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)


International Red Cross Movement calls for nuclear abolition: adopts 4-year action plan

PNND and the Basel Peace Office send support

Parliamentarians for Nuclear Nonproliferation and Disarmament (PNND) and the Basel Peace Office welcome the decision taken on 17 November by the Council of Delegates of the Red Cross and Red Crescent movement to step-up their global campaign to abolish nuclear weapons. Citing the catastrophic humanitarian consequences of nuclear weapons and the opinion that any use would be in violation of the principles and rules of international humanitarian law, the movement adopted a resolution and  Four-Year Action Plan on nuclear abolition during their assembly in Sydney, Australia.

‘In adopting this resolution the Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement has affirmed that there is virtually nothing that first responders or medical professionals could do to alleviate the uniquely horrific and catastrophic consequences of any use of nuclear weapons,’ says Dr Andreas Nidecker, President of the Basel Peace Office and  Board Member of the International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War – Swiss Section. ‘The Council of Delegates has correctly concluded that the only feasible course of action is to prevent any possible use of nuclear weapons by prohibiting and eliminating them.’

This resolution reaffirms the principal call of the Red Cross and Red Crescent movement resolution in 2011 urging all governments ‘to take concrete steps leading to the negotiation of a legally binding international agreement to prohibit the use of and completely eliminate nuclear weapons – based on existing commitments and international obligations – and to conclude such negotiations with urgency and determination.

PNND Co-Presidents Saber H Chowdhury MP (Bangladesh), Senator David Coltart (Zimbabwe), Bill Kidd MSP (Scotland), Mikyung Lee MP (South Korea), Baroness Sue Miller (UK House of Lords) and Uta Zapf MdB (Germany) sent a letter of commendation to Tadateru Konoé (President, International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies) and to the presidents of many of the national Red Cross and Red Crescent societies around the world. The letter notes, in particular, the call in the 4 Year Plan for Red Cross and Red Crescent societies to cooperate with parliamentarians to advance a nuclear weapons free world, highlights the cooperation between PNND, ICRC and Red Cross/Red Crescent societies to date, and invites a deepening of thsi cooperation.

The Four-Year action plan adopted by the movement calls on its membership – the 189 national societies of the Red Cross and Red Crescent movement - to take a number of actions including to :

  • Transmit the Resolution to relevant government officials, departments and committees as well as to parliamentarians, together with an offer to brief them on the Movement’s concerns and position;
  • Host public events (e.g. seminars, conferences, presentations, panel discussions) for parliamentarians, health assistance professionals and other relevant and appropriate actors within civil society;
  • Encourage their governments to participate actively in multilateral meetings discussing the humanitarian consequences of nuclear weapons and nuclear disarmament, including the Conference on the Humanitarian Impact of Nuclear Weapons to be held in Mexico (February 2014), the UN Open-ended Working Group on Taking Forward Multilateral Nuclear Disarmament Negotiations (if it continues in 2014), the 2015 Review Conference of the Parties to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons and its preparatory meetings, the Conference on Disarmament, and the First Committee of the UN General Assembly, and to take the Movement’s concerns into consideration when developing their positions for such fora.’

The resolution also reaffirms the role of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) to represent the movement in international deliberating and negotiating forums for nuclear disarmament and to monitor progress in these forums to guide the work of the national societies.

Christine Beerli, Vice-President of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), speaking at the opening reception of the Basel Peace Office

The Basel Peace Office has already engaged with and/or promoted the ICRC and/or Swiss Red Cross in a number of nuclear abolition events including:

Karipbek Kuyukov, armless painter and second generation victim from nuclear tests, spoke at Basel Peace Office symposium on humanitarian consequences of nuclear weapons

‘The latest resolution and work-plan adopted by the Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement opens the door to increased action by national Red Cross and Red Crescent societies in cooperation with parliamentarians and civil society,’ says Dr Nidecker. ‘This should now move governments to begin the multilateral negotiations to prohibit and eliminate nuclear weapons.’