Peace and Disarmament

12.12.2014

The XIV Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates opens in Rome

The XIV Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates opens in Rome

With Mairead Maguire’s inaugural speech, committed to the nonviolent resolution of the ethno-political conflict in Northern Ireland and Nobel Peace Prize 1976, the first day of the Rome Summit opened this morning. The first session, called “Living Peace, Living Democracy”, counted on the participation of several Nobel Peace Laureates and… »

12.12.2014

Wars on Gaza: Over 100,000 Homes Damaged, Destroyed; 600,000 People Affected; Blackouts of up to 18 Hours per Day

Wars on Gaza: Over 100,000 Homes Damaged, Destroyed; 600,000 People Affected; Blackouts of up to 18 Hours per Day

Human Wrongs Watch Reconstruction efforts in Gaza continue as thousands of people will soon have access to building materials for urgent repairs to their homes following last summer’s conflict in the war-ravaged enclave, the UN special envoy in the region said. The UN estimates that over 100,000 homes were… »

12.12.2014

USA and UK to nuclear conference: “This means nothing to me. Aaaahhh Vienna!”

USA and UK to nuclear conference: “This means nothing to me. Aaaahhh Vienna!”

Three days after attending four days of intense nuclear weapon conferences in the Austrian capital, the title for this opinion piece comes to me as I recall the words sung by Ultravox on their 1981 hit, conveniently called Vienna also. Over those intense four days we saw and heard… »

10.12.2014

Nuclear weapons effectively illegal under humanitarian law

Nuclear weapons effectively illegal under humanitarian law

In the two-day international conference on the humanitarian impacts of nuclear weapons in Vienna on the 8th and 9th of December 2014, Dr. Helen Durham, Director of International Law and Policy for the International Committee of the Red Cross, was invited to present an overview of the legal status of… »

10.12.2014

Austria pledges to work for a ban on nuclear weapons

Austria pledges to work for a ban on nuclear weapons

Humanitarian initiative on nuclear weapons must initiate treaty process in 2015 After 44 states called for a prohibition on nuclear weapons at a conference in Vienna on the humanitarian impacts of nuclear weapons, Austria delivered the “Austrian pledge” in which it committed to work to “fill the legal gap for… »

09.12.2014

ICAN calls for nuclear weapon ban following in the footsteps of biological and chemical weapons

ICAN calls for nuclear weapon ban following in the footsteps of biological and chemical weapons

International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) statement to the Vienna Conference on the Humanitarian Impact of Nuclear Weapons 9 December 2014, Vienna I am speaking on behalf of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons, a coalition of over 360 organisations in more than 90 countries. We are a… »

09.12.2014

“The myth of the good war”: an essay worth reading

“The myth of the good war”: an essay worth reading

It is not often that one finds in a newspaper, unassuming amongst other articles and comments, a thorough analysis of the futility of war, the propaganda that tries to give it some sense and the devastating consequences of armed struggle. Geoffrey Wheatcroft writing today… »

08.12.2014

Nuclear weapon conference opens in Vienna with 157 countries

Nuclear weapon conference opens in Vienna with 157 countries

This morning in the Hofburg Palace, Vienna, in the presence of delegations from 157 countries and dozens of civil society organisations many of whom are partners of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons, the inter-governmental conference opened with statements from; Sebastian Kurz, the Austrian Minister for Europe, Integration and… »

07.12.2014

Campaign calls for negotiations on a treaty banning nuclear weapons

Campaign calls for negotiations on a treaty banning nuclear weapons

More than 150 states gather in Vienna for global conference on nuclear weapons (8 December 2014, Vienna), In a demonstration of overwhelming support from the international community, representatives from more than 150 states are gathering in Vienna, Austria for the third international conference to examine the humanitarian consequences of nuclear… »

07.12.2014

Images from the ICAN civil society forum day 2

Images from the ICAN civil society forum day 2

A selection of images from day 2 of the ICAN civil society forum.  All images courtesy of ICAN Austria. More images can be found on their flickr page: https://www.flickr.com/photos/129150020@N08/sets/72157649221634858/ Closing panel… »

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