York Congress statement: A milestone for nuclear abolition

[IPPNW has released the following declaration from its 22nd World Congress at York University, held jointly with the Health Through Peace 2017 forum organized by the UK affiliate, Medact.]       September 4, 2017 As doctors, medical students, other health professionals, and other concerned citizens gathered at York University for the international conference Health Through Peace 2017 and IPPNW’s 22nd World Congress, we celebrate a milestone … Continue reading York Congress statement: A milestone for nuclear abolition

UN treaty a step towards nuclear disarmament

On the morning of Friday, July 7, 2017, the United Nations adopted the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, which bans and makes it illegal to possess, use, produce, transfer, acquire, stockpile or deploy nuclear weapons. This was the culmination of 10 years of preparation by many national and international organizations. It was signed and approved by 122 of the 123 participant nations, representing … Continue reading UN treaty a step towards nuclear disarmament

The moral and political conscience of the American medical community

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, FROM PHYSICIANS FOR SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY Media Contact: Elana Simon, Communications Manager 425-301-3669 esimon@psr.org NEW YORK, NY (June 15, 2017) – Today, as more than 130 nations begin the second round of nuclear ban treaty negotiations at the U.N., the U.S. government continues its misguided boycott. In doing so, the U.S. government once again fails in its basic duty to protect public health. … Continue reading The moral and political conscience of the American medical community

Celebrating Sister Megan Rice’s Activism

Meet Sister Megan Rice, nuclear weapons abolition activist, this Sunday, June 11th, at 4PM. All Saints Parish, 1773 Beacon St, Brookline, MA 02445 United States Film, Dr. Ira Helfand, MD, Chair, Security Committee, Physicians for Social Responsibility: The increasing threat of nuclear weapons. Subrata Ghoshroy, MIT research affilliate and frequent contributor to Bulletin of Atomic Scientists: The current state of nuclear disarmament negotiations. Joan Ecklein, WILPF, Boston organizer … Continue reading Celebrating Sister Megan Rice’s Activism

It’s Time to Ban Nuclear Weapons, Guys

Check out this important interview with Beatrice Fihn, executive director of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons. VICE: Why make the push for a disarmament treaty this year, especially when it seems like the world is struggling just to contain nuclear weapons and conflicts? Beatrice Fihn: People thought there was a norm: We have [nuclear weapons], but we don’t use them. The current climate gives us … Continue reading It’s Time to Ban Nuclear Weapons, Guys

U.N. Panel Releases Draft of Treaty to Ban Nuclear Arms

A United Nations disarmament panel presented the first draft on Monday of a proposed global treaty to ban nuclear weapons, which advocates called an important step that could hasten completion of a final text by early July. Nuclear powers including the United States have boycotted the negotiations for such a treaty, calling its goals naïve and unattainable — especially at a time when North Korea … Continue reading U.N. Panel Releases Draft of Treaty to Ban Nuclear Arms