New York for the Non Proliferation Treaty Review Conference (NPT-RevCon) about nuclear weapons, he met with Mayor Jan Hoekema of Wassenaar (Chair Mayors for Peace-The Netherlands) and Doctor Herman Spanjaard (Chair of International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War Netherlands (IPPNW) to discuss their views on nuclear weapons and the necessity to abolish these. They urged the Minister to take into account that safety for civilians is the dear task of Mayors worldwide and that Doctors have no cure for the effects of nuclear weapons, once used. Prevention is the only possible way forward so there is a very strong urgency to make the NPT-RevCon a success. One thousand paper cranes, made by Hibakusha and Japanese students, were handed over, to wish Minister Koenders a long and healthy life and wisdom in the negotiations.

12/14/2014 The 14th World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates was held in Rome this weekend. Co-presidents Ira Helfand and Tilman Ruff represented IPPNW. The Summit issued strong language condemning nuclear weapons and called for a treaty to ban them as part of a statement published at the conclusion of the meeting.


December 9, 2014

The Austrian Pledge

12/09/2014 The Vienna Conference on the Humanitarian Impact of Nuclear Weapons concluded today with a major step forward for ICAN and all those States that are now ready to join in a political process to ban nuclear weapons. The Austrian government closed the Conference with an unexpected and extraordinary pledge: to cooperate with all stakeholders “to identify and pursue effective measures to fill the legal gap for the prohibition and elimination of nuclear weapons” (which can only mean one thing), and “to cooperate with all relevant stakeholders, States, International Organisations, the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movements, paliamentarians and civil society, in efforts to stigmatise, prohibit and eliminate nuclear weapons in light of their unacceptable humanitarian consequences and associated risks” (which means exactly what it says).

December 9, 2014

Greetings from Vienna!

12/09/2014 In a demonstration of overwhelming support from the international community, representatives from more than 150 states are gathering in Vienna, Austria for the third international conference to examine the humanitarian consequences of nuclear weapons.


December 7, 2014

“The courage to ban nuclear weapons”: ICAN Civil Society Forum opens in Vienna

12/07/2014 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.

December 2, 2014

Nuclear weapons: the road to prohibition

Peace & Health Blog

12/02/2014 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. 

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.

The third international conference on the Humanitarian Impact of Nuclear Weapons will take place in Vienna from December 8-9, 2014. Hosted by the Austrian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the conference is expected to build upon the scientific evidence presented at previous gatherings of States in Oslo and Nayarit, and to open up space for discussion about how to accelerate the pace of nuclear disarmament. 


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.

“We live in dangerous times, surrounded by challenges that can seem intractable. Yet we also see signs of hope. We leave Astana recommitted to achieving a world without nuclear weapons and without war, which provides for the health, safety, and security of all."


Deutsche Welle, 28. August 2014

Doctors want to see a drop in radioactivity

Nuclear bomb tests contaminate soils, while nuclear accidents and X-rays are a direct threat to our health. At a world summit this week, doctors called for more protection and awareness.

Target Helsinki

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

Republic of Marshall Islands’ historic lawsuits charge the US, Russia, UK, France, China, Israel, India, Pakistan and North Korea with breaches of international law.


15. February 2014

Nayarit point of no return

Mexico conference marks turning point towards nuclear weapon ban

Nuevo Vallarta, Nayarit, Mexico—The Second International Conference on the Humanitarian Impact of Nuclear Weapons, concluded today with a call from the Mexican hosts for states to launch a diplomatic process to ban nuclear weapons. Over 140 governments participated from all regions of the world.


Governments from around the world will gather in Nayarit, Mexico on February 13 for the Second International Conference on the Humanitarian Impact of Nuclear Weapons. IPPNW Co-President Ira Helfand has been invited to present our most recent findings that two billion people will face starvation if even a tiny fraction of existing nuclear weapons were ever used.  He will be joined by Prof. Alan Robock of Rutgers University, who will present the research about the climate effects of nuclear weapons use on which our nuclear famine studies are based. 


21. January 2014

Atoms For Peace

For the last two years, Medact has parterned with the Nuclear Information Service on the 'Atoms for Peace' project: a ground-breaking investigation into links between the Atomic Weapons Establishment – where the UK's nuclear weapons are designed and made – and British universities.

Our study has found that more than fifty universities – over one third of all British universities – have received funding from the Atomic Weapons Establishment (AWE), with AWE's 'Technical Outreach' programme with universities mainly supporting scientific research in the physics, materials science, high performance computing, modelling, and manufacturing disciplines.


13/14 November 2013

Report of Weapons of Mass Destruction Free Zone in the Middle East Meeting in Amman

Impact on Global Non-Proliferation Efforts

This conference, organised by the Arab Institute for Security Studies (ACSIS) and sponsored by the European Union, the Government of the Netherlands, the Government of Austria and Atomic Reporters was attend by many distinguished delegates including the Minister of Presidential Affairs Tunisia,  HE Adnen Mansur, The EU Special Envoy to the Middle East Process,  HE Andreas Reinicke and the Deputy Director to the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) Grace Asirwatham. Pierre Razoux, Research Director in charge of regional security studies at Institute for Strategic Research of the French War College gave the following information.


As a result of highly effective campaigning by ICAN during the First Committee session in New York, a joint statement on the humanitarian consequences of nuclear weapons was delivered by New Zealand today at the United Nations General Assembly. Expressing deep concern for the catastrophic consequences that any use of nuclear weapons would entail, as well as for their uncontrollable destructive capability and indiscriminate nature, the New Zealand statement was signed by 123 other member states.
The International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN), a campaign coalition with more than 300 members in 80 countries welcomes the statement and the initiative shown by non-nuclear-weapon states including some nuclear-umbrella states to drive a new discourse around the global humanitarian threat posed by nuclear weapons, a discourse that can only conclude with the decision to make these weapons illegal once and for all.

26. September 2013


Statement delivered on behalf of civil society at the High Level meeting on nuclear disarmament


That nuclear weapons have not already been clearly declared illegal for all, alongside the other prohibited weapons of mass destruction, is a failure of our collective social responsibility. As a consequence a treaty banning nuclear weapons must be initiated by states that do not possess nuclear weapons. It will take courage and it will take the leadership by states free of nuclear weapons.


Anti-nuclear blockade in Germany

Rhythm beats Bombs

08/13/2013 This weekend, IPPNW Germany and several other anti-nuclear organizations organized a 24h blockade of the joint US-German airforce base at Büchel - the only remaining nuclear weapons site in Germany. The German IPPNW Board and office staff joined the more than 750 protesters who camped out in front of the 7 gates of the compound, effectively blocking it off to all motorized traffic. At four in the morning, a bunch of soldiers were able to squeeze through a tiny gate in the woods under the cover of 200 police-men. The US have about 150-240 nuclear weapons stationed at various sites around Europe: in the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, Italy and Turkey under the so-called "nuclear sharing agreement". IPPNW Germany considers this "nuclear sharing" illegal under the rules of the NPT, because German airforce pilots are actually being trained at Büchel to deliver nuclear weapons on German Tordnado jets to "the enemy".

