CND & IPB Conference – 21st century security: challenges and solutions

We are looking forward to welcoming you to CND and IPB’s conference which will be held on Sunday October 20 London, opposite the Houses of Parliament. Our Triennial Congress, under the banner: “21st century security: challenges and solution” will also be held in London. Continue reading “CND & IPB Conference – 21st century security: challenges and solutions”

IPB MacBride award 2019 for Elayne Whyte Gómez and Bruce Kent

Every year the IPB awards a special prize to a person or organisation that has done outstanding work for peace, disarmament and/or human rights. These were the principal concerns of Sean MacBride, the distinguished Irish statesman who was Chairman of IPB from 1968-74 and President from 1974-1985. MacBride was a winner of the Nobel Peace Prize (1974), deputy General Secretary of the UN and founder if the disarmament committee of the UN.

The Prize was established 1992, IPB’s centenary year.

In 2018 the Prize was awarded to the Association For Historical Dialogue and Research (AHDR) and Home for Cooperation (H4C), for the AHDR’s Board brilliant example of how productive cooperation, creative ideas, and respect can blossom, regardless of division and H4C´s extensive variety of cultural, artistic and educational programs with the aim of fostering creativity and intercultural trust in Cyprus and internationally; Helena Maleno, for founding the association “Caminando Fronteras”, which is one of the main organizations at the southern European border devoted to denouncing human rights violations; and to Douglas Roche, for his indefatigable work, in particular as President of the UN Association and as Ambassador for Disarmament during the height of the Cold War.

Further Laureates from previous years include Noam Chomsky, Jeremy Corbyn, Chelsea Mannings, The people and government of the Republic of the Marshall Islands‘ and All Okinawa Coalition Against New Construction of Henoko Base

Fort the Year 2019 the board of IPB decided to present awards to:

Bruce Kent:

Bruce Kent is an internationally known peace activist and a “real peace hero” who, even in his 90th year, remains an active campaigner and organizer for peace and human rights. He was one of the main speakers at the big march and demonstration against nucear weapons in London in 2016.

Bruce was ordained as a Catholic Priest in the Diocess of Westminster in London in 1958 and became a Chaplain to Pax Christi in from 1974-1977. He joined the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND) in 1960 and was elected chair from 1977-1979, becoming the General Secretary in 1979 for 6 years. He was elected CND Chair again from 1987-1990. He was also Chair of War on Want from 1974-1976 and was the British co-ordinator for the Hague Appeal for Peace in 1999. He is now a Vice-President of CND, Pax Christi and Movement for the Abolition of War (which he co-founded in 2001).

He was also one of the founders and main organizers of the European Nuclear Disarmament Campaign in the 1980s. He was also, in 1988, one of the main organizers of a 1000-mile peace walk from Warsaw to NATO HQ in Brussels to call for a united peaceful nuclear-free Europe.

Bruce was also IPB President from 1985 till 1992 and he has been an inspiration to so many people of all ages in the UK and elsewhere.

Elayne Whyte Gómez

“We wanted to change the world,” Ambassador Elayne Whyte Goméz said of herself and her classmates 24 years ago to an audience of students, staff and community members in a University. That aspiration continues to fuel her work. Ambassador Whyte is a career diplomat who is proudly serving as Permanent Representative of Costa Rica to the United Nations Office in Geneva. “Costa Rica which is a country that decided 70 years ago to have a different approach to peace and security by abolishing its armed forces. So that means for a country like us, that we have put all our trust in an international system, that through rules and institutions we can resolve the conflicts and problems of humanity” she explains.

This dedication to improve international law inspired this young diplomat to lead successfully the negotiations of the landmark Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons in 2017, as an ultimate step of succeful disarmament treaty negotiations.

Between 2014 and 2015, she was co-Chair of the 5th Meeting of the States Parties to the Convention on Cluster Munitions (CCM). She is currently a member of the Committee on the Implementation of Article 5 of the Conference of the States parties to the Anti-Personnel Landmine Convention (APLC) and a Vice-president of the Conference of the States parties of the APLC. She was Vice-president of the Second Conference of the States Parties of Arms Trade Treaty.

