An Affiliate of International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War (IPPNW) Recipient of Noble Peace Prize, 1985

Report of 21st World Congress of IPPNW
25th to 30th August 2014, Astana, Kazakhstana

A 38 member delegation of Indian Doctors for Peace and Development (IDPD) participated in the 21st world congress of International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War (IPPNW) held at Astana, the capital of Kazakhstan on the theme FROM NUCLEAR TEST BAN TO NUCLEAR WEAPON FREE WORLD from 25th to 30th August 2014. The delegation included members from Punjab-17, Maharashtra 6, Andhra Praesh-1, Madhya Pradesh-1, Manipur-5, Jammu-5, Delhi-3. The delegation included 14 medical students. IDPD delegation was the largest. The congress decided to intensify the campaign to abolish nuclear weapons and to check the proliferation of small arms so that the wasteful expenditure is diverted to healthcare. The delegation also visited Semey and Kurchatov, the site of 467 nuclear detonations during the cold war period. The congress debated upon the Humanitarian Impact of Nuclear Weapons; Medical and Ecological Consequences of Nuclear Test; Armed Violence as a Public Health Crisis; Biomedical and ecological consequences of nuclear tests at Semipalatinsk nuclear test site;The Impact of the Nuclear Chain on Health,the Environment, and Security; Defining a Political and Diplomatic Process for Nuclear Abolition; Multi-media celebration of IPPNW activism. Some of the important workshops included Nuclear Famine; The Global Arms Trade: South/North mapping of the cycle of gun violence; Health Effects of the Fukushima Disaster; Health effects of Ionizing Radiation; Promises and Lies: The Pathophysiology of War in the 21th Century; Educating health professionals in peace and disarmament work.

Dr Arun Mitra and Dr Helmut Lohrer chaired the session on The Pathophysiology of War in 21st Century. Mrs Amarjeet Kaur was the key speaker along with Dr Christoph Kreamer. Dr Santokh Singh intervened effectively in the plenary on The Impact of the Nuclear Chain on Health the Environment, and Security.

The South Asian delegates held a separate meeting and decided to hold a seminar in first week of November in Kathmandu and lobby with SAARC leaders before the upcoming summit in Kathmandu in late November. It was decided to hold South Asian regional meeting of the IPPNW in Dhaka in first week of March 2015. Dr M Nara Singh chaired the South Asian regional meeting. Students gave an audio visual presentation about activities of IDPD in the plenary session on the last day of the congress. Their presentation was highly appreciated. The congress passed resolutions demanding end to the conflict in Ukraine and Middle East. The upcoming events in which IPPNW decided to actively participated include ICAN Civil Society Forum in Vienna on 6 and 7 December 2014 and International Seminar on uranium mining in Quebec on 5 and 6 April 2015.

Dr Arun Mitra was re-elected as the member of the board of IPPNW.

Dr Arun Mitra
General Secretary