Events

Kazakh Room (Cinema XIV), Palais des Nations, Geneva.
September 27, 2016. 15:00 - 17:00.

Special event featuring
* Ela Gandhi (grand-daughter of Mahatma Gandhi and Co-President of Religions for Peace);
* Chain Reaction 2016 video, a series of nuclear disarmament actions and events around the world;

* Presentation of the Astana Vision declaration to the United Nations.

Please register at info@unfoldzero.org by September 22

Issues and proposals for taking forward nuclear disarmament
Framwork Forum roundtable for invited governments
April 18, 2016
Hosted by the Permanent Mission of Canada to the UN, Geneva
Co-sponsored by the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung

From the NPT to the UN General Assembly: Filling the legal gap to prohibit and eliminate nuclear weapons

Geneva, 1 September 2015, 13:15-18:00

Restaurant Layalina 121 rue de Lausanne, and Auditorium Jacques Freymond, rue de Lausanne 132       

Sponsored by Parliamentarians for Nuclear Non-proliferation and Disarmament, Middle Powers Initiative, Basel Peace Office and Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung, Geneva
Supported by the Right Livelihood Award Foundation and World Future Council

Screenings in various locations in Switzerland during the week September 21-26

Directed by Peter Anthony
Featuring: Stanislav Petrov, Kevin Costner, Sergey Shnrynov, Matt Damon, Natalia Vdovina & Robert de Niro

On the night of September 26, 1983, Stanislav Petrov disobeyed military protocol and probably prevented a nuclear holocaust. He says that he is not a hero. 'I was just in the right place at the right time.' You decide!

 

Wave goodbye to nukes! 24 hours of actions in capitals and other cities around the world April 26-27, 2015

Framework Forum roundtable
Monday September 8, 2014, 13:00 – 18:00
Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights
Auditoire Jaques Freymond, rue de Lausanne 132 , Geneva

By invitation only
Contact info@baselpeaceoffice.org

Kazakh Room (Cinema Room XIV),
Palais des Nations, United Nations, Geneva
September 25, 16:00 - 17:30
followed by refreshments

Organised by UNFOLD ZERO and the Basel Peace Office
Hosted by the United Nations Office of Disarmament Affairs

A UN pass is required to attend. Contact info@unfoldzero.org

18 August to 15 October 2014
Oberer Rheinweg, Basel, Between Mittlere Brücke (Middle Bridge) and Wettstein Bridge

Late October until early December 2014
Theatrestrasse, Basel. From Elizabethenkirche to Barfusserplatz

www.makingpeace.org

Sunday August 17, 6pm – 9pm
Im Fluss stage on the Rhine
Oberer Rheinweg, Basel

Free

PLAYforRIGHTS presents a Youth Music Performance to commemorate World Humanitarian Day

A range of live music featuring ERROR 404 brass band ensemble from Musik Akademie Basel

July 4 - 5
Basel, Switzerland

Hosted by Guy Morin, President of the Basel-Stadt Canton
Organised by the Basel Peace Office

Mayors, parliamentarians and civil society!
Join us in Basel to share initiatives, network with others and advance the cooperative security framework for peace, prosperity and nuclear disarmament.

Chernobyl exhibition and the Rhine
Kleinbasel, Basel
Sunday April 13, afternoon

With Basel Peace Office and Environmental Award laureates participating in the 3rd International Convention of Environmental Laureates.

13:00: Photo exhibition of Chernobyl nuclear disaster
by Alexander Hofmann
Basel Art Center, Riehentorstrasse 33, Basel
Discounted group rate 15 CHF (normal entry is 22 CHF)

13:50 Lunch
Merian Spitz Cafe, Rheingasse 2

15:30. Rhine Promenade, water-powered ferry, Munster

RSVP to alyn@pnnd.org or +41 788 912 156

International Day of Sport for Peace and Development
Sunday April 6, 2014

Carton Blanc photo event and short peace run/cycle in Basel
Followed by an informal talk on peace and sport – peace bike rides

3pm: Run/cycle along the Rhine from Oberer Rheinweg (under Wettstein Bridge) to the Three Countries Corner
4pm: Carton Blanc photo event at Three Countries Corner, Dreiländereck
5pm: Light meal and talk at Restaurant Schiff

Contact info@baselpeaceoffice.org

Act now to encourage your country to engage in the OEWG. Organize a public event with motive of “opening the door to a nuclear weapons free world”!

