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)


OSCE Parliamentary Assembly supports new UN process for nuclear disarmament

Istanbul, July 3, 2013
The Parliamentary Assembly of the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE PA) agreed today to support the UN Open Ended Working Group on Taking Forward Multilateral Nuclear Disarmament Negotiations (OEWG), a new UN process designed to break the 17-year deadlock on nuclear disarmament negotiations in the Conference on Disarmament (CD) in Geneva.

The proposal to support the OEWG, submitted by Uta Zapf PNND Co-President and Deputy Leader of the German Parliament Delegation, was adopted without dissent by the OSCE Political and Security Committee as part of a resolution entitled Helsinki + 40, referring to the process to build cooperative security in Europe 40 years after the Helsinki process began. The resolution was integrated into the Istanbul Declaration adopted by the OSCE PA plenary this morning.

“I am glad that the delegates of all countries accepted the proposal” says Ms Zapf. “This can support the deliberations in Geneva and motivate governments who have until now refrained from being part of this Open Ended Group to join it. This exciting new process can give impetus to disarmament negotiations and break the stalled process in the CD.”

PNND Co-President Uta Zapf holding the Istanbul Declaration just before the final vote

The decision by OSCE PA gives encouragement to the new UN process which commenced substantive deliberations in May this year. It calls on all OSCE participating States and OSCE parliaments to make use of this opportunity to advance multilateral negotiations to achieve a nuclear-weapons-free world.

Approximately 70 countries are participating in the UN Open Ended Working Group including non-nuclear countries, countries allied with the nuclear-weapon States (NATO, Central Asia, Japan and South Korea) and two of the nuclear-armed States (India and Pakistan). However the main nuclear-weapon States have not yet joined.  The OSCE PA includes parliamentary delegations from France, Russia, UK and USA all of whom supported Ms Zapf’s proposal and the final OSCE PA resolution.

“The support of the delegations from nuclear weapon States provides important encouragement to our governments to engage in the OEWG process in a constructive way to resolve the security concerns and relax the policy positions currently preventing progress,’ says PNND Co-President Baroness Sue Miller (UK House of Lords) who addressed the OEWG in May in a session organised by the Inter Parliamentary Union (IPU). 

In March 2013 the IPU agreed at its 128th Assembly in Quito, Ecuador to focus on the topic of “Towards a Nuclear Weapons Free World: The Contribution of Parliaments.”  The OSCE PA resolution also gives specific support to the IPU initiative and calls on OSCE parliamentarians to be actively involved.

Alyn Ware and Uta Zapf (PNND delegation) at the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly in Istanbul

“Parliamentarians have a key role to play in helping to bridge differences between countries and forge solutions to the difficult issues to achieve a nuclear-weapons-free world” says PNND Global Coordinator Alyn Ware, who represented PNND at the OSCE PA and who also spoke as part of the IPU session at the UN OEWG in May.

“Parliamentarians can liaise with their parliamentary colleagues in other countries, advance ideas that go beyond national policy, build political support for practical solutions, adopt national implementing measures and approve resources to support disarmament initiatives while reducing spending on weapons systems themselves.”

The OSCE PA also welcomed the adoption by the United Nations of the Arms Trade treaty, and called upon all States to ratify the treaty so that it can enter into force. 


Co-sponsors of the paragraph submitted by Ms Uta Zapf MP (Germany) and adopted as part of the Istanbul Declaration.

Ms Christine Muttonen MP (Austria), Mr Artashes Geghamyan MP (Armenia), Mr Stephan Demirtshyan MP (Armenia), Mr Khachik Harutyunyan MP (Armenia), Mr Sofoclis Fittis MP (Cyprus), Mr Kyriakos Kyriakou-Hadjiyannis MP (Cyprus), Senator Michel Billout (France), Mr Alain Neri MP (France), Senator Jean Bizet (France), Ms Helga Daud MP (Germany), Ms Doris Barnett MP (Germany), Ms Inge Hoeger MP (Germany), Ms Viola con Cramon-Taubadel (Germany), Mr Alois Karl MP (Germany), Senator Hans Franken MP (Netherlands), Mr Joao Soares MP (Portugal), Mr Roberto Battelli MP (Slovenia), Mr Mehmet Sevki Kulkulolu MP (Turkey). 

Text of the paragraph:

“The OSCE Parliamentary Assembly:
Welcomes the Open Ended Working Group established by the United Nations General Assembly to take forward multilateral nuclear  disarmament negotiations, and the decision of the Inter Parliamentary Union to focus in 2013-2014 on “Towards a Nuclear-Weapons-Free World: The Contribution of Parliaments”, and calls on OSCE participating States and OSCE parliamentarians to make use of these two opportunities to  advance multilateral negotiations to achieve a nuclear-weapons-free world.” 

Dr Mehmet Sevki Kulkulolu MP (Turkey), cosponsor of the nuclear disarmament proposal, speaks at the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly about the protests in Taksim Square, just 800 metres from the Assembly venue.