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This week in Mexico: 130 nations discuss Humanitarian Impact of Nuclear Weapons

Posted by Ira Helfand, MD on February 11, 2014

The preliminaries to the Second International Conference on the Humanitarian Impacts of Nuclear Weapons got under way today in Nayarit, Mexico. I am here representing both PSR and as Co-President, International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War (IPPNW).

Red Cross Societies from across Latin America and the Caribbean convened for a two day Regional Meeting to discuss implementation of the Red Cross' 4 year action plan to work for the elimination of nuclear weapons. The meeting was also attended by representatives from the Red Cross in Canada, Australia, Nigeria, Lebanon, New Zealand, Norway and Austria.

Masao Tomanaga from JPPNW, PSR's sister IPPNW affiliate in Japan, addressed the meeting this morning on the effects of the nuclear attack on Nagasaki, and I made a presentation on the nuclear famine following limited nuclear war and the medical consequences of large scale nuclear war.

At the same time, 130 energetic campaigners from the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) met just down the street to plan strategy for moving ICAN forward in the next few months.  Both the Red Cross members and many of the ICAN campaigners will be attending the formal government conference--hosted by the government of Mexico--which opens Thursday morning.

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