Dear HIFA members
At this dark time when the world and all its peoples are suffering badly from illness, inequalities, malgovernance and corporate deceit, something amazing happened yesterday -
Honduras became the 50th state to ratify the UN Treaty to Prohibit Nuclear Weapons (TPNW) which will now come into effect in 3 months
This marks the first huge step on the route to abolition and will place huge pressure on the nuclear weapons states to seriously end the arms race and recognise the appalling potential of nuclear weapons as a humanitarian issue.
TPNW would not have come about without the long standing advocacy of International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War (www.ippnw.org) and the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (www.ican.org) who placed the public health menace of weapons of mass destruction at the top of the world agenda.
If your country is not one of the ratifying states (find the full list on the ICAN website above) or if it is a nuclear weapons state, please write to your government representation to request them to back the ban!
HIFA profile: Tony Waterston is a retired consultant paediatrician who worked mainly in the community in Newcastle upon Tyne, UK. He spent 6 years working in Zambia and Zimbabwe and directed the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health Diploma in Palestinian Child Health teaching programme in the occupied Palestinian territories. He was an Editor of the Journal of Tropical Pediatrics and is on the Executive Committee of the International Society for Social Pediatrics. His academic interests are child poverty, advocacy for child health and children's rights. He is currently the lead moderator of CHIFA (HIFA's sister forum on child health and rights). www.chifa.org He is also a member of the HIFA Steering Group.
Tony.Waterston AT newcastle.ac.uk