The Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament and the International Peace Bureau present an international conference

21st Century Security: challenges and solutionsConference graphic

Sunday 20th October 2019, St Thomas’ Hospital, London

Our security and well-being are being severely challenged by climate change, the start of a new Cold War and the huge and widening gap between the ‘haves’ and the ‘have-nots’. The systematic destruction of arms control treaties and disregard for international law by some world leaders have led to a new nuclear arms race and widespread concerns about national and global security. These problems are interlinked with a growth in the politics of nationalism, self-protection and prejudice. This meeting, jointly organised by CND and the IPB, will feature activists and experts from around the world, providing a global take on the problems we are facing.

To ensure our survival, humanity must come together, organise and cooperate on a global scale never seen before. Citizen activists of the world can show the way and modern communications technologies can help us achieve a global voice. But we must be aware of what we are facing and we must start now.


10:30: Welcome by Bruce Kent, Vice-President, CND

10:45: Opening plenary: Understanding the key challenges

  • Nuclear disarmament in the Age of Trump – Kate Hudson, CND
  • Climate change: an existential threat – Aaron Kiely, Friends of the Earth
  • What does China’s rise mean for the world? – Corazon Fabrios, Nuclear Weapons-Free Philippines
  • Does there have to be conflict with Russia? – Konstantin Semin, film-maker, Russia
  • Co-chairs: Arielle Denis, IPB and Dave Webb, CND

12:30-1:30 LUNCH

12:50: lunch-time fringe: ‘Building links with towns and cities in the Mayors for Peace movement’ with Sean Morris, NFLA

1:30-3:00 Workshops

  • Nuclear dangers – Joseph Gerson, AFSC, USA and Hannah Kemp Welch, CND
  • Climate change – Angie Zelter XR Peace and Dr Stuart Parkinson, Scientists for Global Responsibility
  • Resource wars – Asad Rehman, War on Want and Jenny Clegg, IPB/CND
  • Human rights – Lisa Clarke, IPB and Kevin Blowe, NetPol

3:00-3:15 TEA

3:15-4:30: Closing plenary: Building a different future

  • Philip Jennings, former General Secretary, UNI Global Union
  • Reiner Braun, IPB
  • Rieko Asato, Gensuikyo, Japan
  • Chair: Kate Hudson, CND


How to get to the conference

The 21st Century Security conference is being held at St Thomas’ Hospital in central London. Please see the St Thomas’ website for information on how to get to the hospital. Use the main entrance, from Westminster Bridge Road, and follow the signs to the Governors’ Hall. This map of the inside of the hospital shows how to reach Governors’ Hall from the main entrance.

Seán MacBride Peace Prize ceremony and evening reception

On Saturday evening, before the conference, we will be hosting an evening reception at which CND Vice-President Bruce Kent will be awarded the Seán MacBride Peace Prize, for his lifelong commitment to the peace movement. For more information about the prize please see the IPB’s website.

The reception on Saturday evening is also a chance to welcome our international guests, who are in London to attend the IPB triennial meeting on Saturday and the 21st Century Security conference on Sunday. Please join us!

The reception will start at 5:30pm on Saturday October 19 in the Central Hall of St Thomas’ Hospital, opposite the entrance to the Governors’ Hall suite.



London Region CND is this year organising homestay for conference attendees. If you would like to request a homestay place, please complete the accommodation request form and return it by email to London Region CND.

Please submit your accommodation request in good time and please note that there are limited places.

Hotels & hostels

For hotel accommodation, there are many options near the railway stations along Euston Road which are close to public transport links, as well as in nearby Bloomsbury. These are a short London Underground journey away from the conference venue at St Thomas’ Hospital and are less expensive than the hotels near to the venue itself.

There are several near to St Pancras station, along Argyle Street and nearby, such as the Alhambra Hotel and its neighbours.

There are several hotels along and around Tavistock Place that are affordable, such as the St Athans Hotel.

The Pickwick Hall and YHA hostels both offer private and shared rooms at relatively low rates and seem to be well regarded. There is also the Indian YMCA hostel in Fitzroy Square.

There are also several chain hotels along the Euston Road, including Premier Inn and Travelodge, but they are significantly more expensive.