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Historic Convention Prohibiting Nuclear Weapons Within Reach

June 15, 2017

ICAN has released the following statement on the resumption of negotiations at the United Nations on a Convention  on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons.

As the second negotiation session on the Convention to Prohibit Nuclear Weapons (CPNW) begins, there is broad consensus for a comprehensive and verifiable ban on nuclear weapons, strong support from international civil society organizations, and clear opportunities to strengthen the draft treaty before it is adopted. Read more…

National illusions and global realities

June 12, 2017

For as long as they have existed, nations have clung to the illusion that their military strength guarantees their security.

The problem with this kind of thinking is that the military power that one nation considers vital to its security fosters other nations’ sense of insecurity. In this climate of suspicion, an arms race ensues, often culminating in military conflict. Also, sometimes the very military strength that a nation intended for protection ends up emboldening it to engage in reckless, aggressive behavior, leading to war.

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We have a ban treaty draft

May 22, 2017

Cover letter from ban treaty conference president Elayne Whyte, who released the draft text today.

The Draft Convention on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons was released today in Geneva by the president of the negotiating conference, Elayne Whyte Gomez of Costa Rica. The draft is based upon proposals made and discussed by participating states and civil society during the first negotiating session in March, and will be the starting point when negotiations resume in June.

In a cover letter accompanying the draft, Ambassador Whyte urged the negotiators to “work together, with a sense of urgency toward a successful Conference that will conclude by agreeing on a legally binding instrument prohibiting nuclear weapons.” Read more…

Red Cross and Red Crescent movement urges all states to join ban treaty negotiations

May 1, 2017

The International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement has urged all States to join the fight in ensuring a nuclear free world at the Prohibition and Elimination of Nuclear Weapons conference in Nagasaki, Japan. The conference that was co-sponsored by Australian Red Cross also congratulated those 132 States that were already taking part in historic UN negotiations to prohibit nuclear weapons that started earlier this year.

The full statement is on the Australian Red Cross website.

IPPNW statement on Korea crisis

April 28, 2017

The persistent tensions on the Korean peninsula are rapidly escalating into a crisis fueled by mutual fears, provocations, and the volatile temperaments of two unpredictable, nuclear-armed heads of state. The current US administration seems determined to “resolve” the situation through shows of force and military threats. The government of Kim Jong-un is accelerating its efforts to test and build nuclear weapons and missiles, while promising “massive” retaliation should the US follow through on those threats. Read more…

Why is there so little popular protest against today’s threats of nuclear war?

April 24, 2017

In recent weeks, the people of the world have been treated to yet another display of the kind of nuclear insanity that has broken out periodically ever since 1945 and the dawn of the nuclear era.

On April 11, Donald Trump, irked by North Korea’s continued tests of nuclear weapons and missiles, tweeted that “North Korea is looking for trouble.” If China does not “help,” then “we will solve the problem without them.” North Korean leader Kim Jong Un responded by announcing that, in the event of a U.S. military attack, his country would not scruple at launching a nuclear strike at U.S. forces. In turn, Trump declared: “We are sending an armada, very powerful. We have submarines, very powerful, far more powerful than the aircraft carrier. We have the best military people on earth.” Read more…

Indian doctors “Health through Peace” campaign 2017

April 12, 2017

By Dr Arun Mitra, IDPD

The Central Council of Indian Doctors for Peace and Development (IDPD) met at Gandhi Peace Foundation, New Delhi on 2 April 2017 and agreed to launch another nationwide campaign for “Health through Peace.” IDPD will conduct events around India including seminars, lectures, and demonstrations involving medical and other students. Read more…

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