Nov 2016. (Open letter to members): "Our planet faces many challenges. We are sure you share our concerns about the rising tensions between both big and small powers, which are increasing the risks of full-scale (even nuclear) war. The need for a well-organised and courageous peace movement is greater than ever. In response to these challenges, IPB recently organised a major world congress in Berlin entitled Disarm! For a Climate of Peace. Around 1000 people attended, from 75 countries. The feedback has all been extremely positive. IPB adopted an Action Agenda in Berlin which will stand as a guideline for our ongoing work. Meanwhile, the organisation is entering a major transition period, and we need the help of our many well-wishers.
On 11 November 2016, as part of the Geneva Peace Week, IPB held a Round Table discussion in Geneva entitled: "Moving the Military Money: to climate, development, humanitarian action and peacemaking".At this meeting 4 presentations were made on how to secure additional funding for vital social programmes by reducing the financial and intellectual resources devoted to the military system. See below for links to the presentations:
Colin Archer, IPB Secretary-General: Introduction to the Global Campaign on Military Spending
21 November 2016. Thanks to widespread social mobilization and the leading role played by a large group of NGOs, including IPB, on 18 November 2016, the UN General Assembly adopted a Declaration on the Right to Peace, by a majority of its Member States. During this campaign, personalities from the worlds of universities and culture also raised their voices to demand such a Declaration. The process was definitively settled after almost 20 years of preparatory work and lobbying, following the first serious attempt, made by UNESCO in 1997.
October 27, 2016, NEW YORK – The United Nations today adopted a landmark resolution to launch negotiations in 2017 on a treaty outlawing nuclear weapons. This historic decision heralds an end to two decades of paralysis in multilateral nuclear disarmament efforts. At a meeting of the First Committee of the UN General Assembly, which deals with disarmament and international security matters, 123 nations voted in favour of the resolution, with 38 against and 16 abstaining. The resolution will set up a UN conference beginning in March next year, open to all member states, to negotiate a “legally binding instrument to prohibit nuclear weapons, leading towards their total elimination”. The negotiations will continue in June and July.
Read the full text HERE.
Tom Hayden, who died on 23rd October, 2016, was one of the main speakers at the IPB's Washington DC conference in 2009. He was an outstanding figure in both the 1960s New Left and the contemporary US peace movement. Here are short extracts from tributes by three of IPB's American representatives who knew him well:
Joseph Gerson (IPB Vice-President): Tom’s early roles in the Civil Rights movement, going South to challenge brutal southern racism as part of the movement, the democratic vision of the Port Huron statement and his early critiques and actions against the Vietnam War were all inspirational for me.
24 October 2016. Over the next 10 years, governments will spend a staggering $1 trillion on nuclear weapons globally. That’s $100 billion annually. Against the backdrop of increasing austerity and cuts in social spending, such allocations appear not only exorbitant, but also counter to the economic and social needs of the nuclear-armed States. Anti-nuclear activists and other civil society leaders need to join forces with progressive legislators and anti-nuclear governments to reduce the lobbying power of the nuclear weapons corporations, and to 'move the nuclear money’ to social and environmental programs.