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Dutch award presented to IPPNW physician for lifetime of scientific work on nuclear disarmament
During a recent symposium in Amsterdam, Dr. Ira Helfand was awarded the prestigious, Dr. Jo Verdoorn Prize for his work in the field of nuclear disarmament. "The accompanying grant will be forwarded to IPPNW according to Dr. Helfand’s wishes, setting again an example to us all," said co-chairs NVMP (IPPNW Netherlands), Drs. Peter Buijs and Herman Spanjaard.

Norwegian Medical Appeal gaining momentum
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.

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

A passionate abolitionist turns 100
Dr. Jim Yamazaki: “Every decision-maker, every citizen, needs to know the human cost of nuclear warfare. I want no mistakes. I want no decisions that ignore the very particular vulnerability of children, and through the children, the vulnerability of the future of all of us.”

Discussing peace, health, and nuclear weapons in the UK
Save the date: The joint MEDACT Forum and IPPNW World Congress will be held September 3-7, 2017 at the University of York, United Kingdom.

When Hiroshima speaks, President must listen (Opinion)
May 25, 2016: "Theirs is a message that President Obama needs to hear. For too long, nuclear armed states have talked about these weapons as though they were playing some abstract game of chess. And he needs to listen also to the scientific and medical communities, who are raising the alarm about what modern nuclear arsenals will do."

Global health federations issue collective appeal for prohibition and elimination of nuclear weapons
IPPNW co-president Tilman Ruff: "The fact that we are now coming together to demand action on disarmament is unprecendented and raises a loud alarm about the unacceptable danger a handful of states are imposing on the entire world. We have a professional obligation to prevent what we cannot cure or treat."

Fukushima Report: 10,000 excess cancers expected In Japan as a result of 2011 reactor meltdowns, ongoing radiation exposure
Residents of the Fukushima area and the rest of Japan will experience more than 10,000 excess cancer deaths according to a new report from PSR and IPPNW Germany.

Why an emergency response to a nuclear attack is impossible
A new four-minute slide show describes in simple and stark words and images the overwhelming obstacles that would confront first responders following a nuclear attack.

"Can we prevent nuclear war?" || TedxVail
(9 min video) Dr. Ira Helfand on the current dangers of nuclear weapons and how we can collectively eliminate those threats, through the campaigning of ICAN.

Classroom resource: "Join the conversation on nuclear weapons"
IPPNW's U.S. affiliate PSR, with support from NSquare, held a short film contest to raise awareness about what's at stake if we are complacent about nuclear weapons. And now, the award-winning video is part of TedEd's library of educational modules.

World Medical Association calls on governments to ban and eliminate nuclear weapons
The General Assembly of the World Medical Association, unanimously adopted a new resolution condemning nuclear weapons, stating that the medical profession has a duty to work for the elimination of nuclear weapons, and urging all governments to work to ban and eliminate them. IPPNW and its affiliates, many of whose members are active in national medical associations, will work to ensure that this resolution is promoted and acted upon as widely as possible.