Award ceremony Nagasaki, Japan
JPPNW members Dr. Kenjiro Yokoro, a Hiroshima survivor, and Dr. Michito Ichimaru were given the 6th Takashi Nagai Memorial Nagasaki Peace Award for their contributions to research of medical and social welfare problems associated with radiation exposure after atomoic warfare and nuclear accidents.
December 16-19, 2005
IPPNW African Regional Student Congress Jos, Nigeria
October 2005 Washington, DC, USA
Dialogues bring nuclear issues to the forefront --- just weeks before the bunker buster victory, IPPNW members in Washington, DC with the legislative staff of Senator Richard Lugar to discuss the importance of reducing the risks of nuclera proliferation and nuclear terrorism. The dialogues in the US capitol was followed later in the month by dialogues in London and Paris.
September 1, 2005 European Regional Meeting
"WMDs" in Europe and the world: from pathogenesis to prevention --- More than 80 physicians and medical students from 15 European countries met for the European regional meeting. The top item discussed was how to respond to the failed 2005 Non-Proliferation Treaty Review.
May 1, 2005
NPT Review Conference
New York, NY, USA IPPNW delegates attended the NPT Review Conference and also joined a 40,000 strong crowd who formed a human peace symbol in a massive show of public support for nuclear abolition. In late May, IPPNW medical students from Germany, Sweden, and the US took to the streets again, organizing "Target New York" events in Times Square to engage pedestrians in conversation about nuclear war and the need for the global elimination of nuclear weapons.
Dr. Ruku Bhileni of Congolese Physicians for Peace appeared on the Washington, DC-based Voice of America's "Straight Talk Africa" radio program that is broadcast and web-cast worldwide, relating the history of IPPNW, its goals, and campaigns to promote peace through health, particularly through our "Aiming for Prevention" program. He appeared with the Senegalese Foreign Minister, Cheikh Tidiane Gadio, to discuss how to overcome the challenges of development in Africa. Dr. Bhileni was in the US on scholarship at a conference organized by the Landmine Survivor's Network.
Control Arms conference "Action for Arms Control in a World Awash with Weapons" Nairobi, Kenya
Members from six IPPNW affiliates brought IPPNW's
Aiming for Prevention message to over 200 delegates from around the world gathered
to strategize on preventing small arms violence. The conference was sponsored
by the Control Arms Campaign of Amnesty International, Oxfam, and IANSA. Our affiliates
raised the profile of the new IANSA Public Health Network coordinated by IPPNW,
with Dr. Robert Mtonga of IPPNW/Zambia as the Medical Field Director. They conducted
a session on the need for a public health approach to small arms violence. Dr.
Walter Odhiambo of host affialiate IPPNW/Kenya, in another session, presented
the human face of suffering via the innovative One Bullet Story developed by IPPNW/Kenya.
March 5-11, 2005
Workshop Moscow, Russia IPPNW's Nuclear Weapons
Inheritance Project (NWIP) sent a team to Moscow and St. Petersberg, Russia to conduct dialogues with students, including those at the St.Petersburg University and the Sechenov Academy in Moscow.
Research Project Kenya IPPNW/Kenya has created the "One Bullet Story"
which captures in pictures and text the human dimension of small arms violence. Dr. Walter Odhiambo and other members of the Kenyan affiliate are working with the Kenya Medical Association and the East African Medical Journal to encourage health professionals to document and publish cases of firearm injuries that can influence national gun policy.
Dr. Andi Nidecker of PSR Switzerland met with Israeli nuclear whistle blower and disarmament advocate, Mordechai Vanunu in Jerusalem, during a week-long visit to Israel and the Palestine territories with PSR members for Seattle, Washington. The Swiss affiliate, which campaigned for Vanunu's release from prison, is now pressing for his freedom to travel.
February 4, 2005
El Salvador Members of the Society without Violence Coalition in El Salvador, which was co-organized by IPPNW's El Salvador affiliate Médicos Salvadoreños para la Responsabilidad Social (MESARES), have persuaded President Elias Antonio Saca to create a National Commission to review the gun laws and to incorporate representatives from the coalition. The Commission will recommend improvements to a proposed new gun law.