July 6-13, 2013

Nuclear Abolition Week: A great success

International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN)

In Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America, the Middle East, North America and in the Pacific, for Nuclear Abolition Week 2013, ICAN campaigners organised bike trips, Target X actions, flag hoisting, parties, cabin trips, church services, beach days, press conferences, exhibitions, public meetings, round tables, meetings with government officials, social media outreach, film screenings, pub quizzes, and many other activities. In addition to this, more than five hundred people shared their shadows in solidarity with the victims of nuclear detonations, and several thousands signed ICAN’s online petition calling for a treaty banning nuclear weapons. This report outlines the main achievements of Nuclear Abolition Week 2013.


What did Swedish Foreign Minister Carl Bildt really say?

Radio Shows “Ekot” and “Ring P1”

05/06/2013 On May 6th, the daily Swedish news show “Ekot” (broadcasted by Radio Sweden) interviewed a number of Swedish Members of Parliament (from the government coalition as well as from opposition parties) about Sweden’s policy on nuclear disarmament. The MPs directed criticism towards Sweden’s Foreign Minister Carl Bildt on various issues, amongst them the MFA’s decision to leave the New Agenda Coalition as well as their refusal to sign the humanitarian statement during the NPT PrepCom.


Humanitarian Impact of Nuclear Weapons

03/06/2013 Representatives from 127 governments gathered in Oslo, Norway, from 4 to 5 March 2013 for the Conference on the Humanitarian Impact of Nuclear Weapons. ICAN was the civil society partner and presented a video statement in the opening session as well as four oral interventions, which highlighted that any use of nuclear weapons would have catastrophic humanitarian consequences

Urgent Action: Korea crisis resolution

Many of us are scared about the heightened tension in the conflict on the Korean peninsula. A way to deal with that fear is to act. We invite you to join us in calling on the heads of states of nations that took part in the Six-Party Talks - the USA, North Korea, South Korea, China, Russia and Japan - to return to the negotiating table and prevent a nuclear catastrophe. Help us to get as many signatures as we can to show how much we care about this issue!

Latest Medact report launched

Challenge Delusional Thinking - send the new Medact report to your MP

02/20/2013 Medact’s latest report The Delusional Thinking behind a Policy of ‘Nuclear Deterrence’ was launched this month at the House of Lords. Thank you to all who attended.

Today many decision makers believe that ‘nuclear deterrence’ is an essential component of the UK’s defence strategy. This report examines the delusional nature of some of the thinking that underpins this belief.

If you would like to receive a free hard copy, please send your name and address to info[at]medact.org. We’d be happy to send you additional copies to give to others. Just let us know how many you need. In particular, it would be great if you could send a copy to your MP. Any small donations towards postage costs would be gratefully received.

 The report is dedicated to Gill Reeve, former Director of Medact, co-founder of ICAN-UK and committed anti-nuclear campaigner, whose many years of creative work towards a peaceful future without nuclear weapons was an inspiration to us all.

Nuclear Test conducted by North Korea

Statement by the IPPNW Executive Committee

02/12/2013 The IPPNW Executive Committee has issued the following statement in response to the nuclear test conducted by the Democratic Republic of Korea (North Korea). 
The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) confirmed today that it conducted a nuclear test with an estimated yield of six to seven kilotons. This was the DPRK’s third nuclear test since 2006, when the country declared itself a nuclear-weapon state, having withdrawn from the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) in 2003.
IPPNW unconditionally condemns this test and the rhetoric that accompanied it, which does nothing to make the DPRK, the North Asia region, or the world more secure. To the contrary, by increasing the nuclear threat within the region, the government of Kim Jong-un has increased the level of tension with its neighbors, has invited more of the international hostility to which it understandably objects, and has further complicated efforts to achieve regional peace and security.


Humanitarian impact of nuclear weapons

ICAN Civil Society Forum

01/17/2013 If just one of the world's 19,000 nuclear weapons was detonated, be it intentionally or accidentally, not only would it kill thousands of people instantly, but, as the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has concluded, first responders would be unable to provide the emergency relief so urgently needed. This makes the continued existence and deployment of nuclear weapons one of the most serious humanitarian challenges of our time.
To demonstrate that a treaty banning nuclear weapons is both possible and urgently needed, ICAN will host the Civil Society Forum on 2-3 March 2013. We have invited hundreds of people from all corners of the world to give inspiring speeches, participate in informative workshops, engage in lively discussions and of course, to have fun.

USA conduct subcritical nuclear test

IPPNW to President Obama: Stop subcritical nuclear tests!

12/20/2012 The United States conducted a subcritical nuclear test on 5 December 2012.  Such tests undermine one of the main purposes of the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty, which is to prevent the development of new warhead designs. IPPNW reacted and sent an open letter to President Obama protesting against the conducting of subcritical nuclear tests and calling for a cessation of any such testing in the future.

NGO Conference in Helsinki

Pushing the States to the Negotiating Table

12/17/2012 In Helsinki at this time of year, the sun rises just after 9am and sets again at 3pm. Our Finnish hosts told us that we were lucky that the snow had come already, to lighten up the all-pervading darkness by reflecting what little light there is. Already, after only a short time, the snow was very deep, much of it shovelled up by bulldozers to form piles shoulder high by the side of the road. There was something magic about it, like we were somehow closer to Christmas by being there. Indeed, Christmas filled all the restaurants and bars with office parties, people drunkenly swaying arm in arm on the street, or singing to the stars.


Anniversary of the Cuban missile crisis

Lessons from Cuba, 50 years on

Frank Boulton looks back and considers what has changed

10/31/2012 In late October 1962 Cold War Watchers were horrified by the imminent prospect of global annihilation. John Kennedy, the charismatic but mercurial American President, had over 20,000 nuclear warheads under his command; Nikita Khrushchev, the Soviet Leader, had about 2,000. Berlin had been a flash-point ever since the Soviet blockade of 1948. Many American weapons were based in Europe and Turkey, targetting Russian cities: more were on missiles, aircraft, ships and submarines. In contrast the Soviets’ weapons were restricted to the admittedly extensive territories of the USSR and its satellites, and a few diesel submarines. The Russians felt encircled and were searching for a strategic response.

ICAN Sweden holds Campaigner Weekend

10/28/2012 On October 27th and 28th, ICAN Sweden gathered over 20 future anti-nukes campaigners for a weekend course entitled "Nuclear weapons, peace and disarmament". The course included topics such as the functioning of nuclear weapons, their environmental and humanitarian consequences, the current political landscape regarding disarmament and the proposition of a global ban. Using their newfound knowledge the participants tackled issues such as the funding of nuclear weapons, political paralysis and low public awareness, while developing their own action ideas through an interactive campaigning workshop.

