We must prohibit and eliminate “global suicide bombs”

IPPNW peace and health blog

IPPNW co-president Ira Helfand (left) addresses the Open-Ended Working Group IPPNW co-president Ira Helfand (second from left) addresses the Open-Ended Working Group in Geneva

[IPPNW co-president Ira Helfand was an expert panelist on the humanitarian impact of nuclear weapons at the UN Open-Ended Working Group (OEWG) taking forward multilateral nuclear disarmament negotiations. Following are his opening remarks during the OEWG session on May 4, 2016, which began with remarks by Hiroshima survivor Setsuko Thurlow.]

Thank you Setsuko for your moving testament to the vast human suffering that the detonation of a nuclear weapon will produce.

And thank you, Mr. Chairman, for the opportunity to review with you today the medical consequences that will result from nuclear war. It is the belief of the International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War, the World Medical Association, the World Federation of Public Health Associations and the International Council of Nurses that a full understanding of the humanitarian impact of nuclear weapons, an…

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