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International conference on April 24-25; rally, march to the United Nations, and peace festival on April 26
The organizing committee of "Peace & Planet: No Nukes! No Wars! No Warming!" is the umbrella group for U.S. mobilization around the UN Non-Proliferation Treaty Review in April.

Nuclear weapons abolition - a medical imperative
Dr. Sue Wareham in the Medical Journal of Australia: "Medical and humanitarian professionals have already played a crucial role in advocating for the removal of the global nuclear weapons threat. The emergence now of a strong majority of the world's governments committed to the same goal represents unprecedented progress and opportunity. Medical voices are needed now as much as ever, to seize the opportunity while it lasts, and to help delegitimise and stigmatise these horrific devices."

Body Count highlighted on Democracy Now
On the Democracy Now program, Amy Goodman interviewed Bob Gould, MD and Hans von Sponeck about the Body Count report (on actual cumulative casualties from coalition forces wars in Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan).

Physicians organizations publish casualty figures from the "War on Terror"
To mark the 12th anniversary of the invasion of Iraq, physicians from Germany, Canada, and the US have collaborated to record the injuries and deaths resulting from the “War on Terror” in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Pakistan.

"2015 is the year to ban nuclear weapons"
Former Prime Minister Malcom Fraser and IPPNW Co-President, Tilman Ruff agree: "The Australian government faces a moment of truth – will we continue to hide behind the myth of 'extended nuclear deterrence', willing to risk our true security and the incineration of millions in our name, or will we finally step up and get on the right side of history?"

Indian physicians joining South Asian organization to launch nationwide public health campaign
The meeting underlined the urgent need for nuclear disarmament, actionable steps to reduce armed violence, and for the importance of mutual dialogue between South Asian nations to reduce expenditure on the arms race, and divert it to health and development.

Climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro for peace
This July, international peace advocates will have a conference in Moshi, Tanzania and climb Mt. Kilimanjaro, as a symbol of reaching challenging goals, and to raise awareness of the effects of uranium mining and nuclear weapons.

Activists share common goals in Finland and Iran
Drs. Vappu and Ilkka Taipale of PSR Finland gave a joint speech on building and sustaining a culture of peace, at the Tehran Peace Museum. They also spoke with several chemical weapons survivors duing their visit. View photos here.  

Firearms used in half of global homicides says new WHO report
December 11: Firearms were used in about half of the 475,000 murders committed worldwide in 2012, according to the new Global status report on violence prevention 2014 published by the World Health Organization (WHO), the United Nations (U.N.) Development Programme (UNDP), and the U.N. Office of Crime and Drugs (UNODC).