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December 13, 2013
IPPNW Delegation to European Parliament
December 5-6, 2013
Nof Hotel, Hanassi Avenue 101, Haifa, Israel
"For a Nuclear Weapons and Weapons of Mass Destruction Free Zone in the Middle East"
PDF containing more information from the conference organizers here.
November 15, 2013
Mexico City, Mexico
Violence Prevention Alliance Annual Meeting
November 13-14, 2013
Mexico City, Mexico
Conference | WHO 6th Milestones on Violence Prevention
November 13-14, 2013
Conference | Weapons of Mass Destruction Free Zone (WMDFZ-Middle East)
Dr Ahmed Sa'ada Vice President Middle East Region (IPPNW) and Drs Tony and Elizabeth Waterston (MEDACT) will be attending the conference organized by the Arab Institute for Security Studies.
November 3, 2013
Boston, MA, USA
From 2:30 to 4:30pm in Room 210A of the Boston Convention Center, there will be a special session to honor former American Public Health Association President Victor W. Sidel, Distinguished University Professor of Social Medicine Emeritus, Montefiore Medical Center and Albert Einstein Medical College, and Adjunct Professor of Public Health, Weill Cornell Medical College.
November 2-6, 2013
American Public Health Association Annual Meeting and Expo
Boston, MA, USA
October 22, 2013
124 states condemn unacceptable effects of nuclear weapons: “Very survival of humanity depends on nuclear weapons never being used.”
As a result of highly effective campaigning by ICAN during the First Committee session in New York, supported by campaigners in their own States, New Zealand read a joint statement on the humanitarian impact of nuclear weapons on behalf of 124 States. This is up from 80 States that signed the prior version of the appeal at the 2013 NPT PrepCom.
October 21-23, 2013
XIII World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates
Dr. Ira Helfand (PSR-US) will be speaking on the Humanitarian Consequences of Nuclear War.
October 18-19, 2013
Nuclear Exits: Countries Foregoing the Nuclear Option
The Congress will explore the political and NGO processes that have led some countries to forego the nuclear option.
October 17-23, 2013
World Injury Prevention and Safety Promotion Conference (Safety 2014)
Atlanta, Georgia, USA
October 4-6, 2013
African IPPNW Strategic Meeting
Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania
The theme of the meeting will be "Enhancing Prevention Capacities within Africa."
October 1-6, 2013
Conference and African Regional Meeting
"Uranium Mining: Impact on Health and the Environment"
Dar Es Salaam and Bahi/Dodoma, United Republic of Tanzania
The demand for uranium, the fuel for nuclear power plants and nuclear bombs, creates an apparent need for more mining operations. For this reason and because of insufficient local regulation, uranium-mining companies are increasingly focusing on African countries. However, the local populations are not usually informed about the possible long-term consequences of uranium mining on their health and environment.
September 28 - 29, 2013
International Conference on Peace and Health
Pakistan doctors for peace and development in coordination with Pakistan Peace coalition held the 3rd international conference on peace and health and 2nd Indo – pak doctors meeting. For more information, please contact Dr. Tipu Sultan or Dr. Ali Raza Khan Khan
September 26, 2013
High-level meeting of the General Assembly on Nuclear Disarmament
New York, NY, USA
In 2012, the General Assembly adopted a resolution proposed by the Non-Aligned Movement, to hold a high-level meeting on nuclear disarmament during the beginning of the 68th session of the General Assembly. The aim was to “contribute to achieving the goal of nuclear disarmament”, but it was an opportunity for heads of state and government, foreign ministers, and other high-level officials to outline policies and priorities for nuclear disarmament. It was the first time a high-level meeting was held on nuclear disarmament. This high-level meeting followed the important conference on the humanitarian impact of nuclear weapons that took place in Oslo in March 2013, where governments met for the first time to discuss this topic.
September 16, 2013
Call for medical neutrality in Syria
IPPNW Co-Presidents Ira Helfand, Robert Mtonga, and Tilman Ruff, former Co-President Sergey Kolesnikov, and a number of affiliate leaders have signed a call for medical neutrality in Syria. Updates about the appeal can be followed on Twitter at #Doctors4Syria.
September 9-13, 2013
100 Countries Gather for Cluster Munition Ban Meeting
IPPNW co-president Dr. Bob Mtonga helped organize the Cluster Munitions Coalition meetings at the Fourth Meeting of States Parties to the Convention on Cluster Munitions (4MSP).
September 5, 2013
Video: Physician speaks at the UN on the imperative to act now to abolish nuclear weapons
United Nations - New York, NY USA
Dr. Andrew Kanter, immediate past president of PSR and Co-Regional Vice President for IPPNW was a guest panelist before an informal meeting of the UN General Assembly observing the 4th International Day Against Nuclear Testing. The topic of the panel was "Path to Zero" and Dr. Kanter presented the catastrophic humanitarian consequences of nuclear weapons and called for a treaty banning nuclear weapons followed by their total elimination.
