Archived News 2009
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December 10, 2009
IPPNW's Dr. Ira Helfand attended the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony in Oslo.
December 9, 2009
PSR NYC president and IPPNW representative Cathey Falvo, MD MPH addressed attendees at a United Nations panel discussion on the topic Small Arms and Light Weapons, Health, and Development: The Public Health Approach. The session, titled Human Development and Disarmament, was sponsored by the UN NGO Committee on Disarmament, Peace & Security, and was designed to illuminate the connection between disarmament and development while addressing the issues of the Millennium Development Goals, the interplay between poor health and armed violence, and the human rights implications of disarmament.
December 8, 2009
IPPNW's UK affiliate Medact's publication Medicine, Conflict and Survival is planning a special issue on the theme of "Health, peace and survival in a nuclear world".
November 11, 2009
IPPNW's International Student Co-Representative, Agyeno Ehase Sunday, was on a panel on nuclear disarmament during the 10th World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates.
October 28, 2009
Medicine, Conflict and Survival, which is a designated journal of IPPNW, is sponsoring a student essay competition in honor of Douglas Holdstock and Jack Piachaud, MCS editors and longtime Medact and IPPNW members who passed away last year. Entry due by September 20, 2010.
October 8, 2009
IPPNW Zambia leader Dr. Robert Mtonga, AFPCoordinator Maria Valenti, and IPPNW consultant Dr. Diego Zavala participated in recent meetings held at Harvard University of the Global Burden of Disease (GBD) Injury Expert Group, and a joint meeting of the GBD group with the International Collaborative Effort on Injury Statistics. Drs. Mtonga and Zavala were invited to present findings from the IPPNW multi-center pilot surveillance project that documented injuries from violence at hospital emergency rooms in Zambia, DR Congo, Nigeria, Uganda, and Kenya. As a result of the meetings, the doctors were invited to participate in a new African research project, with initial work to collect additional data from Zambia.
September 28-29, 2009
AFP's Maria Valenti attended a strategy session with about 30 other NGOs at the Quaker United Nations Office (QUNO), the secretariat for the Geneva Declaration (GD). Ms. Valenti contributed IPPNWs peace through health approach and discussed how IPPNW affiliates worldwide work on this issue, as well as how IPPNW can help contribute to forwarding the Geneva Declaration on Armed Violence and Development goals.
September 18, 2009
IPPNW's response to the US Decision on Missile Defenses in Eastern Europe
September 17-18, 2009
IPPNW joined 150 other Violence Prevention Alliance members at the WHO headquarters for the 4th Milestones of a Global Campaign for Violence Prevention.This meeting is held every 2 years to showcase promising violence prevention programs with a health focus, and to bring people together to brainstorm about needs/opportunities to advance the work in upcoming years.
September 17, 2009
Good news from ICAN on new Australian parliamentary report: nuclear weapons convention strongly supported.
September 9-11, 2009
Mexican affiliate says "Disarm now!" and presents the medical perspective at a workshop at the United Nations Department of Public Information NGO Conference held in Mexico City.
August 22-23, 2009
North and South Asian affiliates held a joint regional conference on nuclear abolition.
July 14, 2009
PSR's Dr. Ira Helfand and IPPNW Program Director, John Loretz met with Ambassador Sergio Duarte, the UN High Representative for Disarmament Affairs to discuss ways in which IPPNW could further cooperate with the UN to promote the nuclear weapons convention.
July 9, 2009
IPPNW response to the Moscow Summit
July 5, 2009
Two medical organizations, (including IPPNW's Australian affiliate MAPW) have called for a carbon audit of the large-scale Talisman Sabre joint US-Australian military exercises beginning in Central Queensland on Monday 6 July 2009. Go here for the fact sheet.
July 1, 2009
IPPNW affiliates worldwide participated in a range of activities during the Global Week of Action (June 15-21, 2009) to highlight the health effects of armed violence.
June 25, 2009
Congratulations to the "Give Peace a Chance" 2009 raffle/lotto winners: the medical practice of Kardalinos, Petry and Pohlmeier in Germany. Dr. Lars Pohlmeier has pledged to donate his share of the prize to support IPPNW's work.
June 23, 2009
IPPNW and PSR board member Ira Helfand met with President Obama's science advisor John Holdren to discuss the administration's efforts to secure ratification of the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty and Obama's broader vision of a world free of nuclear weapons. The meeting, which included representatives of a dozen pro-disarmament groups in the US, was IPPNW/PSR's highest level meeting on nuclear issues with the US government since the 1980's. While much of the meeting was formally off the record, Holdren stressed that Obama is committed to eliminating nuclear weapons as outlined in his Prague speech and encouraged ongoing dialogue with the NGO community.
June 15 - 21, 2009
IPPNW's "Aiming for Prevention" program announces the "Medical Voices Against Violence" project during this week's Global Week Against Gun Violence. The project presents compelling stories, in spoken and written words, of personal experiences with violence.
June 12, 2009
Medical student members of Society of Nigerian Doctors for the Welfare of Mankind (IPPNW /Nigeria), led by Ogebe Onazi, African Regional Student Representative for IPPNW, and Homsuk Emmanuel Swomen, National Student Representative for IPPNW Nigeria, launched a radio series on peace and violence prevention called Bringing Peace to the People on Silverbird Rhythm FM 93.7 radio, Jos. It is scheduled to air every two weeks and is designed to educate about and inspire people to work for peace in Nigeria, and to support IPPNWs global Aiming for Prevention campaign.
May 28, 2009
IPPNW response to the May 25, 2009 nuclear test
by the Democratic People's Republic of Korea
May 4-15, 2009
IPPNW was one of more than 75 non-governmental organizations participated at a Non-Proliferation Treaty meeting at the UN in New York. The two-week PrepCom made important strides toward strengthening the disarmament and non-proliferation "pillars" of the NPT, which had come under enormous strain during the eight years of the Bush administration in the US.
April 3-5, 2009
AFP coordinator Maria Valenti and students working on violence prevention activities joined 100 students and others from around the world at the Student PSR conference at the Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City. Workshop presenters included PSR Philadelphia Executive Director Pat Harner, and medical students Mike Russo of Penn in Philadelphia and Jack Wang of Stanford in CA. Medical student and past international IPPNW student representative from Ecuador Nidia Rodriguez teamed up with Maria to launch IPPNWs Voices Against Violence project during the SPSR conference, to record stories of personal experiences with violence, and how these experiences influenced their involvement in working for peace.
March 23, 2009
World physicians issue medical appeal. More than 300 of the world's top physicians called on US President Barack Obama and Russian President Dmitri Medvedev to "end the nuclear weapons era once and for all."
March 3-9, 2009
International student reps Agyeno Ehase and Wenjing Tao, who along with Alexander Unge from Sweden brought the IPPNW banner to the International Federation of Medical Students Association (IFMSA) 58th General Assembly Conflicts and Health held in Hammamet, Tunisia. They presented a series of workshops on Aiming for Prevention, Peace through Health, and the The Threat of Nuclear War and the Medical Effects of Nuclear Weapons.
February 6, 2009
IPPNW receives response from Senator John F. Kerry through askyourlawmaker.org. Read and listen to Kerry's response here.
February 6, 2009
IPPNW release statement signed by the Federation's three Co-Presidents, in response to the use of white phosphorous in Gaza.
January 6, 2009
IPPNW release statement signed by the Federation's three Co-Presidents, in response to the escalating conflict in the Middle East.chael Christ, IPPNW Executive Director.