International Physicians For The Prevention Of Nuclear War

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International Physicians For The Prevention Of Nuclear War

International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War (IPPNW) is a global NGO, representing tens of thousands of doctors, medical students, other health workers in more than 60 countries, who share the common goal of creating a more peaceful and secure world freed from the threat of nuclear annihilation. Awarded with the Nobel Peace Prize for its work on nuclear disarmament during the Cold War, IPPNW started to developed the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) in 2005 – a campaign, which now encompasses more than 400 partner organizations in 95 countries and has successfully introduced the humanitarian argument into the nuclear discourse.

Representing IPPNW at the 15th World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates is Dr. Alex Rosen. Dr. Alex Rosen is a pediatrician from Germany. After serving as Vice Chair of the IPPNW Board of Directors for 4 years, he is currently serving as Vice-President of IPPNW Germany. He has been actively involved in the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) since its inception in 2005 and represented IPPNW Germany in the recent Vienna Conference on the Humanitarian Impact of Nuclear Weapons in 2014. He has organized Nuclear Abolition Bike Tours through the UK, Russia, Germany, France and Japan and founded the international public awareness campaign “Target X”. He has worked extensively on the topic of the Nuclear Chain, investigating the impacts of uranium mining, civil and military use of nuclear power and nuclear catastrophes on public health and the environment and created a poster exhibition entitled “Hibakusha Worldwide” which deals with the humanitarian impact of the nuclear chain. He sits on the Environmental Health committee of the Geman Medical Association. Currently, he is organizing an international scientific conference in Berlin entitled “30 years of living with Chernobyl, 5 years of living with Fukushima”. Dr. Rosen also works on the issue of refugee health. In 2008, he founded the local refugee initiative “STAY!” in his hometown of Düsseldorf, organized a network of doctors to provide basic medical services and ran a weekly free outpatient departement for undocument migrants. He also helped lobby for an anonymous health insurance card that guarantees undocumented migrants basic health services and set up a nation-wide website to connect local initiatives providing refugee health services.

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July 5, 2014