Tuesday 21 May, 2013
13:15 – 14:45
Room XI, Building A, UN Geneva

Side-event of Open Ended Working
Group on Nuclear Disarmament

Launch of the 2nd edition of the Nuclear Abolition Forum
Tuesday, 9 April 2013
12:30 – 14:00
Geneva Centre for Security Policy
WMO/OMM Building Avenue de la Paix 7bis, Geneva

Featuring:
Ambassador Urs Schmid (Switzerland)
Ambassador Nobuyasu Abe (Japan)
Jean-Marie Collin (PNND, France)
Marc Finaud (Program Adviser, GCSP)
Alyn Ware (Founder, Nuclear Abolition Forum, New Zealand)
Teresa Bergman (Researcher, Basel Peace Office)

6pm, Friday May 24
University of Basel, Lecture Hall 001
Petersgraben, Basel

Featuring:
Wilson Kipketer, runner. Current world record holder for the 800 and 1000 meters (indoors).
Spokesperson for L’organisation pour la Paix par le Sport (Peace and Sport)
Paol Hansen, Special Adviser UN Office on Sport for Development and Peace
Carola Szemerey, Youth Future Project
Henk Van Nieuwenhove, Flanders Peace Field project  (the 1914 Soccer Truce)

 

About the OEWG

Background

For decades, international disarmament topics have been dealt with at the Conference on Disarmament (CD), an international forum established to negotiate multilateral disarmament treaties. The CD consists of 65 member states, holds its meetings three times per year in Geneva, and all its decisions must be adopted by a consensus (i.e. agreed by all the member states). Although several key treaties were negotiated in this forum, including the Chemical Weapons Convention (1993) and the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty (1996), since 1996 the CD has been unable to undertake any substantive work due to inability to reach consensus on a program of negotiations on nuclear disarmament. Thus, more recent agreements such as the Land Mines Convention, Cluster Munitions Convention and the new Arms Trade Treaty were negotiated in other forums.

The sticking point in the CD is whether to commence nuclear disarmament negotiations on a step-by-step basis, the next step being a treaty to ban the production of fissile (bomb-making) materials, or whether to undertake a more comprehensive nuclear disarmament negotiating process involving security assurances for non-nuclear weapon States, prevention of an arms race in outer space and other nuclear disarmament measures leading to a nuclear weapons free world. So far, consensus on the way forward has not been possible.

Open Ended Working Group (OEWG)

In reaction to the long stalemate of the CD, in December 2012 the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) adopted a resolution that established a new forum to discuss nuclear disarmament and report back to the UNGA in October 2013 with recommendations on how to take forward multilateral nuclear disarmament negotiations.

Unlike the CD, the new Open Ended Working Group (OEWG) is open to all states and since it doesn’t operate by principles of consensus, it can’t be blocked by any country. This opens the door to a free exploration of disarmament proposals by governments, their direct engagement in developing a roadmap to a nuclear weapons free world, the generation of approaches to overcome blocks to multilateral disarmament negotiations, and the commencement of preparatory work on a nuclear weapons convention or framework of agreements.

The OEWG is chaired by H.E. Ambassador Manuel Dengo of Costa Rica and convened at the UN in Geneva, Switzerland, over the course of 15 days spread over May 14–24, June 27–28, and August 19–30, 2013.
The first sessions of the OEWG, which started in Geneva on May 14, have focused on taking stock of existing obligations and of existing and new proposals for disarmament. Representatives of roughly 70 states, as well as civil society, engaged in discussions that were significantly more interactive than what we usually see at such conferences. A positive atmosphere, willingness to bridge the gaps between various approaches, openness to think out of the box, and wish to look for a common ground, provided a very promising beginning to the OEWG process. However, to make it a real success, we need your help. Please act now to elevate this new process in your capital – encourage your country to participate fully in the OEWG and to actively promote a comprehensive approach to nuclear disarmament.

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