Voices from Hiroshima and Fukushima

Piräus, Greece

09/24/2012 When Peace Boat's 77th voyage docked in Greece, a delegation of four Hibakusha (atomic bomb survivors) from Hiroshima and two students from Fukushima University visited local officials in Piraeus and Athens as part of the Global Hibakusha Project. The four from Hiroshima had previously been giving testimony in Israel and joined the ship in Egypt where they gave testimony in Cairo. The visits in Greece were organised in coordination with Maria Sotiropoulou, Greek Affiliate at International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War (IPPNW)

24 August 2012

20th World Congress: From Hiroshima to Future Generations

International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War Hiroshima, Japan

On the historic occasion of IPPNW’s 20th World Congress, we are witnessing a sea change in global demand for a world free of nuclear weapons and free of the threat they pose to human survival. An emergent movement focused on the catastrophic humanitarian consequences of nuclear weapons is bringing States and civil society together as partners in working for a global treaty to ban and eliminate the most abhorrent weapons ever created.


Middle East should be disarmed, not armed

06/19/2012 An exception doesn’t prove the rule, it weakens it. Germany is violating its international obligations and its own rules by delivering a nuclear-capable submarine to Israel. Moreover, it risks damaging the conference on a zone free of weapons of mass destruction in the Middle East, planned to take place at the end of this year. The delivery conveys the impression that arming Israel is the way to more peace, rather than regional disarmament.

Paediatricians speak out for the health of future generations

Nuclear Abolition Day June 2nd

06/02/2012 A group of paediatricians signed a letter written by Medact that appeared in the Guardian the day before Nuclear Abolition Day, appealing to the Prime Minister to play an active part in initiating negotiations towards a Nuclear Weapons Convention, as the only way to ensure that no children - now or in the future - will have to live under the threat of these terrible weapons. A longer letter with the full list of signatures was delivered to Downing Street.

Nuclear Famine: climate effects of regional nuclear war

04/24/2012 More than a billion people around the world would face starvation following a limited regional nuclear weapons exchange (such as a clash between India and Pakistan) that would cause major worldwide climate disruption driving down food production in China, the US and other nations, according to a major new report by IPPNW and its US affiliate, PSR.

03/05/2012 A groundbreaking report released today (5 March 2012) by the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) identifies more than 300 banks, pension funds, insurance companies and asset managers in 30 countries with substantial investments in nuclear arms producers. The 180-page study, Don’t Bank on the Bomb: The Global Financing of Nuclear Weapons Producers, provides details of financial transactions with 20 companies that are heavily involved in the manufacture, maintenance and modernization of US, British, French and Indian nuclear forces.


Ankara Declaration on IPPNW Middle East Core Group Meeting

Strategies for Peace and Health in the Nuclear Free Middle East

12/12/2011 International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War (IPPNW) representatives from Israel, Iran, Egypt, United States, UK, France, Germany, Netherlands, Hungary and Turkey met in Ankara, Turkey, on December 8th to 10th 2011 to address the issues of peace, health and weapons of mass destruction in the Middle East.


Call for the abolition of nuclear weapons

Red Cross/Red Crescent movement calls for abolition of nuclear weapons

November 26: In an historic decision, the Council of Delegates of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies adopted by acclamation a resolution calling for the abolition of nuclear weapons and calling on all national societies to conduct educational campaigns about the unique, catastrophic humanitarian consequences of nuclear war. The resolution was first proposed by the national societies of Norway, Japan, and Australia, and has been the subject of intense internal debate within the Red Cross movement for the better part of the last year.

11/21/2011 The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has made a major commitment to confront the horrors of nuclear war, and IPPNW has been actively supporting a new ICRC initiative that will engage the vast global network of national Red Cross and Red Crescent societies in the struggle for the complete elimination of nuclear weapons.


Think outside the bomb

Nuclear Abolition Day

06/21/2011 Nuclear Abolition Day is an annual global day of action for a treaty to outlaw and eliminate all nuclear weapons. It is coordinated by the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons. The date changes from year to year depending on significant events. The first global day of action was held on 25 June 2010 in response to the Non-Proliferation Treaty Review Conference, which had just concluded.


03/01/2011 On 28 February, International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War(IPPNW) presented a side panel titled Control the Arms Trade: Improve Human and Environmental Health. Co-sponsored by the country of Zambia. Physicians from the United States, Zambia, and Austria spoke about the human health and environment dimensions of the full cycle of the arms trade and addressed how a robust Arms Trade Treaty can help promote health and reduce environmental contamination. 


02/16/2011 As well as announced, on February, 1st, 2011 the multimediatic initiative "Senzatomica", by Soka Gakkai Italy, sponsored by AIMPGN (IPPNW Italy), PUGWASH, PNND (Parliamentarian Network for Nuclear Disarmament), has been officially represented in Rome, in the Conference Hall of Palazzo Marini, at the House of Deputies, one of the two branches of the Italian Parliament.


IPPNW responds to ratification of New START

Letter to the presidents of the US and Russia

01/31/2011 IPPNW’s co-presidents have sent the following letter to the presidents of the US and Russia, to mark the successful ratification of the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START), under which each country will limit the number of deployed strategic nuclear weapons to 1,550, with additional reductions in deployed and non-deployed launchers to 800 in each country. The treaty was ratified by the Russian State Duma on January 25, 2011 , by the Federation Council of Russia on January 26, and by the US Senate on December 22, 2010. The New START will enter into force in February, when Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton exchange ratification papers.



International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War praised the US Senate for “doing the right thing” today in ratifying the New START agreement between the US and Russia, and called on the Russian Duma to quickly follow suit and bring the treaty into force.


Nuclear weapons are so typically twentieth century

by Gunnar Westberg

12/09/2010 It is twenty-five years since IPPNW received the Nobel Peace Prize, and 30 years since the founding of our federation. We can certainly feel good about what we have accomplished in those three decades, while realizing that we have not yet eliminated nuclear weapons from the world. If we look back, it is only to link what we’ve done with what we still have to do.

The cables make the case for START

by John Pastore, MD and Ira Helfand, MD

12/09/2010 The diplomatic cables released by WikiLeaks this past week show a dangerously escalating nuclear confrontation in South Asia. This growing danger is one more reason why the U.S. Senate should ratify new START without further delay.

New Anglo-French Nuclear Deal Undermines Security and Health

Statement by British and French Affiliates of IPPNW

11/18/2010 The British and French affiliates of IPPNW (Medact and AMFPGN) have issued a joint statement in which they criticize their respective governments for having signed a treaty on nuclear cooperation. In the document, dating November 2nd, 2010, France and Britain declare their intent to cooperate in testing the safety of their nuclear arsenals. Medact and AMFPGN oppose this agreement, because they consider it to be a violation of some of the major arms control treaties, and therefore a threat to international security.

