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December 10, 2015
Watch: German affiliate's short video
Thirty years ago, IPPNW was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for the public education and advocacy work of its members on the dangers and effects of nuclear war. Today, IPPNW is still actively engaged in working for a world free of the nuclear threat, for a world in peace and for social responsibility. This short film, by Kathy Becker and Jonathan Happ, explains the organization’s work and the motivation of its members. In German with English subtitles. 4 minutes 43 seconds.

December 3, 2015
Blog post: The health impacts of war and armed conflict
By Jessica Falk, Medact

November 23, 2015
OpEd:"Why aren't the candidates talking about nuclear war?"
The Des Moines Register

November 21-23, 2015
World Nuclear Victims Forum
Hiroshima, Japan
Speakers and participants included uranium mining victims (from India), Nuclear testing victims (from Pacific Islands, Down Winders from the US and from Semipalatinsk, Chernobyl disaster victims, depleted uranium survivors (from Iraq), Hiroshima Nagasaki A-bomb survivors, Lucky Dragon No. 5 victims, and Fukushima disaster victim, medical and legal experts, and nuclear energy experts.

November 16-19, 2015
Symposium: Nuclearisation of Africa
Johannesburg, South Africa
Impact of uranium mining on health and the environment / legal and social aspects / renewable energy. The conference was co-organized by PSR/IPPNW Switzerland,, and the Federation for a Sustainable Environment.

November 15-16, 2015
IPPNW Board of Director's Meeting
National Council of Voluntary Organisations (NCVO), London, England

November 13-15, 2015
15th World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates
Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain

November 13-14, 2015
Teach-in and Forum: Heath through Peace 2015 - Confronting war, militarization, and global security
London, England
Learning about the most important peace and conflict issues from some of the country’s leading experts.

November 4, 2015
Public Meeting: Nuclear Exits- Nations that have given up nuclear weapons.
Mordechai Vanunu House, London, England
Why not the UK? Sweden started to develop Nuclear Weapons immediately at the end of World War II; and then stopped for various political and financial reasons. There are other ‘Exit’ nations, the most well known being South Africa. The idea for this meeting arose from the Conference on ‘Nuclear Exits’ in Helsinki put on by IPPNW in 2013.

October 17-18, 2015
Humanitarian Disarmament Campaigns Forum: Disarmament and Arms Control as Humanitarian Action
Pace University, New York, New York, United States
Building on Humanitarian Disarmament Campaigns Fora held since 2012, the Forum was a platform for NGOs to come together to discuss ongoing campaigns, campaign skills and strategies on alleviating or preventing harm from conflict and armed violence.

October 14-17, 2015
World Medical Association, General Assembly
Moscow, Russia
The General Assembly of the World Medical Association, unanimously adopted a powerful 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. 

October 14, 2015
Published Pespective: "Docs and Nukes — Still a Live Issue" in The New England Journal of Medicine. Ira Helfand, M.D., and Victor W. Sidel, M.D.
[DOI: 10.1056/NEJMp1509202]

October 2-4, 2015
Public action and Peace Congress 2015 organized by IPPNW Germany
Frankfurt, Germany
Video from the public action to raise awareness about divestment is available here (in German).

September 26, 2015
Symposium: "Kernwapens, ons een zorg" - Nuclear Weapons, we care (we worry)
De Balie, Kleine-Gartmanplantsoen 10, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
70 years after the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, there are still 16000+ nuclear weapons worldwide. The Dutch affiliate, NVMP, and the Association for Health and Peace Studies co-hosted a symposium on the UN's International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons.

September 25, 2015
Pope Francis, the UN and nuclear weapons
In an editorial in the National Catholic Reporter, IPPNW Co-President Ira Helfand was hopeful Francis would speak frankly about the nuclear weapons threat, "the most immediate threat to the survival of the human family." And on Friday, September 25th in his speech to the UN, Pope Francis made a compelling call that there is urgent need to work for a world free of nuclear weapon... The recent agreement reached on the nuclear question in a sensitive region of Asia and the Middle East is proof of the potential of political good will and of law, exercised with sincerity, patience and constancy. I express my hope that this agreement will be lasting and efficacious, and bring forth the desired fruits with the cooperation of all the parties involved.”

