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

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

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

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.


Medact article, May 18th 2021

Palestine On Strike – Solidarity statement on events in Palestine

18.05.2021 Today, starting from 18 May, Palestinians across Palestine – including Palestinian citizens of Israel – are participating in a General Strike in an act of popular resistance in response to escalating Israeli political and military aggression.

We stand in solidarity with people in Palestine and in the diaspora who are resisting this aggression and decades of occupation and displacement. And we call on the UK government to apply pressure on Israel to end the air strikes, and immediately impose a two-way arms embargo with Israel.

World Federation of Public Health Associations

Statement by non-State actors in official relations with WHO

25.05.2021 The Constituency Call On WHA For Better Co-Ordination For Action On COVID-19.

This constituency consisting of major international federations of global health, primary care, and social work professionals supports the WHO in its call on its member states to work together on the co-design and co-production of coordinated strategies to control the pandemic.


“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.


Obituary on Dr. Bernard Lown

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

18.02.2021 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

18.01.2021 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

15.12.2020 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.

40 years of IPPNW

Celebrating 40 Years of IPPNW Leadership

15.12.2020 Forty years ago, a small group of visionary physicians gathered at the Hotel Le Richemond in Geneva from 5-7 December to lay the foundation for what is now IPPNW.  At this initial meeting of IPPNW founders, American physicians Bernard Lown, James Muller, and Eric Chivian and Soviet physicians Evgeny Chazov, Leonid Illyin, and Mikhail Kuzin resolved to set politics and ideology aside in order to address the greatest threat to human life of all time. Thus was born IPPNW's tireless effort to eradicate nuclear weapons. As we mark our 40th year of activism for a world without nuclear weapons, we also look forward to celebrating the entry into force of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons on 22 January 2021 – one of our most significant milestones yet.

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.

26.10.2020 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

24.10.2020 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.

Medact - Article by Thusiyan Nandakumar, Oct. 16th 2020

Sri Lanka’s militarised coronavirus containment has grave consequences

16.10.2020 As states around the world continue to grapple with the coronavirus pandemic, fears are mounting in many places for already disenfranchised and vulnerable communities. In Sri Lanka, a region that has been torn by decades of ethnic conflict and suffers from continued reports of human rights abuses, those fears have been particularly accentuated for the most oppressed on the island, as a spike of infections were reported this month. The government, headed by strongman and accused war criminal president Gotabaya Rajapaksa, has taken on a markedly authoritarian approach to dealing with the crisis. And with coronavirus cases rising once more, that has worryingly placed human rights at further risk.

Science Magazine, July 17th 2020

Uphold the nuclear weapons test moratorium

17.07.2020 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

16.07.2020 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”

15.07.2020 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.


29.06.2020 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.


Medact - Article by David McCoy

COVID-19 affects everything – more than a disease control plan, we need a manifesto

11.05.2020 Across the world, scientists and public health experts are producing new ideas, knowledge and technologies to combat COVID-19. The degree of cross-border sharing of data, research methods and evidence has been heartwarming, and underlines the vital role played by trans-national communities of scientists and experts. However, the story of every epidemic is a story of the interplay between knowledge, ideology and politics. And within each of these stories, the role of government is crucial in determining how epidemics play out in populations. Not only do governments decide on how science and evidence informs policies and plans; they are central to how policies and plans are implemented.

The Lancet, June 12th 2020

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

12.06.2020 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.

PSR-Statement, 1. June 2020

Statement on the Killing of George Floyd

01.06.2020 The murder of George Floyd and other acts of violence against African Americans in recent years are reminders of the deadly consequences of institutional racism in the United States. Tragically, the latest acts of violence by police directed at African Americans are occurring at a time when African Americans and other people of color are dying disproportionately from COVID-19, further illustrating the damage caused by institutional racism.


Vital Signs Volume 31 Issue 2 2020

TPNW ratification push continues, with 14 to go

Ban treaty ratifications show steady progress despite social distancing

21.05.2020 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

21.05.2020 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

26.05.2020 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

22.05.2020 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

19.05.2020 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.


Dailyhunt, May 18, 2020

Time to transfer funds from weapons to making of vaccines

Article by Arun Mitra (IDPD)

18.05.2020 The world is seized with tackling COVID-19 which is being perceived as biggest health threat to the humanity today. True, this virus is more lethal than other Corona viruses. There is an all out effort by the scientists around the world to develop vaccines to boost immunity in the body to enable it to fight back the infection. The world is hoping that soon we shall develop herd immunity so that the impact of COVID-19 gets reduced. Scientists and medical professionals have warned from time to time about various diseases and cautioned about the imminent health emergencies. They have also guided about the steps to be taken to prevent such happenings. The International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War (IPPNW) has warned the global community about a highly grave threat to humanity for which we have no remedy. This is from the nuclear weapons. The use of nuclear weapons would be the final epidemic. Prevention is the only way out as we do not have any remedy to offer in such an eventuality.

