Conference Programme

4th – 6th September

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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 Tilman Ruff Nossal Institute for Global Health, University of Melbourne

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?

John Loretz IPPNWXanthe Hall IPPNW Germany

Dr Bob Dodge IPPNW USADr Anastasia Medvedeva IPPNW RussiaKate Hudson CND-UKArun Mitra IPPNW South AsiaDr Alex Rosen IPPNW GermanyAkira Kawasaki IPPNW JapanCarlos Umana IPPNW Latin America


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.

Professor Paul Rogers Oxford Research Group, with others TBA


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

with break

Nuclear famine

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New weapons and technologies

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Health and security

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Gender and conflict

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International humanitarian law and health under fire

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International security and the history of warfare

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The ban treaty and international humanitarian law

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The atomic weapons establishment

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Climate change and conflict

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Militarism and culture

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* If you are interested in contributing to the academic programme, please see the call for papers

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
3Bi – Ban treaty implementation: nuclear-armed states
3Bii – Don't bank on the bomb: a divestment-worthy campaign

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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.

Kate Hudson CND-UK

3Biv – Gender and peacebuilding (part 1)

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3Bv – Progressive publishing
3Bvi – Mobilising against war and conflict (part 1)

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3Bvii – Rethinking security in an age of rising nationalism and migration

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3C – Second Parallel Workshops

1400 – 1530
3Ci – Ban treaty implementation: nuclear-dependent states
3Cii – Flashpoints for nuclear war: where and how have the risks increased?

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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)

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3Cv – Militarisation and conflict (part 1)

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3Cvi – Mobilising against war and conflict (part 2)

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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?

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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)

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3Dv – Militarisation and conflict (part 2)

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3Dvi – Mobilising against war and conflict (part 3)

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Closing Plenary

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For registration and other details, please visit the main conference page