September 22-23, 2015
7th Milestones Meeting in the Global Campaign for Violence Prevention; WHO Violence Prevention Alliance annual meeting
Geneva, Switzerland

September 19-21, 2015
Student PSR National Leadership Conference and Climate Health Summit
Washington, DC, USA

September 13-19, 2015
Summer School: Globalization, Refugees, and Health
Berlin, Germany
Charité Universitätsmedizin Berlin and IPPNW Germany organized a one-week course in global health challenges, including the situation of refugees from a global health perspective. View the inviation letter here.

September 12, 2015
4th Global Health Conference
Berlin, Germany

September 11-13, 2015
IPPNW European Meeting
Belgrade, Serbia
In addition to the core activities of IPPNW, the conference discussions included Balkan-specific topics including reconciliation, human rights, and depleted uranium.

September 11, 2015
Report: Body Count
To mark the 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.

September 10, 2015
United Nations, New York, New York, USA
Informal Meeting of the UN General Assembly to mark the International Day against Nuclear Tests
"As long as nuclear weapons exist, it is not a question of 'if' but only a question of 'when' they will be used," said Dr. Ira Helfand, IPPNW Co-President. View Dr. Helfand's panel talk here.

September 7-11, 2015
Convention on Cluster Munitions 1st Review Conference
Dubrovnik, Croatia
The clear rejection by states of the weapon and the commitment to "work towards a world free of the suffering, casualties and socio-economic impacts caused by cluster munitions," was adopted in the formal political declaration at the high-level conference.

September 2015
Medical Peace Work
Through 12 new case studies, learn how war and human rights violations affect health; discover your unique role as a health worker; speak out for the prevention of violence and promotion of peace.

August 28-30, 2015
Hiroshima, Japan
International Youth Summit for Nuclear Abolition
Youth activists from 20 countries met with survivors of the atomic bombing, discussed future strategies aimed at ridding the world of nuclear weapons.

August 3-30, 2015
Refugee Camp Project (ReCap)
Recap is a project by IPPNW and IFMSA Palestine for students of Medicine with at least the 2nd year of studies completed.

August 28, 2015
National Catholic Reporter: "Group hopes Francis takes abolition of nuclear weapons to Congress"

August 28, 2015
Opening speech "Twenty Years: Bridges of Understanding" by Ulrich Gottstein
Wuerzburg, Germany

August 24-27, 2015
Cancun, Mexico
Arms Trade Treaty First Conference of States Parties

August 20, 2015
OpEd in Newsweek: "Let’s be clear. There is no surviving a nuclear war"

August 13, 2015
OpEd by Arthur Milholland: "As long as nuclear weapons exist, we're on the brink of self annihilation"

August 9, 2015
Nagasaki Peace Declaration
Nagasaki, Japan

August 9, 2015
OpEd by former Co-President, John Pastore: Nagasaki, mon amour

August 6, 2015
"What can happen while you change trains"
A blog post to commemorate the 70th anniversary of Hiroshima.

August 6, 2015
Hiroshima Peace Declaration
Hiroshima, Japan

August 2, 2015
CNN OpEd: What Obama should say on Hiroshima anniversary
"For 70 years, we have told ourselves that nuclear weapons make us secure. But it is time to reject this fantasy and recognize that nuclear weapons are, in fact, the primary threat to our security -- that far from protecting us they pose an existential threat to our civilization, and perhaps to our survival as a species."

July 30, 2015
Doctors and Parliamentarians Dialogue on Small Arms Crisis
IPPNW leaders brought a public health perspective on armed violence to policy makers at two seminars in India and Peru organized by the Parliamentary Forum on Small Arms and Light Weapons, convened to discuss the Arms Trade Treaty and the UN Programme of Action on Small Arms.

July 14, 2015
IPPNW issues statement on Iran deal

July 6-7, 2015
ICAN Campaigners' Meeting
London, England

July, 2015
Medical Journal of Australia - "Abolishing the world's worst weapons"
By Sue Wareham
"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."

