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Day One – Monday 4th September
1A – Welcome Plenary
0930 – 1100
The Humanitarian Initiative and the Nuclear Weapon Ban Treaty
Negotiations on a new treaty to prohibit nuclear weapons will commence in March 2017. By the time we meet in York, we should know much more about the elements of the treaty and its prospects for completion and adoption. How will the ban treaty address the medical and scientific evidence about the consequences of nuclear weapons? Will it fill the “legal gap” identified in the Humanitarian Pledge? How can the treaty be used to place additional pressure on the nuclear-armed states to eliminate their arsenals?
Dr Ira Helfand IPPNWBeatrice Fihn ICANElayne Whyte Costa Rica Ban Treaty negotiating teamRebecca Johnson Acronym InstituteHelen Durham ICRCProfessor Sir Andrew Haines London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
1B – Second Plenary
1145 – 1300
From prohibition to elimination of nuclear weapons – strategic next steps
State parties to the ban treaty, in partnership with civil society, will face a number of implementation challenges. What positive steps can non-nuclear-armed States take to advance nuclear disarmament? What strategies can be developed within the nuclear-armed States to enforce the new prohibitions? Is there a separate set of strategies in States that are not themselves nuclear-armed, but that enable the nuclear-armed States to avoid their disarmament obligations? How can IPPNW’s medical message further contribute to these next steps?
1C – Afternoon Plenary
1400 – 1600
The structural drivers of war, conflict and violence
Peace cannot be achieved by merely opposing war. This session examines why the peace movement must also mobilise against the drivers of conflict and violence including rising levels of authoritarianism, nationalism and xenophobia; economic inequality; climate change and ecological degradation.
1D – IPPNW Regional Meetings
1630 – 1830
IPPNW will host their regional meetings – incorporating governance, elections for choice of Regional Vice-Presidents, and reports.
There will be time for non-IPPNW delegates to view posters, stalls and meet each other.
Congress Dinner at the National Railway Museum
There will be a full congress dinner hosted at York’s National Railway Museum.
Day Two – Tuesday 5th September
2A – First Plenary Panel Discussion
0900 – 1030
Preventing war and violence – the democratic and civic challenges of peacebuilding
This session will present the perspectives of leading civic thinkers about the challenges facing civic organisations and the general public in building peace.
Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu , with others TBA
2B – Second Plenary Panel Discussion
1100 – 1300
Counter-terrorism and the erosion of ethics and International Humanitarian Law
2C – First Parallel Academic Sessions
1400 – 1530
2Ci - Nuclear famine
2Cii - New weapons and technologies
2Ciii - Health and security
2Civ - Gender and conflict
2Cv - Peacebuilding
2Cvi - Militarism and culture
2D – Second Parallel Academic Sessions
1600 – 1730
2Di - The ban treaty and international humanitarian law
2Dii - The atomic weapons establishment
2Diii - Climate change and conflict
2Div - Gender and conflict
2Dv - International humanitarian law and Health under Fire
2Dvi - International security and the history of warfare
Evening Film Screening:
The Shadow World – Inside the Global Arms Trade
Followed by a panel Q & A with the book’s author Andrew Feinstein
Day Three – Wednesday 6th September
3A – Morning Plenary
0930 – 1100
Political questions and movement building
3B – First Parallel Workshops
1130 – 1300
3Bii - Don't bank on the bomb: a divestment-worthy campaign
3Biv - Gender and peacebuilding (part 1)
3Bv - Progressive publishing
3Bvi - Mobilising against war and conflict (part 1)
3C – Second Parallel Workshops
1400 – 1530
3Cii - Flashpoints for nuclear war: where and how have the risks increased?
3Ciii - Trident: prospects and challenges (part 2)
3Civ - Gender and peacebuilding (part 2)
3Cv - Militarisation and conflict (part 1)
3Cvi - Mobilising against war and conflict (part 2)
3D – Third Parallel Workshops
1545 – 1700
3Di - IPPNW's medical message: moving from prohibition to elimination
3Dii - 21st century nuclear arsenals: who's building what? Who will pay the price?
3Diii - Trident: prospects and challenges (part 3)
3Div - Gender and peacebuilding (part 3)
3Dv - Militarisation and conflict (part 2)
3Dvi - Mobilising against war and conflict (part 3)