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)

 

Youth develop plans for nuclear abolition day and the 2018 UN High Level Conference

Young activists from around the world met at the United Nations in New York on June 20, 2017 to discuss plans to engage youth in key nuclear disarmament initiatives.

The meeting was hosted by the Abolition 2000 Youth Working Group and organised by Marzhan Nurzhan from the Basel Peace Office. It was held during the historic negotiations on a treaty to prohibit nuclear weapons (‘ban treaty’). The Youth Working Group provides an open forum and platform for youth from peace, disarmament and sustainable development organisations to network, build cooperation and organize joint actions.

The meeting involved youth representing Amplify, Basel Peace Office, Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament, Global Security Institute, Lawyers Committee on Nuclear Policy, Nuclear Age Peace Foundation, Parliamentarians for Nuclear Non-proliferation and Disarmament, Peace Action NY State, Religions for Peace, United for Peace and Justice, and UNFOLD ZERO.

For the networking part of the meeting, each representative had a chance to introduce their organization and provide a short report on their nuclear disarmament activities.

For the campaign planning part of the meeting, the participants focused primarily on youth actions for the International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons (Nuclear Abolition Day, September 26) and on the United Nations High Level Conference on Nuclear Disarmament (UNHLC) which will be held in 2018.

Nuclear Abolition Day occurs when world leaders are gathered at the United Nations for the opening of the General Assembly, and just before the UN member States begin debating disarmament resolutions at the UN General Assembly.  So this makes it a significant date to send messages to government and media about the importance of UN initiatives for nuclear disarmament, such as the ban treaty and the UNHLC. UNFOLD ZERO, a project affiliated with Abolition 2000, provides the global civil society platform for the International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons, and can assist in promoting youth actions and events.

The 2018 UNHLC provides a unique opportunity to inform, educate and engage youth in nuclear disarmament. Youth were very active in the UN high level conferences on sustainable development (which achieved the Sustainable Development Goals), climate change (which achieved the Paris Agreement) and oceans (which achieved the 14-point action plan for the ocean). Youth could help ensure similar success for the 2018 UNHLC on Nuclear Disarmament.

In the course of the youth meeting, challenging aspects were identified and discussed, including: the lack of interest of youth in the topic of nuclear disarmament, the problem of getting young people involved, the dispersal of social media activities – the low number of people reached, “re-inventing the wheel or bringing new global action?”, necessity to ensure that resources and energy invested in activities achieve maximum outreach. There were also concerns about how to ensure youth representation in the 2018 UNHLC and its preparatory meetings, whether funding would be available to participate in these, and whether it might be possible to multiply youth engagement through the use of webinars in which youth anywhere in the world can participate.

Many good ideas and proposals were presented and debated by the participants such as raising awareness via social media actions, filming short videos and organizing local events which would have an impact on national and international levels as well as through global joint actions. Several concrete examples were explored of actions that youth can take relatively easily. These included:

  • Signing the petition against nuclear weapons at the ATOM project website (int`l campaign);
  • Screening the powerful film “Where the wind blew” at universities or in local cinemas with the help of local peace and disarmament organizations
  • Youth sending video messages to their countries’ leaders, calling on them to participate in 2018 UNHLC and to adopt concrete nuclear disarmament measures at the conference. For non-nuclear States this could be announcing their ratification of the ban treaty. For nuclear-armed and allied countries it could include adopting no-first use policies and announcing a framework to achieve a nuclear-weapon-free world;
  • Asking their mayors, parliamentarians and religious leaders to endorse the joint statement ‘A Nuclear-Weapon-Free World; Our Common Good’, organized by Religions for Peace, PNND and Mayors for Peace, and which is being used to build global support for UN initiatives such as the ban treaty and the UNHLC.

Youth participating in the meeting discussed the influence of social media instruments, and agreed to promote joint hashtags #YouthAgainstNukes and #NukeFreeFuture. The participants expressed a strong desire to enhance youth cooperation and work for global nuclear disarmament.

 

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