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If we are to survive…we must change course

August 5, 2022

[Former IPPNW co-president Ira Helfand, on behalf of the federation, will deliver the following statement today at the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) Review Conference at the United Nations in New York.]

More than 50 years ago the nations of the world, understanding the grave existential threat posed by nuclear weapons, came together in this Non-Proliferation Treaty to stop the spread of these weapons and to commit to their elimination at the earliest possible moment.

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Peace cannot be achieved by threatening to use the world’s most destructive weapons

August 2, 2022

An Appeal to The Rt Hon Patricia Scotland QC, Commonwealth Secretary 

From Commonwealth affiliates of International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War (IPPNW)

27 July 2022

International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War (IPPNW) is an international federation of physicians working together for the abolition of nuclear weapons, the prevention of armed violence, and world peace. Established in 1980 amidst the Cold War which threatened our planet with nuclear catastrophe, IPPNW was honoured with the Nobel Peace Prize in 1985 for its global campaign to educate world leaders and the public about the medical and environmental consequences of nuclear weapons and nuclear war. It has more than 54 national affiliates worldwide working for peace on different levels.

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Blueprint for nuclear disarmament: the first meeting of the nuclear weapons ban treaty

July 13, 2022

by Bimal Khadka

Dr. Khadka (left of banner) with other members of the IPPNW delegation to the 1MSP.

For almost three years, fighting COVID in an emergency department has left me with regular feelings of burnout. That’s why it was such a pleasure for me to join and witness history at a week of anti-nuclear events surrounding the first ever meeting of state parties to the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW), from 18 to 23 June, representing International Physicians for the Prevention of the Nuclear War (IPPNW). I was so generously hosted by Jana Reichhold, Austrian IPPNW medical student in Vienna, and we had such fun despite a hectic schedule of workshops, meetings, seminars, and a bike tour. My first time attending a United Nations conference was unforgettable, and I promise it will not be the last.

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The Wagner Group is just the latest example of privatized war

July 12, 2022

For many years, substantial military operations have been conducted by mercenaries, ranging from professional soldiers hired to fight wars for European potentates in the 14thcentury to the combat forces of Blackwater, a private company employed by the US government to undertake violent activities in the “War on Terror” of the early 21st century.

Today, the Wagner Group, a shadowy Russian company engaged in the thriving mercenary business, is perhaps the leading private enterprise partner in global military ventures.  Employing as many as 10,000 military personnel, it is headquartered in the Russian town of Molkino, right beside a military base run by the GRU, Russia’s military intelligence agency.  It relies heavily on the Russian government’s approval and military infrastructure for its far-flung operations.

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Collective action is most effective when it is inclusive

July 7, 2022

Youth Statement to the First Meeting of States Parties to the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons

Marcina Linguine (l) and Alice Filiberto (r) address the 1MSP on issues of diversity and inclusion. ICAN photo by Alex Papis

Delivered by Alice Filiberto (Middle East Treaty Organisation) and Marcina Langrine (Reverse the Trend), June 22, 2022, Vienna

President and Esteemed Delegates of the States Parties to the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW),

As we stand before you today, we recognise that we are in a room full of friends and changemakers from every corner of the world united towards the goal of a world without nuclear weapons. The diversity of backgrounds from which we all have gathered to work towards a collective goal is inspiring, reassuring, and hopeful. The global community is taking strides to ensure that a greater diversity of communities are represented in conversations and efforts towards establishing a world free of nuclear weapons.

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Evidence is the foundation of the TPNW

July 7, 2022

IPPNW statement to the First Meeting of States Parties on the importance of establishing a scientific advisory panel

Carlos Umaña: “These warnings about the humanitarian impact of nuclear weapons are the most compelling reason for eliminating nuclear weapons and the most powerful argument we have for the need to universalize the TPNW.”

Delivered by Co-President Carlos Umaña, June 23, 2022, Vienna

Mr. President, distinguished delegates, fellow civil society representatives,

My name is Carlos Umaña and I am co-President of the International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War and member of ICAN, the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons. Thank you for the opportunity to speak in support of a proposed Scientific Advisory Panel.

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Gun Violence: A Public Health Crisis

June 27, 2022

The 8th Biennial Meeting of States of the UN Programme of Action (UN PoA) on Small Arms and Light Weapons convened today at the UN headquarters in New York City. This 2001 international agreement’s overarching goal was to reduce human suffering. Over two decades later, the goal has not been realized. Health effects of the horrific gun violence that continues worldwide ranges from death to physical injury to mental and emotional consequences that can last a lifetime.

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Russia’s justifications for invasion are not persuasive

June 22, 2022

The Russian government’s justifications for its war in Ukraine―the largest, most destructive military operation in Europe since World War II―are not persuasive. 

Although Russian President Vladimir Putin’s primary argument in defense of the Russian invasion has been the threat of Ukraine joining NATO, that action, had it occurred, would have been perfectly legitimate under international law.  The UN Charter, which is an instrument of international law, does not ban membership in military alliances.  And, in fact, a great many such alliances are in existence.  Russia currently heads up the Collective Security Treaty Organization, a military alliance comprised of six nations in Eastern Europe and Central Asia.

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Why Finland will seek NATO membership and why I still think we shouldn’t

May 11, 2022

by Kati Juva, PSR-Finland

Finland for decades has regarded itself as part of Western society, with shared values such as human rights and democracy. Step by step we have come loose from the sphere of interest of Russia and the former Soviet Union, first by ending our Agreement of Friendship, Co-operation and Mutual Assistance in 1991, when the Soviet Union came to its end, then by joining the European Union and many other European organizations starting in 1995.

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Imperial nostalgia and its perils

May 9, 2022

Although great empires rank among the most powerful engines of world history, they are also among the most dangerous, especially as they brood over their decline.

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