. Her leadership at the UN conferences negotiating the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons from March to July 2017 was a background of the success of thc Treaty. The negotiations were brought to a successful conclusion in July 2017 and is ratified up to now by 26 countries and signed by 70 . She developed during the conferenc a new style of work allowing the contribution of civil society and experts, together with diplomats. Se is deeply connected to nuclear disarmament and a world free of nuclear weapons.

IPB is proud to award Mrs Gomez the Sean Mc Bride Prize, for her unvaluable contribution to the completion of the historic Treaty on the Prohibition of Nucler Weapons, and salute the work and dedication of this young woman in a key disarmament process where too less women have the opportunity to lead.

The award will be given to Bruce Kent in London at the annual meeting of IPB on October 20th.

The Prize is a non-monetary one, consisting of a medal cast by Quite Quiet, which is a Berlin-based label that was founded with the intention to create jewelry that people cherish and keep close for a long time. To create truly valuable pieces, Quite Quiet focuses on responsible material choices like fully traceable Fairtrade Gold and lab-grown gemstones.

Further questions to Reiner Braun +49-1722317475

Declaration of the 3rd International Conference “No to Military Bases & War”

Our stand against war is irrevocable! For this reason, we personally and politically oppose, using solely peaceful and non-violent methods, the intended war of the USA and some of its NATO allies against Iran and Venezuela! Continue reading “Declaration of the 3rd International Conference “No to Military Bases & War””

IPB´s current Newsletter is out

Dear friends and colleagues,

this newsletter is full of reviews and reports of activities that required a lot of preparation and commitment by everyone involved. During the last four weeks we have seen 80-100 actions taken in about 20 countries by our member organisations and like-minded associations, all united by the joined call of “Demilitarize: Invest in People’s Needs!” of the Global Days of Actions on Military Spending (GDAMS). GCOMS has also published their new newsletter, which can be read here. At the end of this newsletter you will be able to read IPB´s latest statements, including a statement that calls for “No War Against Iran”, IPB´s Statement on the SIPRI Report on Military Spending, GCOMS´ Final Statement 2019 and the “Post-Conference Statement – Growing Nuclear Risks in a Changing World: New Thinking and Movement Building”.

You will also be able to read a report of IPB´s Side Events during the 2019 Preparatory Committee for the 2020 Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty Review Conference. Moreover, “Don´t Bank the Bomb” has published a report “Producing mass destruction: Private companies and the nuclear weapons industry”, which illustrates the relationship between the commercial sector and nuclear weapons. There are also a couple of upcoming events in the next few months that we want to share with you. One of these events is the IPB Youth Network Conference “Transform! Towards a Culture of Peace” on the 20th-22nd of September in Berlin. The other event is an international meeting on “Nuclear Security in Europe After the Collapse of the INF Treaty”, also in September in Brussels.

Read the whole newsletter here…

Evaluation of IPB´s Side Events during the NPT PrepCom 2019

The 2019 Chair’s reflection on the Prepcom has set the challenge for 2020: “The 50th Anniversary of the entry into force, and the 25th Anniversary of the indefinite extension of the Treaty in 2020, require a demonstrable commitment to the Treaty by States parties. Looking beyond 2020 also requires reaffirming and implementing past commitments, and this is needed to maintain the integrity of the Treaty following the commemorations.” Continue reading “Evaluation of IPB´s Side Events during the NPT PrepCom 2019”

Douglas Roche – “The Dissent of a 90-Year-Old”

The Dissent of a 90-Year-Old

Address by Hon. Douglas Roche, O.C. Presentation of Sean MacBride Peace Prize Toronto, April 25, 2019

“A 90-year-old man appears before you, sighing not for the past but crying for the future. It is not my lost youth that I pine for but a lost future for my grandchildren and their children. Nuclear weapons and climate change threaten their very existence. I dissent from public policies today that will lead to their world being blown up or burned up.

Continue reading “Douglas Roche – “The Dissent of a 90-Year-Old””