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

Ban treaty here we come

The first negotiating session of the historic conference to negotiate a treaty to ban and provide for the elimination of nuclear weapons has just finished. In content, process and significance, it was extraordinary. The number of states participating was 132—even…

“The ban treaty will change the world”

The following statement was read by Hiroshima survivor Setsuko Thurlow, on behalf of ICAN, during the first series of civil society statements at the ban treaty negotiations conference. Distinguished Delegates, I am honored to be given this opportunity, as a…

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 plunge the world into a nuclear…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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