Safeguarding Planetary Health, Banning Nuclear Weapons and the First Nobel Peace Prize Born in Australia
Free Public Lecture
JH Michell Theatre
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On 7 July 2017 the United Nations acted on the World Health Organization’s conclusion that nuclear weapons pose the greatest immediate threat to human health and welfare. States voted 122:1 to adopt the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. The Treaty is a planetary health good of the highest order and provides the only currently defined path to the eradication of nuclear weapons, a stated aspiration of and legal obligation for all governments. Yet rather than disarming, all nuclear-armed states are massively investing in modernising and retaining their arsenals. The dangers of nuclear war are as high as they have ever been and are growing.
Associate Professor Tilman Ruff led the International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War delegation to the UN and participated in the negotiations that led to the Treaty and the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize award to the Melbourne-founded International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN). He will discuss the long journey that led to the Treaty and why all states should join and implement the Treaty without delay.