Webinar: Abolish Nuclear Weapons; Resist and Reverse the Climate Crisis; For Social and Economic Justice

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Date(s) - Friday - Apr 24, 2020 - Saturday - Apr 25, 2020
All Day

Riverside Church



Concern for people’s health and protecting people from the risk of the accelerated spread of the corona virus has led our World Conference planning committee to cancel the in-person April 24-26 World Conference, rally and march.

                BUT, we are planning to build from all that we have already accomplished, including planning for an international online conference with simultaneous interpretation. Look forward to future announcements.

                The international coalition we have built is remarkable and will persist in these changed circumstances. With 1,500 people already registered to join our conference and related events, we have a strong foundation on which we can build for the future.

                In this period, we recognize that there are already many forms of action dedicated to achieving our conference goals – abolition of nuclear weapons, reversing climate destruction, and social and economic justice – planned in many places around the world.  We appreciate the support that many of you have given to our organizing. We look forward to our continuing collaborations and wish you every success in your actions in your communities and nations.  We also recognize that new forms of organizing and social mobilization will be necessary. We will do our best to develop these new strategies and to learn from others’ initiatives.

                Finally, with conferences at the U.N. either cancelled or reduced to symbolic events without the participation of civil society through mid-April, and with Secretary General Guterres’ announcement that the U.N. is now closed to everyone but those who work there, it seems unlikely that a meaningful NPT Review Conference will be held. Should a symbolic event be held, we will develop means to manifest the world’s demands for nuclear weapons abolition


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.

These events, which will bring together movement leaders, renowned policy analysts, elected officials and diplomats will be held in New York April 24-26. The conference is being organized for the eve of the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty Review Conference at the United Nations, and as we approach the 75th anniversaries of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki A-bombings.

Even as we have no expectations for a successful outcome of the Review Conference, we see it as a unique opportunity for movements and broader civil society to press governments and to build international and intersectional collaborations for nuclear disarmament, peace, climate and justice. The conference’s awkward working title is World Conference: Abolish Nuclear Weapons; Resist and Reverse the Climate Crisis; for Social and Economic Justice. In addition to analytical and inspiring plenary speeches and 24 forums and workshops, our closing plenary, will focus on promoting actions and movement building, including steps to promote the Treaty for Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons.

This will very much be a truly international conference. We expect 800 Japanese organizers and activists – including Hibakusha – to join us. Most will be from IPB’s affiliate Gensuikyo, but in something of a breakthrough Gensuikin, Hidankyo, Peace Boat and Soka Gakkai are all involved. We expect 250 organizers and activist from Europe and the Global South (IPB affiliate Mouvement de la Paix) will be sending 100. IPB Board member Stephen Staples plans to bring 50 to 100 from Canada. And up to 500 from are expected from across the U.S. the U.S.  With these numbers, and to communicate the necessary gravitas, we have reserved the Riverside Church as the venue for the conference. Riverside was the site of Martin Luther King Jr.’s seminal “Beyond Vietnam” speech.

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

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.

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!]

In addition to plenaries 24 conference forums and workshops. Have a look at the agenda.

For more information and to register, go to www.worldconference2020.org

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