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PSR & World Medical Association Work To Ban Nuclear Weapons!

Posted by Theresa Shaffer on October 14, 2014

Dr. Ira Helfand, representing PSR and IPPNW, has spearheaded the effort to amend the World Medical Association Statement on Nuclear Weapons adopted in October 1998. He has been tirelessly working in Durban, South Africa towards this important step to advocate the ban of nuclear weapons due to their humanitarian impact.

Below is the proposed WMA statement with Dr. Helfand’s proposed revision underlined and in bold:

The WMA Declarations of Geneva, of Helsinki and of Tokyo make clear the duties and responsibilities of the medical profession to preserve and safeguard the health of the patient and to consecrate itself to the service of humanity. The WMA considers that it has a duty to work for the elimination of nuclear weapons.

Therefore the WMA:

  • condemns the development, testing, production, stockpiling, transfer, deployment, threat and use of nuclear weapons;
  • requests all governments to refrain from the development, testing, production, stockpiling, transfer, deployment, threat and use of nuclear weapons and to work in good faith towards the elimination of nuclear weapons;
  • advises all governments that even a limited nuclear war would have catastrophic effects on the world’s food supply and would put a significant proportion of the world’s population at risk from a nuclear famine; and
  • requests all National Medical Associations to join the WMA in supporting this Declaration, use available educational resources to educate the general public and to urge their respective governments to work towards the elimination of nuclear weapons.

The collaboration among PSR, IPPNW, and WMA is necessary to bring about a Nuclear Ban Treaty making ALL weapons of mass destruction illegal. This statement represents a crucial step towards achieving the goal of eliminating the global nuclear weapons arsenal to ensure the safety of the international community.


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