June 30 - July 4, 2015
K-Project - Climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro for Peace
Mt. Kilimanjaro/Moshi, Tanzania
After an international conference in Moshi, Tanzania, activists climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro to raise awareness on the humanitarian and health effects of uranium mining and nuclear weapons.

June 28-29, 2015
IPPNW African Regional Meeting and K-Project for Peace Conference
Moshi, Tanzania
K-Project for Peace is an international campaign led by medical students, young doctors and environmentalists from IPPNW-Africa, and other regions of the world, who envision an Africa free of uranium mining, and a world free of nuclear weapons.  For a better understanding of the impact of uranium mining click here to watch a short video.

June 18-19, 2015
IPPNW Latin America Regional Meeting
Buenos Aires, Argentina

June 11, 2015
Letter to the New York Times by Robert Gould, PSR
"In contrast, by the close of the United Nations conference on the treaty last month, 107 of the world’s nations had responded to this profound threat to human survival by endorsing the 'humanitarian pledge' recently issued by the Austrian government to work for the speedy elimination and prohibition of nuclear weapons."

June 6-9, 2015
2015 Rotary International Convention
São Paulo, Brazil
Drs. Ira Helfand and Bob Dodge addressed the pre-convention peace symposium attendees on the humanitarian and health impacts of nuclear weapons, and the urgency for a nuclear weapons ban treaty. Rotary is the second largest NGO in the world after the Red Cross/Red Crescent.  It has over 1 million members in almost every country on the planet, draws its members from community leaders, has a deep commitment to peace and international cooperation and has addressed the nuclear issue in the past.

June 4, 2015
Mass Peace Action organized event: What Next for Nuclear Abolition Movement?
Report from the NPT Review Conference; Discussion on the Way Forward with Joseph Gerson, Peace & Disarmament Coordinator, American Friends Service Committee John Loretz, IPPNW Program Director. Moderator: Elaine Scarry, Professor, Harvard University.

June 2, 2015
Second Open-ended Meeting of Governmental Experts (MGE2) under the Programme of Action to Prevent, Combat and Eradicate the Illicit Trade in Small Arms and Light Weapons in All Its Aspects
United Nations, New York, New York, USA
IPPNW and PSR physicians joined IANSA's panel: “New Technology and Human Security". Read the blog post from the event.

June 2, 2015
#WearingOrange: Promoting National Gun Violence Awareness Day
IPPNW doctors speaking at the UN about health and gun violence. June 2nd was "Wear Orange Day," the first US national awareness day to highlight the crisis of gun violence and remember its victims and survivors.

May 23, 2015
2015 NPT Review Conference outcome is the Humanitarian Pledge
New York, New York, USA

May 23, 2015
107 states endorse the pledge as the Review Conference ends
New York, New York, USA

May 21-22, 2015
Inter-regional ATT / UNPOA seminar
Lima, Peru
The UNPoA is in its initial stages and while the ATT has been signed by over 100 states, ratification and implementation are the next tasks. Parliamentarians have an important role; legislative measures, parliamentary oversight of the government and awareness-raising. With this background, the Parliamentary Forum on SALW is organizing a series of activities especially tailored for parliamentarians. Drs. Diego Zavala and Robert Mtonga addressed the attendees to make the case that "armed violence is bad for health".

May 11-18, 2015
Global Week of Action Against Gun Violence
The Week of Action, organized by IANSA highlighted the international campaign to stop the proliferation and misuse of small arms and light weapons. The human cost of gun violence, which is the theme of this year, is the core of IPPNW’s Aiming for Prevention program.

May 8-10, 2015
IPPNW European Student Conference
Berlin, Germany
"No Weapons, No Cry?! - Impact of arms on health, politics and society" is the conference title for 2015. Some of the topics dealt with at the conference will be: reasons for the use of weapons, various consequences of the use of small arms, nuclear weapons and their dangers, as well as humanitarian intervention. All of these subjects are going to be discussed from a medical, ethical and political point of view.

April 2015
Article published in the World Medical Journal
Drs. Ira Helfand, David Onazi, and Antti Junkkari were published in the World Medical Journal's April edition, "Nuclear War: A Greater Threat than Ebola".

