SECOND MEETING OF STATES PARTIES TO THE TREATY ON THE PROHIBITION OF NUCLEAR WEAPONS

The Second Meeting of States Parties to the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons will be held from November 27 to December 1, 2023, at United Nations Headquarters in New York.

The Nuclear Age Peace Foundation is organizing and participating in plenary sessions and numerous side events throughout the week. We are working with diplomats and colleagues from other civil society organizations, as well as activists from our youth initiative, Reverse the Trend, Save Our Planet, Save Our People on these events. Please check out our events below and return here for updates, recordings, and more.

Team NAPF at the United Nations Headquarters in New York City in 2022

“In the midst of so much darkness and division in our world, as well as decades of inaction on nuclear disarmament – an existential imperative for humanity – the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons and the Second Meeting of States Parties to the treaty are a shining light and a glimmer of hope that we can indeed create a better world for our children and grandchildren – one that is free of nuclear weapons.”

Dr. Ivana Nikolić Hughes
President, Nuclear Age Peace Foundation

NAPF Side Events Details

ICAN Campaigners Meeting

Sunday, November 26: ICAN Campaigners Meeting
10:00AM to 05:00PM
Brick Church

This one-day meeting will prepare ICAN partners for the second Meeting of States Parties (2MSP) to the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW). It will offer time and space for key thematic updates related to the implementation of the TPNW, including advances around the Scientific and Technical Advisory Group (SAG), efforts to implement the victim assistance and environmental remediation obligations of the treaty (Articles 6 & 7), progress in universalising the TPNW, and the state of play regarding the groundbreaking 50-point action plan committed to by the first meeting of states parties in June 2022.

Our President, Dr. Ivana Nikolić Hughes, who is a member of the SAG, will speack about the group’s activities since it was constituted in March of this year, including plans for future work.

Monday, November 27: International Youth Orientation
08:30AM to 09:45AM
The Mission of Ireland

The event will feature a keynote address from the Ambassador of Ireland. Youth will have the opportunity to speak with 2MSP attendees and learn how members from different sectors of government and civil society plan to tackle the week ahead! Youth participants will also have the opportunity to hear about the different side events and the plenary meeting schedule so that they can better formulate how to gain the most out of their experience at the conference, prevent burnout from the plethora of event offerings, and navigate between event locations at the UN and in New York City at large!

Historically, Ireland has played a historic role in educating and empowering young leaders in the field of disarmament. This year, Ireland serves on the Coordinating Committee and as Co-Chair of the Complementarity Working Group for 2MSP. Hence, we are proud to host this training and orientation with The Mission of Ireland for a second time.

Please RSVP here!

International Youth Orientation
Discussion of TPNW’s Positive Obligations

Monday, November 27: Discussion of TPNW’s Positive Obligations
1:15PM to 2:30PM
Trusteeship Council, UN Headquarters

Sponsors : Kiribati, Kazakhstan, Prefecture of Hiroshima, Nuclear Age Peace Foundation, Reverse The Trend: Save Our People, Save Our Planet, Marshallese Educational Initiative, and Rotary Action Group for Peace: Nuclear Weapons Education Committee

Kiribati and Kazakhstan serve as the Co-Chairs of the Working Group on Victim Assistance, Environmental Remediation, International Cooperation and Assistance. High-Level Representatives from both states, plus Governor Hidehiko Yuzaki of Hiroshima; Bonnie Docherty, Director of the Armed Conflict and Civilian Protection Initiative, Lecturer on Law at Harvard Law School’s International Human Rights Clinic; Benetick Kabua Maddison, Executive Director, Marshallese Educational Initiative; Dr. Ivana Nikolic Hughes, Member of the Scientific Advisory Group to the TPNW and President of the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation; and Veronique Christory, Senior Arms Adviser, ICRC Delegation to the UN

A light lunch will be served beforehand.

Tuesday, November 28: Humanitarian Impacts of Nuclear Weapons — An Introduction
01:00PM to 02:00PM
866 United Nations Plaza #120 / Hybrid

Signs of hope are found in 93 nations that have signed the new Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW). This trajectory resulted from a commitment made at the UN in 2010 to consider the impact of production, testing and use of nuclear weapons from the perspective of emergency responders, public health and sustainable development. The Humanitarian initiative is rooted in the hearts and minds of so many seeking a nuclear-weapons-free world dating back to 1945, in New Mexico, Hiroshima, and Nagasaki and so many other places.

Speakers include: Carlos Umaña, MD, Co-President, International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War (IPPNW); Cathey Eisner Falvo, MD, MPH, Board Member, Physicians for Social Responsibility, New York; Mary Olson, Founder, Gender and Radiation Impact Project; Vic McKellips, RSF Social Finance; Frances Jeffries, PhD, Moderator, Rotary Action Group for Peace Nuclear Weapons Education Committee. Nuclear Age Peace Foundation is proud to co-sponsor this important event.

Registration is required for attendance—in person; seating is limited to 40. Joining via zoom is an option, and also requires registration here.

Please RSVP here!

Humanitarian Impacts of Nuclear Weapons — An Introduction
ASEAN Regional Perspectives on the TPNW

Tuesday, November 28: ASEAN Regional Perspectives on the TPNW
01:15PM to 02:30PM
780 3rd Ave

On 15 December 1995, ASEAN Member States signed the Southeast Asian Nuclear Weapon-Free Zone Treaty (SEANWFZ Treaty) as a commitment to preserve the Southeast Asian region as a region free of nuclear and other weapons of mass destruction. The region’s history demonstrates that far more can be gained through cooperation than through conflict. As a result, it is imperative that the ASEAN region unite around the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW), which complements the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty by closing the missing legal gap on nuclear disarmament.

