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)

 

Beyond Nuclear Deterrence to a Nuclear Weapons-Free World launched in Geneva

Government diplomats, UN officials, disarmament researchers, policy analysts, academics and representatives of non-governmental organisations attended the launch on 9 April of Moving Beyond Nuclear Deterrence to a Nuclear-Weapons-Free World, the 2nd edition of the Nuclear Abolition Forum.

Probably the biggest barrier to making progress on nuclear disarmament and preventing nuclear proliferation is the continued role of nuclear deterrence in security thinking and doctrines. As long as States believe that nuclear deterrence can protect them from aggression, they will resist or block efforts and initiatives for nuclear disarmament. However, around 150 States manage their security without nuclear weapons.

Moving Beyond Nuclear Deterrence to a Nuclear-Weapons-Free World explores the validity, utility and risks of nuclear deterrence. Aimed at advancing the dialogue around nuclear deterrence, the publication offers a range of perspectives and opinions on the deterrence doctrine and examines alternative cooperative security approaches which could help facilitate the relinquishment of nuclear deterrence.

The launch was hosted by the Geneva Centre for Security Policy and opened by Ambassador Urs Schmid, Swiss Permanent Representative to the Conference on Disarmament. Schmid highlighted a Swiss initiative, undertaken in collaboration with the ICRC and a number of other governments, to advance the issue of the catastrophic consequences of nuclear weapons as an imperative to achieve their elimination. However, he noted that condemnation of nuclear weapons was not sufficient to move nuclear-weapon States and their allies to abandon nuclear deterrence and eliminate the weapons. An exploration of how to achieve security without nuclear weapons was thus vital to achieve a nuclear-weapons-free world.

Alyn Ware, Founder of the Nuclear Abolition Forum, introduced the contents of this publication. He reminded the audience that the first issue of the publication (2011) addressed the theme of “International Humanitarian Law and Nuclear Weapons: Examining the Humanitarian Approach to Nuclear Disarmament.” The current issue includes contributions from authors from both the academic and the policy worlds, examining whether nuclear deterrence can be justified and relevant in the 21st century.

He noted that the journal begins with two general perspectives on nuclear deterrence – one from Chris Ford an advocate of nuclear deterrence and the other from Ward Wilson, a critic. The journal then looks at nuclear deterrence in national and regional settings – with articles from two different French perspectives – Bruno Tertrais for nuclear deterrence and Paul Quiles (former Defence Minister) against. These are followed by two perspectives from India - Sheel Kant Sharma and Manpreet Sethi – and two alternative perspectives from North East Asia. Nobuyasu Abe and Hirofumi Tosaki argue for extended nuclear deterrence, while Alyn Ware, Kiho Yi and Hiromishi Umebayashi propose an alternative cooperative security framework including a North East Asian Nuclear Weapons Free Zone.

The journal also includes two articles by parliamentarians – Bill Kidd on the Scottish challenge to the British nuclear deterrent and Uta Zapf on parliamentary actions to lower the role of nuclear deterrence in NATO.  Jonathan Granoff then writes on changing the framework of nuclear disarmament from deterrence to a global public good. Rob van Riet writes on a trans-generational approach to nuclear disarmament. David Krieger and Richard Falk have a dialogue on how nuclear deterrence manifests in political reality.

The journal concludes with an overview and summary of academic and policy perspectives on nuclear deterrence categorized into three general characteristics of nuclear weapons as protective/durable, dangerous, outmoded – plus a fourth approach of constructivist approach which uses such analysis to address the question of how to move beyond nuclear deterrence to achieve a nuclear weapons-free world.

Jean-Marie Collin, Coordinator for France of Parliamentarians for Nuclear Non-Proliferation and Disarmament (PNND), announced a tectonic shift in the nature of the debate on nuclear deterrence in France. He noted that until recently there was a general political consensus on the need for France’s nuclear deterrent, with no debate in the main public arenas including parliament. But now, former high-level officials and the parliament are starting to raise questions and consider the prospect of a nuclear-weapons-free world. This is reflected, for example, by the article in the Moving Beyond Nuclear Deterrence to a Nuclear-Weapons-Free World, by Paul Quiles – and his recent book Arretez ls Bombe (co-written with Jean-marie Collin and Bernard Norlain) which opens the debate even further.

Another indication is that in February this year, a number of parliamentarians of different political groups in the Senate and the National Assembly asked formal questions of the government about its position on the Oslo conference on humanitarian consequences of nuclear weapons. (See, for example, National Assembly question asked by Denis Baupin MP, and Senate question asked by Senator Michelle Demesinne). Jean-Marie reported that these kinds of question in the past were never asked.

Teresa Bergman, Research Officer at the Basel Peace Office, addressed the range of academic analysis of the nuclear deterrence doctrine, outlining four waves (periods) with distinguishing features - Post-WWII (nuclear power and catch-up), 1950s-60s (development of Classic Deterrence Theory), mid 1960s-90s (expansion of roles and applications of deterrence), and the Post-9/11 world (a multipolar world with changing threats and the rise of non-state actors). Bergman also identified different approaches within these waves including 'realist', 'rationalist', 'liberal', and 'constructivist.' She indicated that the constructivist approach has the best possibility to address the real security issues of the 21st Century and support a process to move beyond nuclear deterrence to achieve a nuclear-weapons-free world.

Finally, Marc Finaud, Senior Advisor to the Emerging Security Challenges Programme at GCSP, presented a paper  Cooperative Security: A New Paradigm for a World Without Nuclear Weapons, which considers that changing the current security doctrines to adopt the paradigm of cooperative security could reduce and eventually eliminate the rationale of nuclear deterrence. However, such progress would require attention to the underlying motives for nuclear deterrence - fear and power.

Finaud provided a useful definition of cooperative security - “a process whereby countries with common interests work jointly through agreed mechanisms to reduce tensions and suspicion, resolve or mitigate disputes, build confidence, enhance economic development prospects, and maintain stability in their regions". He proposed four steps towards cooperative security - disconnecting the permanent membership of the UN Security Council from possession of nuclear weapons, addressing the regional conflicts which fuel nuclear proliferation, promoting synergies between regional and global disarmament, adoption (particularly by the nuclear weapon States) of new security doctrines related to the emerging globalised world.

The discussion session that followed focused on nuclear deterrence in current conflict areas including North East Asia and the Middle East – with an emphasis on ways that confrontation and conflict could be shifted towards cooperative security in order to reduce the risks of nuclear proliferation, recourse to military action to prevent such proliferation, or even the possible use of nuclear weapons.

The Nuclear Abolition Forum thanks the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs for their financial support for the production of Moving Beyond Nuclear Deterrence to a Nuclear-Weapons-Free World, and the Geneva Centre for Security Policy (GCSP) for hosting the launch event.

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