Medact podcast

The arms industry in the era of COVID-19: lessons for the future

11.05.2020 Soon after the COVID-19 pandemic reached the UK, it became clear that the NHS was not sufficiently equipped or staffed to respond to the crisis. In March, the government put out a call for industry to convert its production to manufacture crucial medical equipment, such as ventilators and PPE for frontline workers. To date, a number of arms and defence companies have responded to this call – alongside existing companies that manufacture medical equipment and others. Workers at Lucas Aerospace called for exactly this kind of arms conversion back in 1976, when they produced an Alternative Corporate Plan – now known as the Lucas Plan. In this webinar we discussed what a ‘just transition’ from industries that cause destruction to those that support peace and public health could and should look like.

Medact - Article by Aiyan Maharsingam

From exclusion to international solidarity

The public health case for lifting trade sanctions in the face of COVID-19

05.05.2020 COVID-19 has brought into the public consciousness the inherent interconnectedness of public health globally. When public health is threatened in one country or amongst one community, the ripple effects are felt across the world. Despite this, some countries that have or may be heavily impacted by the pandemic have not met with support from the international community. Amongst these, Iran, Cuba and Venezuela continue to face US-led sanctions programmes, whilst the Israeli Government has enforced a blockade of the Gaza Strip for the last 13 years. Sanctions have been weakening the public health systems of these countries for decades and, if they are not lifted, they will have grave impacts on their ability to tackle COVID-19. But sanctions also represent a threat to the global struggle to treat the pandemic: with nations imposing them failing to realise that the global community must be united to minimise the spread of COVID-19.

Peace & Health Blog

"Don’t make new socks for me": 75 years after the end of the Second World War

Article by Dr. Lars Pohlmeier

02.05.2020 This year we commemorate 75 years since the end of World War II. I was born 24 years after the end of it, in the city of Bremen in Germany. When I was young I thought: “The war? What a long time ago.” Now, at the age of 51, I realize how little time had passed. Of course I have no personal memories or experiences of wartime, but my life was influenced by those who had suffered. It is important to keep the memories and the debate alive, so that history will not repeat itself. This is why I wrote this text.

IPPNW Germany Press Release

Chernobyl is burning

24.04.2020 This Sunday, April 26, is the 34th anniversary of the Chernobyl accident. For three weeks now, severe forest fires have been blazing just a few kilometers away from the reactor buildings. On the occasion of the anniversary of the nuclear disaster, IPPNW Germany is calling for the earliest possible phase-out of nuclear energy in Germany and a worldwide energy revolution. The pediatrician and co-chairman of IPPNW Germany, Dr. Alex Rosen, looks at the current situation with concern: "In these days around the Chernobyl anniversary we commemorate the many millions of victims of the largest nuclear disaster in human history. At the same time, our thoughts are with those currently trying to bring the forest fires under control in the Chernobyl exclusion zone and the people of Ukraine who must fear that their country will once again be covered by the radioactive legacy of the nuclear industry.


IPPNW Germany

Risks and side effects of nuclear energy

New informative fact sheet

21.04.2020 The nuclear industry is trying yet again to advertise nuclear power as a form of "clean energy" that can allegedly save the climate. The facts however, tell a different story. Both fossil and nuclear energy exploit limited natural ressources, cause environmental destruction and pose health risks, severely violating human rights. The German affiliate of the IPPNW therefore advocates a rapid phase-out of both fossil and nuclear energy generation and has released an informative fact sheet explaining the reasons why nuclear energy should not be seen as a viable option for the future.

17.04.2020 We've been working with MPs to keep the pressure on the Government to ensure they are taking steps to protect migrants as part of the response to the coronavirus crisis. Today 60 MPs wrote to Matt Hancock calling for an urgent suspension of all NHS charging, an end to data-sharing with the Home Office, and for the Government to launch a public information campaign to ensure everyone knows the NHS is safe and free for all.


CNN, April 17th, 2020

Will Covid-19 save the world?

Opinion by IPPNW co-presidents Helfand, Mitra and Ruff

17.04.2020 As doctors responding to this crisis, the past few weeks have been filled not just with treatment and crisis management but with frustration. Frustration because the Covid-19 pandemic did not just "sneak up on us." Public health experts have been warning us for decades; we simply chose not to listen. The Trump administration has been rightly criticized for its epically inept response to this crisis.