At this event, representatives from Malaysia and Thailand, two representatives of our youth initiative, Reverse the Trend, and a Lecturer at the Institute of International Studies of the Universitas Gadjah Mada will be discussing enhancing global security through a reinforced commitment to nuclear disarmament, with a particular emphasis on the TPNW.

Tuesday, November 28: Nuclear-Free Future Awards & “Hope for a Better Tomorrow” Art Exhibit
06:00PM to 09:00PM
Blue Gallery, 222 E 46th St

Sponsors: Beyond Nuclear, IPPNW, Nuclear Age Peace Foundation, Reverse The Trend, Marshallese Educational Initiative, and The Prospect Hill Foundation

Inspired by the World Uranium Hearing in 1992, the Nuclear-Free Future Awards were first presented in 1998 in Salzburg, Austria and have traveled around the world for 25 years. The Nuclear-Free Future Awards honor individuals and initiatives worldwide that have made a significant contribution toward ridding the world of uranium mining, nuclear weapons, nuclear power and uranium munitions.

Hosted this year by Beyond Nuclear and International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War, Germany (IPPNW-DE) in partnership with Nuclear Age Peace Foundation (NAPF) and Reverse the Trend (RTT), the ceremony presents these awards alongside a brief yet poignant art exhibition. All works of art are original creations by youth from countries such the Marshall Islands, Kiribati, and Kazakhstan. This exhibit draws attention to the intergenerational effects of nuclear testing on populations across the globe, the impacts and exacerbations of these issues caused by climate change, and art’s unique ability to empower youth voices and construct a deeper sense of international solidarity.

The three activist awards come with a $5,000 prize. This year’s winners are:

  • Tina Cordova, a seventh generation native New Mexican, cancer survivor and the co-founder of the Tularosa Basin Downwinders Consortium. Cordova has campaigned for more than 18 years to bring attention to the negative health effects suffered by the unknowing, unwilling, uncompensated, innocent victims of the first nuclear blast on Earth that took place at the Trinity site in New Mexico.
  • Benetick Kabua Maddison, a young US-based Marshallese activist who works to educate both US and international audiences about the terrible legacy of the 67 US atomic tests conducted in the Marshall Islands between 1946 and 1958 and the ongoing health, environmental, and cultural consequences.
  • Hinamoeura Morgant-Cross, a French Polynesian in her mid thirties, whose realization that her own leukemia was a legacy of the French atomic tests in the South Pacific led her to activism. In her efforts, she has been pressuring the French government to both acknowledge responsibility and to provide medical and financial support.

Please RSVP here!

Nuclear-Free Future Awards & “Hope for a Better Tomorrow” Art Exhibit
“Shades of Disarmament” Film Premiere

Wednesday, November 29: “Shades of Disarmament” Film Premiere
07:00PM to 09:00PM
The Clemente Center

“Shades of Disarmament” is an original short documentary produced by our youth initiative Reverse the Trend and its supporters, highlighting activists of color who were present at the 1982 Rally on Nuclear Disarmament. The film sheds light on the intersectional relationship between the struggles for environmental justice, social justice, and human rights. “Shades of Disarmament” focuses on the necessity of including diverse voices – many of whom were marginalized during the march and rally – in the disarmament movement.

This film screening will serve as both the public launch of a uniquely grassroots film about a uniquely grassroots mass movement from the 1980s and an important point of access for engaging with nuclear weapons issues today. The timing of this launch is particularly synergistic for its coordination with the United Nation’s hosting of the 2nd Meeting of States Party to the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (aka the TPNW or the “Ban Treaty”).

Please RSVP here!

Thursday, November 30: From Hiroshima to the Pacific
01:15PM to 02:30PM
Trusteeship Council UN Headquarters

Co-sponsored by the Mission of Kiribati, Nuclear Age Peace Foundation, Reverse The Trend: Save Our People, Save Our Planet, Marshallese Educational Initiative, and The Prospect Hill Foundation, this event will allow speakers to share their perspectives on the humanitarian and environmental impacts of nuclear weapons and the significance of Articles 6 and 7 of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons in relation to the lasting effects of nuclear detonations, from Hiroshima to the Pacific. Chairing the event will be H.E. Ambassador Teburoro Tito of Kiribati.

From Hiroshima to the Pacific
Screening of The Vow from Hiroshima at Columbia University

Thursday, November 30: Screening of “The Vow from Hiroshima” and Q&A with Setsuko Thurlow at Columbia University
05:15PM to 07:00PM
Lerner Hall: Roone Alredge Cinema, Columbia University, 2920 Broadway

The Vow From Hiroshima is an intimate portrait of Setsuko Thurlow, a survivor of the atomic bomb in Hiroshima. She was 13 years old when the atomic bomb was dropped on her city in 1945. Setsuko was miraculously pulled out of a fiery building after the bomb was dropped and unable to save her other 27 classmates who were burned to death alive. That experience shaped her life forever and she endeavored to keep a pledge she made to her friends – that no one should ever again experience the same horrible fate. The film follows Setsuko through her decades of activism up to the current moment when she finally achieves her dream of a Nuclear Weapons Ban Treaty. Her moving story is also told through the lens of her growing friendship with a second-generation survivor, Mitchie Takeuchi.

A Q&A with Setsuko Thurlow herself will follow the screening. Registration is required for all non-Columbia attendees and can be completed here.

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