Dear IPPNW Members
Our Congress Website is online – including information about the preliminary programme, speakers and the possibility to register online.
Our meeting takes place on 14–17 September 2017 and offers the chance to link health and human rights issues. The conference will bring together lawyers and medical experts as well as victims of nuclear accidents, nuclear testing and uranium mining from all over the world. We will learn from past lawsuits and show how to support current and future cases. One of the key factors that determines whether a lawsuit is successful or not is to proof the bodily harm. The nuclear industry tries to deny or down play these impacts. However, recent evidence presented by medical research indicates that the risk of ionising radiation to humans and living beings is higher than previously assumed. Finally, law and medicine should not only focus on the past and present, but also try to prevent future harm. The conference will also discuss the legal developments which could strengthen the protection.
We kindly invite everybody to attend the congress! Please register online and forward this information to interested parties.
On behalf of the organisation committee
Günter Baitsch, Andreas Nidecker and Claudia Bürgler (PSR/IPPNW Switzerland)
Daniel Rietiker (SAFNA, Schweizer Anwälte für Nukleare Abrüstung)
Günter Wippel (Uranium Network)
European Students Conference and Western Balkan Meeting
Radiation and its effects on human health
We are glad to announce that the next European Student Conference and Western Balkan Meeting will take place from 25-28th of May 2017 in the city of Prishtina, Kosovo.
The main topic of the conference will be: Radiation and its effects on human health. Of course there will also be special time slots for former participants of IPPNW's program Bridges of Understanding, slots where every group can present their local commitment and many more different workshops.
Please save the date and we will inform you soon about more details.
We thank the group of Kosova's Physicians for Social Responsibility - IPPNW Affiliate in Kosovo (founded just now in December 2016) for organizing this event!
Registration is open now.
16th World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates - Bogotá, Colombia
The World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates is an international gathering of Nobel Peace Laureates and organizations, such as IPPNW, which provides a forum for them to engage in conversations about the social issues of the times. Often these conversations are also related to the challenges or historical challenges of the cities that we gather in. This year we will gather in Bogotá, Colombia, to promote pathways to peace as the Colombian civil society work towards solving a 52-year civil war.
The objectives of youth program, Leading by Example, is to bring university students and young professionals from all throughout the world together to learn from the Nobel peace laureates, and to form their own network, so that they may spark change within their local communities for the global good. Following the traditional morning panels which youth will attend, they will be invited to join a series of concurrent workshops which provide for a more intimate opportunity for youth delegates to engage in conversations with the Nobel Peace Laureates, academicians, and leaders of important nonprofit organizations.
January 31, 2017 - Students/Young Professionals Arrive
February 1, 2017 - Youth Orientation and Sightseeing
February 2, 2017 - World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates Day 1
February 3, 2017 - World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates Day 2
February 4, 2017 - World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates Day 3
February 5, 2017 - World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates Day 4
Roundtable "Towards Banning Nuclear Weapons in 2017: Changing the game in nuclear disarmament?"
Diplomatische Akademie, Vienna, Austria
With this event we want for experts of the diplomatic community, academia, politics and civil society to discuss their expectations for the negotiations in 2017 and how these will impact international relations. The roundtable is intended to draw attention to and raise awareness for the topic. Especially Vienna, the capital of one of the states that have been leading the current paradigm shift in nuclear disarmament and where the NPT PrepCom and the OSCE Ministerial Council will be convened in 2017, will become a center of attention for disarmament diplomacy next to New York.
ICAN Global Week of Action
A big measure of our success in the run-up to negotiations is how much awareness we are able to generate that the ban is coming. During the global week of action we can concentrate our actions, amplify our collective voice and generate some real buzz around the fact that negotiations are going to happen. This means reaching beyond our usual networks, effectively engaging the media and working in partnership with governments to raise the profile of the negotiations - to generate excitement about the possibilities that a ban treaty presents.
Symposium: "Common Security"
Co-organized by Pugwash and IPPNW Russia, there will be a symposium and a Dialogue with Decision Makers in Moscow. More information coming soon.
ICAN Campaigners Meeting
Further information will be published soon.
First Negotiation Session
Further information will be punlished soon.
European Student Conference and Western Balkan Meeting
The main topic of the conference will be: Radiation and its effects on
human health. For more information on how students can participate,
please join the IPPNW Student Facebook group.
Second (Main) Negotiation Session
Joint MEDACT Forum and IPPNW World Congress
The congress will be a joint endeavor with Medact, the UK affiliate of IPPNW, and will build on their incredibly successful Health Through Peace event organized in London in 2015. The joint Medact Forum and IPPNW World Congress will provide unique opportunities to network with leadership and activism in the peace, health and nuclear abolition movement critical care. The on-site accommodation in York’s James College includes a mixture of en-suite and shared bathrooms at very reasonable cost. Delegate registration will include lunch and conference refreshments, and accommodations will include breakfast and dinner. The IPPNW International Council will meet on Sunday, Sept 3 and again on Thursday, Sept 7. The Main conference will take place on September 4 – 6.
Symposium "Crimes, Human Rights and Future Generations in the Nuclear Age"
In these times of increased geopolitical tension, we believe that interdisciplinary dialogue is crucial to building a nuclear-weapons-free future. Co-sponsored by PSR / IPPNW Switzerland, the Association of Swiss Lawyers for Nuclear Disarmament, Uranium Network Germany, the Nuclear Free Future Award Foundation, and Centre International de Droit Comparé de l‘Environnement (CIDCE)