Medact UK

To fight this pandemic, we must radically re-imagine public health

Sign-On letter to the Government

Our public health is only as strong as our economic and social fabric. We cannot win this fight if we fail to address the underlying social and economic issues trapping people, families and communities in cycles of poverty, poor health and despair. Therefore, Medact UK has written a letter to the party leaders and MPs in which it asks the Government to secure housing, incomes, the access to care and to promote international solidarity during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Peace & Health Blog

The coronavirus pandemic, like other global catastrophes, reveals the limitations of nationalism

07.04.2020 We live with a profound paradox. Our lives are powerfully affected by worldwide economic, communications, transportation, food supply, and entertainment systems. Yet we continue an outdated faith in the nation-state, with all the divisiveness, competition, and helplessness that faith produces when dealing with planetary problems.

Peace & Health Blog

IPPNW Statement on COVID-19

25.03.2020 As Covid-19 overtakes the world, the interconnectedness of our modern human family has never been clearer. Hopefully, more people and world leaders will now come to understand what IPPNW has long advocated: working proactively to prevent threats to global health and survival, rather than waiting to respond to the next pandemic or the use of nuclear weapons, is imperative.


Article by Dr. Alex Rosen, IPPNW Germany

Thyroid cancer in Fukushima

9 years after the multiple nuclear meltdowns

09.03.2020 On February 13th, 2020, the Oversight Committee of  the  Fukushima  Health  Management  Survey presented the new set of thyroid cancer data (up until September 30th, 2019). After the initial screening of approximately 300,000 children who were living in Fuku-shima  Prefecture  at  the  time  of  the  multiple  nuclear meltdowns or were born shortly thereafter (2011-2014), follow-up examinations were carried out every two years. The second examinations has already been completed, the third one is in its final phase and the fourth series of examinations has now been underway since 2018.

Press release PSR/IPPNW Switzerland

Swiss and German doctors warn the IOC

Current nuclear policy in Olympic Japan: Fukushima children risk severe radio-induced disease and death.

26.02.2020 About 1 in 15 children born in 2011 exposed to 100 Millisievert (mSv) will suffer from radio-induced cancer or other life threatening disease during lifetime under the Japanese radiation dose limits currently in force. In regions radiocontaminated by the Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant accident these risks will last for hundredsof years. These regionsare uninhabitable according to the  usual radioprotection limit of 1 mSv/year. In 2020 the Fukushima NPP catastrophe is by no means  controlled.


27.02.2020 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.


27.02.2020 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.


New Policy Paper by European IPPNW President Angelika Claussen

Uranium is also a feminist issue

Around the world, women are resisting the civil and military use of nuclear technology

15.01.2020 Women have always and everywhere been part of the history of uranium processing and nuclear technology—as workers in uranium production, as residents in the vicinity of mines, or as victims of military and civilian nuclear disasters. Women are particularly vulnerable to the health effects of uranium production because they are twice as sensitive to radiation as men. Indigenous women suffer doubly, because uranium extraction and nuclear weapons testing takes place in large part in (formerly) colonial areas. Resistance against uranium mining and nuclear technology is supported by female doctors, physicists, and journalists all over the world, who raise awareness about the consequences, which are otherwise often whitewashed or inadequately documented. Nevertheless, women’s role in organizing the struggle against nuclear weapons and energy remains extremely underexposed.

28.01.2020 The Indian Doctors for Peace and Development (IDPD) expresses deep concern at the Prime Minister's statement that it will not take more than 10 days to defeat our neighbor (Pakistan). This statement at a time when many areas of the world are engulfed in conflicts leading to serious humanitarian consequences is uncalled for. South Asia is one of the most deprived region.


08.01.2020 IPPNW condemns the deliberate and calculated murder of Iranian Major General Qassim Suleimani by US forces in Iraq. The killing of Gen. Suleimani in a drone strike authorized by the US President was not only a violation of international law and of long-standing US policy prohibiting assassinations of foreign officials, it has also further inflamed an already volatile region. A war between the US and Iran would have disastrous results and must be prevented.


Blog by Frank Boulton, Medact

Is there a place for civil nuclear power in the 21st century?

14.10.2019 The strongest reasons to oppose expanding nuclear technology are the military links and weapons proliferation. Although the world will get more energy-hungry, reliable and cheaper renewables could rapidly replace fossil fuels with no need to expand the uneconomic nuclear option. Coordinating renewables’ expansion with poverty alleviation, especially in Africa, offers a win-win for promoting peace and reversing anthropogenic climate change through nuclear-free decarbonization.
To correspond with the recent publication of the paper ‘How Nuclear Power powers the Bomb’, co-authored by Angelika Claussen (European regional vice president of IPPNW), Frank Boulton (Medact) and Alex Rosen (IPPNW-Germany), Medact published a blog by Frank Boulton outlining the financial, environmental, health and geo-political arguments around nuclear power.