Nobel Peace Prize Laureates call for abolition of nuclear weapons

11/15/2010 A group of Nobel Peace Prize Laureats gathering in Hiroshima on November 12-14, 2010, issued an appeal for the abolition of nuclear weapons. They encouraged political leaders as well as citizens to join them in their efforts. In their declaration they also called on all nations to negotiate a universal treaty to abolish nuclear weapons.

11/04/2010 IPPNW, the International Association of Lawyers Against Nuclear Arms (IALANA) and the International Peace Bureau (IPB) will receive the John and Chara Haas Award for International Peace and Social Justice on November 8, 2010, at the Nuclear Futures Conference in Philadelphia.


08/27/2010 Sixty-five years ago this month, the United States exploded the first atomic bombs over the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and the world entered an age of unthinkable peril from which we have yet to free ourselves. A single nuclear weapon can destroy a city; 100 Hiroshima-sized warheads can kill tens of millions of people outright and disrupt the global climate so severely that a billion lives could be lost to famine and epidemic disease; an exchange of the thousands of nuclear weapons still deployed by the US and Russia would make the Earth itself an uninhabitable wasteland.


Press release, 26th of August, 2010

Nuclear Aboliton: For Our Future

19th IPPNW World Congress

“The danger that nuclear weapons will be used in the future is underestimated” warned Prof. Dr. Andreas Nidecker, President of the Organisation Committee for the Swiss affiliate of International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War, on the eve of IPPNW’s World Congress, taking place this year in Switzerland. As many as 800 doctors and medical students are expected to meet in Basel to discuss the status of disarmament efforts and debate how to reach a world without nuclear weapons.


Security Without Nuclear Deterrence

Commander Robert Green, Royal Navy (Ret’d)

Over twenty years after the Cold War ended,
some 23,000 nuclear weapons remain. The nuclear weapon states cite nuclear deterrence doctrine as the final, indispensable justification for maintaining their nuclear arsenals. This drives the spread of nuclear weapons to paranoid regimes and extremists who are least likely to be deterred. The fallacies of nuclear deterrence must therefore be exposed and alternatives offered if there is to be any serious prospect of eliminating nuclear weapons.




COUNTDOWN TO ZERO is a stunning documentary about the escalating global nuclear arms crisis that premiered at Sundance Film Festival, was shown at TED Conference, screened at Cannes Film Festival and the Global Zero Summit in Paris. Produced by Academy Award winner Lawrence Bender (An Inconvenient Truth, Inglorious Basterds) and written and directed by Lucy Walker (The Devil’s Playground, Blind Sight), COUNTDOWN TO ZERO features an array of important international experts and statesmen and makes a case for worldwide nuclear disarmament.



In the nineteen sixties there were many who believed that there was a military threat from China against  Europe. “Optimists learn Russian, pessimists learn Chinese” was a common joke. “Whatever you say, China is hell on earth” I heard a respected politician say in 1965. So I went there to see for myself, together with about thirty other young persons, travelling the transsiberian railway. When after five weeks of travel in China I left Beijing, I cried. I cried because I thought I would never see this marvelous city again. I would be destroyed by a nuclear attack.



Beating the Bomb is a documentary charting the history of the British peace movement against the backdrop of the atomic age, framing the nuclear weapons issue within the wider context of global justice. It was produced and directed by Meera Patel and Wolfgang Matt of MADD Movies: www.maddmovies.co.uk



Dr. Ira Helfand was interviewed by NPT-TV this month about the health and climate effects of nuclear war. Dr. Helfand was in New York as part of the IPPNW delegation at the 2010 NPT Review Conference, and participated in an expert panel to launch IPPNW's new publication, "Zero Is the Only Option."


When the five-year review of the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT) convened in New York from May 3 - 28, 70 IPPNW doctors, medical students, and activists from 20 countries joined hundreds of other civil society representatives to demand fulfillment of the Treaty’s disarmament obligation some 40 years since its entry into force. 


Apocalypse Never

Forging the Path to a Nuclear Weapon-Free World


Rutger's University Press has just published Apocalypse Never: Forging the Path to a Nuclear Weapon-Free World, by IPPNW Writing Fellow Tad Daley. US Rep. Dennis Kucinich has called Apocalypse Never "a book that explains in common sense language the process for bringing a nuclear weapon–free world from utopia to reality.”


Give Peace a Chance

2010 Charity Raffle


This year's raffle will help a very special cause: youth organizing for a more peaceful world without nuclear weapons.
Support ongoing medical student activism and the 463 mile, 11 city 2010 BAN Tour and buy a raffle ticket before June 24!



PSR has sent the following letter to President Obama, calling on the US to support inclusion of a call for a Nuclear Weapons Convention in the outcome document of the NPT Review Conference.

You can follow all of IPPNW's NPT activities and commentaries on the month-long deliberations at peaceandhealthblog.com.


New US Nuclear Posture enhances safety and security

Only a world without nuclear weapons can ensure human survival


The long-awaited Nuclear Posture Review released yesterday by President Obama is the most important and thorough re-evaluation of US nuclear policy since the Cold War. While it is not a blueprint for rapid nuclear disarmament, it marks the first time the US has made the elimination of nuclear weapons a guiding principle, focusing more on reducing the dangers of nuclear weapons than on finding roles and rationales for them. This is a very welcome and long overdue course correction.

Like the New START agreement with Russia, the NPR begins to anticipate a world in which nuclear weapons no longer exist. Nevertheless, the pace for disarmament set by this review, which is intended to establish the framework for US nuclear policy for 10 years or more, is still too slow.


No to Trident Replacement, Yes to a Nuclear Weapons Convention

Last chance to sign the petition


Many of you have already signed the petition by CND and Medact which calls for the UK government to:

"cancel its preparations to renew the Trident nuclear weapons system and start the process of dismantling the existing system; and in the spirit of its support for existing treaties banning indiscriminate weapons such as landmines, chemical and biological weapons; to pursue multilateral negotiations with a view to concluding a Nuclear Weapons Convention by the year 2020 to ensure the elimination of nuclear weapons world wide."

If you have not already signed it, you can do so online here:


The online petition will close on the 25th April 2010.

This will be then be handed in with a global petition at the NPT Review Conference in New York in May.

IPPNW press release, March 26, 2010

Nuclear Weapon-Free Germany

Parliamentary Debate on nuclear disarmament

03/26/2010 IPPNW, a physicians’ organisation distinguished with the Nobel Peace Price in 1985, welcomes the cross-party resolution for a world without nuclear weapons, passed today in the German Parliament. “It is a unique occasion in Germany history that the withdrawal of the US nuclear weapons from Germany and a reduced role of nuclear weapons within Nato finds support from all political parties” said IPPNW chair Dr. Angelika Claußen.


From De Gaulle to Obama

Written by Maria Arvaniti Sotirpoulou


The following text is the translation from an article, which was published in the greek press. The author Maria Arvaniti Sotirpoulou is President of the “Panhellenic Medical Society for the Protection of the Environment and against the Nuclear andBiochemical Threat”, the greek section of the IPPNW.

