As for Europe you will find a myriad of activities of most European affiliates. Some are more recent than others.The format is different but that allows the reader to see well established affiliates as well as fresh start-ups. Some information is lacking, such as the activities of France and Italy together in the Mediterranean Commission. This info will be available at the European website at some point. Even in Europe it is not always easy to retrieve info. It all depends on us, active members, how we spread the information of our activities. There is a lot going on without everyone knowing. Therefore these reports, but even better the websites, are essential.
Our focus for the next terms will be how to incorporate the 10 new member states, how to find good coordination with the European activities in Bruxelles, both on programs and finances. And
to get better coordination between students and doctors. As most affiliates are getting older this is vital. A well functioning website is available, more use could be made of it.
A strong Europe can help a global organization better.
Around the world people share the same fears for terrorism and WMD's. Any civilian, whether diplomat, doctor or patient, looks for answers. Let us find the common grounds in this congress.
IPPNW Omega Austria - Activity Report 2004
Summary: 1) Introduction
2) Cluster Munition Ambitions
3) Hiroshima Memorial Day
5) Conference on war related injuries
6) CTBT Conference in Vienna 2003
7) Students Activities
ad 1) Introduction: Austrias IPPNW affiliate has a small but active steering committee meeting every month for the coordination of their activities and projects. Once every three months, our journal "OMEGA News" is published, informing IPPNW members, friends and other NGOs about our work.
ad 2) Following the example of the landmines campaign, where austrian NGOs played a significant role, leading to the Ottawa treaty, the Austrian affiliate of the IPPNW is working on convincing the local parliament of the importance of banning cluster munitions as well. Several members of the parliament have shown their interest in this project, which encouraged us to invite other NGOs to provide their support. In fact, this project has become a collaboration of several NGOs striving for the same goal.
ad 3) As every year, members of the IPPNW Austria participated in the Hiroshima Memorial Event directly in front of the St. Stephen's Church in Vienna. Irmela Steinert held an interesting speech on the importance of nuclear disarmament and on what the IPPNW is working on to achieve this goal.
ad 4) IPPNW Member Martin Donner stays in close contact with the office of Vienna's major, Dr. Michael Häupl to make Dr. Häupl participate in or at least express his support for the Majors4Peace initiative.
ad 5) IPPNW Austria at the second world conference on "The Role of Public Health in the Prevention of War-Related Injuries". June 2004
IPPNW was a partner in planning and conducting the conference, along with the US Centers for Disease Control, the World Health Organization, UNICEF and Physicians for Human Rights. Presentations included the following that were all very well received by an audience of nearly 100 people from 35 countries, including representatives from NGOs, government ministries of health, universities, hospitals and other medical institutions.
Austrian IPPNW members participated in a variety of ways, including helping with conference logistics, and conducting walking tours for other attendees. Klaus Renoldner moderated the panel on the Iraq war and welcomed all the IPPNW affiliates to Austria at a luncheon meeting; and Hagen Ernstbrunner participated as a delegate.
ad 6) Klaus Renoldner speaking on behalf of 97 NGOs at the CTBT conference on 5th of September 2003, Vienna, Austria. Dr. Renoldner talked about the direct and indirect effects of nuclear testing on human health, once again demanding that the CTBT entered into force. He pointed out, that many NGOs are very concerned about the US administrations announcements to establish a legal basis for research and development of new types of nuclear weapons, including so called "Mini Nukes".
He noted that 12 key States had not yet signed and/or ratified the CTBT. The present US administration had declared it was not even seeking Senate approval for ratification. The Conference should send a strong message to the remaining 12 CTBT States and urge their prompt signature and ratification without conditions or reservations. States parties should also endorse the continuation of the current global nuclear test explosion moratorium until such time as the CTBT enters into force. Through a strengthened network of NGOs, governments, international bodies and the media, one could promote further initiatives, intensify public discussion and exert broad pressure on the States.
ad 7) Students Activities. IPPNW Austria has a growing students base, represented by an increasing number of active student members. Their activities include active participation at international meetings (European Ippnw Students Meetings, NWIP Preparation Meetings...), preparation of workshops on a variety of topics from the impact of nuclear explosions to palliative care to the benefits of free and open source software for NGOs or the third world.
