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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.

Co-president Ira Helfand at the 16th World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates. http://www.bogota-nobelpeacesummit.com/index.php/en/02/05/2017 

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.

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

Xi Jinpin, Antilong, Eigenes Werk, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=3380749824.01.2017 

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.

[Full article on peaceandhealthblog.com]

A peace agenda for the new administration

Donald Trump, Foto: Michael Vadon August 19, 2015.jpg, CC BY-SA 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=42609338 (bearbeitet)17.01.2017 

The looming advent of the Trump administration in Washington threatens to worsen an already deeply troubling international situation. Bitter wars are raging, tens of millions of refugees have taken flight, relations among the great powers are deteriorating, and a new nuclear arms race is underway. Resources that could be used to fight unemployment, poverty, and climate change are being lavished on the military might of nations around the world―$1.7 trillion in 2015 alone. The United States accounts for 36 percent of that global total.

Given this grim reality, let us consider an alternative agenda for the new administration―an agenda for peace.

[read full article on peaceandhealthblog.com]

Why nuclear energy is not an answer to global warming

Talk from Dr. Alex Rosen, Medact-Conference

Dr. Alex Rosen12/16/2016 

On December 9th, Dr. Alex Rosen, Vice-President of IPPNW Germany, was invited to talk on the subject of nuclear energy and climate change at the MedAct Conference "Healthy Planet - Better World". The subject of his talk was "Why nuclear power ist not an answer to global warming". In it, he argued that nuclear power was not a good investment and that the true and long-term costs and effects of nuclear power far outweigh its potential short-term benefits. He named the detrimental effects of uranium mining and nuclear waste on the environment an on public health and listed the most relevant studies on the effects of uranium mining and civil nuclear energy on childhood leukemia, lung cancer and other radiation-related diseases.

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Medact Annual Forum, 9.-10. December 2016, London

Medact "Healthy Planet, Better World" conference

Highlights at the conference included the launch of “Doctors against Diesel”. Photo: Medact16.12.2016 

Medact’s Annual Forum, this year entitled “Healthy Planet, Better World” took place on 9 – 10 December at Friends House in central London. Hundreds of participants listened to leading speakers on topics such as climate change impacts, food and nuclear energy and joined in the debates. In the breaks many new connections were made in the corridors and intense and productive discussions took place. Highlights at the conference included the launch of “Doctors against Diesel”.

[More information about the conference is available at www.medact.org]

New "Don't Bank on The Bomb" report

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

dont_bank_on_the_bomb_0613.12.2016 

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! 

[More information...]

European health groups launch teaching materials on violence and health

Press release, 9 December 2016, London, United Kingdom

Online Case "Refugee health", www.medicalpeacework.org09.12.2016 

European health groups launch six online teaching cases to educate nurses, doctors, students and others on the health aspects of violence, war and armed conflict. They will be presented at the Medact conference “Healthy Planet – Better World” on December 10th, 2016 in London.
 
The cases are part of an educational series to help health professionals to engage in the identification and prevention of violence from the micro level (such as domestic violence, refugee discrimination, and torture) to the macro level (such as nuclear weapons, climate change, and war).

[read full press release]

Détente Now

A New Call for Peace, Security, and Cooperation

Participants of the campaign "We refuse to be enemies" in Smolensk, Photo: IPPNW12/06/2016 

A transatlantic appeal for a new policy of détente with Russia has been launched in Germany. The declaration’s authors invite the general public to join leading political figures and social activists who have publicly rallied to support the call.  The declaration was initiated by a few concerned citizens of civil society, churches, and science, including Wolfgang Biermann former adviser to Egon Bahr), Peter Brandt (historian), Konrad Raiser (former secretary general of the World Council of Churches), Reiner Hoffmann (chairman of the German Trade Unions Federation), and Horst Teltschik, (former head of Chancellor Kohl’s office and 1999–2008 director of the Munich Security Conference), as well as, from the United States, Daniel Ellsberg (longtime advocate for an informed citizenry).

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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.”

Hiroshima dome11/24/2016 

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.

more ...[Sign the petition here]  [Read about the appeal on hibakusha-appeal.net]

Parliamentary motions on Medact's latest report

Photo: Medact23.11.2016 

Medact recently published a report examing the recruitment of children into the British armed forces. This practice has been heavily criticized by UN bodies and multiple human rights and child rights organisations, and Medact's report joins them in calling for the recruitment age to be raised to 18.

The report, published in October, received extensive attention in the press and is now gaining traction in the UK Government.

Last week,
a motion was tabled in Holyrood by Christina McKelvie from the SNP about the recruitment agenda behind armed forces visits to schools. The motion acknowledges Medact's report, and calls on Parliamentary members to read it.

