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Mangamanga Mtonga honored with inaugural scholarship in his father’s name

May 10, 2018

Mangamanga Mtonga

IPPNW is pleased to announce that Mangamanga Mtonga, the eldest son of our dearly departed friend and colleague, is the recipient of the inaugural Dr. Robert Mtonga Memorial Scholarship.

The Scholarship was established last year to honor Dr. Mtonga’s memory and to carry forward his tireless work for peace, disarmament, and health by helping African students in the health professions who wish to follow in his remarkable footsteps. The award includes a $1,000 contribution toward Mangamanga’s educational expenses at Lusaka Apex Medical University in Zambia. Read more…

The end of nuclear weapons…or the end of us?

May 10, 2018

In an important new article published today by the New England Journal of Medicine (The 2017 Nobel Peace Prize and the Doomsday Clock—The End of Nuclear Weapons or the End of Us?), former IPPNW executive director Lachlan Forrow, co-president Tilman Ruff, and Hiroshima survivor Setsuko Thurlow warn that “a nuclear strike remains only a computer malfunction, other human or technical error, or military escalation away.” Read more…

Global Week of Action Against Gun Violence

May 9, 2018

Statement by the High Representative of the United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs

A message from Izumi Nakamitsu, the United Nations High Representative for Disarmament Affairs, in support of the  Global Week of Action Against Gun Violence

“Every day, hundreds of lives are lost due to gun violence worldwide. Guns are responsible for about half of all violent deaths – nearly a quarter million each year. But the dire consequences of gun violence are not limited to those slain by guns. For every person killed by a gun, many more are injured, maimed, and forced to flee their home and community. Still many more live under constant threats of gun violence. Read more…

Trump’s reckless Iran decision increases nuclear danger

May 8, 2018

IPPNW condemns the withdrawal of the United States from the international nuclear weapons agreement with Iran, announced today by Donald Trump.

The decision by the US President to ignore key advisers and allies and to pull out of the nuclear agreement with Iran immediately increases the chances of new and intensified conflict in the Middle East and could provoke Iran into resuming its nuclear weapons program. Read more…

World doctors urgently call on all states to sign and ratify the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons

May 1, 2018

IPPNW board chair Bjorn Hilt (left) with WMA president Yoshitake Yokokura, in Riga for the 209th WMA Council meeting.

Medical doctors of the World Medical Association (WMA) met in Riga in Latvia at the end of April for their 209th Council meeting. I was privileged to be there as an invited guest to represent IPPNW and to discuss a proposed revised statement on nuclear weapons. The meeting issued an immediate Council resolution that focused on the humanitarian impact of nuclear weapons and protested against the so-called modernization of nuclear weapons. The WMA urged all states to sign and ratify the UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW). Read more…

Panmunjeom Declaration for Peace, Prosperity and Unification of the Korean Peninsula

April 30, 2018

[Ed. note: Following is the text of the Declaration issued at the conclusion of the historic Summit between President Moon Jae-in of the Republic of Korea and Chairman Kim Jong Un of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea on April 27.]

Photo: Korean Herald

During this momentous period of historical transformation on the Korean Peninsula, reflecting the enduring aspiration of the Korean people for peace, prosperity and unification, President Moon Jae-in of the Republic of Koreaand Chairman Kim Jong Un of the State Affairs Commission of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea held an Inter-Korean Summit Meeting at the ‘Peace House’ at Panmunjeom on April 27, 2018. Read more…

Global health leaders rally behind the Ban Treaty

April 30, 2018

The International Committee of the Red Cross and the World Medical Association have issued important and very timely calls for states to join and implement the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. Read more…

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