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Global Health Summer School: "Climate Change, Violence and Health"

August 19th-26th, 2017 in Berlin

Global Health Summer SchoolThe Institute for Social medicine, Epidemiology and Health Economics (Charité Universitätsmedizin Berlin) and IPPNW Germany offer a one-week full-time course in Global Health Challenges in general and the relationship of Climate Change and Health in particular. The objective of the Summer School is to introduce the students to complex interactions between globalisation and health in general. Furthermore the topic of this year’s course "Climate Change, Violence and Health" will provide the basis for work during the Summer School and a one-day Alumni meeting and conference.
Application until May 21st 2017.

[Global Health Summer School]  [Application form]

25-28 May 2017, Prishtina

European Students Conference and Western Balkan Meeting

Radiation and its effects on human health

European Students' Conference 201

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.

11 June 2017, Büchel, Germany

International Symposium "Banning Nuclear Weapons: A European Perspective

There are nearly 15.000 nuclear weapons in the world and enough fissile material to make thousands more. A single nuclear weapon detonated over a populated area could kill hundreds of thousands or millions of people. The use of a large number of nuclear weapons would disrupt the global climate, causing widespread agricultural collapse and famine. The burning cities ignited by nuclear explosions would loft smoke high into the upper atmosphere, blanketing the globe. This, in turn, would cool, darken and dry the Earth’s surface, decimating food crops – putting potentially billions of people at risk of starvation. The catastrophic humanitarian consequences of nuclear weapons render their use incompatible with international law applicable to war – including international humanitarian law and the laws of peace and security.

Despite the existential threat posed by nuclear weapons, the issue receives minimal public attention and political momentum. From March 27 – April 1, 2007 negotiations on a treaty to ban nuclear weapons within the framework of international law took place in New York. This first negotiation session revealed that the 132 participating countries share a vision for a world without nuclear weapons. The International IPPNW symposium is looking at the process towards a Nuclear Ban Treaty in five European Countries.

Program for Sunday, 11 June:

10.30 am: Opening
Inga Blum and Angelika Claussen, Germany

10.45 am: A world without Nuclear Weapons – Why do we need a ban?
Hector Guerra, Mexico

11.00 am: How the Dutch grass-roots Movement pressured the government into negotiating a nuclear ban
Peter Buijs, The Netherlands

11.15 am: Why Norway is boycotting UN negotiations
Dr. Bjørn Hilt, Norway

11.30 am: Why the Austrian government strongly supports a nuclear ban
Nadja Schmidt, Austria

11.45 am: NATO and Russia are lowering the threshold for the use of nuclear weapons - We have to act now!
Gunnar Westberg, Sweden

12.00 pm: Open Discussion (including local politicians, Mayors for Peace)

1.00 pm: Lunch, Music and Culture

[Further Information]

15 June - 7 July 2017, New York, USA

Second (Main) Negotiation Session



3-7 September 2017, Univeristy of York, UK

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.


14–17 September 2017, University of Basel

Congress "Human Rights, Future Generations & Crimes in the Nuclear Age"

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)

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