2017 News and Events


Standing ovation from civil society when 122 countries voted for the nuclear ban treaty. Photo: Clare Conboy

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July 12, 2017
Online: Boys And Their Toys: The Growing Movement Against Nuclear Nations
By Dr. Sue Wareham

July 7, 2017
An overwhelming majority of States have unequivocally banned nuclear weapons. There are several posts about the #nuclearban process on the peaceandhealthblog, as well as on The Guardian, CNN, The New York Times, Medium, Time.com, masslive, Heute.de, and BuzzFeed.

June 27, 2017
Revised draft treaty on the prohibition of nuclear weapons released.

June 15-July 7, 2017
Second Negotiation Session
United Nations, New York, NY, USA
A live stream of the session is available on the UN website, and the IPPNW Peace and Health blog will also be summarizing the discussions as well. To read a summary of the first negotiation session from March, see this PDF of the IPPNW working paper.

June 5-12, 2017
Global Week of Action against Gun Violence
The theme for 2017 was: “The Road to Development and Peace Begins With Silencing the Guns.” The specific focus in each country depends on the local and national context. Small arms not only facilitate the taking and maiming of lives, they also kill economies and and social bonds.

June 11, 2017
International IPPNW Symposium "Banning Nuclear Weapons: A European Perspective"
Büchel, Germany

May 25-28, 2017
European Student Conference and Western Balkan Meeting
Prishtina, Kosovo
The main topic of the conference will be: Radiation and its effects on human health. For more information, please join the IPPNW Student Facebook group.

May 2-12, 2017
PrepCom for the 2020 NPT Review
Vienna, Austria

May 1, 2017
Medical Peace Work free online course
Violence affects health in multiple ways. Medical peace work is an important and emerging field of expertise in health, violence prevention, and peace-building. The Medical Peace Work Partnership and University of Bergen (Norway) together are offering a massive open online course.

April 28, 2017
IPPNW statement on Korea crisis

April 27, 2017
Toward A Fundamental Change in Nuclear Weapons Policy
U.S. Capitol Visitor Center (CVC-217), First St NE, Washington, DC 20515
Current realities call for a transformational change in nuclear weapons policy. This one day conference brought together scientists, policy experts, and religious leaders to discuss what must be done to pave the way for a nuclear weapons-free world. Convened by Soka Gakkai International-USA, cosponsored by PSR and other groups.

April 15, 2017
Chesepeake PSR Annual Dinner with guest speaker: Dr. Ira Helfand
Baltimore, MD

April 12, 2017
Indian doctors “Health through Peace” campaign 2017

March 28, 2017
Video on NHK World of IPPNW co-president, Ira Helfand
Hope for a Nuclear Weapons Ban

March 27-31, 2017
First Negotiations Session
United Nations, New York, NY, USA
ICAN has published a very nice summary and evaluation of the campaign's accomplishments during the first week of ban treaty negotiations in March [here]. IPPNW's blog also wrote extensively on the First Negotiations Session in NY [here].

March 25-28, 2017
European Student Conference and Western Balkans Meeting
Pristina, Kosovo

March 25-26, 2017
ICAN Campaigners Meeting
New York, NY, USA

February 21, 2017
OpEd in Kyodo News by IPPNW co-president, Tilman Ruff
"A moment of truth arrives for a nuclear ban"

February 21-22, 2017
IPPNW Symposium: Global Security
Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow, Russia
Co-organized by Pugwash and IPPNW Russia

February 18, 2017
University of Chieti, Italy
Conference: "The Role of Health Workers in an Emergency"

February 10, 2017
ICAN Global Week of Action
Worldwide

February 2-5, 2017
16th World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates
Bogotá, Colombia

February 2, 2017
Roundtable "Towards Banning Nuclear Weapons in 2017: Changing the game in nuclear disarmament?"
Diplomatische Akademie, Vienna, Austria

January 26, 2017
OpEd in Norwegian paper, Adresseavisen:“Børge Brende and the nukes”
IPPNW Board Chair Bjorn Hilt titled the op-ed “Børge Brende and the nukes” and confronted the Norwegian foreign minister with the Norwegian vote on L41, and demanding an explanation of the vote and the unwillingness of the Norwegian government to take part in the upcoming negotiations on nuclear weapons.

January 26, 2017
The Bundestag, Berlin, Germany
Parliamentarian discussion on the "War on Terror"
The 40 minute session included comments from Inge Höger, parliamentarian of The Left, who quoted from IPPNW Germany's Body Count publication.

January 24, 2017
Cover story (Mushroom Cloud -- "Worried?") in Boston Metro
PSR/IPPNW Physician Philip Lederer is concerned and gives his take on what a Trump Presidency may mean to those working to prevent nuclear war.