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.


For me it all began with a bet

Dr. Lars Pohlmeier on the fall of the Berlin Wall

03.10.2019 Thirty years ago the Berlin Wall fell. That was the source of my political optimism to abolish nuclear weapons.
In September 1989, I was standing right in the center of Berlin in front of “Checkpoint Charlie,” which was one of the checkpoints between the so-called Soviet Sector and the American Sector in the divided city of Berlin. Several dozens of kilometers of wall divided East and West Berlin and also surrounded the Western part of Berlin.


Health should not be a victim of political Machinations

Press conference by Dr Arun Mitra on health situation in Kashmir

11.10.2019 Healthcare is a fundamental right of every citizen. Under no circumstances it should become victim particularly under politically made situation. There have been several reports about health care problems in the Kashmir valley after imposition of curbs on 5th August 2019. Dr Arun Mitra, Co-President International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear war (IPPNW) a Nobel Peace Prize winning organization in 1985 and then in 2017 as a partner in International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) and Senior Vice President Indian Doctors for Peace and Development (IDPD) visited the Kashmir valley in this regard to assess the health care situation there after imposition of curbs.


Press Release - conference "Climate Crisis - Why nuclear is not helping"

Nuclear Energy is not an answer to global warming

Nuclear Power powers the bomb

04.10.2019 On the occasion of the conference of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in Vienna, which begins on Monday the 7th of October and will discuss the role of nuclear energy in limiting climate change, the Alliance Don't nuke the climate, consisting of international anti-nuclear organizations, is organizing a counter-conference. Reuters recently reported that nuclear energy is both too slow and too expensive to present a meaningful response to the climate catastrophe facing our planet.  Already today, the installed capacity of all renewable power plants worldwide is six times greater (2,351 GW) than that of all nuclear power plants (398 GW). But why does the IAEA demand that countries such as Great Britain, France, the USA, Russia and China continue to invest in nuclear power?


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.”

03.10.2019 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.


Healthcare workers stand with the Student Climate Strikers

20.09.2019 Millions of children and young people from around the world have been striking from school on Fridays to highlight political inaction on the climate crisis. The Youth Climate Strikers called on adults everywhere to get behind them on the 20th September and demand urgent climate action.

Medact has been working with healthcare workers across the UK to show health sector support for the youth climate strikes. On the 20th September, groups of healthcare workers took to the streets to participate in student-organized demonstrations in London, Glasgow, Oxford, Leeds, York, Birmingham, and Bristol. Workplace-based actions, to show support for the students’ demands, were also organised by healthcare workers who could not leave their patients to join the demonstrations.

New publication

How Nuclear Power powers the bomb

The interdependence of military and civilian nuclear industries

27.09.2019 Reuters recently reported that nuclear energy is both too slow and too expensive to present a meaningful response to the climate catastrophe facing our planet. So why are countries like the UK, France, Russia or China still investing in it? The answer lies in the demands of the military, who require a robust backbone of civil nuclear infrastructure for their nuclear weapons programs. This backbone includes the mining, refinement, transportation, enrichment and safeguarding of uranium, as well as research and development and a large number of nuclear engineers and scientists. Hence the investments in civil nuclear energy. Frank Boulton (MedAct), Angelika Claussen (IPPNW Europe) and Dr. Alex Rosen (IPPNW Germany) just published an informative publication on this subject.

Make Your Mark For Peace

Final Declaration Of The 17th Nobel Peace Summit.

25.09.2019 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.


End the cycle of violence: 270 health workers take action against UK DSEI Arms Fair

Medact sending a letter protesting the DSEI arms fair

05.07.2019 We sent our letter protesting the DSEI arms fair to the UK Secretary of State for International Trade Liz Truss on 3rd September – co-signed by 270 health workers.


Press release of the campaign "Tokyo 2020 - The Radioactive Olympics"

Doctors issue warning about "Radioactive Olympic Games 2020"

24.07.2019 A year before the start of the Tokyo Olympics, the nuclear disaster in Fukushima is not under control.
In radiation protection suits, with the Olympic rings supplemented by a radioactivity symbol and a redesigned Olympic torch, the activists drew attention to the continuing danger posed by the damaged reactors in Fukushima. They stressed that the Olympic Games should not be used to divert attention from the fate of the inhabitants of the irradiated regions and the continuing radioactive threat.


IPPNW warns of dire consequences of military escalation in Kashmir

20.08.2019 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.