[view full report here]

IPPNW Press Announcement

The Nuclear-Free Future Awards 2016

This year's NFFAward laureates come from Turkey, France, Ethiopia, the Netherlands, and South Africa

Susi Snyder, Nuclear Disarmament Programme Manager, PAX, aboard the Peace Boat in New York in October 2016, Foto: www.icanw.org

17-11-2016 Johannesburg, South Africa: Since 1998 the Nuclear-Free Future Award has honored individuals and organizations from around the globe who are working to end the Nuclear Age – visionaries primarily engaged in pounding the world's nuclear warheads into plowshares, or ending the energy sector's so-called 'peaceful use of the atom.' 
The 2016 Nuclear-Free Future Award Ceremony, in cooperation with Earthlife Africa Johannesburg, will take place on 17 November at Matlapeng Country Estate  in, Vanderbijlpark,  Johannesburg, South Africa.

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IPPNW peace and health blog

Under Pressure

by Xanthe Hall

UN vote for Resolution L.41, 27. October 2016. Photo: ICAN03.11.2016 

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.

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Medact

The Recruitment of Children by the UK Armed Forces: a Critique from Health Professionals

The Recruitment of Children by the UK Armed Forces: a Critique from Health Professionals17.10.2016 

Medact’s new report on the long-term impacts of the British military’s recruitment of children under the age of 18, presents evidence linking ‘serious health concerns’ with the policy, and calls for a rise in the minimum recruitment age.

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„Nuclear Energy-Newsletter“ August 2016

„Unreasonable cancer diagnoses in Fukushima“

How Fukushima Medical University undermines their own study

Thyroid screening Japan. Photo: Ian Thomas AshPhoto: Ian Thomas Ash10/12/2016 

In Fukushima, an extensive screening on thyroid cancer in children is running for almost 5 years now. Whereas the pro-nuclear Japanese government deliberately downplays the impacts of the multiple nuclear meltdowns, scientists, physicians and parents associations were at leastable to enforce this screening. Despite all justifiable criticism of this study like its limitation to Fukushima Prefecture, the lack of transparency or the influence of the nuclear lobby on Fukushima Medical University, which carries out the examination, this screening provides the possibility of early detection and therapy of thyroid cancer.

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Making a business with cancer

An opinion article by Dr. Alex Rosen

Thyorid screening, Photo: Ian Thomas Ash10/11/2016 

How a society deals with the victims of a catastrophe tells you more about it than statistical data like its GDP or its unemployment rates. Since 2011, Fukushima Medical University regularly examines the thyroids of all inhabitants of Fukushima Prefecture, who were below 18 years of age at the time of the Fukushima nuclear catastrophe in order to detect cancer or precancerous lesions in time. While the costs for patients under the age of 18 are generally covered by the state, families have to pay doctor fees in advance and only get reimbursed after a certain delay. Furthermore, the Japanese health system generally requires patients older than 18 to pay 30% of all medical costs themselves. This also applies for thyroid exams for people who were exposed to radioactive fallout, as well as for potentially necessary biopsies, surgical operations or long-term therapies.

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IPPNW Germany Press Release

Greek physician awarded prize for medical peace work

Critic of austerity measures in Greek health system receives award

Greek physician Dr. Giorgos Vichas receives Medical Peace Award, Foto. IPPNW10/14/2016 

The Greek physician and founder of the Greek solidarity hospital “Metropolitan Community Clinic Helliniko” in Athens, Dr. Giorgos Vichas, is to be awarded with an international prize for his medical peace work. The award will be presented this evening at the 5th International “Medicine and Conscience” Congress and comes with a prize of 3,000 Euros. The prize has been donated by the German affiliate of International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War (IPPNW) and the European “Medical Peace Work” network. A second award will be shared by Fikr Shalltoot, a nurse from Gaza and programme director of the NGO Medical Aid for Palestinians in Gaza, and the medical organisation Physicians for Human Rights Israel.

more ...[ Further information on the “Medicine and Conscience” Congress ]  [Information on the international “Medical Peace Work” e-learning project ]

October 14-15, 2016, Nuremberg, Germany

Medicine and Conscience - What do people need?

Conference IPPNW Germany

Conference: Medicine and Conscience

Since 1996, IPPNW Germany has held similar congresses to focus on human rights, global health, the history of medicine, and medical ethics. 70 years after the Nuremberg war crimes trials of physicians in 1946, and 20 years after the first IPPNW "Medicine and Conscience" congress, we will revisit the topic of German doctors and national socialism in today’s research and historical analysis, looking at what we can and need to learn from the past today.

[Programme]  [Registration]

Media release Norske leger mot atomvåpen

Norwegian Medical Appeal gaining momentum

Norwegian Medical Appeal

Norwegian Medical Appeal, Photo: http://legermotatomvapen.no/16.09.2016 

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.

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ICAN Media Release, August 19, 2016

Majority of UN members declare intention to negotiate ban on nuclear weapons in 2017

Germany, Turkey, Croatia and others vote against the proposal to convene a conference 2017 to outlaw Nuclear Weapons. Photo: Xanthe Hall, IPPNW08/19/2016 

“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.”

