Thursday December 7.
Basel University, Hörsaal 001
18:00 - 20:00

Premier screening of the award-winning movie 'Where the Wind Blew' about the impact of nuclear tests in Nevada and Kazakhstan. Screenign is followed by discussion with representatives of Kazakhstan.

Basel University, September 14 - September 17

An international conference on the human impact of nuclear weapons and power, legal cases on behalf of victims, and protection of future generations.

Monday Jan 16. 16:30-18:30. Sydney Room, Floor 2, Messe Center, Messeplatz 21, Basel.

Europe could be caught in nuclear cross-fire between Russia and the United States. Join us for a discussion with Swiss and international speakers on new threats from nuclear weapons and what can be done about it.

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 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

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

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

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


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 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


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

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

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)


Basel OSCE speaker initiates nuclear abolition debate in Norwegian parliament

On June 5, the Foreign Minister of Norway and parliamentarians from across the political spectrum engaged in a dynamic debate in the Stortinget (Norwegian Parliament) on the issue of nuclear disarmament initiated by Marit Nybakk, Vice-President of the Parliament and a featured speaker of the Basel OSCE Forum.

Soviet nuclear test in 1955 at Novaya Zemlya, approx 500 km from Norway

In a debate spanning more than an hour, humanitarian consequences were cited, a constitutional ban was promoted, nuclear near misses were recalled, the environmental impact of Societ nuclear tests close to Norway were highlighted, the ground-breaking Inter Parliamentary Union resolution was cited, and one parliamentarian even burst into song!

In response to the lack of progress on global nuclear disarmament negotiations, the Norwegian government in October 2012 co-sponsored a UN General Assembly resolution that established a new UN process to take forward multilateral nuclear disarmament negotiations (the Open Ended Working Group), and in March 2013 hosted an international conference on the humanitarian consequences of nuclear weapons.

Børge Brende, Foreign Minister of Norway

However, following a change to a more conservative government in September 2013, there were concerns that the government was no longer so committed to nuclear disarmament. Thus, Marit Nybakk lodged a formal question to the Foreign Minister in order to initiate a debate in parliament on this question. The move appears to have been successful, with Foreign Minister Børge Brende responding to Nybakk in parliament by affirming that Norway will continue to highlight the humanitarian consequences of nuclear weapons, including at the forthcoming Vienna Conference on Humanitarian Consequences in December 2014 and the Conference of States Parties to the nuclear Non-Proliferation treaty in May 2015.

Not content with anything less than a commitment by Norway to advocate strongly for the achievement of a nuclear weapon free world, Nybakk called for the government to push for the adoption of a nuclear weapons convention – a global agreement to prohibit and eliminate nuclear weapons - as propsoed by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and supported by over 130 countries at the UN.

She has also pushed for a constitutional amendment in Norway that would ban the manufacture, importation, use, and deployment of nuclear weapons on Norwegian soil, thus locking Norway into an anti-nuclear policy regardless of which political party comes into power.

This most recent initiative of Marit Nybakk demonstrates her smart, focused and determined efforts for nuclear disarmament. In addition to leading in the Norwegian Parliament, Nybakk has been active in the NATO Parliamentary Assembly, urging NATO to adopt a no-first-use policy as a first step toward eliminating the role of nuclear weapons in NATO policy. She has also advanced cooperative security in the Arctic through her leadership in the Arctic Council, and has advanced nuclear disarmametn amongst parliaments globally in her role as Co-President of Parliamentarians for Nuclear Non-Proliferation and Disarmament (PNND).

Marit Nybakk chairing an event in the Norwegian parliament on humanitarian consequences of nuclear weapons, March 2013

One of the events Nybakk has organised in her role as PNND Co-President was a forum in the Norwegian Parliament on humanitarian consequences of nuclear weapons in March 2013 during the time of the government-sponsored international conference on humanitarian consequences of nuclear weapons. This was an opportunity to educate and engage parliamentarians globally about the catastrophic humanitarian and environmental consequences of nuclear weapons, something well-known in Norway due to their proximity to the former Soviet nuclear testing site in Novaya Zemlya.

Participants in the Basel OSCE Forum are certain to be educated and inspired by this amazing parliamentarian.