Peace Conference Vienna – Give Peace A Chance!

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Date(s) - Sunday - Jun 19, 2022
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Wilhelmine Moik Hall, ÖGB Catamaran


IPB together with AbFaNG and the Women’s International League for Peace & Freedom Austria invites you to our Peace Conference in Vienna on June 19, accompanying the 1st UN Conference of partner states ot the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons.  

JUNE 19, 2022  |  5 TO 10 PM

Registration is requested:

Give Peace a Chance! sang John Lennon and Yoko Ono more than 50 years ago. Today this call for peace is more urgent than ever. The climate and environmental crisis, increasing inequality, the intensified global military and armed drone operations, the militarization of the EU, and the multiple regional wars require one joint effort of peace, environmental, and climate movements for peace and the renunciation of violence and to save our planet. The entry into force of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons in January 2021 is a beacon of hope for all people in actual conflicts and crises. Disarmament and arms conversion are essential elements of the necessary transformation into one eco-social, fit for
the future development of society.

5:00 pm Opening of the exhibition and welcome

Moderator: Katerina Anastasiou (Austria), transform! europe, AbFaNG

Accompanying Exhibition by peace and environmental organisations

6:00 Welcome

Voices for Peace from Ukraine and Russia

Video message from Yurii Sheliazhenko (Ukraine), Executiv Secretary, Ukrainian Pacifist Movement, and Oleg Bodrov (Russia), ecologist, chairman of the Public Council of the Southern Shore of the Gulf of Finland

6:30 pm Lectures

The Nuclear Weapons Ban Treaty: Opportunities and Next Step

Rebecca Johnson (UK), Peace activist, co-founder of ICAN (International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons), Director and Founderof the Acronym Institute for Disarmament Diplomacy

Nuclear weapons and health, viewed globally – Prevention of medical and humanitarian dangers

Klaus Renoldner (Austria), physician, President of IPPNW (International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War) Austria

From nuclear testing to implementing a nuclear ban treaty:
Meaning of Peace for Pacific Islands

Vanessa Griffen (Fidji Islands), Pacific ICAN activist, Associate of Pacific Network on Globalisation (PANG) on TPNW; feminist and gender and development specialist

Peace, Security and Climate & Environmental Crisis

Michael Müller (Germany), Federal Chairman of the Friends of Nature in Germany, retired State Secretary

The international trade union movement and peace

Philip Jennings (UK), former General Secretary of UNI Global Union/ITUC (International Trade Union Confederation), Co-President of the IPB (International Peace Bureau)

8:00 pm Panel Discussion

Cooperation of peace and environmental movements – Way to an eco-social society?

Representative of the Austrian Federal Ministry for European and International Affairs (BMEIA)
Helga Kromp-Kolb, environmental meteorologist, fwu
Phill Gittins, Education Director WBW (World beyond War)
Sharan Burrow, ITUC General Secretary
Alessandro Capuzzo, Trieste Non-Nuclear Movement
Heinz Gärtner, political scientist, OIIP (Austrian Institute for International Affairs)

9:00 pm Open Discussion
9:30 pm buffet (end of event 10:00 pm)

After the opening and the lectures, peace songs will be performed by Reinhart Sellner and Timo Brunnbauer.

Agenda is subject to change without notice

Registration is requested: contact[at]
Livestream and Zoom link will be published here.

Languages: English, German
Two professional translators from WILPF (Women‘s International League for Peace and Freedom) will provide simultaneous translation: Helena Nyberg, WILPF Switzerland, and Michaela Leithner, WILPF Austria

Organisation & sponsoring: International Peace Bureau (IPB), Aktionsbündnis für Frieden, aktive Neutralität und Gewaltfreiheit (AbFaNG), Women’s International League for Peace & Freedem Austria (WILPF)

Supported by International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War (IPPNW) Austria, ITUC CSI IGB, Attac, transform! europe, International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) Austria, Forum Wissenschaft und Umwelt (fwu), Austrian Trade Union Federation (ÖGB), Union of International Associations (UIA)

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