Jänner: erste Vorstandssitzung mit Jahresplanung, es folgen monatliche Vorstandssitzungen, ausgenommen die Sommerpause
Februar: Teilnahme an der Anti-Irakkriegsdemonstration am 15.2.
März: Weitere Unterstützung des Irak- Hilfsprojektes unseres Vorstandsmitgliedes
Dr. Eva-Maria Hobiger, auch während des Krieges und danach (derzeit auch wieder mit Hilfslieferungen im Irak); StudentInnen organisieren Public Health Tage an der UNI Wien
April: 26.:Tschernobylgedenktag und Teilnahme am 2. Wiener Friedenslauf rund ums Rathaus
Mai: Manfred Sauer nimmt am deutschen IPPNW - Kongress in Berlin teil
Mai/Juni: OMEGA-Mitglieder nehmen am Österreichischen Sozialforum in Hallein teil
Juni: 11. bis 17. OMEGA - StudentInnen beim IPPNW - Studentenkongress in Berlin.
26. - 29.: Dr. Anne-Marie Miörner-Wagner und ihr Team von OMEGA - Graz organisieren gemeinsam mit anderen NGOs die sozialmedizinischen Konferenz in Crkvenica
Juli: Teilnahme von Irmela Steinert und Manfred Sauer an der Sommerakademie im ÖSFK Schlaining
August: Mitveranstaltung des Hiroshima-Gedenktages am Stephansplatz
Sept: Referat von Klaus Renoldner bei der CTBT - Konferenz im Austria Center
Okt: Mitorganisation des Österreich - Forums für Frieden und Gewaltfreiheit in Wien
Teilnahme am Symposium "Kindheit & Trauma" in Schwarzenberg, Vbg.
Nov: 3 österreichische Teilnehmer bei der Europäischen IPPNW - Konferenz in London; Teilnahme von Simon Schwaighofer an den "Meetings with Decisionmakers"
Dez: Teilnahme von Manfred Sauer "Gesamtdeutschen Friedensratschlag" in Kassel
Hauptversammlung 16. Dezember 2004, 19.30h - bei Teilnahme bitte Anmeldung
· Regelmäßige NGO -Aktivitäten in der UNO, " Meetings with Decision-Makers"
· Laufende Flüchtlingsbetreuung und Integrationsarbeit von OMEGA Graz
· Mitgliederengagement in der Flüchtlingsbetreuung im Burgenland
· Mitgliederinformation durch Herausgabe von drei Nummern "OMEGA -News"
· Teilnahme an der Kampagne für Kinderrechte
· Mitunterstützung von EURATOM
· Mitarbeit bei der Small Arms Campaign
· Mitarbeit bei der IANSA Control Arms Campaign
· Mitunterstützung der Initiative UNCOPAC, UN- Kommission für Frieden und Krisenprävention
The Czech affiliate has continued contacts in the Ministries of Foreign Affairs and Health, with The Parliament (Health and Social Commission) and with the Czech Parliamentarians in Bruxelles.
With help of Medact a scientific publication was made on health consequences on veterans of the Gulf War. There is a continued good cooperation between several European affiliates and the Czech affiliate (both in writing and in personal connections). The Czech aff. thinks the Central Office and the European Office fulfil an important coordinating function. Yet for financial reasons it is not always possible to travel to meetings. This accounts for many eastern European countries. Strengthening Europe by coordinating activities with for instance Europarliamentarians would be very good.
Here is a short report from the Danish affiliate. We have as usual not been very active in 2003. We did, however, manage to participate in the Dialogue with Decision Makers meetings in London i Nov. We visited the Indian and Pakistan embassies with fine discussions there. We have made a little effort regarding information about the Missile Defence Project, where the radar-station in Thule, Northern Greenland, is anticipated to be a central part of the project. There has been a good media-coverage about MD during the recent years, and in the spring our Parliament decided to give a positive respons back to the US government about Thule. We opposed this decision writing letters to the editors in newpapers.