April 24-25, 2015
Conference: Peace & Planet: Mobilization for a Nuclear-Free, Just, and Sustainable World
New York, NY, United States
Through plenaries and workshops, this Conference gathered people to share information and analyses, build and integrate different movements for the longer term.

April 26, 2015
Rally, March and Peace Festival
New York, NY, United States
The festival at Dag Hammerskjold Plaza included a main tent for speakers and music, tents and tables for individual organizations, as well as an education tent for sponsoring organizations to hold workshops, trainings, and teach-ins.

April 27 - May 22, 2015
NPT Review Conference
New York, NY

April 14-16, 2015
World Uranium Symposium
Quebec City, Canada
The World Uranium Symposium addressed broad issues and implications related to the nuclear fuel chain, with a particular emphasis on uranium mining impacts, health and environmental effects, low-level and high-level radioactive waste management, economics and nuclear energy policy, nuclear weapon proliferation, human rights and aboriginal rights, and issues related to ethics and governance.

April 2, 2015
Online Webinar:"Paths to disarmament: the NPT and the Humanitarian Initiative"
IPPNW Program Director John Loretz, and host, PSR Security Program Director Martin Fleck. Topics include the NPT Review Conference, the Humanitarian Impact Initiative and the worldwide movement to ban nuclear weapons, and the Peace and Planet Mobilization in New York City, April 24-26

March 26, 2015
Body Count report highlighted on Democracy Now radio show
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).

March 21, 2015
Televised panel - Video / Audio only
“Are We At Risk of Nuclear War" was broadcast on “Two Way Street” on 17-stations of the Georgie Public Broadcasting Network. Panelists were Professor Mohammed Yunus, winner of the 2006 Nobel Peace Prize, Dr. Ira Helfand of IPPNW, Jonathan Granoff, President of the Global Security Institute and Jean Yves Ollivier, an internationally recognized peace advocate.

The special edition of Two Way Street was sponsored by the Sam Nunn Institute of International Affairs at Georgia Tech and was taped in front of a live audience at Georgia Public Broadcasting last month. Bill Nigut was the moderator.

March 12-17, 2015
Symposium during the UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction
Fukushima and Sendai, Japan
Dr. Andreas Nidecker of PSR/IPPNW Switzerland was a guest speaker on a panel of scientists, doctors, academia, and civil society activists.

March 9, 2015
Public talk - 'Limited Nuclear War: What Are the Consequences?'
Chapel Hill, North Carolina
Ira Helfand, Co-President of International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War and liaison to the Nobel Peace Laureates Summit, discussed the dangers of nuclear arsenals, and the actions we all can take to reduce the threat of nuclear war.

March 2015
Casualty Figures after 10 Years of the "War on Terror"
Authored by IPPNW-Germany, the report, Body Count is a comprehensive account of the vast human toll of the "Wars on Terror" conducted in the name of the American people since September 11, 2001.

February 25, 2015
Online Webinar: "Wait, nukes cost HOW much?"
Host: Theresa Shaffer, Physicians for Social Responsibility, Guest Speaker: Laicie Heeley, Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation. A recording of the presentation is available here.

February 23-24, 2015
1st Preparatory Meeting Toward the First Conference of States Parties to the Arms Trade Treaty
Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago
The ATT has the potential to be among one of the most signicant treaties adopted at the United Nations in this century.

February 19, 2015
Article in The Age: "2015 is the year to ban uclear 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?"

February 18, 2015
South-North Project on Violence Prevention
Lusaka, Zambia
Peer-reviewed Injury Prevention publishes results of IPPNW victim assistance project in Zambia.

January 22, 2015
The court case brought by the Ministry of Health against Ankara Chamber of Medicine has been dismissed!

January 19, 2015
Speech on "Peace and Society"
Tehran Peace Museum, Tehran, 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 from their visit here.

January 27, 2015
IPPNW Delegation to the European Commission
A closed meeting with members of the Cabinet and members of the European External Action Service to discuss the B 61 bombs based in Europe. Contact Dr. Liz Waterston, UK for more information.

January 8, 2015
Tribute to Dr. Thomas Graboys by Dr. John Pastore.