Medact Summer Newsletter

Access to Healthcare

15.08.2019 The main news from our access to healthcare campaign was the launch of our new online e-action, which allows you to write to the Department of Health and Social Care to tell them that you won’t stand by while they force the NHS to deny care to people who can’t pay.

In July, Medact was also featured in an investigation by the BBC that uncovered shocking examples of the way NHS charging is harming patients and embedding discrimination into the NHS. The show also featured an interview with an Overseas Visitor Manager – whose job it is to find and charge patients – in which they revealed how they would simply scan hospital lists and pick out people with “foreign sounding names”.

Medact Summer Newsletter

Fossil Free Health

Climate and Environment

15.08.2019 Our Fossil Free Health campaign had another big win in July: the Royal College of Emergency Medicine divested from fossil fuels! Huge congratulations to all of the Medact members and friends - Zoe, Michael, James, Tim, Sandy and Izzy - whose amazing work helped make this happen.

We are now writing to the Royal College of Midwives to encourage them to make the same bold step: please sign and share our letter with any midwives you know!

Medact is also partnering in the upcoming Fossil Free UK weekend training and networking event for fossil fuel divestment activists. This will include a number of health-specific divestment sessions and we’re hoping that our Fossil Free Health campaign will be well represented.Final date is TBC, but will be either 18-20th or 25-27th October.

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

05.08.2019 “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

01.08.2019 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

31.07.2019 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.

End the Detention of Children at the Border

PHR Doctors to U.S. Congress

23.07.2019 Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) is mobilizing thousands of doctors, nurses, and other medical professionals to raise the alarm about the mistreatment of people seeking asylum in the United States, and to use evidence to challenge cruel U.S. policies. Yesterday, PHR Asylum Network member and child psychiatrist Dr. Amy Cohen testified before a U.S. Senate committee hearing on the treatment of children at the U.S. southern border. In her powerful remarks to Congress, she asked: “Can we not agree that children running for their lives deserve our care and a chance to heal and grow? That these policies demean us all and reduce our standing in the world? Surely as doctors and legislators, as human beings, we must be able to come together on this.”

Prominent Turkish Physician and Human Rights Defender Acquitted

17.07.2019 PHR welcomes a Turkish court’s recent acquittal of Dr. Şebnem Korur Fincancı, a prominent human rights defender, anti-torture advocate, and PHR partner and 2017 gala honoree. Dr. Fincancı, president of the Human Rights Foundation of Turkey, was cleared of 2016 charges of disseminating “terrorist propaganda” after she guest edited a Kurdish newspaper critical of the Turkish government – but she continues to face a separate prison sentence for signing a peace petition that year. PHR Executive Director Donna McKay said: “While Dr. Fincancı’s acquittal is welcome news, she and many other physicians remain under threat of conviction and imprisonment simply for exercising their right to freedom of expression.” PHR calls on the Turkish government to respect freedom of speech and cease the persecution of medical professionals.

Deprivation and Despair

The Crisis of Medical Care at Guantánamo

26.06.2019 Medical neglect. Inconsistent medical records. Disregard of doctors’ recommendations. These are just some of the disturbing conditions that have become the norm at Guantánamo Bay detention center, where new investigations conducted by PHR and the Center for Victims of Torture have revealed systemic and longstanding deficiencies in care for detainees. The suffering endured by detainees directly contradicts U.S. officials’ claims that detainees are receiving adequate care and provides further evidence that Guantánamo should be closed immediately.

No new war in the Middle East

Allegations against Iran

16.06.2019 The medical peace organization IPPNW Germany calls on the German government to urgently work with other EU states towards a deescalation between the USA and Iran. The German Federal Government has to reject unequivocally any form of German participation in a military intervention against Iran. The US withdrawal from the nuclear agreement, the US sanctions and the massive US military presence in the Persian Gulf increase the danger of a military confrontation.


Social Media Campaign

No War on Iran

24.05.2019 The situation between the USA and Iran is worrying. Donald Trump has threatened Iran via Twitter, the Iranian foreign minister sharply criticised the US president. Although both sides currently appear to be verbally relying on de-escalation, the situation is extremely tense as a result of the further tightening of sanctions and the US military presence in the Persian Gulf. In this situation, IPPNW wants t send a signal for peace against the threat of war. A social media campaign has been set up and coordinated between IPPNW Germany and PSR-Iran.


PSR Comment

Physicians for Social Responsibility Opposes War with Iran

21.05.2019 Washington, D.C. —  In light of recent statements by National Security Advisor John Bolton and others in the Trump administration and military regarding potential escalation of a conflict with Iran, Physicians for Social Responsibility issued the following comment:

As an organization of medical and health professionals and advocates who mobilize on the greatest threats to human health and survival, Physicians for Social Responsibility (PSR) unequivocally opposes any attempt to escalate conflict or engage in war with Iran. The United States and Iran both have a vested interest in avoiding war. Declaring war is the purview of Congress, and PSR urges all Members of Congress to exercise their solemn duty to protect our nation’s interests and prevent war with Iran.

