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Belgian health personnel in open letter: "Nuclear weapons should never be used"
There are still more than 15,000 nuclear weapons in the world today. The indisputable evidence on the medical, environmental, and humanitarian consequences of nuclear weapons and nuclear war was presented at three international state conferences in Oslo, Nayarit, and Vienna, and was taken up again at the recently concluded UN Open-Ended Working Group taking forward multilateral negotiations on nuclear disarmament (OEWG).

Nobel Laureates are calling on the UN First Committee to pass L.41 and mandate ban treaty negotiations.
There are still more than 15,000 nuclear weapons in the world today. The indisputable evidence on the medical, environmental, and humanitarian consequences of nuclear weapons and nuclear war was presented at three international state conferences in Oslo, Nayarit, and Vienna, and was taken up again at the recently concluded UN Open-Ended Working Group taking forward multilateral negotiations on nuclear disarmament (OEWG).

Dutch award presented to IPPNW physician for lifetime of scientific work on nuclear disarmament
During a recent symposium in Amsterdam, Dr. Ira Helfand was awarded the prestigious, Dr. Jo Verdoorn Prize for his work in the field of nuclear disarmament. "The accompanying grant will be forwarded to IPPNW according to Dr. Helfand’s wishes, setting again an example to us all," said co-chairs NVMP (IPPNW Netherlands), Drs. Peter Buijs and Herman Spanjaard.

Norwegian Medical Appeal gaining momentum
Inspired by the 2015 Dutch Medical Appeal, Norwegian Physicians against Nuclear Weapons (NLA) launched a Norwegian Medical Appeal. Prominent health professionals who have endorsed this appeal include, the President and Chairman of the Norwegian Medical Association.

Majority of UN members declare intention to negotiate ban on nuclear weapons in 2017
“There can be no doubt that a majority of UN members intend to pursue negotiations next year on a treaty banning nuclear weapons,” said Beatrice Fihn, executive director of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons.
“This is a significant moment in the seven-decade-long global struggle to rid the world of the worst weapons of mass destruction,” she said. “The UN working group achieved a breakthrough today.”

A passionate abolitionist turns 100
Dr. Jim Yamazaki: “Every decision-maker, every citizen, needs to know the human cost of nuclear warfare. I want no mistakes. I want no decisions that ignore the very particular vulnerability of children, and through the children, the vulnerability of the future of all of us.”

Discussing peace, health, and nuclear weapons in the UK
Save the date: The joint MEDACT Forum and IPPNW World Congress will be held September 3-7, 2017 at the University of York, United Kingdom.


Global health federations issue collective appeal for prohibition and elimination of nuclear weapons
IPPNW co-president Tilman Ruff: "The fact that we are now coming together to demand action on disarmament is unprecendented and raises a loud alarm about the unacceptable danger a handful of states are imposing on the entire world. We have a professional obligation to prevent what we cannot cure or treat."

Fukushima Report: 10,000 excess cancers expected In Japan as a result of 2011 reactor meltdowns, ongoing radiation exposure
Residents of the Fukushima area and the rest of Japan will experience more than 10,000 excess cancer deaths according to a new report from PSR and IPPNW Germany.

"Can we prevent nuclear war?" || TedxVail
(9 min video) Dr. Ira Helfand on the current dangers of nuclear weapons and how we can collectively eliminate those threats, through the campaigning of ICAN.


World Medical Association calls on governments to ban and eliminate nuclear weapons
The General Assembly of the World Medical Association, unanimously adopted a new resolution condemning nuclear weapons, stating that the medical profession has a duty to work for the elimination of nuclear weapons, and urging all governments to work to ban and eliminate them. IPPNW and its affiliates, many of whose members are active in national medical associations, will work to ensure that this resolution is promoted and acted upon as widely as possible.
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