Here is the report for AMPGN (IPPNW French speaking Belgian branch).
The situation in Belgium is different from many other countries because the government and especially the Minister for Foreign Affairs held a position quite close to ours. During a well watched TV debate, he said to the American (unofficial) representative, "we may be your allies, but we are not your valet." And he repeated this stance a large number of times in various media. Some people felt he was overdoing it, that a small country should not have
outstretched itself so. Anyway, it pleased public opinion and he has just been re-elected with more than 300 000 votes.
Our activities are to be seen over this background. The main outlet of our feelings has been our bulletin (that you have) treating this crisis since the fall of 2002. We stressed that the real problem is not Iraq, but adaptation of Arab societies to the modern world. We published seve-al papers in the national press, the main one in two long columns in February:"Belgium must in no way participate to the war in Iraq" We gave several lectures to various audiences to ex-plain we had no sympathy for Saddam Hussein but that the real danger was a possible enhan-cement of Islamic terrorism against the West (a prediction that unfortunately materializes). AMPGN participated with flying banners at two or more public demonstrations, but was inconspicuous among 25 000 and later 70 000 other participants
An interesting legal side debate was raised in Belgium about official collaboration within NATO, to a war both the public and officialdom consider as illegal. The problem was the transfer of US military material through Antwerp. The Ministry said we were bound by secret NATO agreements dating back to 1971, in a very different context. Lawyers raised doubts about the legality of such secret agreements in view of more general al international treaties and the UN Charter. The government declared they would try to modify these confidential agreements through negotiations. We think the presence on our soil of American nuclear heads is based on similar agreements in violation of the NPT. We intend to point out the similarity and to obtain a removal of these weapons from Kleine Brogel air base.And hope they will join the two issues.A preliminary meeting will soon take place.
H. Firket, president AMPGN
IPPNW is running many different projects this year (2004). This is only a brief overview and incomplete.
- demonstration against nuclear weapons and the war in Iraq in Ramstein at the biggest US air base in Germany in March
- congress Nuclear Weapons and Nuclear Energy in an unstable world with 650 participants in Berlin held in May
- Iraq activities with "help the children of Iraq" which raised about 300.000 Euro which are 100% used for humanitarian work in Iraq including help building up a medicak infrastructure for children and adolescent psychiatry
- poster campaign against nuclear energy (will be presented in Beijing)
- several working committess working "root causes of conflict" (The South-North group)
- working committee on refugees
- planned symposia on "torture" in autumn in Berlin
- IPPNW Germany takes a lead in the majors for peace campaign to abolish nuclear weapons
- We are also working on making it a legal case to stop the use of a German nuclear power reactor due to its health hazards.
- with the incredibly successful campaign "buying Hanau" IPPNW succeeded in preventing again the export of a plutonium factory in Frankfurt owned by SIEMENS, which never operated in Germany for safety reasons but was to be sold to China. We pretended to make SIEMENS an offer to buy the factory. This smart idea made big press - the export project was eventually stopped.
- fundraising initiative: together with the small book publisher MABUSE in Frankfurt we made an agreement that on every book our members buy through the MABUSE internet page (similar to AMAZON) IPPNW Germany receives 5% of the cover prize as a donation.
- IPPNW has its own internet page ippnw.de , tekes care of the European ippnw web page ippnw-europe.org. Moreover we have a professional journal IPPNW FORUM 5 times per year an d publish a student magazine once per year.
The many other IPPNW projects in Germany will be presented in Beijing in written form.
As an organization we are facing a slight decline in membership in numbers - students join but doctors laeve. That means a constant decline in financial opprtunities at this point to continue with our work. Fundraising with foundations remains difficultm, aquiring donations from friends of IPPNW works out fine.