The Indian Doctors for Peace and Development (IDPD) expresses serious concern at the tension developing between US and Iran. Latest reports of withdrawal of US citizens from Iraq raise fear of impending war in the region. In the statement Dr Arun Mitra, Co-President International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War (IPPNW) and Senior Vice President IDPD, Dr S S Soodan-President IDPD and Dr Shakeel Ur Rahman-General Secretary IDPD said that aggressive postures by the US are uncalled for.


Medact Briefing Paper

Patients Not Passports–challenging healthcare charging in the NHS

13.05.2019 Patients Not Passports – challenging healthcare charging in the NHS is a new Medact briefing paper examining NHS charging and the introduction of immigration controls in the NHS. It is designed to be a tool used to support people in campaigning against the Hostile Environment. It sets out the policy and ideological background to NHS charging; reframes and challenges some of the arguments used to justify the policies; and presents evidence and analysis of the likely impact of restricting access to the NHS. It also includes new data on NHS Trust’s response to the policy and reveals how little has been done to mitigate or monitor the harm it will cause.

more on medact.org

Medact Article, 26th April 2019

Activism, extractivism and the healthcare community

06.05.2019 A profit-driven, extractive economy is severely undermining the life support systems of the planet and exacerbating health inequities around the world. The fossil fuel industry epitomises the worst of what drives this system, and is responsible for impacting the health of hundreds of millions of people, through the climate change that it is driving. Those worst affected are people of colour in the global South. Meanwhile the profits of the fossil fuel industry are concentrated in the global North.

Ratification of TPNW

Fruitful Visit to Nepal by South Asian Affiliates of IPPNW

02.04.2019 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.


Press Release IPPNW Germany March 25 2019

"Tokyo 2020 - The Radioactive Olympics"

25.03.2019 Tomorrow in one year, on March 26 2020, the Olympic torch relay will start in the radioactively contaminated Fukushima Prefecture. This is why tomorrow, a group of anti-nuclear oranizations in Germany, Switzerland, France and Japan will launch an international information campaign entitled „Tokyo 2020 - The Radioactive Olympics”. The campaign will focus on the ongoing radioactive contamination of parts of Japan due to the nuclear catastrope of Fukushima, which began eight years ago. 


The Lancet, March 09, 2019

India and Pakistan: a plea for sanity

09.03.2019 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.”

Medact, March 08, 2019

War, violence and the mental health crisis in Kashmir

08.03.2019 As tensions continue to rise in Kashmir after the Pulwama terror attack of February 2019 where over forty military personnel lost their lives, fear has, once again, gripped the Valley of Kashmir. Over four hundred separatists are claimed to have been arrested and local political organisations have been  banned by the Indian central government.

07.03.2019 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).


The Fukushima nuclear disaster: 8 years on

By Tilman Ruff

11.03.2019 Eight years after the world’s most complex nuclear disaster, the damaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plants and spent fuel ponds are still leaking and dangerous, vast amounts of contaminated water continue to accumulate, 8000 odd clean-up workers labour daily and will need to for many decades, the needs of people exposed to radioactivity are still neglected, no one is in prison for a disaster fundamentally caused by the negligence of the operator and the government, and most of the lessons of Fukushima have yet to heeded.

Kashmir conflict risks nuclear war

IPPNW Statement

27.02.2019 IPPNW calls on India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan to take immediate steps to deescalate the tensions in the disputed Kashmir region and to reduce the grave danger of nuclear war.

Recent acts of terror and military incursions in the long-disputed territory have exacerbated a conflict that threatens to plunge these two countries into a fifth and, conceivably, final major war since partition. Both countries have traded threats of nuclear retaliation. This is how nuclear war begins.

Child recruitment to the military

Report: "Selling the Military"

27.02.2019 Last week medact.org released their report co-written with ForcesWatch, Selling the Military: A critical analysis of contemporary recruitment marketing in the UK. In the report and at the launch event they explored the way in which the military develops its marketing in order to target young people, particularly those from disadvantaged backgrounds, and the implications this has on health and social inequality. You can read the report here.

Dr. Guddi Singh - Medact member and paediatrician - and Reem Abu-Hayyeh our Peace & Security Campaigner published an editorial in the BMJ Paediatrics Open on the ‘Adverse health effects of recruiting child soldiers’. You can read the editorial, see coverage of it in the Guardian and listen to an interview with Guddi on BBC Radio 4 (from 45.50min).

