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IPPNW launches new campaign kit on Humanitarian Impact of Nuclear Weapons

November 21, 2014

HINWCampaignKitIPPNW has produced a new Campaign Kit on the Humanitarian Impact of Nuclear Weapons, presenting the essential facts about their medical, environmental, and humanitarian effects in clear, simple, and accurate language.

“This important new tool will help ICAN campaigners and other abolition activists make a compelling and irrefutable humanitarian case for banning and eliminating nuclear weapons,” said Program Director John Loretz, who will lead a workshop on the kit and its campaigning uses during the upcoming ICAN Civil Society Forum in Vienna. Read more…

The use of nuclear weapons

November 6, 2014

NoNukesKidsThey always tell us that nuclear weapons will never be used.

The fact is that nuclear weapons are used every day by the nuclear-armed states to threaten the rest of the world with total annihilation, while threatening themselves with the same fate.

During the time of the Cold War, we called such an insane situation MAD: Mutual Assured Destruction. The threat was immediate and the situation very dangerous. We don’t like to think about it, but today’s risk that nuclear weapons can be detonated somewhere deliberately or by accident is at least as high. The doomsday clock of the atomic scientists is set at five minutes to midnight. Read more…

No more time to wait for a nuclear weapons ban

November 4, 2014

ICAN-logo-for-emailInternational Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons

Statement to the UN First Committee
28 October 2014, New York

[This statement was prepared and delivered by the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN), during the 2014 session of the UN General Assembly First Committee on Disarmament and International Security. ICAN represents more than 360 partner organizations in 93 countries. IPPNW founded ICAN in 2007 and is the lead medical partner organization.]

Nuclear disarmament has for too long been about waiting. Waiting for nuclear-armed states to fulfill their obligations. Waiting for the so-called “conditions” to be right for disarmament.

While we wait, we do not get closer to the elimination of nuclear weapons or to a more secure world. While we wait, the risks of the use of nuclear weapons remain or even increase. While we wait, the catastrophic and overwhelming consequences of such use do not diminish.

We do not have time to wait. Read more…

A day to demand that the world wake up and avert nuclear doom

October 3, 2014

by Richard Tanter and Tilman Ruff

Two odd facts. First, the United Nations General Assembly declared September 26 the International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons.

You might yawn. Why bother? That’s never going to happen, you say. It’s too hard.

The Americans/Chinese/Russians/ … won’t let it happen. Oh, and we might need nuclear weapons one day. Anyway, hasn’t that been done before?

Well, no, this is a first. Never before in more than almost seven decades of nuclear threat has the UN led the world in observing a day dedicated to this goal. Read more…

Everyone to Vienna to save the world!

October 2, 2014

On the 26th of September in 1983 one man, a Russian officer whose name is Stanislav Petrov showed so much civil courage that he was later called ”the man who saved the world.” When he was on duty as the commander of a Soviet radar station, he disobeyed standing orders and refrained from launching a nuclear counterattack when everyone at the station misinterpreted the radar images and believed they saw a US nuclear missile attack on the Soviet Union.

Without knowing it, on that day we were one hair’s breadth from total extermination. Stanislav Petrov saved us. Read more…

Arms Trade Treaty ratifications enable entry into force this year

September 25, 2014
Past IPPNW co-president Dr. Bob Mtonga celebrates ratification of ATT by 50 states

Past IPPNW co-president Dr. Bob Mtonga celebrates ratification of the ATT by more than 50 states

At a special ceremony today at the United Nations in New York, several states, including the Bahamas, St Lucia, Portugal, Senegal, and Uruguay ratified the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT), helping to exceed the magic number of 50 required for the treaty to enter into force. This will now take place in 90 days, or on December 24th. Read more…

An amicus brief for the world

September 24, 2014

Back in April, the Republic of the Marshall Islands sued the United States in the Federal District Court in San Francisco on the grounds that it had failed to fulfill its nuclear disarmament obligations under international law. A parallel lawsuit naming all nine nuclear-armed States was launched in the International Court of Justice on the same day. The Marshall Islands, whose people suffered through more than a decade of nuclear testing by the US, has asked the courts to rule that the US and the other eight are legally required to comply with their obligations, established either under the NPT or customary international law.

The US government, to no one’s surprise, asked the federal court to dismiss the case. Last month, IPPNW, its US affiliate, Physicians for Social Responsibility, and Pax Christi International submitted an amicus curiae (“friend of the court”) brief advising the court it should do no such thing. Read more…


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