There could be no better conjunction!  Just as the American President, who was honored with the nobel prize also for his promises with regard to a nuclear-free world, announces the construction of the first nuclear power station since thirty years, we hear from France about their nuclear experiments on soldiers. These soldiers were not only watching the atmospheric nuclear test in Algeria, but also ordered to enter "Ground Zero", so that the effects of radioactivity on fighting men could be subjected to scientific scrutiny.




03/11/2010 March 5th marked the 40th anniversary of the entry into force of the Non-Proliferation Treaty. It was an opportunity for governments and civil society to reflect on the current challenges facing the treaty before the Review Conference in May, and to consider ways to fulfil the promise at the core of the NPT — a nuclear-weapon-free world.


Zero is the Only Option

New IPPNW Publication


IPPNW has produced a major new briefing paper summarizing current medical and scientific knowledge about nuclear war and its consequences. Zero is the only option: Four medical and environmental cases for eradicating nuclear weapons draws extensively from the work of climate scientists including Alan Robock, O. B. Toon, and Michael Mills, who have documented the climate effects of regional nuclear war.



IPPNW to press for Nuclear Weapons Convention at NPT Review Conferenc

News and opinion from peaceandhealthblog.com


When the five-year review of the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT) convenes in New York on May 3, 70 IPPNW doctors, medical students, and activists from 20 countries will join hundreds of other civil society representatives to demand fulfillment of the Treaty’s disarmament obligation some 40 years since its entry into force. In the months leading up to the Review Conference, IPPNW affiliates and ICAN activists have been bringing a clear message to their governments – that NPT member states should call for work on a Nuclear Weapons Convention to begin as soon as the conference ends.



01/12/2010 CND's International Conference took place on October 10th at Mary Ward House in Central London. The day focused on the 2010 nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) and how campaigners can make an impact on negotiations towards abolition.


12/03/2009 One of the hallmarks of IPPNW’s work is engaging with nuclear decision makers about the medical consequences of nuclear war and the urgency of ridding the world of nuclear weapons. In pursuit if this kind of physician diplomacy, IPPNW held a seminar on nuclear disarmament with European Parliamentarians on October 13, 2009 in Brussels.


IPPNW Press Release, 26. Oktober 2009

Important milestone reached in the campaign "our future – nuclear weapon-free"

Coalition agreement between the CDU/CSU FDP parties in Germany

10/26/2009 The new conservative-liberal government in Germany declared yesterday in their newly published coalition agreement that they would advocate the withdrawal of the remaining nuclear weapons in Germany. This means that the national campaign "our future – nuclear weapon-free" has reached an important milestone. The german section of IPPNW is one of a coalition of 50 German peace organisations and groups running this campaign.


10/09/2009 As they did 24 years ago, when they awarded a group of physicians the Nobel Peace Prize for their work to stop the nuclear arms race, the Nobel Committee has once again used their power to leverage action on nuclear disarmament.  In attaching "special importance to Obama's vision of and work for a world without nuclear weapons" the Nobel Committee understands the significance of the transformational change that is necessary.


09/18/2009 President Barack Obama’s decision to cancel US missile defense deployments in the Czech Republic and Poland ends a controversial and wasteful program that never should have been started in the first place. As a remnant of the Reagan-era ballistic missile defense scheme that came to be known as Star Wars, the proposed array of radars and interceptors was technically unsound, had become an obstacle to negotiations on strategic arms reductions with Russia, and was an unfortunate symbol of a domineering attitude in foreign affairs that President Obama had pledged to correct. On all three counts, he has done the right thing.


07/09/2009 In March 2009, just before the historic first meeting between US President Barack Obama and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War sent the two leaders a letter signed by more than 300 of the world’s top physicians, appealing for leadership toward a world without nuclear weapons. Our hopes and expectations were raised by the statements issued from the London meeting, and by President Obama’s speech in Prague a few days later, when he pledged “America's commitment to seek the peace and security of a world without nuclear weapons” and added that “as the only nuclear power to have used a nuclear weapon, the United States has a moral responsibility to act.”


05/25/2009 International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War regrets the nuclear test conducted by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK). As an organization of doctors, we deplore the squandering of scarce resources of all the nuclear powers in the time of world wide economic recession on the development of weapons — especially weapons of mass destruction — instead of investing in health, education, economic development and other social needs that provide true security.


IPPNW at 2009 NPT PrepCom

May 4-15, 2009, New York, New York

05/16/2009 IPPNW was one of more than 75 non-governmental organizations (NGOs) participating in the 2009 Preparatory Committee meeting for the 2010 Review Conference of the Non-Proliferation Treaty at UN Headquarters in New York. The two-week PrepCom made important strides toward strengthening the disarmament and non-proliferation "pillars" of the NPT, which had come under enormous strain during the eight years of the Bush administration in the US.


Nuclear Weapons, Violence and Health

European IPPNW meeting in Helsinki

04/27/2009 The IPPNW joint European – Russian /CIS meeting and Symposium "Nuclear Weapons, Violence and Health" took place in Helsinki, Finland from 23.-26.4.2009. The Particpants from Sweden, Norway, Finland, Denmark, Germany, Poland, Netherlands, UK, France, Portugal, Switzerland, Russia, Georgia, Kyrgyz Republic, Kazakhstan and Ukraine discussed a common European-Russia-CIS campaign on nuclear disarmament as part of the IPPNW ICAN campaign.


A nuclear-weapons-free world

Champions, detractors, and the urgency of getting to zero

02/06/2009 Most of the world is already finished with the idea of nuclear weapons. Public opinion polls in country after country—even in the nuclear-weapon states—reflect broad and growing support for a nuclear-weapons-free world. Serious mainstream politicians and diplomats, including US President Barack Obama, have embraced the goal of zero nuclear weapons, though they mostly advocate near-term— though important — incremental steps such as dealerting and making deeper cuts in the US and Russian arsenals, and stop short of calling for negotiations on a comprehensive, universal agreement—a nuclear weapons convention similar to the treaties that already ban chemical and biological weapons.


01/29/2009 During its first week in office, the new US administration of President Barack Obama published its foreign policy agenda on the revamped White House website. A summary of steps that Obama took as a US Senator to address the nuclear threat is followed by a series of explicit pledges to stop the development of new nuclear weapons, to take existing weapons off hair trigger alert, and to strengthen the Non-Proliferation Treaty.


US Election and Global Nuclear Disarmament

Yes you can Abolish Nuclear Weapons

11/16/2008 After eight dark years of neo-con rule, the American people voted for hope and change, backed by global demand for progressive new US leadership. It feels like a new dawn. The election of President Barack Obama brings newfound hope that the United States will become a champion for peace. During the campaign, President-Elect Obama pledged to end the Iraq war, to restore the rule of law, to close Guantánamo Bay, to reaffirm the Geneva Conventions, to pursue diplomacy, and to respect and participate in the United Nations.


