Events

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)

 

Engaging Legislators

Parliamentarians and parliaments play a key role in the success of disarmament and non-proliferation efforts.  Parliaments support the implementation of treaties and global agreements contributing to the rule of law and promoting adherence to commitments.

At a time when the international community is facing unprecedented global challenges, parliamentarians can take on leading roles in ensuring sustainable global security, while reducing the diversion of precious resources from human needs.  As parliaments set the fiscal priorities for their respective countries, they can determine how much to invest in the pursuit of peace and cooperative security. 


United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon
Letter to every parliament, February 2010

Parliamentarians and mayors, as the elected representatives of civil society, play a key role in advancing the common interest of humanity for the peace and security of a nuclear-weapons-free world.

Mayors - as representatives of cities - have a particular role to highlight the inhumanity, illegality and absurdity of targetting or attacking human populations with nuclear weapons - whether this is done by terrorist groups or nuclear-armed governments.  

Parliamentarians play a direct representative role - and are bridges - between civil society and government policy - whether they are members of the govenrment party that sets government policy or the opposition which challenges government policy.

The Basel Peace Office was opened - and is supported - by the Basel Canton, a member of Mayors for Peace, which brings together over 5000 cities in the common call for the global prohibition of nuclear weapons by 2020.

The Basel Peace Office serves as the Head Office of Parliamentarians for Nuclear Non-proliferation and Disarmament (PNND), a global network of over 800 parliamentarians from across the political spectrum collaborating on practical initiatives for nuclear non-proliferation and disarmament. PNND's members include current and former presidents, prime ministers, foreign ministers, presidents/speakers of parliaments and chairs of key parliamentary committees. 

PNND and Mayors for Peace work closely with the United Nations Secretary-General and the UN Office of Disarmament Affairs to advance multilateral nuclear disarmament initiatives that have wide support at the United Nations, including the UNSG's Five-Point Nuclear Disarmament Plan, an end to nuclear testing, the establishment of nuclear-weapon-free zones, replacing nuclear deterrence with cooperative security mechanisms, and the abolition of nuclear weapons through a nuclear weapons convention (global treaty).

PNND and Mayors for Peace receive support from the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs for specific projects to inform and engage legislators, including on the Climate-Nuclear Nexus and for the PNND/IPU Handbook for Parliamentarians on Nuclear Non-proliferation and Disarmament.

Resources:

The priority of peace and disarmament for the global community
Joint statement by PNND Co-Presidents on cooperative security, nuclear disarmament and sustainable development
Presented to NATO Parliamentary Assembly on May 24, 2008

 

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