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)

 

World body of parliaments to consider nuclear disarmament resolution: Parliaments called to take action

The Inter Parliamentary Union, a global organisation of over 160 parliaments, will meet in Geneva in March 2014 at which it will consider a ground-breaking draft resolution “Towards a Nuclear-Weapon-Free World: The Contribution of Parliaments.

Parliamentarians have a vital role to take action in their own parliaments to prohibit nuclear weapons, and re-allocate the vast sums of money on nuclear weapons and other weapons towards environmental protection, and meeting UN Millennium Development Goals.
Saber Chowdhury, President IPU Standing Commission on Peace and International Security

        
Co-rapporteurs Yolande Ferrer Gómez MP (Cuba) and Blaine Calkins P (Canada)  speaking at the 129th IPU Assembly session on Toward a Nuclear-Weapon-Free World

The resolution has been drafted by co-Rapporteurs Blaine Calkins (a member of parliament from Canada) and Yolande Ferrer Gómez (a member of parliament from Cuba) following nearly a year of discussion sessions and informal consultations on the topic.

Approximately 1000 parliamentarians from the IPU member parliaments, meeting at the 128th IPU Assembly in Quito, Ecuador from Mar 22-27, 2013, agreed to choose nuclear disarmament as the principal issue for the IPU Standing Committee on Peace and International Security to address for the year until March 2014.


129th IPU session on Toward a Nuclear-Weapon-Free World: The Contribution of Parliaments

A special session of the Standing Committee at the 129th IPU Assembly in October 2013 heard from disarmament experts and from over 40 parliaments with suggestions and comments for the resolution.

The resulting draft resolution:

It then calls on parliaments to take action to strengthen existing nuclear non-proliferation and disarmament agreements (including the NPT, CTBT and the Convention on the Suppression of Acts of Nuclear Terrorism), and to commence negotiations on additional agreements including a ban on fissile materials and a nuclear weapons convention or package of agreements to achieve a nuclear-weapon-free world, as outlined in the United Nations Secretary-General’s five point proposal and noted in the 2010 NPT Review Conference Action Plan.


Costa Rica Ambassador Manuel Dengo, PNND Co-President Sue Miller and PNND Global Coordinator Alyn Ware speaking at the 129th IPU session on Toward a Nuclear-Weapon-Free World: The Contribution of Parliaments

The IPU membership includes parliaments of non-nuclear States, nuclear-armed States and States under nuclear deterrence doctrines, making the IPU a virtual ‘United Nations’ of parliaments, and a very effective forum for building practical, feasible cooperative approaches to resolving this important issue for humanity.

‘Parliamentarians have a vital role to support multilateral initiatives, such as the UN Secretary-General’s Five Point Plan for Nuclear Disarmament, and to take action in their own parliaments to prohibit nuclear weapons, and re-allocate the vast sums of money on nuclear weapons and other weapons towards environmental protection, and meeting UN Millennium Development Goals,’ says Saber Chowdhury, President of the IPU Standing Commission on Peace and International Security.

Saber Chowdhury, PNND Co-President and Chair of the IPU Standing Commission on Peace and International Security, announcing the topic for 2014 of "Towards a Nuclear-Weapons-Free World: The Contribution of Parliaments"

Chowdhury, who also serves as the Co-President for Parliamentarians for Nuclear Non-Proliferation and Disarmament (PNND), has personally introduced legislation into his own parliament in Bangladesh to not only prohibit nuclear weapons nationally, but also to place liability on the use of nuclear weapons by any neighbouring countries – noting that the ‘catastrophic consequences of any use of nuclear weapons could not be contained in time or space.’

IPU recently released a Handbook for Parliamentarians on Supporting Nuclear Non-proliferation and Disarmament, co-edited by PNND, which includes a range of examples of legislative measures that have been taken in the parliaments of non-nuclear States, nuclear-weapon-States and allied States to reduce or prohibit nuclear weapons and pave the way for a nuclear weapon free world.

PNND will also be promoting the draft IPU resolution at its Assembly in Washington D.C. Feb 25-27, and will be hosting an event at the IPU Assembly in Geneva, following the adoption of the resolution, to assist parliamentarians and parliaments in its implementation.

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