In September 2017, Medact and the International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War (IPPNW) are bringing together health and peace organisations from across the world to debate, educate and advocate for peace-building, social justice, and demilitarisation. We will be discussing the root causes of war, conflict and violence across expert-led panels, workshops and academic sessions.
Health Through Peace 2017 provides a unique opportunity for delegates to join hundreds of health care providers, students and peace activists at the University of York. Across a three-day programme, you will have the chance to network with key organisations and leaders in the fields of peace, health and nuclear abolition.
Registration is now open.
In partnership with:
Other confirmed speakers include:
Paul Ingram British American Security Information CouncilElayne Whyte Costa Rica Ban Treaty negotiating teamTasneem Khalil Grey TypeHelen Durham ICRCFrances Hughes International Council of NursesDr Ira Helfand IPPNWAkira Kawasaki IPPNW JapanCarlos Umana IPPNW Latin AmericaDr Anastasia Medvedeva IPPNW RussiaArun Mitra IPPNW South AsiaDr Bob Dodge IPPNW USAAndre Heller Perache Médecins Sans FrontièresProfessor Tilman Ruff Nossal Institute for Global Health, University of Melbourne
The latest programme for the central three days of the conference, Monday 4th – Wednesday 6th September 2017, is available below.
Please be aware that we will be continually developing this programme over the coming months – and more details will be added as sessions and speakers are confirmed.
There will be further congressional meetings for IPPNW delegates on Sunday 3rd and Thursday 7th September. For more information on these please contact your regional affiliate.
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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 (TBC) Costa Rica Ban Treaty negotiating teamDr Rebecca Johnson Acronym InstituteHelen Durham ICRCNick Ritchie University of YorkElayne Whyte Costa Rica Ban Treaty Negotiation Team
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.
2B – Second Plenary Panel Discussion
1100 – 1300
Counter-terrorism and the erosion of ethics and International Humanitarian Law
Fifteen years since a “war on terror” was declared by the United States, we can clearly see evidence of an erosion of international humanitarian law norms in the practice of targeted bombings of hospitals; attacks on humanitarian workers; detention without trial and torture; and extra-judicial killings. This session will examine the flouting of IHL and ethical norms by western democracies, and how this has encouraged other regimes to new levels of repression and corruption. The international health community has an important contribution to make in defending and reasserting the critical role of IHL and ethical norms in the conduct of war, conflict and violence; and strengthening the mandate and agency of the UN in upholding international law.
2C/D – Parallel Academic Sessions
1400 – 1730
New weapons and technologies
Health and security
Gender and conflict
International humanitarian law and health under fire
International security and the history of warfare
The ban treaty and international humanitarian law
The atomic weapons establishment
Climate change and conflict
Militarism and culture
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
Building the progressive health movement
This session will provide a series of examples of how individuals and organisations from the health community can act to build peace and resist the drivers of violence.
3B – First Parallel Workshops
1130 – 1300
3Bii - Don't bank on the bomb: a divestment-worthy campaign
3Biii - Campaigning against Trident in Parliament and within political parties (part 1)
Parliament may have voted to replace Trident in 2016, but the issue is by no means closed. There remain a significant number of MPs who oppose the move and continue to hold the Government to account and raise these important issues. In addition, the Labour Party and Liberal Democrats have recently undertaken Trident policy reviews and both parties have strong grass-roots anti-Trident sentiment. This session will explore how to help shift attitudes and policy on Trident.
3Biv - Gender and peacebuilding (part 1)
3Bv - Progressive publishing
3Bvi - Mobilising against war and conflict (part 1)
3Bvii - Rethinking security in an age of rising nationalism and migration
with more TBA
3C – Second Parallel Workshops
1400 – 1530
3Cii - Flashpoints for nuclear war: where and how have the risks increased?
3Ciii - Campaigning against Trident within trade unions (part 2)
The vast majority of trade unions, including the TUC and Scottish TUC, oppose nuclear weapons and want to see the money that’s currently spent on Trident invested in social priority areas such as health and education. There is also strong support for a defence diversification agency and policy to put in place sustainable employment alternatives across the economy. This session will explore current thinking and research on diversification and how the unions can make a difference.
3Civ - Gender and peacebuilding (part 2)
3Cv - Militarisation and conflict (part 1)
3Cvi - Mobilising against war and conflict (part 2)
with more TBA
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 - Campaigning against Trident in civil society (part 3)
A wide range of organisations across civil society oppose nuclear weapons and joined CND in campaigning against the replacement of Trident. Faith groups, local authority representatives, trade unions, anti-austerity groups, and many other groups have been campaigning throughout the country. Each group has a unique perspective on how to reach different audiences and make their voice heard. This session will explore how to extend this alliance and reach out into wider sections of society.