Learn about Nuclear Weapons

11/01/2008 The problem is not exactly a lack of material on nuclear weapons and disarmament. However, sometimes it is difficult to sift through all information available and to find what you are looking for. The Swedish Physicians against Nuclear Weapons and the Swedish Peace and Arbitration Society offers you the material Learn about Nuclear Weapons, for anyone looking for a basic or in-depth knowledge of nuclear weapons and disarmament issues. To create a global movement towards nuclear disarmament, it takes a strong public opinion.

Piraeus Appeal

A Nuclear Free World and a Nuclear Free Europe

10/14/2008 63 years have passed since the nuclear bombings on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, which must be remembered for the excruciating human agony and devastating destruction of a kind never seen before. The “Global Voyage for a Nuclear-Free World – Peace Boat Hibakusha Project” has brought 102 Hibakusha (survivors of the atomic bombings) to Piraeus, Greece as part of the worldwide voyage to share their testimonies and the universal message of the Hibakusha that nuclear weapons must be abolished in order to never again allow their use. To this end, we join the global civil society call for a world free from nuclear weapons, underpinned by a Nuclear Weapons Convention.


A Treaty to Abolish Nuclear Weapons

By Lawrence S. Wittner

05/05/2008 Although few people are aware of it, there has been considerable progress over the past decade toward a treaty to abolish nuclear weapons. For many years, there had been a substantial gap between the pledges to eliminate nuclear weapons made by the signatories to the nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty of 1968 and the reality of their behavior.


Prescription for Survival: A Doctor´s Journey to End Nuclear Madness

Nobel Prize winner Bernard Lown launches his new book

09/25/2008 “How close we came to extinction, and it is forgotten now.” So begins Nobel Prize-winner Bernard Lown’s story of his fight against the nuclear symptom of what he calls “the disease of militarism.” It is still active and highly contagious, as witnessed by events in Iran, North Korea, Pakistan, and all too many other places. And it can only be stopped, as this extraordinary memoir vividly demonstrates, by concerned citizens working together.


"A Gaping Hole in the Non-Proliferation Treaty"

Disarmament network deplores decision of the Nuclear Suppliers Group

09/08/2008 The US-India Deal Working Group of the international disarmament network, ABOLITION 2000,  in which IPPNW is involved, deplores the decision of the 45-nation Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) to approve a special exemption for India from its nuclear trade rules.
The exemption will allow India to participate in international nuclear trade, but, contrary to the claims of its advocates, it will not bring India further into conformity with the nonproliferation behavior expected of the member states of the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT).


World Congress calls for a nuclear weapons free world

Dehli Declaration

03/20/2008 More than 600 doctors and medical students from 44 countries brought IPPNW's call for the abolition of nuclear weapons and for the prevention of war and small arms violence to India, when they gathered in New Delhi for the 18th World Congress from March 9-11. IPPNW and Indian Doctors for Peace and Development (IDPD) met with President Pratibha Devisingh Patil, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, cabinet ministers and parliamentarians to promote the Nuclear Weapons Convention and to appeal for a return to the spirit of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi's 1988 Action Plan for a nuclear weapons free world.

Ansari adresses the World Congress of IPPNW

Text of the Vice President of India

03/10/2008 I am happy to be here at the inauguration of the 18th World Congress of International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War. The pioneering work of the organisation and its efforts for peace, health and development need no mention here; it has been awarded the Noble Peace Prize. Conferences of this nature help in better understanding of the causes of armed conflict, especially from a public health perspective, and build grassroots awareness of the immense health and environment consequences of nuclear war.


01/28/2008 At a press conference in Hiroshima, Japan, Mayor Tadatoshi Akiba announced that the 2020 Vision Campaign of Mayors for Peace is successful in preparing for the Decisive Decade for Nuclear Disarmament. Mayor Akiba, also President of Mayors for Peace, declared, "An ambitious membership drive which begun last January has come to fruition: we now have 2,028 Mayors in 127 countries rallying for the 2020 Vision!". Over 400 new members joined Mayors for Peace during 2007.


International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons

You can help spread the message

01/30/2008 ICAN-UK is a new consortium of groups facilitated by Medact as the UK affiliate of International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War. ICAN´s aim is to draw attention to the feasibility of nuclear abolition through the model treaty outlined in Securing our Survival, the Case for a Nuclear Weapons Convention (NWC), and to generate political will for nuclear disarmament through educating and engaging the public and policy makers.


The future of nuclear non-proliferation

Report WEU Interparliamentary Assembly

01/03/2008 In June 2006 the Assembly of WEU adopted a report on "The non-proliferation of weapons of mass destruction". That report provided a very full description of the various non-proliferation regimes for biological, chemical and nuclear weapons and contained detailed sections on EU and transatlantic non-proliferation efforts.This new report concentrates on nuclear weapons, the future role of the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), nuclear terrorism and new instruments and future trends in nuclear non-proliferation. The report also discusses the link between non-proliferation and nuclear disarmament.

Nuclear Weapon Free

My cup of tea

11/18/2007 On Sunday the 18th of November the Mayor of Hiroshima Hadatoshi Akiba visited Stockholm, Sweden. For his visit Swedish students in IPPNW arranged the first "Nuclear Weapon Free - my cup of tea" event. This is a new activity that can be done all over the world in IPPNW as a contribution to the ICAN campaign. There are still 27.000 nuclear weapons in the world. The purpose of each and every one of them is their potential of causing a major disaster. But in fact, they are causing disaster every day.


Postcards for a Nuclear Weapons free Europe

IPPNW Sweden and Switzerland

10/15/2007 The NATO doctrine ist outdated and detrimental to European security. European Non Nuclear Weapons States should raise their voice for elimination of Nuclear Weapons in Europe. We need a Nuclear Weapons free Europe! Join us in our fight for a Nulcear Weapons free Europe! IPPNW Sweden and Switzerland have produced four Postcards  for a Nuclear Weapons free Zone.

Overriding Trident Tour

28.09. - 30.09.2007

10/15/2007 From September 28th-30th of 2007, a group of more than 30 medical students, doctors and political activists cycled the English countryside from Dover to London in order to reach this conference, informing the public on their way about the dangers of nuclear weapons, holding Target X installations and meeting with mayors and media on the way. Background of the tour was the decision of the British parliament to renew the Trident nuclear weapons program for an estimated cost of £25 billion.


Campaign against Nuclear sharing of US Nukes

European IPPNW affiliate meeting

10/08/2007 60 physicians und medical students from all over Europe met to discuss and develop joint projects. The European IPPNW meeting followed the international conference "Nuclear Weapons: The Final Pandemic - Preventing Proliferation and Achieving Abolition" in cooperation with the Royal Society of Medicine. On the agenda was an exchange about European IPPNW issues, for example the withdrawal of US nuclear weapons from Europe, the ICAN campaign to demand a Nuclear Weapons Convention and the IPPNW contribution to lasting peace in the Mediterranean region.