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Hiroshima Statement, August 6, 2016

IPPNW calls on NATO states and Russia to end policy of nuclear deterrence

US soldier in Incirlik, 2. August 2016. Photo: Navy Officer Dominique A. Pineiro / flickr / https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

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.

more ...[Statement in German]  [Statement in Greek]  [Statement in Italian]

August 2, 2016

Jarmila Marsalkova passes

President of the Czech Republic affiliate

Jarmila Marsalkova in Prague, 1990. Photo: IPPNW

Jarmila Marsalkova died on 25 June 2016 very peacefully at her son's house in the mountains in the Czech Republic. Many in IPPNW will remember her as the long-standing President of the Czechoslovak and later Czech Republic affiliate of IPPNW throughout the Cold War and early 90s. Jarmila was very active in promoting nuclear disarmament even in later years, despite severe health problems. She showed great courage in promoting IPPNW even during difficult times. She was a dear friend and an example to us all.

Medact Newsletter, July 14, 2016

Iraq, Medact & Chilcot

On July 6.2016 members of the Health Through Peace community joined a peaceful protest over the Chilcot report. Photo: Medact

On 6 July 2016, the report of the British public Inquiry into the nation's role in the Iraq war, also known as the Chilcot report, was released. Medact released a statement that day calling among other things for the health community to push for more investment in peacebuilding and nonviolent responses to conflict, rather than militarised approaches.

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Peace and Health Blog, June 6, 2016

IPPNW responds to Obama Hiroshima visit

Barack Obama

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.

[Read more on Peace and Health Blog ]

The Hague, May 4, 2016

Dutch Medical Appeal against NWs handed over to Parliament influenced the debate

NVMP: Dutch Medical Appeal against NWs handed over to Parliament influenced the debate

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.

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Statement to UN Working Group, May 2, 2016

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

Female nuclear victim with severe burns. The pattern of her kimono, she was wearing while the explosion took place, was burned in her skin.

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.” 

[Read more on Peace and Health Blog]

Declaration, May 21, 2016

Stop Nuclear Russian Roulette in Doel and Tihange

General Assembly of the German Affiliate of IPPNW 2016

Members of the German Affiliate of IPPNW appeal to the German government to use its political leverage within the EU to press for an immediate shutdown of the nuclear reactors. Photo: IPPNW Germany

The German affiliate of IPPNW calls on the Belgian government to immediately shut down the nuclear reactors in Doel and Tihange. They also support legal proceedings by the city of Aachen and the states of Northrhine-Westphalia and Rhineland-Palatinate against the continued operation of these two nuclear facilities. Moreover, the physicians appeal to the German government to use its political leverage within the EU to press for an immediate shutdown of the nuclear reactors.

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IPPNW/PSR press release, April 26, 2016

30 years since Chernobyl

Chernobyl effects suppressed and downplayed

Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant, Mond, Eigenes Werk, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=5443288

Marking the commemorations of  the nuclear disasters in Chernobyl and Fukushima, IPPNW Germany called on 26.04.16 on the German government to work towards a speedy closure and decommissioning of all nuclear reactors in Europe. One early morning thirty years ago, humankind was made painfully aware of the dangers of nuclear energy when reactor 4 of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant exploded. For weeks afterwards, radioactive clouds spread harmful contamination across the whole of Europe. Germany was also affected, particularly the states of Bavaria and Baden-Wuerttemberg.

more ...[ IPPNW/PSR Report “30 years living with Chernobyl – 5 years living with Fukushima”]

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.

[Further information]

Medact article, March 3, 2016

North Korea tests nuclear weapon and fires missile

Flag of North Korea, Creative Commons CC.0, pixabay

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.

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New Report, March 9, 2016

Fukushima Report: Ongoing Radiation and 10,000 Excess Cancers Expected

The IPPNW Report: 5 Years Living With Fukushima

Residents of the Fukushima area and the rest of Japan will experience more than 10,000 excess cancers as a result of radiation exposure from the triple-reactor meltdown that took place on March 11, 2011, according to a new report from Physicians for Social Responsibility (PSR) and International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War (IPPNW). Titled "5 Years Living With Fukushima" and available online at www.psr.org/FukushimaReport2016, the PSR/IPPNW report laments that the full impact of Fukushima may never be known, due to Japan's failure to immediately and fully track radiation exposures, as well as a "disturbing" lack of testing of the general population for radiation-related diseases and other impacts (miscarriages, fetal malformations, leukemia, lymphomas, solid tumors or non-cancerous diseases). The massive initial radioactive emissions were not recorded at the time of the triple-reactor meltdown and some radioactive isotopes (including strontium-90) have not been measured

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IPPNW Berlin Congress, March 2, 2016

"5 Years living with Fukushima - 30 years living with Chernobyl"

Medical and ecological consequences

Opening Event of the Congress "30 Years Living with Chernobyl - 5 Years Living with Fukushima", Photo: IPPNW

Last weekend IPPNW Germany held an international congress in Berlin to commemorate the nuclear disasters in Fukushima and Chernobyl, attended by about 350 participants. Scientists and activists from Japan, Belarus, Ukraine and other parts of the world came together in the "Urania" congress hall to exchange information and views on research and to network. Our main aim was to link these anniversaries - five for Fukushima and thirty for Chernobyl - with the demand for a phase-out of nuclear power and promotion of an energy revolutiion.

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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.

[read more on Medact.org]  [watch video on youtube.de]

IPPNW World Congress

Animated Short Film about DU by ICBUW and PaxChristi

click to watch the video in IPPNW's youtube channel