Concluding statement on the prospects for a culture of peace.
By Ingeborg Breines, former IPB Co-President. Written for the webinar ‘A Climate of Peace’ hosted by IPB and the Peace Union of Finland on 7 November 2020. For the complete webinar, visit our YouTube channel.
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Declaration by the “Initiative Abrüsten statt Aufrüsten”, an IPB member.
Title: Frankfurter Appeal
Abrüsten statt Aufrüsten (disarming instead of investing in arms) – a new policy of détente now!
The ghost of the Cold War has returned. The world is on the verge of peace, for it becomes a fragile entity. The cancer of nationalism is spreading. Social inequalities are becoming more acute. The global climate crisis is threatening humanity. Wars and destruction of nature are crucial reasons for flight and expulsion. The Corona pandemic is proof that the social and environmental layers which protect human life have become thin. New struggles over distribution are looming – nationally, within Europe, globally. The 21st century will be either a century of new violence or a century of sustainable peace. That is what we are deciding today. We need civil responses, here, in Europe and worldwide. Continue reading “The Frankfurter Appeal by Initiative Abrüsten Statt Aufrüsten (Translation)”
The Uncertain Election: Defending Constitutional Democracy and Human Survival
Written by Joseph Gerson*
November 4, 2020
In the run up to the U.S. election, Daniel Ellsberg, the courageous whistleblower who risked 115 years in prison in the early 1970s for revealing the Pentagon’s secret history of the Vietnam War in his effort to stop the killing, wrote that the country was “facing an authoritarian threat to our democratic system of a kind we’ve never seen before.” Despite differing with Biden on many issues, he urged people to vote for Biden “to free the nation from Trump’s unhinged and destructive grip” – not least because four more years of Trump racism and maximizing the use of fossil fuels would be calamitous. “World civilization”, he wrote, “cannot afford another four years of Trump’s presidency.
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The International Peace Bureau recognises Jeremy Corbyn as a lifelong campaigner against racism, against war and for a peaceful and tolerant world. In 2017 IPB awarded him the Seán MacBride Peace Prize for his ‘sustained and powerful political work for disarmament and peace’ and his record shows that he has also championed the oppressed, the poor and the disadvantaged.
The IPB is united in its opposition to anti-Semitism and racism in all its forms. We remain united for a world free from fear.
We will continue to work with Jeremy and with all who strive for peace and justice.
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Written by Joseph Gerson*
The Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW) has received the last ratifications needed to put the Treaty into force. With the milestone of 50 ratifications having been achieved, the next critical step will be winning the signing and ratification by one or more of the nuclear weapons umbrella states, a European NATO member or one of the newly christened, “quad”, envisioned as an Asia-Pacific NATO: Japan, Australia and India. (The U.S. being the fourth member of the quad.) Continue reading “The Promise of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons”
Berlin, October 24th 2020
The International Peace Bureau celebrates the historical step of the 50th ratification of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear weapons, supported by over 120 states at the UN in July 2017.
After 3 years of debates, pressures, and mobilisation, 50 countries have today finalised the ratification of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW). It is a radical step toward the complete elimination of this inhumane and outdated weapon of mass destruction! Continue reading “IPB Statement on the 50th TPNW Ratification”
The conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan has deep and regional roots. With every life lost in the conflict, positions on both sides will harden. This alone is an urgent reason for a ceasefire.
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IPB Statement of Congratulations to the World Food Programme (WFP), Winner of the 2020 Nobel Peace Prize
The International Peace Bureau, 1910 Nobel Peace Laureate, welcomes the Nobel Committee’s decision to award the World Food Programme the 2020 prize. The WFP has played an essential role in addressing food shortages and hunger in conflict zones around the world in a time when the severity of such crises are growing – from the effects of climate change to the use of hunger as a tool of war, food security remains a persistent and dangerous global issue.
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Call for Disarmament and the Reduction of Global Military Spending
Dear Mr. Secretary-General,
We write to you on behalf of the International Peace Bureau and more than 11.000 signatories to express our support for your call for a global ceasefire. We would also like to emphasize the need for (nuclear) disarmament and the reallocation of money from the military to healthcare, social, and environmental needs – to the fulfilment of the Social Development Goals.
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At the time of writing, more than 100 lives have been lost since fighting began in Nagorno-Karabakh, on the 27th of September. In the spirit of the International Day of Non-Violence, the 2nd of October, the IPB calls for an immediate end to the violence and for a non-violent resolution to the conflict. Continue reading “IPB Calls for Renewed Peace Talks and an End to the Violence between Armenia and Azerbaijan”