Announcement: April 24-26 World Conference, Rally, March & Petitions Presentations – New York – Eve of NPT Review Conference

Humanity faces two existential threats: increasing dangers of nuclear war and climate catastrophe. Human beings created these threats, which can only be reversed by mass popular actions.

2020 marks the 75th anniversary of the U.S. atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki — the beginning of the nuclear era which threatens human survival today. It marks the birth of international efforts to abolish nuclear weapons, and the 25th anniversary of the UN Climate Change Conference.  It also marks the 10th Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty Review Conference to be held at the U.N. in April and May.

Our international coalition of disarmament, climate, justice and peace organizations is organizing a World Conference, rally, march and petitions presentations in New York City, April 24-26, the eve of the 2020 NPT Review Conference

We are engaging the broadest possible collaborations with nuclear weapons abolition, peace, justice and environmental constituencies as well as with diplomats and politicians from countries which are actively and meaningfully committed to achieving a nuclear weapon-free world, a sustainable environment and social and economic justice.

We are committed to preventing nuclear war, prohibiting and eliminating all nuclear weapons, and working in solidarity with the world’s Hibakusha. We are equally committed to stemming and reversing the climate crisis, to social and economic justice, and to building the intersectional movements we need to prevail.

Our World Conference and rally provide unique opportunities for the world’s nuclear disarmament, peace, climate and justice movements to press our demands and to develop the alliances and intersectional movements we will need to prevail.

Speakers include: Tadatoshi Akiba – (Gensuikin-Japan), Walden Bello – (FGS – Philippines), Oleg Bodrov (CCB -Russia), Sharran Burrow (ITUC – Australia), Jackie Cabasso (WSLF & UFPJ – US), Noam Chomsky (USA), Arielle Denis (IPB – France), Sharon Dolev – (IDM – Israel), Beatrice Finn (ICAN), Sophia (Soda) Garcia – (GBWP – Philippines), Philip Jennings (ITUC/IPB – Britain), Kathy Jetnil-Kijiner (Poet-Marshall Islands),Emad Kiyaei (IGD Group-Iran), Michael Klare (Five College PAWS/The Nation Magazine -USA), Youngdae Ko (SPARK – Korea); Andrew Lichterman (WSLF – US), Leona Morgan (NISG – Navajo/USA). Binalakshmi Nepram – (CAF-India), Setsuko Thurlow (Hiroshima Hibakusha – Canada). For bio information see worldconference2020.org

Additional confirmed speakers from Gensuikyo, Korean A-Bomb Survivors Organization, and Nihon Hidankyo, and additional invitations are pending

24 Forums and workshops

April 26 Rally from Union Square and march to Dag Hammarskjold Plaza, including presentation of 10 million+ nuclear weapons abolition petition signatures being organized.

Co-sponsoring organizations include: American Friends Service Committee, Campaign for Peace Disarmament and Common Security, Gensuikin, Gensuikyo, International Peace Bureau, International Physicians for Prevention of Nuclear War, International Trade Union Confederation, La Mouvement de la Paix,  Lawyers Committee on Nuclear Policy, Nuclear Free Philippines Coalition, Pax Christi, PEAC, Peace Action, Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung, United Electrical Workers Union, Western States Legal Foundation, Women’s International for Peace & Freedom – U.S.

[Other organizations are welcome to sign on!]

For more information including conference agenda how to register and much more, see http://worldconference2020.org/

Download the Flyer here

Agenda | World Conference: Abolish Nuclear Weapons, Resist & Reverse Climate Change, For Social & Economic Justice (1/16/20 edition)

World Conference: Abolish Nuclear Weapons, Resist & Reverse Climate Change, For Social & Economic Justice (1/16/20 edition)

April 24, 2020

5-6 p.m. Registration

6-9 Opening

Japanese choir and First Nation Welcome

Formal welcome & conference framing – Joseph Gerson – (CPDCS/USA –confirmed)

Official Greetings

Plenary

Setsuko Thurlow (Hibakusha of Hiroshima/Canada – confirmed)

Mayors Matsui and Taue (Hiroshima & Nagasaki/Japan – invited)

Ambassador Elayne Whyte Gomez (Costa Rica – invited)

Noam Chomsky (Video) (Renowned Scholar/USA – confirmed)

Michael Klare (Five College Peace & World Security Studies/USA – confirmed)

Kathy Jetnil-Kijiner (Poet/Marshall Islands – confirmed)

Xiye Bastida – (Sunrise Movement/USA &Mexico – invited)

Phillip Jennings (International Trade Union Confederation & Int’l Peace Bureau/Britain – confirmed)

Rep. Barbara Lee – (U.S. Congress/USA – invited)

 

April 25, 2020

8-9 Registration

9:00

Plenary speeches – organized by panels (9:00 – noon)

Section 1 (reporting & analysis)

Hibakusha Panel: Hidankyo, Korean A-bomb survivors and Leona Morgan (Nuclear Issues Study Group, Navajo/ – confirmed)

