Events

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)

 

UN body adopts report on advancing nuclear disarmament negotiations

'A very little key will open a very heavy door'
Charles Dickens

The United Nations Open Ended Working Group on Taking Forward Multilateral Nuclear Disarmament Negotiations wrapped up its work on Friday 30 August by adopting a report to present to the United Nations General Assembly in October this year as requested by UN General Assembly resolution A/RES/67/56 of 3 December 2012.

Session of the UN Open Ended Working Group on the role of parliamentarians

The 15 full days of deliberations in the Palais de Nations in Geneva by approximately 80 countries (and a number of non-governmental organisations), spread over May, June and August 2013, focused on a range of issues relating to ‘taking forward multilateral nuclear disarmament negotiations for the achievement and maintenance of a world without nuclear weapons’, which are reflected in the report, including:

  • Approaches on how to take forward multilateral nuclear disarmament negotiations;
  • Elements to consider in taking forward multilateral nuclear disarmament negotiations;
  • Reviewing the role of nuclear weapons in the security context of the XXI century;
  • The role of international law;
  • The role of States and other actors;
  • Other practical actions that could contribute to take forward multilateral nuclear disarmament negotiations for the achievement and maintenance of a world without nuclear weapons

Last minute amendments to the draft report mean that the final text of the report is not yet available online in official UN form. However, the penultimate draft is available in two parts at:

The report reflects the success of the OEWG to build bridges between contrasting approaches and perspectives that have prevented progress on multilateral nuclear disarmament negotiations for the past 1 ½ decades (and allowed only minimal steps to be achieved prior to this).

H.E. Manuel Dengo, Chair of the UN Open Ended Working Group

In particular, delegations showed a new flexibility to consider and develop proposals that encompassed aspects of both the step-by-step approach and the comprehensive approach, in order to outline hybrid approaches that could build common support – such as a building blocks approach or a legally binding framework comprising mutually reinforcing components backed by clearly defined timelines and benchmarks.  (The nuclear weapons convention and ban treaty proposals were considered in the context of these different approaches).

In addition, the OEWG discussed core security frameworks that currently prevent nuclear weapons States and those under extended nuclear deterrence doctrines from agreeing to significant nuclear disarmament measures – and highlighted the need for additional work to identify specific roles for currently ascribed to nuclear weapons and to advance non-nuclear alternatives  to these.

Other focus areas - including the elements of a nuclear weapons free world, the role of law and the roles of differing actors - provided considerable substance for concrete action to be taken by governments and civil society in a range of forums.

One delegate noted that the rich, informative and constructive dialogue and exploration that occurred in the OEWG had until now only taken place in academic or NGO circles. The fact that governments are now deliberating on these issues in an interactive UN Forum has opened the door to progress.

The adoption of the report was not without incident or difficulties, as was expected when such a wide range of governments is deliberating on key security issues. Intense back-room consultations, creative diplomacy and flexibility by delegations on the final text was required in order to achieve agreement – with the meeting having to be extended beyond UN hours to achieve this.

Ambassador Manuel Dengo with students from the World Peace Academy in front of the Basel Rathaus

Credit must be given to the Chair of the UN OEWG, Ambassador Manuel Dengo, for facilitating such a successful forum, opening the door to meaningful deliberations amongst governments, providing for NGO input in a meaningful way not seen in other multilateral disarmament forums, and facilitating successful negotiations to be able to move the OEWG to adopt the report.

Attention should now move to the UN High Level Meeting in New York on 26 September and the UN General Assembly First Committee in New York from 7 October – 5 November, where governments should be encouraged to highlight the OEWG and support a renewal of its mandate in order to continue and extend its deliberations on taking forward multilateral nuclear disarmament negotiations.

In order to encourage the delegations to deliberate and negotiate in good faith, Open the door videos from around the world were shown by Abolition 2000 Task Force members in the UN lobby just outside the OEWG meeting room throughout the two weeks of the August sessions of the OEWG.

Indian parliamentarian Mani Shankar Aiyar, Chair of the Rajiv Gandhi Action Plan Group for a Nuclear Weapons Free World, submits an Open the Door video

The Open the door compilation video was shown on the main screen in the meeting room at the start of one of the meetings.  

For more information see:

Open the door image by Colleen Ring, Canada

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