Thursday December 7.
Basel University, Hörsaal 001
18:00 - 20:00

Premier screening of the award-winning movie 'Where the Wind Blew' about the impact of nuclear tests in Nevada and Kazakhstan. Screenign is followed by discussion with representatives of Kazakhstan.

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 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)


Middle Powers Initiative releases A Beacon of Hope

New MPI Briefing Paper promotes a comprehensive diplomatic process to eliminate nuclear weapons
[click here to read in Arabic]  [click here to read in French]

(cover photo - MPI Framework Forum roundtable in Berlin)

The Middle Powers Initiative (MPI), in a new briefing paper A Beacon of Hope, calls for the commencement of a comprehensive diplomatic process to achieve a legal framework for the universal prohibition of nuclear weapons and for their phased elimination.

The briefing paper, written by John Burroughs Executive Director of the Lawyers’ Committee on Nuclear Policy, notes that such a process could emerge from one or more of the following;

  • the series of conferences on the humanitarian impacts of nuclear weapons, the next being held in December 2014 in Vienna;
  • the UN Open-Ended Working Group (OEWG) on taking forward proposals for multilateral nuclear disarmament negotiations;
  • the UN High-Level Conference on nuclear disarmament which the United Nations General Assembly has decided to hold prior to 2018;
  • the 2015 NPT Review Conference;
  • a high-level initiative by a few influential states independent of the above venues, in the way that the United States initiated the Nuclear Security Summits.
Global instability is not a time to back away from the United Nations goal of a nuclear weapons-free world; when barbarism breaks out, it is time to de-double our efforts to build the rule of law.
A Beacon of Hope, MPI Briefing Paper, September 2014

The paper acknowledges the difficult political environment for making progress on nuclear disarmament negotiations – particularly the tensions in the Middle East, South Asia, between Russia and the West, and in North East Asia.

On the other hand, the paper notes the increasing global understanding of the high risks and catastrophic consequences of nuclear weapons use, the reducing relevance of nuclear postures in addressing conflicts, and the greater capacity to use legal mechanisms and cooperative security approaches to resolve issues that gave rise to nuclear deterrence doctrines.

UN High Rep Angela Kane speaking at MPI Framework Forum event in New York

“How many states today boast that they are ‘biological-weapon states’ or ‘chemical-weapon states’? Who is arguing now that bubonic plague or polio are legitimate to use as weapons under any circumstance, whether in an attack or in retaliation? Who speaks of a bioweapon umbrella?”
Angela Kane, UN High Representative for Disarmament, quoted in A Beacon of Hope, MPI Briefing Paper, September 2014

The paper also notes that considerable preparatory work on the framework to achieve a nuclear-weapon-free world has now been done, both informally and through multilateral bodies such as the UN Open Ended Working Group. This includes work on a variety of approaches such as a Model Nuclear Weapons Convention, a phased approach as advanced by Global Zero, a ‘building blocks’ approach, a framework agreement, or a ban treaty initiated by non-nuclear weapon States. Such preparatory work can help build sufficient political will for the commencement of multilateral negotiations, and could also guide the negotiations once they commence. 

Framework Forum roundtable in Geneva, August 2013

The briefing paper has been prepared for a track-two roundtable meeting of government delegations and disarmament experts in Geneva on 8 September 2014, being co-sponsored by MPI, Parliamentarians for Nuclear Non-proliferation and Disarmament, Basel Peace Office and the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung Geneva Office. The roundtable is part of a series of Framework Forum events organised to engage and support governments in constructing the framework to achieve a nuclear-weapon-free world.