“Humanitarian Impact of Nuclear Weapons” seminar – module 2
The second video conference of the “Humanitarian Impact of Nuclear Weapons” virtual seminar was held on January 28, 2014.
The event was organised by the Human Security in Latin America and the Caribbean Network (SEHLAC), with the support of the International Campaign for the Abolition of Nuclear Weapons (ICAN).
This session dealt with, above all, the effects of a nuclear attack on health, including injuries, initial radiation and environmental impact (variations due to specific local conditions and general radioactive contamination affecting homes, supplies, food and water), and boasted the participation of two experts on the topic.
Dr Carlos Umaña, co-president and co-founder of International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War (IPPNW) Costa Rica (www.ippnwcr.org) and founding member of Artists for Peace, has participated in national campaigns on human rights, domestic violence, LGTB rights, environmental issues, social security and animal welfare, as well as international campaigns such as ICAN (www.icanw.org)
Dr Oscar Litwin is secretary of the Argentinian branch of IPPNW, a member of the association of healthcare professionals for the prevention of nuclear war and the IPPNW international council, and represented Argentina at the 1985 Nobel Peace Prize reception.
Also present was Mr Yasuaki Yamashita, a survivor of the Nagasaki atomic bomb, who gave testimony to the experience of surviving so terrible a catastrophe.
Videos of all three presentations can be accessed through our YouTube channel