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

Global video campaign

11.02.2019 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.

Press release - Don't Nuke the Climate

Nuclear Power Revealed as “Ambition Killer” at Global Climate Summit

Nuclear Promoters Pushed False Solutions to Global Warming, Blocked Ambition, Human Rights, and Equity in Negotiations

20.12.2018 The Don’t Nuke the Climate Coalition issued the following statement on the conclusion of the conference: “Nuclear energy confirmed itself to be a major ‘Ambition-Killer’ at COP24 this year. Most of the countries that blocked adoption of the crucial Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report absurdly and hypocritically promoted nuclear power and fossil fuels as ‘practical and realistic’ solutions to global warming. Nothing could be further from the truth. After 60 years of nuclear power, its track record and environmental impacts are clear: nuclear is too dirty, too dangerous, too expensive, and too slow to solve global warming.


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

The Spanish government struck a deal with Podemos

06.12.2018 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.

Peace Through Health

International Conference in Shiraz, Iran

27.11.2018 On November 13-16th, 2018, an International Conference on Peace Through Health was arranged by the two medical universities in Shiraz, Iran. Several IPPNW affiliate members spoke at the conference, including Dr. Leila Moein of Iranian Physicians for Social Responsibility (PSR Iran), who led a presentation about the role of women in promoting Health through Peace. Dr. Arun Mitra and Dr. Shakeel-ur-Rahman of Indian Doctors for Peace and Development (IDPD) were also present, and talked about IDPD's accomplishments over the years, as well as the serious, ongoing health effects of uranium tailings on populations in India.


Building bridges for peace and a nuclear-weapons-free world

Report of the European Regional Meeting in Wroclaw, September 21 – 23rd, 2018

07.11.2018 50 representatives from 14 active IPPNW affiliates met in September in Wroclaw, Poland, and discussed - among other topics - a common strategy for the nuclear weapon ban treaty. Other topics were “Seeking Refuge from War”, "Climate Change and the Energy Shift", “Peace and Reconciliation in Central and Eastern Europe “ and “Arms exports and Aiming for Prevention”. It was the first time that IPPNW Europe organised a joint affiliates’ and student representatives' meeting together, and it turned out to be very inspiring and successful.


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

24.10.2018 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.

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.


Anti-Trident March at Faslane

22.09.2018 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.

21.09.2018 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


International Day of Peace

Doctors for Peace

IPPNW affiliates of the Western Balkans Region stand up together for human rights.

21.09.2018 War and armed conflict constitute a serious threat to health, yet they are often neglected in our medical education. Researchers have long before predicted that by 2020 war will be one of the top 10 causes of disability and death. The events unfolding over the last decade globally have shown that this date has been brought forward. Health professionals are the ones, who are not only dealing with the reality of these predictions, rather they have also become victims of war, considering their role to being near those in need. On this International Day of Peace, should we as medical professionals take a stance on war? Shall we stand up for the human right to peace?


IPPNW Peace and Health Blog

Youth-led nuclear disarmament

07.09.2018 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.

Report on meeting in Macedonia

Bridges of Understanding

31.08.2018 Since 1995, medical students from different countries of former Yugoslavia have been taking part in the IPPNW program "Bridges of Understanding". They are invited to Würzburg to serve a one-month internship at the Missionsärztliche Klinik / Juliusspital (Klinikum Würzburg Mitte). They work in various departments, staying together in the house of St. Michael near the hospital. IPPNW medical students also organised a good program for their free time.


17.08.2018 In 2020, Japan is inviting athletes from around the world to take part in the Tokyo Olympic Games. We are hoping for the games to be fair and peaceful. At the same time, we are worried about plans to host baseball and softball competitions in Fukushima City, just 50 km away from the ruins of the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant. It was here, in 2011, that multiple nuclear meltdowns took place, spreading radioactivity across Japan and the Pacific Ocean – a catastrophe comparable only to the nuclear meltdown of Chernobyl.


30.07.2018 In the wake of our 18th June letter regarding the US decision to abandon the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), more commonly known as the Iran nuclear agreement, the office of the French Presidency received a delegation of three IPPNW representatives at Élysée Palace on Monday 30th July. His Excellency Etienne de Gonnevielle, strategic affairs councillor, condemned the US decision and shared IPPNW’s concerns about the humanitarian consequences that would result from the US reinstating sanctions upon Iran. He also revealed that President Macron’s government will continue adhering to the JCPOA alongside the European Union, UK, Russia and China and commented that the French government considers the Iran agreement to be a good model for preventing the proliferation of nuclear weapons.


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

17.07.2018 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

13.07.2018 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.

