News and Events

Doctors, Parliamentarians Address Health Impacts of Gun Violence at UN
“On an average day in the United States 86 people are killed by guns,” was one of many alarming facts presented by IPPNW’s Dr. Bill Durston at a June 17th panel conducted by IPPNW, the Parliamentary Forum on Small Arms and Light Weapons and IANSA at the UN Fifth Biennial Meeting of States to Consider Implementation of the Programme of Action (PoA) on Small Arms and Light Weapons.

IPPNW/PSR physicians brief Cardinal O'Malley on the nuclear famine report
Drs. Ira Helfand and John Pastroe, briefed Cardinal Seán O'Malley on the Nuclear Famine report and discussed the urgent need for leadership to move towards a treaty to eliminated nuclear weapons. Cardinal O'Malley will discuss these issues with the Pope when he is in Rome in early July.

Arms Trade Treaty “Race to 50” gains momentum with 18 additional countries
On the first anniversary of the adoption of the Arms Trade Treaty, 18 countries helped move the “race to 50” ratification goal much closer at a UN ceremony - Bulgaria, Croatia, Denmark, El Salvador, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Malta, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, and the United Kingdom. Total ratificationss now stand at 31.

Mazda's Make Things Better Award to small arms project
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
The Second International Conference on the Humanitarian Impact of Nuclear Weapons opened in Nayarit, Mexico, 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
NHK-TV in Japan 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.”