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)

 

European parliamentarians call on NATO and OSCE to reduce nuclear threats and support disarmament

July 14, 2017

50 parliamentarians from 13 European countries sent a letter today to NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg and Chair of the OSCE Minister Sebastian Kurz, urging these two key European security organizations to pursue dialogue, détente and nuclear risk reduction in Europe.

The letter also calls on NATO and OSCE to support multilateral process for nuclear disarmament through the Non-Proliferation Treaty and the United Nations.

The letter, organized by members of Parliamentarians for Nuclear Nonproliferation and Disarmament (PNND), comes in the wake of UN negotiations earlier this month which achieved the adoption of a Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons on July 7.  It also follows the adoption by the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly on July 9 of the Minsk Declaration, which calls on all countries to participate in UN negotiations on nuclear disarmament and to pursue the adoption of nuclear risk reduction, transparency and disarmament measures. 

We are extremely concerned about the deteriorating security environment in Europe, and an increase in nuclear threat postures including in planning and preparing for the possible first-use of nuclear weapons,’ said Roderich Kiesewetter, member of the German Parliament and one of the initiators of the joint parliamentary letter.

‘Although this situation has been aggravated by illegal Russian actions against Ukraine, and we must uphold the law, we must also remain open to dialogue and détente in order to reduce threats and open the door to resolving conflicts,’ Mr Kiesewetter said.

‘The threat of a nuclear exchange by accident, miscalculation or even intent has returned to Cold War levels,’ said Baroness Sue Miller, PNND Co-president and a member of the UK House of Lords. ‘These two initiatives are imperative to avert a nuclear catastrophe. Not all European countries will be able to support the nuclear prohibition treaty yet, but they should all be able to support immediate action on nuclear risk reduction, dialogue and détente.’

‘The increase in military expenditures worldwide and the modernization of nuclear arsenals by all nuclear armed states are taking us in the wrong direction’ said Dr. Ute Finckh-Krämer, Member of the German Parliament Committee on Foreign Affairs. ‘Many disarmament and arms control treaties that have been adopted in the past 30 years are now at stake. We have to do all that is possible to uphold and implement them.’

The joint parliamentary letter outlines seven politically feasible actions that NATO and OSCE member countries can take, including:

  • reaffirming a commitment to the rule of law;
  • affirming the non-use of weapons of mass destruction which impact on the rights and security of civilians;
  • declaring that nuclear weapons would never be used against non-nuclear countries;
  • keeping open various channels for dialogue with Russia including the NATO-Russia Council;
  • affirming the historical practice of non-use of nuclear weapons;
  • supporting nuclear risk-reduction and disarmament measures between Russia and NATO; and
  • supporting multilateral processes for nuclear disarmament including through the Non-Proliferation Treaty and the 2018 UN High Level Conference for Nuclear Disarmament.

‘The OSCE demonstrates that it is possible to have dialogue, uphold the law, protect human rights and security, and reach agreements between Russia and the West,’ said Ignacio Sanchez Amor, member of the Spanish Parliament and Chair of the OSCE General Committee on Democracy, Human Rights and Humanitarian Questions. ‘In difficult times like now, it is even more important for our parliaments and governments to use these approaches, in particular to prevent a nuclear disaster.’

‘The adoption of the nuclear prohibition treaty by the United Nations on July 7 was a positive step to strengthen a norm against the possession and use of nuclear weapons,’ said Alyn Ware, PNND Global Coordinator. ‘However, only non-nuclear States currently support this treaty. Action on nuclear risk-reduction and disarmament measures by nuclear armed and allied countries must therefore take place bilaterally and through the OSCE, NATO and the Non-Proliferation Treaty.’

The joint letter also highlights the forthcoming 2018 UN High-Level Conference on Nuclear Disarmament which was been supported by the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly.

‘Recent UN High-Level Conferences have been very successful, resulting in the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals, adoption of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change and the adoption of the 14 Point Action Plan to Protect the Oceans,’ said Mr Ware. ‘The High-Level Conference on Nuclear Disarmament could be a key place to affirm or adopt key nuclear risk-reduction and disarmament measures.’

 

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For a more detailed outline of parliamentary actions on nuclear risk reduction and disarmament, please see the Parliamentary Action Plan for a Nuclear Weapon Free World released at the United Nations in New York on July 5, 2017

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