A Climate for Peace – International Celebration of IPB’s Nobel Peace Prize

Oslo, 23-26 September 2010

The International Peace Bureau (IPB) is organising a major international conference to mark its ‘Nobel-centenary year’.

One hundred years ago, the Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to the International Peace Bureau (IPB). With this decision the Norwegian Nobel Committee recognized the leading role of the IPB in the international movement for peace and disarmament. Founded in 1891 in Bern, the IPB was at the time a unique co-operative structure, bringing radical, as well as liberal and conservative, champions of peace together in one organization.

Highlights of the conference will include a keynote address by Federico Mayor, a Spanish scholar and politician, who served as Director-General of UNESCO from 1987 to 1999.

To find out more visit http://ipb100.org

Cluster Bomb Ban reaches 30th ratification milestone – Will become binding international law on 1 August 2010

PRESS RELEASE, 17 February 2010

Burkina Faso and Moldova ratified the international Convention banning cluster munitions yesterday, bringing the total number of ratifications to 30 and triggering entry into force on 1 August 2010, when the Convention will become binding international law.

Joe Murray of Afri said, “It is not often that we can celebrate good news in relation to the invidious industry that is the arms trade, but today is a day when we can do just that. The news that thirty countries have now ratified the Convention on Cluster Munitions, which will result in its becoming binding international law, is good news indeed and cause for celebration”.

Although many victims have suffered from the impact of cluster munitions, the entry into force of the Convention on Cluster Munitions will ensure that new generations will not be exposed to the horror of these most inhumane of weapons. Great credit and warm congratulations are due to those people and countries who took the steps necessary to bring this about. Continue reading “Cluster Bomb Ban reaches 30th ratification milestone – Will become binding international law on 1 August 2010”