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IPPNW calls for a negotiated solution to the Ukraine crisis


IPPNW views with deep concern the recent developments in Ukraine. IPPNW underscores the absolute imperative to avoid the possibility of use of nuclear weapons. This danger exists with any armed conflict involving nuclear armed states or alliances, which could escalate in uncontrollable, unintended and unforeseeable ways.

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By Tilman Ruff

The Fukushima nuclear disaster three years on


The world’s most complex nuclear power plant disaster continues three years on, and will continue for many years hence. Uncontrolled flows of around 1,000 tons of groundwater per day into the site continue; 400 tons of water daily flows into the damaged reactor and turbine buildings where it becomes radioactively contaminated. Some is collected—more than 430,000 tons of radioactively contaminated water is now stored in about 1,000 makeshift tanks, many of which are bolted rather than welded, lack even gauges to show how full they are, and have leaked repeatedly.

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By Gunnar Westberg

Praise be to Bill Clinton, Boris Yeltsin and Leonid Kravchuk: There are no nuclear weapons in Ukraine!


When the Soviet Union fell apart, Ukraine, Belarus and Kazakhstan became de facto nuclear states. Ukraine had the third largest nuclear arsenal in the world with about 5,000 nuclear charges, more than the UK, France, and China put together. The situation was dangerous. Russia, the USA, and Europe all had a strong interest in stopping the proliferation.

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Arms Trade Treaty “Race to 50” gains momentum with EU Vote to Authorize

The ATT “race to 50”, (#Raceto50) coined by the Control Arms Coalition, just got a lot faster-paced with the European Union (EU) vote to authorize EU members to ratify the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT).

more ...[Has your country signed and ratified the ATT?]  [ATT toolkit]

Mazda Make Things Better Award to IPPNW South/North Small Arms Project

An exciting new South/North project of Physicians for Social Responsibility (PSR), Finland in cooperation with the Society of Nigerian Doctors for the Welfare of Mankind (SNDWM), Zambian Healthworkers for Social Responsibility (ZHSR), and IPPNW just got a financial boost from the "Mazda Make Things Better Award." The Mazda award was launched at the summit of Nobel Peace Laureates in October, 2013 in Warsaw, and the joint IPPNW project “Raising awarenesson small arms through interactive radio programmes” has now won the first of these awards!

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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.

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ATT ratification gains traction in Europe, new US policies on arms’ sales

In recent news, the German government, the European Parliament Foreign Affairs Committee, as well as MEPs from the European Committee on International Trade all called for EU countries to ratify the United Nations Arms Trade Treaty (ATT). Germany’s foreign minister said ATT ratification would take place as soon as the required European Parliament decision takes place, expected this spring.  He, too, called for other states to follow in order to “make the world a safer place.”

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30. January 2014

IPPNW to brief governments on the peril of nuclear famine

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. 

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IPPNW statement on the criminalization of emergency medical care in Turkey


IPPNW joins the UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Health, the World Medical Association, Physicians for Human Rights, and other major medical associations in calling for revocation of a provision of a new Turkish law that would compromise access to emergency medical care in Turkey and make it a crime for independent medical practitioners to provide emergency care in certain situations. Article 46 of the health law drafted by the Turkish Grand National Assembly and signed by Abdullah Gül, president of the Turkish Republic, appears to be targeted at political protesters, imposing fines and up to three years of imprisonment on private practitioners who offer emergency care after the arrival of a state ambulance.

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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.

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Doctors and Drones

Dr Tomasz Pierscionek, co-author of Medact’s Drone report, talks to journalist and activist Carol Anne Grayson about the dangers of the proliferation of unmanned aerial vehicles.

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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.

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Doctors: UNSCEAR 2013 report systematically underestimates health impact of Fukushima catastrophe

[October 25, 2013] As physicians concerned with the effects of radioactive fallout on human health and the ecosystem, we have reviewed the upcoming United Nations Scientific Committee on the Effects of Atomic Radiation (UNSCEAR) report to the UN General Assembly. We appreciate the effort made by UNSCEAR committee members to evaluate the extensive and complex data concerning the Fukushima nuclear catastrophe. While parts of the UNSCEAR report will be useful in the future to assess the consequences of the nuclear meltdowns on public health and the environment, we believe the 2013 UNSCEAR report systematically underestimates the true extent of the catastrophe. Many of the assumptions are based on the two WHO/IAEA reports published in May 2012 and February 2013, which did not accurately portray the true extent of radiation exposure, followed faulty assumptions, ignored the ongoing radioactive emissions over the past 2½ years and excluded non-cancer effects of radiation.

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21. IPPNW World Congress

Registration is now open!
Astana, Kazakhstan

Main Congress: 8/27-8/30, 2014
Students: 8/25-26

Animated Short Film about DU by IBUW and PaxChristi

click to watch the video in IPPNW's youtube channel