Events

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 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)

 

Bearing Witness at Kazakhstan’s Most Irradiated Site

By Rachel Day. Research Officer, Parliamentarians for Nuclear Non-proliferation and Disarmament

"The atomic bomb brought an empty victory to the Allied armies. It has resulted for the time being in the soul of Japan being destroyed. What has happened to the soul of the destroying nation is yet too early to see."
-Mohandas Gandhi

Beginning in 1959, the Semipalatinsk region in the Soviet republic of Kazakhstan was used as the site of hundreds of test detonations of nuclear weapons. The impact on human health on the steppe of northeast Kazakhstan has been devastating, with over 1.5 million people suffering cancers, birth deformities, and other serious illness or death from the resulting radiation.

These effects are far from an event of the past, as I was able to witness in a recent trip to the region. Despite the fact that testing ceased 25 years ago, the catastrophic impact on human health continues for generation after generation.  


Equipment used to detonate the nuclear bombs at the Kurchatov test site

In 1991, a civil society movement in the Soviet Republic of Kazakhstan supported by the Republic’s President Nazarbayev, successfully moved the Soviet government to close down the nuclear test site. Since then Nazarbayev has led his nation as leaders in nuclear disarmament and has been an active member in the international community working for global disarmament.

Last week, to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the test site closure, and to support the movement for a nuclear weapon-free world, an international conference: Building a Nuclear Free World was held in Astana, the capital of Kazakhstan. I was honored to be amongst over 150 people, from all over the world and all walks of life, invited to Astana by Foreign Minister Erlan Idrissov and Senate President Kassym-Zhomart Tokayev to discuss and plan concrete actions to abolish nuclear weapons.

On August 31st we were given the opportunity to travel to Semipalatinsk to witness first-hand the effects of these deadly weapons. We visited museums which chronicled the devastating health problems faced by the population – and which will continue to impact on them for generations to come. We were also given the opportunity to travel to Ground Zero – the center of the nuclear test sites – where radioactivity is still dangerously high.

As we drove into the test site the buses stopped 300 meters from 'Ground Zero' - the epicentre of many of the nuclear tests. Those of us who chose to proceed further were given facemasks to prevent us from inhaling the toxic dust, and foot-coverings to protect from the radiation in the soil. 


Military personnel with geiger counters accompanied us to the epicentre

Our delegation of parliamentarians, religious leaders, scientists, academics, youth representatives, civil society representatives, military leaders, and veterans, gathered at Ground Zero to bear witness to this iconic site representing the human capacity to destroy civilizations; but also our shared goals and capacity for peace and disarmament.

Ela Gandhi, granddaughter of Mohandas Gandhi, ex-parliamentarian, and high profile activist, led a prayer circle, where she read the Prayer for a Nuclear Free World. This prayer, written to strengthen interfaith movements against nuclear weapons, brought us together to help share a sobering moment on the threat of nuclear destruction. We felt our common compassion for humanity and our shared belief and faith that a nuclear-weapon-free world is possible in our lifetime.


Flower at the Kurchatov nuclear test site. This reminds us that even in most tragic of situations, hope can spring forth.

Mohandas Gandhi felt despair at the dropping of the bomb on Hiroshima, saying that ‘The atomic bomb has deadened the finest feelings which have sustained mankind for ages.’

However, as we walked away from the test site, we felt a renewal of hope for humankind and  a strengthened resolve to work together for a nuclear free world.  Together we had created a small circle that had great significance and power. In order to achieve our common goal, we are expanding this circle globally until world leaders can no longer turn a blind eye to the crimes against humanity being committed by the possession and readiness to use these weapons.

For we know, that if our collective voice is not heard by the nuclear-armed states, they will inevitably resort to a nuclear war. Then it is quite possible that there will be nothing left of our world to struggle for.


Ela Gandhi leads a prayer circle near the epicentre. Also in the photo are Mary-Anne Plaatjes van Huffel (President of World Council of Churches, Africa) and Jackie Cabasso (Western States Legal Foundation)

 

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