Events

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)

 

Nuclear abolition resource launched at assembly of 600 religious leaders

Nuclear weapons pose an existential threat to humanity, say religious leaders
Religious believers must act to bridge the political divides that fuel the nuclear arms race

Religions for Peace, at its annual assembly in Vienna 20-22 Nov 2013, declared the use of nuclear weapons and other weapons of mass destruction as immoral and launched a Nuclear Disarmament Resource Guide for Religious Leaders and Communities. (Also published in Arabic, French, German, Japanese and Spanish).


Religious leaders at the 9th Annual Assembly of Religions for Peace in Vienna

The Resource Guide focuses on the special roles of religious believers, including women and youth, and the positive actions they can take to break down the walls of nuclear terror and build the cooperative human security for a nuclear weapon free world. It includes sections on the growing nuclear threat, the economic and environmental costs of nuclear weapons, ethical and religious perspectives on nuclear weapons, diplomatic opportunities to achieve a nuclear-weapon-free world, roles of youth and women, examples of actions by religious communities, useful resources including inspiring videos, and contacts for nuclear abolition organisations.

The Resource Guide was given to every participant at the assembly to take back to their countries and religious communities in order to activate this key constituency – in fact the majority of people in the world belong to a religious faith and could be inspired into action by this resource.

Because of their large member­ship and principled positions, religious groups in particular have enormous potential to advance nuclear disarmament worldwide. Its new publication “Resource Guide on Nuclear Disarmament for Religious Leaders and Communities” is a welcome step forward on the road to a nuclear weapon–free world.
Message by Ban Ki-moon, Secretary-General of the United Nations, for the UN launch of the Nuclear Disarmament Resource


Dr Vendley with Rev Sugitani who spoke at the Religions for Peace Assembly in Vienna

Rev. Gijun Sugitani, Chair of the Religions for Peace International Standing Committee on Disarmament and Security, speaking at the launch of the Resource Guide reminded delegates of the call from the Hibakusha – the survivors from nuclear weapons use – that nuclear weapons must never be used again. The only way to prevent the use of nuclear weapons, by accident, miscalculation or intent, is to prohibit and eliminate these weapons of horror.

Nuclear weapons are threats to all life forms; it is not an exaggeration to say that nuclear weapons threaten national security, rather than protect it.
Rev Sugitani, Comments on the launch of the Nuclear Disarmament Resource Guide, Vienna 20 Nov 2013

The Resource Guide notes that nuclear weapons have not been used in wartime since 1945, but the possibility of their use grows daily with nuclear proliferation and an increasingly multi-polar world. And even if nuclear weapons are not used, the production, testing and threat of use of nuclear weapons steal resources from the poor ($100 billion annually is spent on nuclear weapons) and create horriifc health and environmental impacts lasting for generations.

Now we have this problem of what we call “jelly-fish babies.” These babies are born like jelly-fish. They have no eyes. They have no heads. They have no arms. They have no legs. They do not shape like human beings at all. When they die they are buried right away. A lot of times they don’t allow the mother to see this kind of baby because she will go crazy. It is too inhumane.
Darlene Keju-Johnson, Director of Family Planning 1987–1992, Marshall Islands, on the impact of U.S. nuclear testing in the Marshall Islands. Religions for Peace Nuclear Disarmament Resource Guide


Alyn Ware launching the Nuclear Disarmament Resource Guide. Photo|Sandeep Virdee

Alyn Ware, principal author of the Resource Guide, noted that ‘There is now a global consensus that a nuclear weapon free world is a necessary global good to ensure humanity’s survival, but governments are unable to achieve this goal by themselves as they still focus on national security through military means rather than on human and cooperative security.’

We must remind policymakers and public that we all share an interconnected world that requires cooperative security based on our common concerns, shared moral values and international law. The threat of annihilation is a false security. Nuclear abolition is a common global good which could foster peace by liberating billions of dollars for sustainable development, remove the “Sword of Damocles” hanging over our heads and foster the common search for collective security.
Dr. William F. Vendley, Secretary General, Religions for Peace


Bishop Gunnar Stålsett speaking just before the launch of the Resource Guide

The Resource Guide includes inspiring quotes from some of the leading participants at the Religions for Peace Assembly in Vienna and other Religions for Peace leaders

There is a growing convergence of ethical and religious perspectives on nuclear arms as a threat to humanity and life on earth. The use of weapons of mass destruction violates the understanding of God as the Creator of the universe and of all human beings.
Bishop Gunnar Stålsett, Bishop Emeritus of Oslo, and Member, Nobel Peace Prize Committee, Norway, and RfP International Executive Committee Member

There is no moral justification for nuclear weapons and people of faith the world over cannot but reject them, including their possession and the threat of their use, as an affront against God and creation.
Honorable Ela Gandhi, Founder, Gandhi Development Trust; Granddaughter of Mahatma Gandhi

The use of nuclear weapons and even their possession is not consistent with our religious values, moral principles, and the humanitarian law. We pray for us and for all humanity to find the wisdom and courage to banish for all time these instruments of destruction.
Honorable Mehrézia Labidi-Maiza, Member of Parliament, Republic of Tunisia, and Coordinator, Religions for Peace Global Women of Faith Network

As people of faith we understand that all of creation is a precious and sacred gift to us and succeeding generations. We acknowledge the sacred duty to nurture and preserve it, and we know of no greater desecration of God’s creation than to assault it, or even threaten it, with the almost limitless destructive power of nuclear weapons.
H. E. Sheikh Shaban Mubajje, Grand Mufti, Uganda Muslim Supreme Council, and Co-Moderator, African Council of Religious Leaders-RfP

Nuclear weapons threaten to destroy what is most precious—human life and the eco­system on which all life depends. The prohibition and elimination of nuclear weapons is, we believe, a deeply spiritual imperative.
H. E. John Cardinal Onaiyekan, Archbishop of Abuja, Nigeria, and Co-Moderator, African Council of Religious Leaders-RfP

From its founding in 1970, Religions for Peace has consistently been working to elimi­nate nuclear weapons. Their prohibition and elimination is a deeply spiritual imperative.
Rev. Gijun Sugitani, Chair, RfP International Standing Committee on Disarmament and Security

To obtain more copies of the Resource Guide or for further information contact:
Alyn Ware, Basel Peace Office. alyn@pnnd.org
Deepika Singh, Religions for Peace Secretariat. dsingh@religionsforpeace.org

Click here to see more photos of the 9th Annual Assembly of Religions for Peace

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