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)

 

United Nations General Assembly takes new action for nuclear disarmament!

Yesterday (4 November 2013) the door to a nuclear weapon free world was opened wider. 151 countries supported the UN Open Ended Working Group resolution. 129 supported the NAM resolution for negotiations on a nuclear weapons convention, a high level nuclear disarmament conference and establishing an International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons

From May to August 2013, the UN Open Ended Working Group ‘opened the door’ to a nuclear weapon free world (see UN body adopts report on advancing nuclear disarmament negotiations). This was followed on 26 September by the first ever UN High Level Meeting on nuclear disarmament.

Yesterday the door was opened wider with the resounding adoption at the United Nations First Committee (Disarmament and International Security) of two key nuclear disarmament resolutions.

Voting boards at the United Nations General Assembly - UN Photo/Devra Berkowitz

Resolution L.6:  Follow-up to the 2013 high-level meeting of the General Assembly on nuclear disarmament;

On 26 September this year, the United Nations General Assembly, for the first time ever, held a High Level Meeting dedicated to the total elimination of nuclear weapons. The meeting elevated the issue but did not take any decisions. The next step was taken yesterday with the adoption by the UN General Assembly of a follow-up action resolution. Introduced by the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM), Resolution L.6 calls for the immediate commencement of negotiations in the Conference on Disarmament on a nuclear weapons convention.

Before the negotiations can begin, however, the Conference on Disarmament (CD) will have to overcome its deadlock of 17 years. The CD has established an Informal Working Group to tackle this challenge head on. So there is at last a possibility for progress. The resolution calls on the UN Secretary General to review progress later in the year, with the input of States (all are invited to do so) and report back to the next UN General Assembly in October 2014. In addition the UN General Assembly, in adopting Resolution L.6, decides to:
     a.   hold a UN High Level Conference on Nuclear Disarmament in 2018 to review and advance the process, and
     b.   establish 26 September as the International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons.

129 countries voted in favour of the resolution, a significant majority of the UN Members.


Jackie Cabasso in an Open the door video

‘This is an historic resolution,’ says Jackie Cabasso, Director of Western States Legal Foundation (USA) and co-founder of the Abolition 2000 Global Network to Eliminate Nuclear Weapons. ‘It reflects years of persistent and consistent civil society advocacy for the global abolition of nuclear weapons through a nuclear weapons convention. Now we have a definite goal set and a process agreed by United Nations members for its accomplishment. We hope that everyone will get behind this and make it work.’

Resolution L.34  Taking forward multilateral nuclear disarmament negotiations

In 2012, frustrated at the lack of progress in the Conference on Disarmament, the United Nations General Assembly established a new and innovative initiative – an Open Ended Working Group on Taking Forward Multilateral Nuclear Disarmament Negotiations (OEWG). Governments and civil society engaged in constructive, interactive and successful deliberations on elements and approaches to achieving a nuclear weapons free world. The governments adopted a consensus report which includes a range of innovative proposals – including the ‘building blocks’ approach.  

A super-majority of UN members (154 countries) voted for Resolution L.34 (see voting sheet) calling on the Conference on Disarmament (and other forums) to take up the nuclear disarmament proposals in the OEWG report. The resolution (like the NAM resolution) calls for a UN Secretary General report and evaluation at the UN General Assembly in October 2014 of how these multilateral nuclear disarmament negotiations are progressing, and whether further work should be undertaken by the OEWG in 2015 in order to ensure sufficient progress is made on multilateral nuclear disarmament negotiations.


Ambassador Dengo, Chair of the Open Ended Working Group, with students in Basel

‘The Open Ended Working Group has opened the door to a nuclear weapon free world,’ says Jana Jedlickova, Coordinator of the Abolition 2000 Task Force on the OEWG. ‘It has brought a constructive approach into nuclear disarmament diplomacy, started to bridge the divides that have until now blocked progress, and identified key areas where further work is required to ensure success.  It’s time now for the deliberations and proposals to move on to practical work and actual negotiations for the elimination of nuclear weapons.’

‘Civil society, including mayors and parliamentarians, played a key role in the success to-date of the OEWG,’ says Alyn Ware, Global Coordinator of Parliamentarians for Nuclear Non-proliferation and Disarmament. ‘This included participating fully in the OEWG sessions and promoting the process globally, particularly through inspiring Open the door actions. We should encourage our governments to ensure that the opportunity that has now arisen from the OEWG is not squandered.’

                                                                                                            
Drawing by Alessio, Pratteln-Basel Secondary School, Switzerland

'Open the Door to a Nuclear Weapons Free World' Project
www.openthedoor2013.org  /  info@openthedoor2013.org

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