John has worked on behalf of peace, disarmament, and environment organizations for more than three decades. As IPPNW’s Program Director, since 2000, he is responsible for coordinating the federation’s work on the medical and humanitarian consequences of nuclear weapons and the public health and environmental dangers of nuclear energy. He represents IPPNW on the core group of ICAN — the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons. As a nuclear policy expert, he has joined physician delegations in Europe, Asia, and Africa, and coordinates IPPNW’s participation at major UN-based meetings on nuclear weapons and disarmament. John has written and spoken extensively on nuclear issues, and is a regular contributor to IPPNW’s Peace and Health Blog and other publications. A graduate of Boston College with an MA from the University of Virginia, John was Communications Director for Women’s Action for Nuclear Disarmament (WAND) in the early 1980s and at IPPNW’s US affiliate, Physicians for Social Responsibility, in Washington, DC, from 1986-1990. He was the Executive Editor of IPPNW’s journal, Medicine & Global Survival, from 1995 until it ceased publication in 2002.
Programme Director, International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War
Content by John Loretz
Expert analysis of the Vienna Conference on the Humanitarian Impact of Nuclear Weapons
Following the Vienna Conference on the Humanitarian Impact of Nuclear Weapons, two leading experts offer their thoughts and analysis to the European Leadership Network.
The “Austrian Pledge” on nuke elimination will make a difference
John Loretz argues that “the Austrian Pledge” completes the transition from learning about the humanitarian impact of nuclear weapons to acting upon the evidence and pursuing a ban treaty.