The Olympics ended successfully in Athens thought the doping is a majior and medical problem. We as IPPNW GR had the opportunity to facilitate the PEACE BOAT actions in Piraeus. I was among the wellcome commitee and on the panel of the Press conference in the Municipality of Piraeus between the Mayor and the Prefect of Piraeus. There was a succedfull Greek- Japan performance in Veakion open air theater on August 14. During the two last days of the games in Athens we participated in demontrations against the visit of Powell in nthe end ceremony of the games. There was also a writing in the Acropolis walls for Peace. People here think that a visit of USA's government is against the idea of Olympic truce and I beleive that the government were afreid that if Powell was present in the end ceremony the people could express their feeling, so he had to postpond the visit in Athens. We had the opportunity to collaborate with many municipalities for the MAJORS FOR PEACE and PEACE BOAT campaign and we hope to organize many thinks on 2005. On Hiroshima day there were publications in the Greek press based in our press release for the occasion I cannot join you in Beijing. My thoughts will be with you. I wish you the best
Irish medical campaign for the prevention of nuclear war
by Dr Mícheál Fanning
Ireland Irish events 2003 and early 2004
1 Dr Paul Moroney - Dingle and I met on numerous ocassiobs in 2003 to plan revival of IPPNW ireland
2 met with medical students
3 Medical students Paula Martin U.C.D. Sheila Smith attended medical students European conference summer 2003
Medical student representative - Peadar Ó Fionnáin, Paula Martin U.C.D. Sheila Smith,are hosting the European conference of medical students of IPPNW April 2004
4 Lecture on effects of Radon - Dingle med. Conference Sept 2003
5 Meeting with nonproliferation committtee dept of foreign Affairs dublin October 2003
6 IPPNW European affiliate CONFERENCE LONDON NOV 8-11During the weekend I met with IPPNW European affiliate members .tthe conference was hosted by Medact , the English IPPNW affiliate. Medact , the English IPPNW affiliate arranged meetings with decision makers in the health care sector , House of Commons and in embassies.
The Irish affiliate asked that Robin Cook might be included.
1. Robin Cook MP Members of delegation: Tony Waterston (Medact), Helmut Kass (Germany), Zizi.., Osvaldo..(Italy), Prochista Ariana (US), Micheal Fanning (Ireland), Ed Raby (Medact student member).
(Outside of the conference timetable I also met with Bruce Kent CNDand Mairead Corrigan Nobel peace prize wand attended a major middle east forum in SOAS, LONDON.)
7 NGOs meet the Dept of foreign Affairs Ireland re ATT treaty,European code of conduct (IPPNW< IPB and Lawyers aagainst NucleaR wAR )
8 meeting between IDEA and IPPNW ireland -Jan 2004
This was published in irish medical press as the Imcpnw ireland was revived early 2003
"Dr Nuala Rigney -Camp, Dr Paul Moroney - Dingle ,Dr Anne Gillan ,Co Galway and myself , of
IMCPNW and IPPNW condemn any use of chemical or biological weapons (including chemical incapacitating agents and chemical riot-control agents, which have been banned under international law), depleted uranium weapons, cluster bombs, anti-personnel landmines, and massive conventional ordnance used near civilian populations. Thus IMCPNW will be an important organisation for Irish doctors and one of 60 affiliate groups of IPPNW worldwide.
Mission: IPPNW shall be non -partisan international federation of physicians' organizations dedicated to research, education, and advocacy relevant to the prevention of nuclear war. To this end, IPPNW shall seek to prevent all wars, to promote non-violent conflict resolution, and to minimize the effects of war and preparations for war on health, development, and the environment.
We support the Hague Agenda for peace.
WE support -
the United Nations has a set of purposes that are set out in the first
Article of the Charter., in summary (thanks to Mr John Deady, Dept of Foreign Affairs), the purposes are:
to maintain international peace and security and to take collective action
to that end;
to develop friendly relations between nations based on respect for the
principle of equal rights and self-determination of peoples;
to achieve international cooperation in solving international problems of
a social, cultural or humanitarian character, and in promoting and
encouraging human rights;
This was published in the Irish medical paper-in late 2003
"We object to the the use of Shannon by USA forces in this illegal war..We call on the Irish government to rescind on their decision to allow USA army personell and aircraft use Shannon and and urge U.K and U.S.A. uphold international law and order..They Irish government says its constitutional to use Shannon, maybe we should have a referendum on it then. Is the war humane? Is it democratic ?