Doctors Warn Of Climate Havoc and Global Famine

International conference in London

10/03/2007 Even a limited, regional nuclear war, such as an exchange between India and Pakistan, would cause world wide climate disruption and lead to global famine. This was one outcome of the international conference "Nuclear Weapons: The Final Pandemic -Preventing Proliferation and Achieving Abolition" of IPPNW in partnership with the Royal Society of Medicine. Dr Helfand and Professor Alan Robock and Dr Owen Toon, demonstrated that debris ejected into the atmosphere from the nuclear explosions and subsequent fires would cause sudden global cooling and decreased precipitation for up to 10 years.


Mediterranean No Nuclear Neighbourhood

A new terenean Antinuclear link

10/02/2007 In Rhodes was created a new terenean Antinuclear link named Mediterranean No Nuclear Neighbourhood (MN³). In the Secretariat Maria Arvaniti Sotiropoulou was elected representing the Greek Affiliate of IPPNW. Following you find the declaration of MN³. "We, the Organizations from 9 countries of the wider area of the Mediterranean gathered in Rhodes, September 27-29 2007, and signed the Protocol of Cooperation for the Creation of the Mediterranean No Nuclear Neighbourhood, address the citizens of our countries with a hopeful dream..."


US-India Deal deeply flawed

Open letter to heads of states

08/14/2007 The German affiliate of IPPNW has signed a letter from the global network "Abolition 2000" asking member states of the Nuclear Suppliers Group to veto the proposed US-India nuclear deal. The signatories of the letter view the deal as "deeply flawed" and regard the consequences for the internation non-proliferation regime to be so severe, that only the next Review Conference of the Non-Proliferation Treaty should take a decision on it.


A Hiroshima Day Appeal for Nuclear Abolition

By Gunnar Westberg and John Loretz

08/15/2007 More than 60 years ago, the world was put on notice by the US atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki that we were living on borrowed time. More than 40 years ago, physicians and scientists described in frightening and comprehensive terms how a nuclear war would kill tens of millions of people indiscriminately, destroy entire societies and ecosystems, and cause cancers and genetic damage in unborn generations. In time we learned that, at its worst extreme, a nuclear exchange involving thousands of warheads could cause a nuclear winter that would lead to the extinction of humankind.


Condemning the use of Nuclear Weapons

IPPNW Turkish Affiliate

08/06/2007 On the 6th of August 2007 at the anniversary of Hiroshima massacre Derman Boztok (general secretary and international councilor of NUSED) and his colleague Dr. Mehmet Kum (deputy health director and president of locally active NGO) declared to press the Igdir Appeal of NUSED and several local NGOs of Igdir Province (the most eastern province) condemning the use and development of nuclear weapons, reminding IPPNW´s ICAN efforts globally and pointing out the very imminent threat posed locally by the Metsamor nuclear plant at the Armenian border.


IPPNW launches worldwide e-Card Campaign

Sign the e-card at www.iaea.ippnw.de

07/29/2007 The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) was founded on July 29th, 1957. On the occasion of this 50th anniversary IPPNW-Germany has created an electronic birthday card to the IAEA that criticizes the agency's role in promoting so-called peaceful uses of nuclear energy. The e-card can be viewed, personalized, and signed at www.iaea.ippnw.de. According to its founding statute, the aim of the IAEA is to prevent nuclear weapons proliferation while, at the same time, enlarging the peaceful use of nuclear energy. IPPNW believes that this is a self-contradictory mission.


06/12/2007 SLMK - the Swedish affiliate of IPPNW sent a delegation of 3 students and 1 doctor to Pyongyang, Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK). The delegation aimed at strengthening the relationship with the DPRK affiliate of IPPNW, spreading awareness on nuclear weapon issues to medical students and doctors, increasing our knowledge about the health care situation in DPRK.


ICAN Launched!

Campaign To Abolish Nuclear Weapons

04/30/2007 On April 30 ICAN was launched at the Vienna nuclear Non Proliferation Treaty (NPT) meeting, along with the book Securing our Survival (SOS): the Case for a Nuclear Weapons Convention with a panel featuring Mayor Akiba of Hiroshima, Dr. Ron McCoy of IPPNW, Dr. Carlos Vargas of Costa Rica, as well as co-authors of the Nuclear Weapons Convention, Alyn Ware, Jurgen Scheffran and Felicity Hill.


Nuclearisation in Europe and the Middle East

From threat to preventive action

03/27/2007 Upon invitation of the Swiss chapter of the International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War, an international conference on the topic of "Nuclearisation in Europe and the Middle East" took place on Monte Verità, Ascona, Switzerland from March 22nd to 25th 2007. In a time of high international tension in the Middle East, participants focused on the absolute necessity for high-level constructive dialogue between all the parties. Respect for mutual fears as well as the overcoming of misunderstandings due to cultural and historical differences should inherently be part of such dialogue.


An Open Letter to the Murderers

Mayor Itoh of Nagasaki

04/17/2007 On Tuesday, April 17, 2007 you killed a man who was apparently an obstacle to your criminal enterprises. We wonder if you have any idea what you have taken from the world. Mayor Iccho Itoh was born only two weeks before the atomic bombing of Nagasaki by the United States on August 9, 1945. Defined by that monstrous act of war along with the other hibakusha of Nagasaki and Hiroshima, Mayor Itoh devoted his life to making sure that nuclear weapons would never be used again. Without rancor or ill will, he quietly and persistently went about the business of campaigning for the elimination of nuclear weapons from the world.


Total ban of Nuclear Weapons

European Parliament

07/01/2008 On Tuesday July 1st 2008 12:00 noon at the EP in Brussels a cross-party group representing 69 Members of the European Parliament from 19 EU member states launched a "Parliamentary declaration in support of the Nuclear Weapons Convention". Their support marked the 40th anniversary of the nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty (NPT), and the unfulfilled promise of the official Nuclear Weapon States to move towards total elimination of their nuclear arsenals.


Doctor protests against nuclear weapons

Nuclear weapons are illegal

01/22/2007 Medact doctors join others at the Faslane submarine base in Scotland to protest against new nuclear weapons. Dr Trevor Trueman said: "The proposed replacement of Trident, when we have ratified a non-proliferation Treaty and are encouraging other countries to remain non-nuclear, is the height of hypocrisy. Nuclear weapons are indiscriminate and therefore illegal under international law."


A World Free of Nuclear Weapons

Article in the Washington Post

01/04/2007 Nuclear weapons today present tremendous dangers, but also an historic opportunity. U.S. leadership will be required to take the world to the next stage -- to a solid consensus for reversing reliance on nuclear weapons globally as a vital contribution to preventing their proliferation into potentially dangerous hands, and ultimately ending them as a threat to the world. Nuclear weapons were essential to maintaining international security during the Cold War because they were a means of deterrence. The end of the Cold War made the doctrine of mutual Soviet-American deterrence obsolete. Deterrence continues to be a relevant consideration for many states with regard to threats from other states. But reliance on nuclear weapons for this purpose is becoming increasingly hazardous and decreasingly effective.


