The IPB family is in mourning after the recent death of Maj-Britt Theorin, MEP, who was President of IPB from 1992 to 2000. Those post-Cold War years were a time of some optimism, though clouded by the wars in the Balkans and the genocide in Rwanda. However many activists shared the hope that in the new international context a breakthrough on disarmament might be possible.
Image: Reiner Braun (second from the left) and Sharan Burrow (third from the right) at the Seán MacBride Peace Prize Ceremony for Jeremy Corbyn.
Sharan Burrow is the General Secretary of the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC). During her time at the head of ITUC, she has helped to foster relations between trade unions and the peace movement – bringing together themes of peace, justice, conversion, and the need for a peace dividend. IPB Executive Director Reiner Braun sat down for an interview with Sharan to discuss the interconnections between the trade union and peace movements.
NAWAL EL SADAAWI – in memory.
The world has sadly lost a feminist pillar, a free spirit and a huge inspiration. The Egyptian writer, activist, physician and psychiatrist, Nawal El Sadaawi has passed away at the age of 89. The loss will not only be felt in the Middle East, where she lived most of her life, but worldwide. Her intellectual and creative capacities, her courage, stamina and energy seemed endless, and indeed have marked generations and will, for generations to come. Her books will be read, her feminist and socialist work against patriarchy and capitalism is historic and she will continue to be a revolutionary role model for the oppressed and for women fighting for their rights, for equality, justice and a more peaceful world.
IPB CONDEMNS UK DECISION TO INCREASE WARHEADS BY 40%
17 March 2021
IPB shares the widespread international denunciation of the announcement by Prime Minister Boris Johnson that Britain will increase the cap on the number of its nuclear warheads to 260. Previously. Britain had been committed to reducing its stockpile to no more than 180 Trident warheads by the mid-2020s. However, the integrated review of security, defence, development and foreign policy published yesterday included this 40% increase in the stockpile.
A few months back, IPB released our first “Save the Date” announcement for this fall’s Second World Peace Congress in Barcelona, from October 15-17. We are now excited to share with you that we have launched our social media and website for the congress. Through these platforms, you can stay up to date with all of the latest developments and events related to the congress and participate actively as we prepare for the gathering in Barcelona.
1 March 2021
IPB calls for solidarity with the people of Myanmar
Peace movement condemns Bloody Sunday in Myanmar.
Military brutality is on the rise.
The military is targeting political parties, the trade union movement and civil society. The military is forcing people at gunpoint to return to work. They are in fundamental breach of ILO labour standards.
Following the inauguration of Joe Biden as the 46th president of the United States, former IPB Co-President Bruce Kent decided to write a letter to the new president reflecting his hopes and expectations for the administration. Read the full letter below:
On 18 February 2021, in preparation for the Second IPB World Peace Congress in Barcelona this fall, IPB held a roundtable discussion on US-China Relations, featuring Dr. Joseph Gerson of the US and Prof. Wang Danning of China, with commentators from across Asia. Below are the texts of the two speeches as well as the biographies of the speakers.
IPB World Peace Congress 2021: An Interview with IPB Co-President Philip Jennings
IPB will hold its Second World Peace Congress in the Mediterranean city of Barcelona from October 15-17 2021. We’re counting on a large international gathering – both in person and virtual – and including a variety of peace and social movements and activists. We sat down with IPB Co-President Philip Jennings to discuss the overarching ideas behind the congress.
On Friday, January 22nd, 2021, the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW) officially entered into force, roughly three years after its adoption by the UN Conference tasked with negotiating a legally binding instrument to prohibit nuclear weapons. For the IPB, this day is a landmark win in the struggle to rid the world of the existential threat posed by nuclear weapons. Thanks to the efforts of numerous civil society organizations, experts, and peace advocates around the globe, and the tremendous coordination efforts of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN), the world has just gotten one step closer to a nuke-free future.