We should examine why German government took a strong and authentic stand against the war and link up with their affiliate group. Behaving like puppets/ Is it the law of the jungle (survival of the strongest) all the bodies, U.N etc are being ignored unless "theyre congenial to the American norm / AbNorm".
A few ideas re irish group -
In Ireland there are a few different groups:
Medical students- physicians for Social responsibility; Doctors againgst War (Beaumont hospital ) - We are anxious to work with Doctors against war and have written to Dr Khalid Safi in Beaumont Hospital;
Doctors who work with Chernobyl victims; IDEA who hold the official historical affiliate of IMCPNW ;
Doctors who have worked with Concern, Goal, VSO, Un volunteers.
I think a doctors' organisation attempting to achieve change in the areas of international health, environment, international law, and achievement of peace through nonproliferation of arms and celebration of diverse cultures in a "one world", as the Irish affiliate of the wonderful world body IPPNW
should be revitalised. . We as doctors will try to revitalise a culture of peace.
I think Irish doctors have to lend their voice and hands in in international efforts to prevent war and promote food, water, education , and health for all and to promote non violent solutions to conflict. The Oxford Research group enunciate on collective and cooperative solutions.
In 1959, the United Nations General Assembly adopted a resolution proposed by Ireland that called for nuclear weapon states to refrain from providing weapons to non-nuclear states. Two years later, another Irish draft resolution on the "Prevention of the Wider Dissemination of Nuclear Weapons" (A/RES/1665, XVI) was also adopted by the by the U.N. General Assembly . What evolved from that 1961 resolution is history's most successful non-proliferation treaty: the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT). The NPT currently has the largest number of members of any arms control agreement, and it is the only nuclear non-proliferation agreement that is global in scope. "The Non-Proliferation Treaty process was launched by Frank Aiken in 1958, and Ireland has traditionally maintained a close involvement in nuclear disarmament. We therefore feel a particular concern at moments such as this, when the NPT is under threat." -- Statement by Mr David Andrews TD, Ireland's Foreign Minister, on the the release of "Towards A Nuclear Free World: The Need For A New Agenda" on 9 June 1998
The Irish government have along with N.Z, South Africa, Sweden, Mexico, and Brazil have formed the New Agenda group in the UN assembly nd have taken a strong stand in implementing Non Proliferation Treaty - NPT.
Irish doctors can contribute more to the forum of international health and peace.
Medact the English affiliate of IPPNW have been exemplary and the Irish affiliate must revive work commenced by Drs Sean and Mary Dunphy end of the 1980.s. We as doctors will try to revitalise a culture of peace.
A DECADE later I have been encouraged by IPPNW, the 1985 Nobel peace winning doctors organisation, to BUILD UPON with the committed people we already have and invite more doctors and other professionals to join us and work with Governments and NGO's to achieve change.
And Peace through non proliferation of arms in a" one world" of diverse cultures.
Zita Makói Hungary
1. A student exchange program has been organized since last November as our country was asked to do it in London during the board meeting.
If I remeber well the participants of the discussion in London:
Liz Waterston, Abraham Behar, Mustafa Ganim, me, others?
It was supposed to be a part of Medical Road Map (Peace bridges?) IPPNW program. It was meant that our country provide one month elective in pediatrics for 2 Palestinian and 2 Israeli students in our medical faculty.
In spite of the lots of efforts (lot of work and anxiety) and letter writing the program has failed. It became obvious at the begining of June.