Britain´s New Nuclear Weapons

New Medact Briefing

12/06/2006 In the foreward to the White Paper on 'The Future of the United Kingdom's Nuclear Deterrent' presented to Parliament on December 4th the Prime Minister says he 'is confident that [the resulting] debate will only confirm that maintaining our nuclear deterrent is in the best interests of the country's future security'. Medact fundamentally disagrees. Our briefing 'Britain's New Nuclear Weapons: Illegal, Indiscriminate and Catastrophic for Health' outlines why. It details the terrible health effects that even a one-kilotonne weapon would cause to reveal any nuclear weapon for what it is: indiscriminate and therefore illegal.

Statement by the Co-Presidents


"Irresponsible and dangerous"

10/09/2006 The Co-Presidents of IPPNW issued a statement today condemning the nuclear test by North Korea. "The test explosion of a nuclear weapon, announced today by the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, was an irresponsible and dangerous action that can only be seen as a giant step backward for the people of North Korea and for the entire North Asian region" they said. The Co-Presidents strongly urged restraint by all parties.



On the Replacement of Trident

from Liz Waterston of Medact

08/04/2006 Jack Straw Leader of the UK House of Commons announced on Friday 21st July that the House of Commons would vote on the issue of maintaining the Trident Missile System before the end of the year. The vote will be a 'three line whip vote' meaning MPs are expected to vote with the party leadership rather than with their conscience. Parliament is now in summer recess until October, which implies that the vote will occur in November or December this year.


17th IPPNW World Congress Helsinki

Congress Statement

If you want peace, work for health!

09/10/2006 The 17th IPPNW World Congress took place in Helsinki, Finland from 7th to 10 September 2006. The motto of the Congress was War or Health? Themes of the congress were: nuclear abolition; small arms and the public health impact of war; and energy security. A statement was issued at the close of the congress.


She remains with us

Solange Fernex has died

09/11/2006 Solange Fernex, a French pacifist and politician born in 1934 and resident in Biederthal (Alsace), died of cancer on 11 September at around 3pm. After living through some difficult stages and a recent short remission, she slipped away gently.


Dialogues in Belgium and Russia

Raising Nuclear Awareness

04/15/2006 IPPNW physicians and medical students participated in a new round of Dialogues with Decision Makers in Brussels and Moscow this March and April.


02/15/2006 IPPNW played over many, many years the leadership role in advocating testing moratoria, and end to testing, and adoption of a CTBT. IPPNW's "CeaseFire" campaign generated thousands of letters of protest after each nuclear weapons test explosion. As you know, while full scale underground testing has been stopped - at least for now - testing does in fact continue - in the laboratory. The United Kingdom, in conjunction with the US, conducted a subcritical nuclear test at the American underground test site in Nevada on February 23.


We condemn use of nuclear weapons

Letter to President Chirac

01/19/2006 IPPNW condemns unequivocally any use or threatened use of nuclear weapons for any reason. We are therefore appalled at your statement on January 19 that France has reconfigured its nuclear forces in preparation for a tactical nuclear strike against any country that your government concludes had sponsored an act of terrorism against France. IPPNW does not condone terrorism in any form, nor would we deny the right of any government to use legitimate means to defend its people against acts of terrorism. The use of nuclear weapons, however, is not a legitimate means under any circumstances.


Dialogues in UK and France

IPPNW talks to decision makers

11/29/2005 An IPPNW delegation met for two hours with policy staff of the FCO Department of Counter Proliferation and the Ministry of Defence in the UK. The following day, another IPPNW delegation visited the Ministry of Defense and the Foreign Office in Paris and talked to officials there.


Strong resolution on WMD

Parliament of the European Union

11/17/2005 On November 17, 2005 the plenary of the EU parliament gathered in Strasbourg adopted a resolution called "European Parliament resolution on non-proliferation of weapons of mass destruction: A role for the European Parliament (2005/2139(INI)) " The resolution refers to The World Court opinion on Nuclear Weapons from June 1996, and gives a clear recognition from the Parliament that the governing bodies of the European Union has to integrate this advisory opinion in its strategy on nuclear weapons.


Nobel Peace Prize 2005

Letter to Dr. Mohamed ElBaradei

10/14/2005 The IPPNW Board of Directors released the following letter to Dr. Mohamed ElBaradei following his 2005 Nobel Peace Prize: "Congratulations to you personally and all your colleagues at the IAEA who have laboured so hard to stop the proliferation of nuclear weapons on our planet. IPPNW also wishes to express particular gratitude for your commitment to preventing the invasion of Iraq. You provided the international community with factual information on the monitoring of Iraq's weapons programmes and took a strong stand against the false allegations made by a few nations. We hope that you can bring the facts to bear on the current crisis over Iran's nuclear intentions and that the call for multilateral solutions will prevail."


A famous nuclear weapons opponent

PSR Statement on the Death of Joseph Rotblat

09/01/2005 Physicians for Social Responsibility (PSR) mourns the death of Professor Sir Joseph Rotblat on August 31, in London, UK at the age of 96. Professor Rotblat, a 1995 Nobel Peace Laureate, and one of the first nuclear weapons opponents, was the only scientist to quit the Manhattan Project for moral reasons, when he learned from that Adolf Hitler and Germany were not developing a nuclear weapon. From that point on, he turned his immense talents and energy to nuclear medicine and a life-long campaign against nuclear weapons and war.


Full circle - The Epic return to Trinity

Atomic bomb fire extinguished

08/10/2005 The flame from Hiroshima has now been returned to its place of origin and extinguished. A flame was lit in 1945 from the members of the fires in Hiroshima that the atomic bomb started. The flame has been kept in a temple close to Nagasaki. Every year monks have walked from Hiroshima to Nagasaki, and there walked in circles to symbolize that this should be the last bomb. Now the monks have brought the flame across to California and walked through the desert to the place of the first atomic bomb explosion, called Trinity, near Alamogordo in New Mexico.


There must be a timetable to end nuclear weapons

Interview with Mordechai Vanunu

07/07/2005 I was privileged to meet Mordechai Vanunu, the dissident anti-nuclear Israeli who was released from 18yrs imprisonment last year for his advocacy on Israel's nuclear weapons, when staying in St George's guest house in Jerusalem in July. Although he is not supposed to meet foreigners or the press he was happy to talk about his views and indeed this is one of the reasons why he is staying in this particular setting.


Two Sides of the Same Coin

Speech of Xanthe Hall

05/08/2004 The International Atomic Energy Agency, which I will herafter refer to as IAEA, is best known by the general public for its inspections and subsequent discovery of secret nuclear programmes. But little is known about its actual mandate as an organisation and how it plays a significant role in the promotion of the so-called peaceful uses of nuclear energy.


Learn about Nuclear Weapons

Learn About Nuclear Weapons is a web-based educational material from the Swedish Physicians Against Nuclear Weapons for those who want to learn more about nuclear weapons: