2016 Past News and Events

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December 2016
UN full General Assembly vote on L.41
New York, NY, United States

December 11, 2016
Updated resource materials: Teaching cases
Online / Worldwide
Created by IPPNW Norway and IPPNW Germany, the audio-visual teaching cases encompass some of the key concepts, opportunities and dilemmas in the peace health field.

December 9-10, 2016
Forum 2016: Healthy Planet, Better World
London, United Kingdom
Human health is dependent on a healthy environment. Yet we are damaging ecosystems and depleting natural resources in ways that undermine our ability to sustain healthy and equitable societies. Co-organized by IPPNW's UK affiliate, MEDACT.

November 15, 2016
Article: "As the world pushes for a ban on nuclear weapons, Australia votes to stay on the wrong side of history"
Tilman Ruff, IPPNW co-president

November 6-7, 2016
IPPNW North South Meeting
Havana, Cuba

November 5-6, 2016
IPPNW Board of Directors Meeting
Havana, Cuba

October 26, 2016
Belgian health personnel: "Nuclear weapons should never be used"

October 20-23, 2016
ICAN Youth Academy
Paris, France
The ICAN Youth Academy was a four-day interactive educational seminar on nuclear weapons and humanitarian disarmament. Sixty participants under the age of 30 from all over Europe came together to develop both knowledge and skills for successful campaigns.View the agenda here.

October 15, 2016
Climate Change and the Growing Risk of Nuclear War - A Health Care Perspective
Tufts University School of Medicine, Boston, Massachusetts, USA
A one-day Symposium to examine the catastrophic public health consequences of climate change and the ways that climate change will increase the risk of conflict, including nuclear war. Watch the one-minute promo video, or share the Facebook evite with your colleagues.

October 14-15, 2016
Conference: Medicine and Conscience - What do people need?
Nuremburg, Germany
Since 1996, IPPNW Germany has held similar congresses to focus on human rights, global health, the history of medicine, and medical ethics. 70 years after the Nuremberg war crimes trials of physicians in 1946, and 20 years after the first IPPNW "Medicine and Conscience" congress, conference attendees revisited the topic of German doctors and national socialism in today’s research and historical analysis, looking at what we can and need to learn from the past today.

October 1, 2016
Symposium: "Is the nuclear deadlock over?"
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
During the symposium, Dr. Ira Helfand was awarded the prestigious, Dr. Jo Verdoorn Prize for his lifetime of scientific work and publications 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. Dear Ira, thank you for your dedication and your support for IPPNW," said Peter Buijs and Herman Spanjaard, Co-chairs NVMP (IPPNW Netherlands).

September 26-27, 2016
South Asia Regional Meeting
Dhaka, Bangladesh
IPPNW delegates from India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, and Bangladesh gathered to strategize on gathering support for a nuclear-weapons-free South Asia region.

September 24-25, 2016
Conference - No War 2016: Real Security Without Terrorism
#NoWar2016 was a series of panels and workshops, plus an awards ceremony and a protest action. IPPNW Co-President, Dr. Ira Helfand spoke on the urgency of speaking up about nuclear weapons. Video is available on YouTube.

September 18-21, 2016
12th World Conference on Injury Prevention and Safety Promotion (Safety 2016)
Tampere, Finland
The theme of the conference is "From research to implementation". IPPNW's Aiming for Prevention campaign has actively participated and presented at the last several conferences. More information about how and why IPPNW has been involved in these types of conferences here.

September 16, 2016
Peace Boat events
Piraeus, Greece
The Greek affiliate of IPPNW, Observatory of International Organisations and Globalisation(PADOP), will be joining government officials to welcome hibakusha (atomic bomb survivors).

September 6-7, 2016
Violence Prevention Alliance Annual Meeting
Cape Town, South Africa

August 30, 2016
Norwegian Medical Appeal to eliminate nuclear weapons
Inspired by the 2015 Dutch Medical Appeal, Norwegian Physicians against Nuclear Weapons (NLA) launched a Norwegian Medical Appeal for a ban and elimination of nuclear weapons. Co-signed by 17 prominent physicians - among them the president of the Norwegian Medical Association, two University rectors and all four Deans of the medical schools in Norway – and the president of the Norwegian Medical Student Association, the call is now out for all Norwegian doctors and medical students to sign the Appeal. At present, more than 300 names have been added to the list.

August 29, 2016
25th anniversary of the closing of the Soviet Semipalatinsk nuclear test site.

August 29, 2016
International Day Against Nuclear Tests

August 22-26, 2016
2nd Conference of States Parties to the ATT
Geneva, Switzerland

August 5, 16, 17, and 19, 2016
New UN working group to discuss elements for a treaty banning nuclear weapons
Geneva, Switzerland

August 16, 2016
Highlights summarizing IPPNW's work published in the biennial report written by the UN Secretary General.

August 11, 2016
OEWG reconvenes in Geneva: What's at stake?

August 9, 2016
Nagasaki Peace Declaration

August 6, 2016
Hiroshima Peace Declaration

August 6, 2016
Remembering Norman Brisette
By David Rubin

August 3, 2016
UN video (8-min.) on the power of international peace movements, including segments with Drs. Klaus Renoldner and Michael Schober of IPPNW Austria, speaking about IPPNW's leadership in nuclear weapons abolition and armed violence prevention. Produced by the Disarmament and Non-proliferation Education Partnership of UNODA.

July 27, 2016
Push to ban weapons advertising at Canberra Airport
By Sue Wareham

July 15, 2016
Important Red Cross publication: The Human Cost of Nuclear Weapons
A comprehensive, carefully documented study of the humanitarian consequences of nuclear testing in the Pacific region, written by IPPNW co-president Tilman Ruff, is one of the highlights of an important new issue of the International Review of the Red Cross (IRRC) on the human cost of nuclear weapons. The 468-page thematic edition of the flagship journal of the International Committee of the Red Cross chronicles the ICRC’s long history of engagement with the nuclear weapons issue, from the first Red Cross report on the effects of the US atomic bombing of Hiroshima, through ICRC participation at the recent seriesof international conferences on the Humanitarian Impact of Nuclear Weapons.

July 15, 2016
How surviving Nagasaki shaped the life of an IPPNW doctor
By John Loretz

July 15, 2016
The human cost of nuclear weapons
By John Loretz

July 7, 2016
A passionate abolitionist turns 100
By John Loretz

June 29, 2016
Indian doctors launch nationwide 'Health through Peace' campaign
By Maria Valenti

June 16, 2016
“In wake of Orlando slaughter, medical calls to action to prevent more killing by gun violence"
By Maria Valenti

June 9, 2016
Doctors and parliamentarians connect the dots between health, development at UN panel

June 9, 2016
Guest post on armscontrolwonk.com: “The ‘Legal Gap’ is a Yawning Chasm.”
IPPNW Co-President, Dr. Ira Helfand on the Humanitarian Pledge, nuclear weapons, and the massive gap in international law concerning nuclear weapons posession.

June 6-10, 2016
Biennial Meeting of States on the UNPoA (BMS6)
United Nations, New York, New York, USA

May 25, 2016
Why Canada should pay attention to Obama’s historic Hiroshima visit this week (Opinion)
Former senator and former disarmament ambassador Douglas Roche has visited Hiroshima several times. In this OpEd piece, Senator Roche said "The horror and scale of the destruction made a lasting impression on me. Seeing Hiroshima changed my life."

May 13-15, 2016
PEGASUS Conference on Peace, Global Health and Sustainability
Toronto, Canada

May 6-8, 2016
IPPNW Western Balkan Meeting
Belgrade, Serbia
Registration form here. Students interested in this event should get in contact with the European student representative Kilian (runte@ippnw.de) or Jonathan (lauryn@ippnw.de).

May 3, 2016
Kyodo News OpEd: Banning and eliminating nuclear weapons urgent priority
"The dangers posed by nuclear weapons today remain so great and have become so imminent, in our judgment, that our four organizations -- the leading global federations representing doctors, nurses and public health professionals worldwide -- have come together for the first time to speak to the incontrovertible evidence of the catastrophic humanitarian impact of any use of nuclear weapons, and to jointly demand urgent action to prohibit and eliminate them."

May 2-13, 2016
New UN working group to discuss elements for a treaty banning nuclear weapons
Geneva, Switzerland

May 2, 2016
Press release: Health federations appeal for prohibition and elimination of nuclear weapons
Inspired by the Dutch Medical Appeal, Norwegian Physicians against Nuclear Weapons launched a Norwegian Medical Appeal. Prominent health professionals who have endorsed this appeal include, the President and Chairman of the Norwegian Medical Association.

May 1-8, 2016
Global Week of Action against Gun Violence
IANSA's Week of Action (WoA) is a time to highlight the international campaign to stop the proliferation and misuse of small arms, promote the effective implementation of the United Nations Programme of Action (UN PoA), and raise awareness of the epidemic of gun violence and its consequences.

May 1, 2016
IPPNW's Central Office moved from 66-70 Union Square in Somerville, MA to: 339 Pleasant Street, Malden, MA.

April 30-May 1, 2016
ICAN Campaigners meeting
Geneva, Switzerland

April 23-25, 2016
Workshop: "Nukipedia Spring Academy"
Berlin, Germany
Organized by IPPNW Germany and ICAN Germany, this weekend seminar will be an opportunity for medical students to learn about Germany's role in the Humanitarian Pledge and how everyone can be more involved in ICAN campaign.

April 19, 2016
Free Event: "Flipping the Script on Nuclear Weapons"
Civic Hall, New York, New York, USA
The evening will feature discussion with a diverse group: author Eric Schlosser, Director Smriti Keshari of the bomb, Ira Helfand, Co-President of IPPNW, gaming-for-good expert Susanna Pollack, and others. This year’s Tribeca Film Festival is framed by the topic of nuclear risk, opening with the premiere of Eric Schlosser and Robert Kenner's film Command and Control (produced by WGBH for PBS' American Experience) and closing with the launch of multimedia sensation the bomb.

April 9, 2016
Health Through Peace "Skillshare Day"
London, England
Learn and share campaigning skills and strategies with other Health Through Peace action groups between 10-4:30 on Saturday! The next event will be April 16, 2016 in Oxford, UK.

April 2, 2016
Conference: "Reducing the Dangers of Nuclear War"
MIT, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA

April 1-3, 2016
Medical Student weekend workshop: "Taking Responsibility"
Vorarlberg, Austria

March 31, 2016
1st IPPNW Asian Youth Conference
Patna, India

March 20, 2016
Seattle, Washington, USA
Dr. Ira Helfand, PSR board member and Co-President of IPPNW, gave a talk entitled "Combating the Growing Danger of Nuclear War."

March 16, 2016
Seminar: "Argentina in the nuclear security summit 2016"
University of CEMA in Buenos Aires, Argentina

March 13, 2016
Japan marks 5 year anniversary of Fukushima
IPPNW Co-President, Tilman Ruff, on the significance of ban on nuclear weapons; 9 minute video on skynews.com.au.

March 6-7, 2016
Indian Affiliate (IDPD) 10th National Conference
Patna, India

March 4-5, 2016
1st Pan-Asian Youth Congress
Patna, India
View the speakers' list and agenda from the two-day congress.

March 4, 2016
Article in Times of India
IPPNW Co-President Dr. Daniel Bassey spoke to the Times of India on the health effects of a "limited" nuclear war between India and Pakistan.

February 27-28, 2016
9th IPPNW North Asia Regional Conference
Hiroshima, Japan

February 26-28, 2016
30 years of living with Chernobyl - 5 years of living with Fukushima
Berlin, Germany
Renowned scientists from Japan, the former Soviet Union, Germany, the United States, and all over the world joined committed activists and volunteers who have been working with the affected population in contaminated regions for many years. An overview of the conference in English and report are also available.

February 22-26, 2016
New UN working group to discuss elements for a treaty banning nuclear weapons
Geneva, Switzerland
The United Nations General Assembly voted to set up a working group that will develop “legal measures, legal provisions and norms” for achieving a nuclear-weapon-free world. This new UN body – which has the backing of 138 nations – is widely expected to focus its efforts on devising the elements for a treaty prohibiting nuclear weapons outright.

February 19, 2016
Blog post published in the British Medical Journal
Leading Dutch health professionals warn against the old and new dangers of nuclear weapons: "Therefore we call for prevention: don’t let these weapons of mass destruction be used, either on purpose or by accident. Elimination, as called upon by the UN, is the ultimate preventive measure. A ban on nuclear weapons would be a huge step forward. The Humanitarian Pledge, which is calling for the legal gap for nuclear weapon prohibition and elimination to be filled by such a ban, is already endorsed by 120 countries."

February 8, 2016
 "The Growing Danger of Nuclear War--and What We Can Do About It"
Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, USA
Dr. Ira Helfand spoke about humanitarian impact of nuclear weapons and how we can prevent what we cannot possibly "cure". A Q&A and screening of the short film "Join the Conversation on Nuclear Weapons" was also part of the presentation.

February 4, 2016
Presentation and Q&A on the "Health Risks of Low Dose Radiation"
The Foreign Correspondents' Club of Japan
In addition to summarizing the current health risks, Dr. Angelika Claussen of IPPNW Germany emphasized the need for better data and databases on measuring radiation exposure for all of the contamination clean up workers, evacuees, and any people who are currently living in contaminated zones.

January 28, 2016
Organizational Meeting of the Open-ended Working Group
United Nations, Geneva, Switzerland

January 27, 2016
Article by Dr. Ira Helfand: "Ticking Towards Doomsday"

January 20, 2016
IPPNW Mourns A Founder and Leader Herb Abrams
Dr. Herbert Abrams, one of the original founders and leaders of IPPNW, passed away peacefully at his home on January 20, 2016. He was 95 years old. In 1979, Dr. Abrams, then the chairman of the radiology department at Harvard Medical School, was among a small group of Harvard physicians who began discussing the urgent need for a Soviet-American dialogue on the threat of nuclear war. Encouraged by the response they received from their Soviet colleagues, Dr. Abrams; Dr. Bernard Lown, Dr. James Muller and Dr. Eric Chivian formally organized IPPNW in 1980 as a non-profit educational organization. In the ensuing years, IPPNW’s founders demonstrated to the world that American and Soviet physicians could cooperate on the gravest threat to health and human survival, which led to the awarding of the Nobel Peace Prize to IPPNW only five years later. Dr. Abrams remained an active leader in both IPPNW and Physicians for Social Responsibility, the US affiliate of IPPNW, contributing to the intellectual and organizational growth of the physicians’ movement. A moving tribute to this giant in medicine and peace work can be found from his son John Abrams.

January 8, 2016
Setskuo Thurlow and the Hibakusha of Hiroshima and Nagasaki named the Arms Control Person of the Year for 2015

January 8, 2016
Colorado, USA
IPPNW Co-President, Dr. Ira Helfand presented at the TEDx-Vail event, "Naturally: Xtreme," and spoke about the threat of nuclear weapons and the outcome of nuclear famine with even a limited nuclear war.