September 2, 2013
Article: "Iran's chemical weapon survivors show twin horrors of WMD and sanctions" by Narges Bajoghli
It is estimated that more than 100,000 survivors of chemical warfare live in Iran, more than any other country. IPPNW doctors Matthias Jochheim of Germany and Gunnar Westberg of Sweden decided to take action to get vital medicines into Iran after they saw first-hand how the sanctions regime was causing critical pharmaceutical shortages in the country.
August 27, 2013
Statement by IPPNW on chemical weapons and access to health care in Syria
"Chemical weapons are banned because of their capacity to cause indiscriminate deaths in large numbers, extreme suffering and long-term disability. If the facts determine that chemical weapons have been used [in Syria], then those who used them should be brought before the International Criminal Court and held accountable for crimes against humanity."
August 13, 2013
Anti-nuclear blockade in Germany
IPPNW Germany and several other anti-nuclear organizations organized a 24hour blockade of the joint US-German airforce base at Büchel - the only remaining nuclear weapons site in Germany. 750 protesters camped out in front of the 7 gates of the compound, effectively blocking it off to all motorized traffic. At four in the morning, several soldiers were able to squeeze through a gate in the woods under the cover of 200 police officers. The US have about 150-240 nuclear weapons stationed at various sites around Europe; in the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, Italy and Turkey under the so-called "nuclear sharing agreement". IPPNW Germany considers this "nuclear sharing" illegal under the rules of the NPT, because German airforce pilots are actually being trained at Büchel to deliver nuclear weapons on German Tornado jets to "the enemy".
August 12, 2013
Nigeria Third Nation to Ratify the Landmark Arms Trade Treaty.
Many members of IPPNW’s Nigerian affiliate, the Society of Nigerian Doctors for the Welfare of Mankind (SNDWM), have been active in working toward passage of a strong and humanitarian-based ATT. They have held events in Nigeria, met with government delegates, spoken at United Nations events, and even served on the official Nigerian delegation.
August 8, 2013
Action at the Büchel nuclear base
July 23, 2013
Two of IPPNW's leaders attend the Albert Schweitzer Hospital centennial in Gabon
Ilkka and Vappu Taipale visited Lambaréné Hospital in Gabon in July 2013, by invitation of the chair of the Lambaréné Hospital Executive Board, Lachlan Forrow. Dr. Forrow, a former executive director of IPPNW, is now Associate Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. The Taipales were deeply moved to see the museum hospital once run by one of the medical heroes of their youth, Albert Schweitzer, and refreshed their knowledge of Schweitzer’s relationship to the nuclear issue.
July 7, 2013
Medical Relief Team goes to care for flash flood survivors
The Uttrakhand state in the Himalayas, in North India, had flash floods in June. The disaster was so high that the government estimates deaths of about 4,000 people, while unofficial figures claim more than 25,000 people have died.
July 6-13, 2013
Nuclear Abolition Week
Nuclear Abolition Week kicked off July 6th to create awareness about the cruelty of nuclear weapons, and to generate the political will necessary for a ban treaty. There were several ways to participate, including sharing your shadow, and encouraging friends and family to support the call for a ban on nuclear weapons.
June 18, 2013
Video: Historic dialogue in the Knesset between IPPNW's Co-President, Dr. Helfand, and MK Feiglin of the Likud Party
The Knesset, Israel
Co-President Ira Helfand debated nuclear abolition with a member of Israel's Likud Party, Moshe Feiglin, in the Knesset on June 18. Their compelling exchange is documented on this YouTube video produced by the Israeli Disarmament Movement (RPM) and ICAN-Israel. Sharon Dolev, director of RPM, gives an articulate summary of why the nuclear famine findings make abolition such an urgent priority.
June 7 - 10, 2013
NWIP 2013 South Asia Dialogue
Through the Nuclear Weapons Inheritance Project (NWIP), IPPNW medical students and young doctors aim to raise awareness about the political and humanitarian consequences of security policies relying on military power and nuclear weapons. NWIP workshop organizers also focus on empowering younger generations to undertake disarmament activities on local, regional and international level. Read the NWIP handbook here.
June 5, 2013
Statement: "Fukushima nuclear disaster is far from over"
The IPPNW Board of Directors issued a statement about the ongoing public health crisis resulting from the March 2011 nuclear reactor disaster in Fukushima. The statement made reference to a report from Anand Grover, UN Special Rapporteur on the right to health, an advance, unedited copy of which has been made available by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights.
May 30 - June 2, 2013
Human Target Conference
Organized by IPPNW in cooperation with the campaign “AktionAufschrei – Stoppt den Waffenhandel!”, experts and members of several organizations will discuss the effects of conventional weapons. International guests from Kenya, Iran, Nepal, Switzerland, India, Australia and the USA will share their knowledge about the social and health effects of the use of small arms and the global arms trade, as well as about future activities and campaigns to stop arms exports. Presentations and video from the congress are available here.
May 29 - 30, 2013
IPPNW Board Meeting
May 26-30, 2013
Human Target Bike Tour
Taking their protest against small arms trade to the streets, 33 young IPPNW activists cycled from the German arms manufacturer Walther in Ulm, to the small Black Forest town of Villingen 200km away, where IPPNW Germany and IPPNW organized the Small Arms Congress “Human Target”. From 26th May until 30th May, the bikers met politicians, organized public demonstrations, and gave interviews on the impact of the Global Arms trade in the region.
Struga, Macedonia (FYROM)
This was the second time that Macedonia hosted the participants from Germany, Austria, Croatia, Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo and Macedonia, all of them committed to the main IPPNW goals. This meeting is an opportunity to share our stories and to look forward to future collaborative activities towards nuclear disarmament.
May 7, 2013
Discussion: "Nuclear Weapons, International Law and the Future of the Planet"
777 United Nations Plaza, New York, New York, USA
Discussion on the clmiate effects of nuclear war, with Andrew Kanter, MD, MPH, the former President fo PSR and John Burroughs, PhD, the Executive Director of the Lawyers Committee on Nuclear Policy.
April 24, 2013
Joint statement on the humanitarian impact of nuclear weapons delivered to the UN
74 nations co-signed a statement delivered to the United Nations at Geneva, that "the catastrophic effects of a nuclear weapon detonation, whether by accident, miscalculation or design, cannot be adequately addressed. All efforts must be exerted to eliminate this threat. The only way to guarantee that nuclear weapons will never be used again is through their total elimination."
April 20-21, 2013
IPPNW Campaigners Meeting
The ICAN Campaigners Meeting takes place immediately before the Second Preparatory Committee for the 2015 Review Conference of the Parties to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT PrepCom), from 22 April – 3 May 2013 in Geneva, Switzerland. This ten-day diplomatic PrepCom provides an opportunity to build upon the successful outcome of the Oslo conference and continue to inspire, persuade and pressure policy-makers to support a treaty banning nuclear weapons.
April 12-14, 2013
IPPNW Germany's Annual Meeting
April 15, 2013
Global Day of Action on Military Spending
April 5 - 7, 2013
European Student Conference
More info: IPPNW.email@example.com
April 2, 2013
UN approves historic international arms trade treaty
More than a decade in the making, we are confident that once implemented it will save countless lives worldwide for decades to come.
March 27, 2013
Post-Oslo Conference Briefings
Wellington, New Zealand
Photos from the event on Facebook.
March 18 - 28, 2013
UN, New York, NY, USA
Arms Trade Treaty Diplomatic Conference
March 13, 2013
Open letter to Nobel Peace Prize Laureate President Obama
US President Barack Obama must take the lead in securing a strong global Arms Trade Treaty, a group of 18 Nobel Peace Prize winners said in an open letter delivered to their fellow laureate at the White House today.
March 12, 2013
Editorial by Ira Helfand
On Gazettenet.com: When Norway’s foreign ministry convened a conference last week in Oslo, more than 128 nations, and even the busy folks at the Vatican, saw the topic as important enough to send representatives. The United States, sadly, did not...
March 10, 2013
Fukushima Day Seminar
More than 200 participants from local NGOs attended the event. Dr. Balbir Singh, coordinator of a local NGO told that in contrast to the natural and renewable resources of energy like solar, wind and water, the nuclear resources are neither safe nor economical and are fraught with danger of nuclear weaponisation with hazardous ill effects on human health which the world has already witnessed thrice with major accidents in nuclear power plants.
March 4-5, 2013
Diplomatic Conference on the Humanitarian Consequences of Nuclear Weapons
March 6, 2013
ICAN Planning Meeting
March 4-5, 2013
Diplomatic Conference on the Humanitarian Consequences of Nuclear Weapons
March 2-3, 2013
Civil Society Meeting (ICAN) on the humanitarian consequences of nuclear weapons
February 23, 2013
Dr. Bernard Lown receives Dr. Jean Mayer Award
Dr. Ira Helfand spoke at the ceremony at Tufts University on behalf of Dr. Lown.
February 15-17, 2013
9th National Conference of Indian Doctors for Peace and Development (IDPD)
Dumra Auditorim, Dayanad Medical College and Hospital This included a peace march on February 15th from 6-8PM, an exclusive students' conference from 9AM-2PM, and main conference on the 16th and 17th. For more information, please contact IDPD.
January 24, 2013
2013 video on the medical, environmental and humanitarian consequences of nuclear war
"Once you know about this information you have an obligation to act. Fortunately there are things people can do. A movement is forming around the world to abolish nuclear weapons." ~Dr. Ira Helfand, PSR and IPPNW