International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War

International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War

IPPNW is a non-partisan federation of national medical groups in 64 countries, representing tens of thousands of doctors, medical students, other health workers, and concerned citizens who share the common goal of creating a more peaceful and secure world freed from the threat of nuclear annihilation. www.ippnw.org

09.03.2017

Why should Trump―or anyone―be able to launch a nuclear war?

by Lawrence Wittner for IPPNW The accession of Donald Trump to the US presidency brings us face-to-face with a question that many have tried to avoid since 1945: Should anyone have the right to… »

07.02.2017

Nobel Peace Laureates: Time to prohibit and eliminate nuclear weapons is now!

The following statement from 21 Nobel Peace Laureates was released at the conclusion of the 16th World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates in Bogota, Colombia. On March 27, negotiations will commence at the United Nations for a treaty to ban nuclear weapons. As Nobel Peace Laureates we applaud the… »

28.05.2016

Obama in Hiroshima: A call to do things differently

Obama in Hiroshima: A call to do things differently

President Obama made an historic visit to Hiroshima today—the first sitting US president to do so since the US atomic bombing of that city on August 6, 1945, followed three days later by the atomic bombing of Nagasaki. As he did in Prague, in 2009, President Obama gave a very… »

18.05.2016

Medical professionals: The more we know about nuclear weapons the worse it looks

Medical professionals: The more we know about nuclear weapons the worse it looks

Co-president Tilman Ruff addressed the Open-Ended Working Group on nuclear weapons on May 13 in Geneva, on behalf of IPPNW’s Australian affiliate, MAPW, and ICAN. His remarks follow: Given some views expressed here in recent days, I feel a medical responsibility to highlight for representatives in this room some… »

15.05.2016

Divergence and consensus in UN diplomacy

Divergence and consensus in UN diplomacy

Understanding the code words of diplomacy. Those of you who attempted to follow the discussion in real-time over the last two weeks at the Open-Ended Working Group (OEWG) at the United Nations in Geneva may have been non-plussed at the language in the speeches, especially if you were… »

02.05.2016

Health federations appeal for prohibition and elimination of nuclear weapons

Health federations appeal for prohibition and elimination of nuclear weapons

The leading international federations representing the world’s physicians, public health professionals, and nurses have told a special UN working group that the medical and scientific evidence about the consequences of nuclear weapons requires urgent action to prohibit and eliminate them as “the only course of action commensurate with the existential… »

26.04.2016

30 years since Chernobyl: effects suppressed and downplayed

30 years since Chernobyl: effects suppressed and downplayed

Marking the commemorations of  the nuclear disasters in Chernobyl and Fukushima, IPPNW Germany is calling on the German government to work towards a speedy closure and decommissioning of all nuclear reactors in Europe. One early morning thirty years ago, humankind was made painfully aware of the dangers of nuclear energy… »

23.12.2015

Campaigning for global peace in a time of war

Campaigning for global peace in a time of war

The year 2015 will be remembered sadly for the many ways in which war and armed violence devastated the lives of millions of people around the world—armed conflicts in Ukraine, the Middle East, and Africa; a global refugee crisis spawned by those conflicts and by the atrocities of the radical… »

20.11.2015

Nuclear escalation: The Conflict over Ukraine

Nuclear escalation: The Conflict over Ukraine

New front-line of nuclear escalation in Europe The relationship between the US and Russia is at all-time low since end of Cold War, and tensions continue to escalate. The US and Russia are no longer negotiating any arms control agreements. The last one was New START in 2010. Communication between… »

13.11.2015

Turkish hospitals are being converted into war zones

Turkish hospitals are being converted into war zones

IPPNW Vice-President Dr. Angelika Claussen reports from Turkey. With elections approaching, a 15-member delegation including politicians, journalists, doctors, human rights campaigners and trade-union officials from Germany, Austria and the Netherlands visited the cities Diyarbarkir, Cizre, Nusaybin, Silvan and Mardin in Turkey. They were invited by the peace block of Turkey,… »

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