3Div - Gender and peacebuilding (part 3)
3Dv - Militarisation and conflict (part 2)
3Dvi - Mobilising against war and conflict (part 3)
with more TBA
The Conference will take place at the University of York, Heslington West Campus.
The full address is:
University of York
If you are choosing to use public transport, the nearest train station is York Railway Station. Once disembarking at York, the 44 or 66 bus to the University are the most convenient way to get to the campus. Alternatively there is a taxi stand at the station.
The nearest major airports are Leeds Bradford Airport (30 miles away) or Manchester Airport (85 miles away). From Leeds Bradford Airport it is easiest to get a taxi transfer, but from Manchester there is a direct train from Manchester Airport to York railway station.
On-site accommodation will be located at James College on the Heslington West campus.
This will be available to book during the registration process at a very reasonable cost.
A mixture of ensuite and shared bathroom rooms will be available to book and will include free wifi and tea/coffee making facilities. Your booking will also include a full Deliciously Yorkshire breakfast and evening meal.
Should you wish to dine out and experience the city of York, self catering options are also available.
Other Accommodation Options
If you would prefer not to stay on campus, or if you require a double/twin bedroom, York has a wealth of accommodation options. The Visit York website lists many of these.
Unless you are driving, hotels that are a short walk from the 44 or 66 bus routes to the University are the most convenient.
Open online Wednesday, 19 October 2016 – Friday, 25 August 2017
Early bird rates end Monday, 31 March 2017
Conference fees include all refreshments and lunch. Supporter tickets provide delegates the opportunity to help us subsidise the attendance of people with limited financial means.
|Early Bird Rates||General||Medact Member||Student||Supporter|
|Conference – 1 day||£65.00||£60.00||£40.00||£150.00|
|Conference – 2 days||£130.00||£120.00||£80.00||£300.00|
|Conference – 3 days||£166.00||£153.00||£102.00||£350.00|
|IPPNW Council – 2 days||£104.00||£96.00||£64.00||N/A|
|Conference – 3 days and IPPNW Council – 2 days||£270.00||£249.00||£166.00||£600.00|
Fees are per person per night. Ensuite and Shared bathroom rates include breakfast and dinner. Lunch, tea and coffee for all delegates is included in the conference fee above.
|Early Bird Rates||General||Student|
|Ensuite and meals||£80.00||£65.00|
|Shared bathroom and meals||£60.00||£50.00|
To register, please visit the booking page.
For any enquires related to registration, please contact the registration organisers via:
Medact C/O Mosaic Events Ltd. Tower House Mill Lane, off Askham Fields Lane Askham Bryan York, UK, YO23 3NU
Tel: (+44) 01904 702165
Call for Papers
We are now accepting submissions of abstracts for oral and poster presentations relating to the following themes and topics:
|Drivers of War and Conflict||The Conduct and Consequences of War, Conflict and Violence||Peacebuilding and Conflict Resolution|
|Militarism and cultures of violence||The refugee and migrant crisis||Arms control and disarmament|
|Structural violence and neoliberal globalisation as a driver of war and conflict||Health care under fire||Mediation and conflict resolution|
|Racism, hate, misogyny and the rise of the right||Gender, violence and conflict||Gender and peacebuilding|
|The military industrial complex and the arms trade||Health effects||Institution-building and sustainable peace|
|Global governance and mitigating violent conflict||Ethics and contemporary war, including new weapons and technologies||Atrocity prevention and the future of the ‘responsibility to protect’|
|Climate change and conflict||The securitisation of health||Civil society and peacebuilding|
To submit an abstract, or a suggestion for a session theme or topic, please complete a copy of the following form:
Once completed, please email to:
- Like stepping back into the middle ages, the overhanging timber-framed houses and traditional shopfronts of The Shambles makes it one of the UK’s most historic (and picturesque) streets.
- You can’t miss York Minster, one of the largest cathedrals in Northern Europe and also one of the most beautiful Gothic churches in the world.
- There’s Viking heritage too, as York – then called Jorvik – was once the capital of a Viking territory. You can head back in time to learn more and experience the sights, sounds and smells of the time at the immersive Jorvik Viking Centre.
- Uncover 300 years of railway history, climb aboard restored locomotives and browse some of the 1 million train-related artefacts at the free National Railway Museum.
With hundreds of things to do and places to visit in and around the historic city of York and North Yorkshire.
Please visit www.visityork.org for more information and to plan your trip.
IPPNW Bike Tour
The IPPNW Student body will be organising a bike tour from Faslane in Scotland – where the UK’s Trident Nuclear submarines are based – to the conference in York.
The route includes the famous Coasts & Castles path from Edinburgh to Newcastle – one of the most well-loved routes of the UK’s National Cycle Network.
August 26th – September 2nd
For more details and to register, visit: the IPPNW Student Movement site