· Our Medical faculty has changed its pozitive approach to our plan in the middle of the proces after a serious conflict between two foreign (ended with death one of them) students in our capital,
· it did not happened program planning at the begining (financial need, time schedule of steps)
· they have started to build a wall of burocracy which was nearly impossible to fulfill,
· the students had no financial support from their own country,
· the students could not get support from other IPPNW organization,
· the fundraising for this special task was not well organized,
· the students selection process was not properly set up at the begining, it seemed to be questionable later on as well
2. Organization of the "Mapping out a vision for IPPNW's future" workshop in Bejing,
· consultation with different advisers, like
with the head of civil organizations,
managing directors, top executves of multinational company institutions,
junior doctor, not long ago medical student, trained by the Norwegian IPPNW,
· preparing questionnaires,
· preparing the workshop, (consultations with psychologist, advisers in org. development about the ineractivity of the workshop)
NVMP- Dutch affiliate of IPPNW, AVV- Flemish of IPPWN
SUMMARY ANNUAL REPORT 2003-2004
The war against Iraq and current situation.
The pre-emptive war against Iraq was also for our affiliate a mayor issue of concern. We joined the two mass-demonstrations in Amsterdam. These were the largest gatherings for peace since the 1980's .
We also raised attention for the report 'Collateral Damage'as well as for 'Continuing Collateral damage' later that year. This caused some media-attention. We wrote letters to parliament and were initiave-takers of the sign-on letter 'Make health not war' that argued just like the Collateral Damage report not to start a war against Iraq because of the humanitarian catastrophe.
Furthermore we organised a congress on saturday May 24-th called 'Collateral Damage'. There we raised the question; what about the victims of this war. Former General Kees Homan from the Clingendael Institute gave us some backgrounds on the American motives to start a war against 'axis of evil'-countries like Iraq. Very impressive was the story of doctor Geert van Moorter, a Belgian doctor who worked in Bagdad during the war. Van Moorter gave us an objective picture of the horrors of this war. Certainly no 'clean war' at all, no surgical-bombings. The reality was missiles on residential quarters, powerstations and watersupplies. This was no accidental collateral damage. The best proof where the 'clusterbombs' dropped over Bagdad and the casualties among children. Operation Iraqi-freedom was a shocking experience.
Lately we've send letters to minister of Defence Kamp expressing our worries about the Abu Gharib-crimes against humanity and questioning the role of Dutch soldiers in Iraq.
Danger of mini-nukes and proliferation of nuclear weapons
The development of so called mininukes like the Robust Nuclear Earth Penetrator and the 'low-yield nuclear weapons' is a point of great concern. American labs are working on the development of this type of nuclear weapons that mean another step towards the use of a nuclear weapon as an offensive weapon. An extremely dangerous development that causes us to work harder trying to reach a nuclear-free world.
We are now active supporter of the Mayors for Peace campaign, trying to get as many mayors as possible to the NPT-review 2005 in New York, in order to save the treaty.
Global Health education
The Global Health Education Project for tomorrow's doctors. The world has become smaller over the past decades and in the words of Gro Harlem Brundtland: "The separation between domestic and international health problems is no longer useful, as over two million people cross international borders every single day. This is an accelerating trend, and it is not likely to be reversed."
The present medical curriculum on the whole neglects the international character of health care. NVMP, among other organizations, is represented in the Global Health Education Project and tries to get the project accepted in the medical curriculum by providing educational materials on global health and human rights education, stressing conflict prevention and mediation. Teachers from medical faculties and affiliated hospitals are asked for their cooperation. The project has experienced some slight setbacks but has got an important impulse with Herman Spanjaard as coordinator of activities and contact with universities since summer 2004.
Contacts: there are continued contacts with Parliamentarians, Ministries, NGO's etc.
Annual report 2003, Norwegian Physicians against Nuclear Weapons (NLA)
This is a short version of our annual report.
NLA has 924 personal members, among them about 800 physicians and 120 medical students.
The board: There have been nine board meetings, seven as telephone meetings, one meeting in Tromsø on March 15, and one in Oslo together with the council on November 21. There are approved minutes from all board meetings.
The council: The council exists of some 20 members and acts as an advisory board.
Student groups: NLA has active student groups in all four Norwegian universities, Oslo, Bergen, Trondheim and Tromsø.
Journal: In 2003 there were three issues of our journal "Norske Leger mot Atomvåpen". The journal is distributed to all members, to medical and common libraries , and to some newspapers. The editor is Heidi Grønseth, medical student, Bergen.
