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Mazda's Make Things Better Award to small arms project
February 20: The Mazda award was launched at the summit of Nobel Peace Laureates in October, 2013 in Warsaw, and the joint IPPNW project “Raising awareness on small arms through interactive radio sprogrammes” has now won the first of these awards!
Delegations from 146 States waste no time in Nayarit
February 13-14: The Second International Conference on the Humanitarian Impact of Nuclear Weapons opened in Nayarit, Mexico this morning, and the initial speakers wasted no time in expressing their conviction that an understanding of what nuclear weapons can do requires that we ban and eliminate them.
IPPNW’s Regional Vice President, Dr Tomonaga profiled by NHK-TV
January 30: NHK-TV in Japan has aired a profile of Dr. Masao Tomonaga, IPPNW’s Regional Vice President for North Asia and Director of the Japanese Red Cross Hospital in Nagasaki. Dr. Tomonaga will join the Japanese delegation to the Second International Conference on the Humanitarian Impact of Nuclear Weapons in Nayarit, Mexico on February 13 and 14. He will speak about the long term health effects of nuclear weapons during a session that will also include Co-President Ira Helfand, who will present the findings from IPPNW’s updated Nuclear Famine report. “Now that the inhumane nature of nuclear weapons has been clarified,” said Dr. Tomonaga “we should move ahead and abolish them.”
The Arms Trade Treaty: A Public Health Imperative
Published in the Journal of Public Health Policy: The United Nations adopted an historic international Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) in April 2013. Public health institutions, including the WHO, and the ICRC, and nongovernmental health groups such as IPPNW, made adoption of the ATT a public health imperative. The poorly regulated $70 billion annual trade in conventional arms fuels conflict, with devastating effects on global health. The ATT aims to ‘reduce human suffering’. It prohibits arms’ sales if there is knowledge that the arms would be used in the commission of genocide, attacks against civilians, or war crimes. The health community has much to contribute to ensuring ratification and implementation of the ATT.
Honoring a giant in the movement for peace and social justice
Victor W. Sidel, MD, a co-founder of Physicians for Social Responsibility, a former PSR president and IPPNW co-president, a contributor to the original studies on the medical consequences of nuclear war that were published in The New England Journal of Medicine in 1962, Distinguished University Professor Emeritus at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and Montefiore Medical Center, where he taught public health and social medicine, and a former president of the American Public Health Association, was honored over the weekend at a special session celebrating his career during the APHA annual meeting in Boston.
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