Events

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)

 

Middle Powers Initiative

The Middle Powers Initiative (MPI) was established in 1998 to encourage middle power countries to take a stronger collaborative role in advocating for nuclear disarmament. Middle power countries are generally considered to be politically and economically significant, internationally respected countries that have renounced the nuclear arms race.

MPI was established by eight leading non-governmental organisations to enhance their collective capacity to engage with and empower middle power countries. The co-founding organisations are the Albert Schweitzer Institute, Global Security Institute, International Association of Lawyers Against Nuclear Arms, International Network of Engineers and Scientists for Global Responsibility, International Peace Bureau, International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War, Nuclear Age Peace Foundation and Women's International League for Peace and Freedom.

In the first few years, MPI worked closely with the New Agenda Coalition – a group of eight non-nuclear countries that was instrumental in forging an agreement by the States Parties to the nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty (NPT) on 13 Steps for nuclear disarmament.

A more difficult political environment for disarmament in the mid 2000s, following the World Trade Centre terrorist act and the heightened conflicts in the Middle East, led to an erosion of the 13 Steps and a breakdown of the 2005 NPT Review Conference. MPI responded by establishing the Article VI Forum, a series of track-two meetings with States Parties to the NPT designed to build consensus on disarmament for the 2010 NPT Review Conference.

Following the success of the 2010 NPT Review Conference, especially the agreement that "All States need to make special efforts to establish the necessary framework to achieve and maintain a world without nuclear weapons”, MPI established the Framework Forum – a series of track-two intergovernmental meetings to start the process of building the framework for a nuclear-weapons-free world.

MPI is Chaired by Tadatoshi Akiba, former mayor of Hiroshima and President of Mayors for Peace – a global network of over 5000 cities (including Basel) calling for a nuclear-weapons-free world by 2020.

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