Web-page: You find the NLA web-page on www.legermotatomvapen.no. The editor is board member Klaus Melf from Tromsø, and the web-master is Karl Hilt, medical student, Trondheim.
Information campaign: A group of board members have during 2003 worked on a campaign to reinforce our activities to inform the public about nuclear weapons issues. The work is to be continued.
Annual assembly 2003: The annual assembly 2003 was held in Tromsø on March 15-16.
Collaboration with other NGOs: NLA is a member of the Norwegian Peace Council and of Abolition 2000. We have also joined the coalition of several Norwegian political and other organizations called "The Peace Initiative - No War on Iraq". NLA collaborates with "No Nuclear Weapons" (Nei til Atomvåpen) and The national Pugwash committee in arranging meetings and making contacts with MPs and the government on disarmament issues.
Dialogue with decision makers
NLA has joined a Nordic group that has taken responsibility for continuation and coordination of the IPPNW program for Seminars and Dialogue with decision makers in the nuclear weapons states and NATO. The persons responsible for this in our board are Ellen-Ann Antal and Bjørn Hilt. In 2003 the program received NOK 60,000 funding from the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign affairs. One student from NLA participated at a dialogue seminar at the US embassy in London on November 10, 2003. For that occasion we also sponsored the participation of dr. Zita Makoi from the Hungarian affiliate.
Nuclear Weapons Inheritance Project: Medical students from NLA are actively contributing to the international student project NWIP with representatives at meetings in Delhi in March and in Islamabad in November 2003.
Continuing Collateral damage: NLA took part in the coordinated global launch of the Medact medical report "Continuing Collateral Damage" on November 11, 2003.
European IPPNW meeting in London Nov 8-9, 2003: One physician, two students from NLA participated.
Nordic seminar on information about nuclear weapons
Two physicians and four medical students participated in a Nordic seminar arranged by the Swedish (SLMK) and Finnish affiliates of IPPNW on the Åland islands September 19-21, 2003.
During 2003 representatives from NLA participated on 16 international and national meetings about peace and disarmament, and published about 20 contributions in newspapers and journals. We are also active writing letters and making other forms of contacts to our government and other politicians, and to foreign embassies about nuclear weapons issues, peace and disarmament.
Trondheim February, 2004, Bjørn Hilt, Leader and IC of NLA.
SLMK (IPPNW Sweden)
is running some major projects over a couple of years. These are:
The dialogue project where SLMK has organised meetings in Russia together with the Russian affiliate and in India and Pakistan with the affiliates there. SLMK has also been represented at other dialogue meetings in London, Paris, Brussels etc,
The Nuclear Weapons inheritance project initiated by SLMK has been running for a couple of years with more and more international participation. A printed report from the project will be brought by the
students to Beijing.
The Human Factor project has been developed together with the Russian affiliate and a booklet will be brought to Beijing where the future of the project will be discussed.
Together with PSR Nepal SLMK has applied for SIDA money to support the Nepalese activities and a regional offfice in Kathmandu. The office has already started and SLMK has invested in office equipment.
SLMK is also active in the NPT meetings and has also, together with other professionals against nuclear weapons, started a project going on up to the 2005 NPT conferens with different meetings and workshops in different cities in Sweden and an international conference in February with Dr Hans Blix as keynote speaker.
"Learn about nuclear weapons" is a webb based information material to which affiliates are wellcome to link their websites. It will be prensented further in Beijing. Now available in Swedish and English.
Later also in Russian. You can fins it on our webb page www.slmk.org
SLMK and Finnish PSR arranged a Nordic meeting last automn on the island of Åland in order to educate doctors and students so that they could inform others about the nuclear weapons problems.
The Finnish affiliate
-the annual PSR-Finland award was given to the director of Action on Smoking and Health; in the ceremony she and a PSR-Finland active gave lectures on tobacco industry and doctors and tobacco
-we took part in organising a diploma course on Global Health for medical students from Finland and developing countries, together with other NGO's, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, medical societies and universities
-a report on the health effects of climate change was written in collaboration with Friends of the Earth
-four new projects were designed by our development cooperation division, and the applications were finally sent to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs
- actively working on preparing the next World Congress!!
