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)

 

Basel City President – Can the OSCE reduce the reliance on nuclear weapons and war?

July 9, 2014
Basel, Switzerland,

Dr Guy Morin, President of the Basel City Government, opened an international conference in Basel on Friday last week with the question – ‘Can the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) provide a forum and options for resolving current conflicts – such as in the Ukraine, Balkans and Middle East - in peaceful ways? And could this reduce the reliance on military options including nuclear deterrence?'


Dr Guy Morin speaking at the OSCE Forum

The question was posed to participants in the Basel OSCE Forum, which brought leading thinkers and policy makers from 24 countries to Basel from July 3-5 to discuss current armed conflicts and other security threats, and to explore the capacity of the OSCE to resolve such conflicts, prevent war and eliminate the reliance on nuclear weapons both in Europe and globally.

Organised by the Basel Peace Office, the forum included mayors, parliamentarians, academics, government officials and representatives of the OSCE, United Nations, Inter Parliamentary Union, International Federation of Red Cross Societies and non-governmental organisations involved in conflict resolution, disarmament and security.


Uta Zapf speaking at the OSCE Forum

'The crisis over Ukraine threatens to bring Europe on the brink of a new cold war,' said Uta Zapf, former Chair of the German Parliament Subcommittee on Disarmament and Arms Control, and Vice-Chair of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly. The OSCE has been playing a very important role to reduce tensions, foster dialogue between the parties, monitor the situation on the ground and promote peace and conflict resolution. (See  Ukraine, a developing story, OSCE Monitoring Mission to Ukraine and Swiss OSCE Chair discusses next steps in implementing peace plan). “We have to support all diplomatic endeavors to resolve the crisis by peaceful means,' said Ms Zapf. 'The OSCE is the organization dedicated to securing peace, indivisible security, confidence-building, arms control, disarmament and human rights. The OSCE is the institution in Europe we need to strengthen.

The Forum included a focus on nuclear weapons which are intimately linked to current conflicts in Europe and other regions around the world.

Conflicts in the Middle East are very troubling and involve the proliferation and possible use of nuclear weapons and other weapons of mass destruction,” said Dr Morin. In Europe, “some voices lamented the elimination of nuclear weapons from the Ukraine, hinting that nuclear deterrence might have been able to prevent the current conflict. But is reliance on nuclear deterrence the right response?”


Reto Wollenmann

Nuclear weapons present a real danger to peace & stability as well as to human security” noted Reto Wollenmann, political affairs officer with the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs. “Around 1600 nuclear weapons are still kept on a high level of readiness – in other words they can be fired within minutes…They are incredibly powerful and uniquely destructive weapons, which, if used, whether by accident, miscalculation or intentionally, would cause unacceptable harm. They are weapons of mass destruction.”

Yet despite this reality, there is very little media or political attention about the serious risks from the nuclear weapons deployed in nine OSCE countries. Another 21 European countries – the other members of NATO - contribute to this risk by maintaining nuclear-use doctrines as part of their collective security policy.


Senator Tuheiava and Mayor Norbert Naef

'The threats to our health and our environment from nuclear weapons, that also threaten future generations, are virtually unknown, ignored or forgotten by most of the 57 Member States of the OSCE,’ said French Senator Richard Tuheiava. The experience of nuclear tests in the Pacific demonstrates ‘the ravages of nuclear weapons… Leukemia, thyroid cancer and other cancers known to be radiation induced, are rampant in all territories or countries affected by these experiences. Since 2010, French Polynesia, which now hosts 275,000 inhabitants, faces 640 new cases of cancer every year. Formerly inhabited atolls and ancestral lands are permanently or partially prohibited from any permanent human activity.'

'Nuclear weapons create uncertainty and insecurity,' argued Dr Ute Finckh-Krämer, Member of the German Bundestag Sub-committee on Disarmament and Arms Control. 'One important first step  would be to significantly reduce the role of nuclear weapons inside NATO and then to back this up by developing alternative security concepts. Building on this, it would then be possible for NATO to fully renounce nuclear weapons as part of its strategy.'


Prof Laurent Goetschel

Prof Laurent Goetschel, Executive Director of swisspeace, notes that 'We cannot wait for international peace to be realized in order to get rid of nuclear weapons. However, the elimination of nuclear weapons would represent an important step towards international peace. Nuclear weapons form part of regional conflict contexts such as in the Middle East. Any significant promotion of peace thus entails coming to grip with the issue of nuclear weapons.’

Colin Archer, Secretary-General of the International Peace Bureau - a Nobel Laureate organisation - noted that the insanity of nuclear weapons is a bit like the insanity of the practice of dueling. 'Because you had an ‘honour’ to protect (read: ‘national security interests’) you were prepared to risk your own life, possibly both lives, in a short murderous battle which proved strictly nothing regarding the moral character of either contestant – and therefore resolved none of the issues leading to the conflict.' Archer reflected that a combination of common sense, moral repugnance towards the practice and application of the law against dueling (along with other legal mechanisms to resovle conflicts) led thankfully to dueling being abandoned by the late 19th century. Sadly, dueling between countries with weapons - including even nuclear weapons - is still not abolished.


Prof Andreas Nidecker and Prof Laurent Goetschel

Prof Dr Andreas Nidecker, President of the Basel Peace Office, noted the significance of establishing the Peace Office in Basel and in holding the OSCE events here. 'Basel over the centuries has repeatedly been a venue for important peace treaties and has stimulated many peace related activities. These include the 1499 ‘Peace of Basel’ agreement which ended the Maximilian/Suabian war and lead to the formation of the union of Switzerland, the 1795 the 'Treaty of Basel' between the King of Prussia and France, and the 1912 Peace congress of the Socialist International...In addition, Basel is where in 1958 Carl Jaspers wrote his influential thesis on “The nuclear bomb and the future of man.


Play for Rights performing at the OSCE Forum

The Basel OSCE Forum included performances by Play for Rights, and a Bike Ride to the Tri-Countries Corner (intersection of France, Germany and Switzerland) led by Mayor Vestby (Norway) one of the leaders of the World Bike Ride for Peace. Mayor Vestby was also a speaker at the Forum. See Basel OSCE Forum speaker on world bike ride for peace.


OSCE Forum cyclists at the Tri-Country corner

The Basel OSCE Forum was the first in a series of civil society events in Basel promoting the role of the OSCE and the OSCE Ministerial Meeting which will be hosted by Basel in December 2014. The next main event will be the opening of the Making Peace exhibition which will be exhibited outdoors along the banks of the Rhine.

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