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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/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
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
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