Events

 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 info@unfoldzero.org 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
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)

 

Reflections on the May sessions of the OEWG and visions for successful outcome

Over the past two weeks, the OEWG engaged in lively discussions that covered numerous proposals for nuclear disarmament. The discussions provided a useful knowledge base necessary for further evaluation of particular proposals. The catastrophic humanitarian consequences of nuclear weapons, that have been highlighted throughout the sessions, reminded us of the reason why we sit here in this room trying to find a way to disarmament.

However we dare to say that the most valuable thing, that has been expressed by a majority of delegations attending this meeting, was the recognition of a simple fact – that if we ever want to make progress in disarmament, we have to bridge the gap between various proposals and define a new way, an approach, or a roadmap, that will be feasible for all.

We highly appreciate the openness of delegations in this regard and we would like to present a couple of concrete recommendations that could facilitate a systematic work of this group on proposals to take forward multilateral nuclear disarmament negotiations.

RECOMMENDATION 1

is to define ELEMENTS OF A NUCLEAR-WEAPONS-FREE WORLD – a comprehensive list of technical, legal, institutional and political components of a framework or regime to achieve and maintain a world without nuclear weapons.

  1. A preliminary list of such elements – or building blocks – could be produced as a working paper, submitted by a country or a group of countries during the June meetings. The Model Nuclear Weapons Convention, circulated at the UN in 2007, could be used as a starting point for defining the elements. One of the June sessions could then be reserved for a discussion on this list of elements, aiming to make it as complete as possible.
  2. The list of elements would serve as a material for further discussions on a roadmap to disarmament that has been mentioned several times during last two weeks. Development of such a roadmap could be one of the recommendations of the OEWG to the General Assembly.
  3. Apart from that, the list of elements would be reviewed again in August, this time with an aim to determine which of the elements (building blocks) can be worked on now, prior to a start of any multilateral negotiations, and regardless of what approach to disarmament will eventually be taken.  These elements could include for example technical and legal aspects, such as verification mechanisms or institutional aspects of a nuclear weapons free world. To have some elements developed when disarmament negotiations start, would contribute to the negotiation and implementation process. The list of these elements, and an encouragement for countries to invest human and financial resources into work on them, could be a part of the recommendations of the OEWG to the General Assembly.

RECOMMENDATION 2

is to identify OBSTACLES THAT STAND IN WAY OF ACTION ON DISARMAMENT, to determine whether they are valid, and if so, to look for solutions.

  1. There is a global general consensus on a vision of a world without nuclear weapons, but often we hear countries arguing that from one or another reason, a nuclear-weapons-free world is not possible at the moment. A list of such reasons, or obstacles, could be produced as a working paper and reviewed by the OEWG in August in order to determine which of the obstacles are valid, and which are rather excuses that can be easily disproved. A call on countries to look for solutions of the real obstacles could be a part of the recommendations of the OEWG to the General Assembly.
  2. Security concerns of states, in particular, are often mentioned as an obstacle to disarmament. In order to persuade nuclear weapons states to abandon nuclear doctrines, we need to define what role nuclear weapons play in security of these states, and look for solutions to replace these security concerns by other means. Role of nuclear weapons in security doctrines of nuclear armed states and states under extended deterrence could be examined in a working paper and discussed in an OEWG panel in June. ICNND report “Eliminating Nuclear Threats: A Practical Agenda for Global Policy Makers”, Pax Christi paper on “Exit Strategies; The case for redefining NATO consensus on U.S. Tactical Nuclear Weapons”, or the recent issue of Nuclear Abolition Forum on “Moving beyond Nuclear Deterrence Towards a Nuclear Weapons Free World” could be helpful resources. One of the recommendations of the OEWG to the General Assembly could call on countries to work on development of new security mechanisms, based on cooperative, non-military means, to replace nuclear weapons in those cases where nuclear weapons still play a role in security arrangements of countries.

RECOMMENDATION 3

is to engage more states in the OEWG.

  1. We encourage delegates to report back to their capitals in order to increase attention to the OEWG, and also to encourage their governments to attend the related process, the UN High Level Meeting in September, at the highest possible level. The OEWG and the High Level Meeting are mutually reinforcing processes. The OEWG can provide proposals for disarmament, while the High Level Meeting can provide the political will necessary to achieve them.
  2. The civil society will use the upcoming month to increase political attention for the OEWG, aiming to increase participation in OEWG meetings in June and August. For this purpose we developed two manuals, and we circulated the drafts at our lunchtime event on Tuesday. The first manual is called “TAKE ACTION: Engage your country in a new process for a nuclear weapons free world”. It is a guide for campaigners from around the world, it provides basic information about the OEWG, it gives them practical tips on how to call on their country to participate in the working group and how to contribute to its successful outcome. The other manual is aimed at governments, it explains in more details the background of the OEWG, and highlights the contribution that any country can make to this new process. Both manuals will be available on our website on Monday and we encourage you to use them in conversations with your colleagues from states that haven’t joined us here in the past two weeks.

Basel Peace Office and other civil society organisations are available to assist with preparation of the aforementioned working papers, to provide links to useful materials and to recommend experts who could contribute with their knowledge and analyses.

This paper was presented to the OEWG on May 24, 2013, on behalf of Basel Peace Office, after consultation with members of the Abolition 2000 Task Force on the OEWG

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