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IPPNW is a non-partisan global federation of medical organizations dedicated to research, education, and advocacy relevant to the prevention of nuclear war. To this end, IPPNW seeks to prevent all wars, to promote non-violent conflict resolution, and to minimize the effects of war and preparations for war on health, development, and the environment.
At the height of the Cold War, a group of Soviet and American doctors founded IPPNW to educate health professionals, political leaders, and the public about the medical consequences of nuclear war. For this effort, which reached millions with the message that nuclear weapons must never be used again, IPPNW received the 1985 NOBEL PEACE PRIZE. Today, IPPNW continues to unite people across political divides to prevent nuclear war. The global threat posed by nuclear weapons is more acute, immediate, and entrenched than ever. IPPNW works to divest the charter members of the nuclear club (the US, Russia, the UK, France, and China) of their huge arsenals. IPPNW is also active in South Asia, North Asia, and the Middle East where nuclear arms races are in early stages. While the abolition of nuclear weapons is IPPNW's highest priority, IPPNW recognizes that militarism and war rob both rich and poor societies of resources to protect and promote health. For this reason, IPPNW addresses the inter-related issues of landmines, small arms and light weapons, developing world debt, and chemical and biological weapons. IPPNW's vast network of concerned citizens, physicians and other medical professionals in over 60 countries helps implement a diverse set of programs designed to build a healtheir and more secure future.
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