Bill McKibben (350.Org/USA – invited)

Youth speaker – TBD

Rev. Barber or Rev. Theoharris – (Poor People’s Campaign/USA – invited)

Walden Bello – (Focus on the Global South/Philippines – confirmed)

Oleg Bodrov (Coalition for a Clean Baltic/Russia – confirmed)

Binalakshmi Nepram – (Control Arms Foundation /India – confirmed)

 

Section 2 Actions & Strategies

Emad Kiyaei (IGD Group/Iran – confirmed)

Sharon Dolev – (Israeli Disarmament Movement/Israel – confirmed)

Youngdae Ko – (SPARK/Korea – confirmed)

Arielle Denis – (International Peace Bureau/France –confirmed)

Tadatoshi Akiba – (Gensuikin/Japan- Confirmed)

Andrew Lichterman – (Western States Legal Foundation/USA – confirmed)

Sharan Burrow – (International Trade Union Confederation/Australia -Confirmed)

Sophia (Soda) Garcia – (Pax Christi/Philippines -confirmed)

 

Noon- 1 Lunch Break

1-2:30 Workshops/Forums Session

2:30 – 4 Second Workshop/Forums Session

 

4-5 Closing Plenary

Secretary General António Guterres (United Nations – invited)

Beatrice Finn – (International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons/Sweden confirmed)

Gensuikyo speaker (Japan – confirmed)

Jackie Cabasso – (United for Peace & Justice and WSLF/USA – confirmed)

Reiner Braun (International Peace Bureau)

Reading & Distribution of conference organizers’ statement

Closing

 

*Order of speakers subject to change

The ITUC calls on the governments of the US and Iran to put people and the values of peace and human rights above aggression and threats of war

US President Donald Trump’s reckless order to assassinate Qasem Soleimani, leader of Iran’s notorious Revolutionary Guard, poses an imminent threat to world peace. In its response, the Iranian regime has announced that it will reverse crucial parts of the Iran nuclear agreement and retaliate against the USA.

Reaction inside Iran has strengthened the regime’s grip on the country despite the Revolutionary Guard initiating recent repression of Iranian citizens taking part in massive public protests which resulted in the killing of hundreds of people and the injuring of many more.

The ITUC condemns the use of assassination by drones or any other means in place of negotiation and diplomacy. Threats from both the US and Iran risk spiralling into a major conflict, which would have severe consequences beyond the two countries.

People across the world are increasingly in despair over attacks on their rights, the denial of decent work, the ravages of climate change and armed conflict.

The ITUC calls on all governments to urge restraint and press for dialogue and negotiation instead of armed conflict, in the interests of peace.

This article was published here.

No to War – Statement on the U.S. Assassination of General Soleimani EN/FR

The illegal assassination of Iranian General Soleimani was an act of war by the United States that must not be tolerated. Whatever the crimes of Soleimani have been, the United States has no legal or moral right to take such unilateral action or for the recent bombings of five Iranian related facilities in Iraq and Syria. Continue reading “No to War – Statement on the U.S. Assassination of General Soleimani EN/FR”

Initial Listing of Confirmed Plenary Speakers

Initial Listing of Confirmed Plenary Speakers (Dec. 23, 2019)

  • Oleg Bodrov – Coalition for a Clean Baltic (Russia)

 

  • Sharan Burrow – General Secretary International Trade Union Confederation (Australia)

 

  • Noam Chomsky – Renowned scholar and critic (U.S.A.)

 

  • Arielle Denis – IPB Board Member, Former Co-Chair Mouvement de la Paix & ICAN Campaign Director (France)

 

  • Sharon Dolev – Director Israeli Disarmament Movement (Israel)

 

  • Beatrice Finn – Executive Director ICAN, Recipinet of Nobel Peace Prize

 

  • Japanese and Korean A-bomb Survivors

 

  • Phillip Jennings – Co-president International Peace Bureau (Britain)

 

  • Emad Kiyaei – Scholar & Principle of Interdisciplinary Global Development Group (Iran)

 

  • Michael Klare – Five College Peace & World Security Program (U.S.A.)

 

  • Binalakshmi Nepram – Control Arms Foundation of India

 

  • Setsuko Thurlow ICAN – Nobel Peace Prize Recipient (Hiroshima & Canada)

 

Pending Invitations Include:

            Mayors of Hiroshima & Nagasaki

            U.N. Secretary General Antonio Manuel de Oliveira Guterres

            Others to leaders of climate, justice, disarmament and peace movements

   

 

World Conference – Abolish Nuclear Weapons; Resist and Reverse the Climate Crisis; For Social and Economic Justice

IPB Joins in Organizing World Conference & Rally on Eve of NPT Review in New York

As we confront the twin existential threats of nuclear weapons and climate change, IPB is pushing back in its role as a lead co-sponsor of an historic movement building World Conference and rally for nuclear weapons abolition, peace, the climate and justice. Continue reading “World Conference – Abolish Nuclear Weapons; Resist and Reverse the Climate Crisis; For Social and Economic Justice”