IPB Mourns the Death of Goran Bubalo

IPB lost a strong and courageous fighter for peace – Goran Bubalo died on June 9th 2020. After a brief but serious illness, our friend in peace died. IPB is deeply saddened by this loss.

Goran Bubalo was an activist deeply committed to peace every single day of his life. He was the chair of the Bosnian Network for Building Peace, an active member of IPB. With his great help, we managed to arrange the international Sarajevo Peace Event in 2014. We were in contact with him until last month.

We will never forget him! Goran, we will continue working intensively for peace without you, but in your spirit.

Report: Online World Conference 2020

On April 25, 2020, in the midst of the Covid-19 crisis, over one thousand activists across the peace, climate, and social movements gathered online to take part in the first ever virtual World Conference: Abolish Nuclear Weapons | Resist and Reverse Climate Change | For Social and Economic Justice. Continue reading “Report: Online World Conference 2020”

Regional Workshop on Women, Peace and Security (MPS) for the Americas

“Opportunities for the Women, Peace and Security in the Americas Agenda”
Uruguay December 16-19, 2019

by Particia Pérez*

This workshop highlighted the opportunities for greater regional participation in the MPS Agenda, facilitating the debate on the pathways offered by the MPS Agenda to empower uniformed women as key actors and agents of change for peace in the region and the world. Continue reading “Regional Workshop on Women, Peace and Security (MPS) for the Americas”

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.