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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…

Humanitarian consequences of nuclear weapons central to both NPT and Ban Treaty

April 25, 2018

[Dr. Carlos Umaña, a member of the IPPNW Board and president of IPPNW-Costa Rica, delivered the following statement to the 2018  Preparatory Committee of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty in Geneva on April 25.]

On the humanitarian consequences of nuclear weapons

Carlos Umana warns NPT delegates and NGOs that “there is no cure for the effects of nuclear weapons.”

I speak on behalf of the International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War, founding member of ICAN.

The need to place the catastrophic humanitarian consequences at the center of discussions regarding nuclear weapons has been manifested many times, most notably at the 2010 NPT Review Conference in its outcome document, at the Humanitarian Conferences in Oslo, Nayarit and Vienna, and as part of the preamble of the Treaty to Prohibit Nuclear Weapons. Read more…

An insight into Pakistan

April 24, 2018

by Franca Brüggen, International Student Representative

Presenting Hibakusha Worldwide exhibition posters to PDPD leader Dr. Tipu Sultan

After Kelvin Kibet and I attended the international seminar on “the landmark treaty prohibiting nuclear weapons” in Delhi from 24-25 March, we wanted to extend our trip to Pakistan. Our intention was to revive the student chapter there and to improve international networking, but also to better understand the circumstances in Pakistan. Read more…

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