Letter to Macron, Merkel and May

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

18.06.2018 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)

Talk given by Dr. Elizabeth Waterston

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

10.05.2018 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.

Peace and Health Blog, May 8th, 2018

Trump’s reckless Iran decision increases nuclear danger

08.05.2018 IPPNW condemns the withdrawal of the United States from the international nuclear weapons agreement with Iran, announced today by Donald Trump.
The decision by the US President to ignore key advisers and allies and to pull out of the nuclear agreement with Iran immediately increases the chances of new and intensified conflict in the Middle East and could provoke Iran into resuming its nuclear weapons program.
The International Atomic Energy Agency has certified Iran’s compliance since 2015, when the agreement to halt all activities that could lead to development of nuclear weapons was reached with the United States, the United Kingdom, Russia, France, and China, Germany, and the European Union.

08.05.2018 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

30.04.2018 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.”

28.03.2018 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).


27.03.2018 On May 7, 2018 the University of Bergen offers a new run of our interactive MPW MOOC (massive open online course) on the role of healthcare in maintaining and building peaceful societies. This MOOC will help you to understand how violence affects health and how medical peace work has an impact on health, violence prevention and peace-building. ICAN staff has contributed to the development of one of the six case topics.


15.03.2018 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

07.03.2018 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.

02.03.2018 IPPNW was among the organizations that helped pass the UN Programme of Action on Small Arms and Light Weapons 17 years ago. At that time we were optimistic  that the landmark agreement would make real inroads into achieving its goal to “reduce the human suffering caused by the illicit trade in small arms and light weapons in all its aspects and to enhance the respect for life and the dignity f the human person through the promotion of a culture of peace.”


ICAN Australia, February 26, 2018

Dr. Wareham awarded Canberra Rotary Peace Prize

26.02.2018 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.

SNDWM, Nigeria, February 13, 2018

“Service to humanity” is heartbeat of IPPNW Nigeria Radio Project

13.02.2018 The IPPNW Nigeria Radio Project has at its heartbeat “service to humanity”- creating awareness of the threat armed violence poses to health and healthy communities and providing relevant information about public health approaches to preventing armed violence, thus equipping the public with knowledge that can drive peace building in society.

Read the full article on the Peace & Health Blog


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.


04.02.2018 We are deeply saddened by the passing of Dr. Victor W. Sidel, a co-founder and former president of PSR, and a former co-president of the International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War (IPPNW). Dr. Sidel passed away on Tuesday, January 30. We extend our sincere condolences to Dr. Sidel's family and loving friends as we remember his remarkable life.


02.02.2018 International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War (IPPNW) joins the World Medical Association in expressing grave concern over the arrests of leaders of the Turkish Medical Association (TMA).
We concur with the statement of WMA President Dr. Yoshitake Yokokura, who said, in part, “The WMA fully supports our Turkish colleagues in their public statements that war is a public health problem. The WMA has clear policy that physicians and national medical associations should alert governments to the human consequence of warfare and armed conflicts.”


29.01.2018 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

26.01.2018 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.


25.01.2018 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).


19.12.2017 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

04.12.2017 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.


01.12.2017 In November 2017, the Society of Nigerian Doctors for the Welfare of Mankind (SNDWM) started a radio programme called “Bringing Peace to the People“. The program was initiated by a group of doctors to educate the public about the effect of violence on health, to aim at preventing violence and thereby creating a peaceful Nigeria. The programme aims to address the burden of small arms violence in Nigeria. Armed conflict due to identity, religious and economic hostilities have plagued Nigeria for over a decade – a situation worsened by the advent of Boko Haram. With 3.3 million internally displaced people, Nigeria is the country with the third highest number of internally displaced people in the world.


12.11.2017 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.


Scientists' appeal, November 2, 2017

Climate Conference: Don´t nuke the Climate

Scientists’ appeal to the COP and the UNFCCC

18.11.2017 From November 6th to 17th, 2017 the UN Climate Conference was held in Bonn, Germany. During the conference the nuclear industry was intensively lobbying for access to climate funding mechanisms such as the UN Green Climate Fund for its outdated and dangerous nuclear technology. The international campaign “Don’t nuke the climate” forwarded a letter to the German environmental minister Barbara Hendricks which was signed by 70 scientists. In this letter scientists argue that nuclear energy is not the solution to climate change: It is too dirty, too dangerous and also would take too long to be a meaningful answer to global warming.
Moreover, the new nuclear power plant Hinckley Point in the UK is being built – not to solve energy problems, but to hide the costs for the British nuclear weapons program.

Read the scientists' letter

Action for the ban of nuclear weapons

Demonstrators in Germany protest US, North Korea tensions

18.11.2017 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.

06.10.2017 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.”


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