The first part of the year was dedicated to a campaign against the nuclear plants. The issue was debated in the light of a national referendum that took place on May 18th. On that day, the majority of the swiss population voted in favour of the nuclear plant. In the course of the campaign, PSR/IPPNW-CH took actively part in several public actions. The major effort was in the organisation of a congress in the city of Basle. The title of the congress was "Health Consequences of Chernobyl in children". Publications in relation to this congress appeared in the Swiss Medical Weekly and the journal Cardinale (see
On October 2nd, as part of Switzerland contribution to the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty, a seismic station is officially opened in the mountain resort of Davos. This station is able to register vibrations in relation to earthquakes and to differentiate the associated signals from those originating from underground testing of nuclear bombs. This station is part of a
worldwide network including 120 stations and is the 9th entering in function. PSR/IPPNW-CH was invited to the opening ceremony.
Active participation in th activities of the NGO "Mayors for Peace". Four additional swiss cities are recruted to be part of the mouvement for the abolition of nuclear weapon.
Active participation in Teramo (Italy) at the IPPNW Mediterranean Commission. The project Medical Road Map is particularly worked up. An initiative on that issue allows one member of the Board, Arthur Muhl, to participate at the Geneva Conference dedicated to the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians in December.
Brief report from Turkish Affiliate.
Executive Board exists of 7 members
As "an NGO network for health and peace", we had a press conference on the 5th of August on the anniversary of test ban treaty and Hiroshima bombing with the Consumers Rights Association (one of the largest NGOs in Turkey with more than 10000 members) and the Cankaya District of Ankara Municipality whose new Major is a physician and our member. Cankaya is the biggest district and center of Turkey with a million population and where all the capital's institutions are located -- President's Palace, Parliament, Ministries, etc. Cankaya has had progressive municipality administrations till now and has hosted many of our activities. We are hoping a more active term with the new major, as the press release declared a demand of nuclear free zone in Turkey and Greater Middle East starting from within the borders of Cankaya. Press declaration also demanded ending of occupation, human rights abuses, violence, terrorism and war in Iraq and the region. Cankaya is also participating in WHO's Healthy Cities Project and can be a candidate for Major's for Peace.
NUSED supports "health for all" public health policies in collaboration with NGOs like Consumers' Rights Association. Every year on the 3rd of November since 1990 commemorates Prof. Nusret Fisek the founder of community medicine and socialized health system in Turkey with a forum followed by a "peace concert" and a reception. Last year Boztok gave a presentation and monitored the forum on "Significance of Community Medicine and Socialized Health Services Law Today". Cankaya Municipality hosted the activity.
NUSED organized a panel discussion on "How the State and Community Can Collaborate to Prevent Terrorism" on the anniversary of the assassination of the journalist and lawyer Ugur Mumcu (NGO network activities week for Justice and Peace, January 2004). The panel were academicians and parliamentarians, Cankaya Municipality participated and provided the meeting venue.
Ass. Prof. Mustafa Kibaroglu of Bilkent University International Relations Dept., gave a conference for NUSED and Association of Middle East Technical University Academic Staff on "Nuclear Power and Turkey" on 31 March 2004, presenting scientific analysis that Turkey does not need nuclear power and NATO weapons should be eliminated and plant construction policies abandoned.
NUSED Int. Councilor Boztok visited President of Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus on 19 May 2004 with his Cypriot colleagues to express support of health professionals for justice, peace and human rights in Cyprus. NUSED joined NGO network campaign led by Eastern provinces of Turkey against Metzamor nuclear plant in Armenia.
Participation in European Congress in London last year was an important opportunity especially to follow up IPPNW efforts in Middle East and to contribute to dialogue with decision makers as IPPNW teams to Pakistani and Indian Embassies and to MPs in House of Commons.
I plan to attend Beijing Congress particularly to Middle East Medical Road Map Development meetings and would offer Turkey as a venue again for IPPNW activities as this had a start in Antalya in March 2002.