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Apr 13, 2014 - Peace Boat co-organises civil society programmes for Non-Proliferation and Disarmament Initiative (NPDI) Meeting in Hiroshima
NPDI Ministerial Meeting, Hiroshima
Civil Society Programs

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On April 12, the 12-country "Non-proliferation and Disarmament Initiative" led by the governments of Japan and Australia held a Ministerial Meeting in Hiroshima. Amidst heightening international concern regarding the humanitarian consequences of nuclear weapons, this gathering of world leaders in the atomic bombed city of Hiroshima was hoped to be an opportunity to raise awareness and continue to strengthen the momentum towards a ban of nuclear weapons. Peace Boat collaborated with civil society groups from Hiroshima, Japan and internationally, including the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN), to organise a series of conferences and actions in Hiroshima during this time.

Japanese language information about the events can be seen here.

Outcome Documents from the meeting:

Non-Proliferation and Disarmament Initiative 8th Ministerial Meeting, Hiroshima: Foreign Ministers' Statement: English, Japanese
ICAN statement: NPDI meeting in Hiroshima "a wasted opportunity: English, Japanese
Japan NGO Network for Nuclear Abolition statement: Japanese, English (coming soon)

April 11 (Friday)

13:00-15:45 Symposium
International Conference Center Hiroshima
Open to the public. Pre-registration required (closed already)


Part I - Inhumanity of nuclear weapons
Kazumi Matsui, Mayor of Hiroshima
Peter Tesch, First Assistant Secretary, Australia DFAT
Sunao Tsuboi, Hibakusha, Nihon Hidankyo
Akira Kawasaki, Peace Boat

Part II - Towards 2015 NPT Review Conference
Ambassador Enrique Roman-Morey, 2014 NPT PrepCom Chair, Peru
Toshio Sano, Disarmament Ambassador (current CD President), Japan
Hidehiko Yuzaki, Governor of Hiroshima
Susi Snyder, PAX
Chair: Prof Nobumasa Akiyama, Hitotsubashi University

16:30-17:50 Roundtable with NPDI Foreign Ministers (Closed)

Fumio Kishida, Foreign Minister of Japan
Julie Bishop, Foreign Minister of Australia
(Other ministers/officials TBC)
Kazumi Matsui, Mayor of Hiroshima
Tomihisa Taue, Mayor of Nagasaki
Hidehiko Yuzaki, Governor of Hiroshima
Sunao Tsuboi, Hibakusha, Nihon Hidankyo
Akira Kawasaki, ICAN
High school students from NPDI countries

18:30-20:30 (18:00 doors open)
Public lecture by Dr Nanao Kamada (chief director of the Hiroshima Atomic-bomb Survivors Relief Foundation and board member of JPPNW)
Humanitarian Impact of Nuclear Weapons - Medical Evidences
Hiroshma City Citizens' Plaza (Shimin Koryu Plaza) 5th floor
6-36, Fukuromachi, Hiroshima City
English translation available but bookings required in advance.
Admission: 500yen.

April 12 (Saturday)

9:30 doors open.
10:00-13:00 NGO Strategy Meeting "Ways to Ban Nuclear Weapons"
Hiroshma City Citizens' Plaza (Shimin Koryu Plaza) 6th floor (hall capacity approx 100)
6-36, Fukuromachi, Hiroshima City
Admission 1,000yen.

Simultaneous English-Japanese translation available.

Part 1: Building on Nayarit - Towards a global treaty to ban nuclear weapons
Chair: Akira Kawasaki (Peace Boat)
Kick-off remarks (10 mins each)
Tilman Ruff (IPPNW, Australia)
Loreta Castro (Center for Peace Education and a Professor at Miriam College, the Philippines)
Terumi Tanaka (Nihon Hidankyo)

Part 2: Role of nuclear-dependent states - including Japan
Chair: Keiko Nakamura (RECNA, Nagasaki University)
Kick-off remarks
Susi Snyder (PAX, the Netherlands) (10 mins)
Steven Leeper (Hiroshima Jogakuin University) (10 mins)
MP Taro Kono (PNND Japan President, House of Representatives, LDP)
MP Masaaki Taniai (House of Councillors, New Komeito)
MP Kenzo Fujisue (House of Councillors, DPJ)

13:00-16:30 Short Speeches "Ban Nuclear Weapons Now"
at Motoyasu River Water Terrace, Peace Memorial Park (Opposite to A-Bomb Dome)
Speeches by high school and university students, NGOs, MPs, Poems, shakuhachi flute performance etc

17:15-18:30 Briefing by Japan MOFA to NGOs and experts on the outcomes of NPDI Hiroshima Ministerial Meeting
Hiroshima Kenmin Bunka Center, 6th Floor
1-5-3, Otemachi, Hiroshima City
Pre-registration required (Closed already). For inquiry, email .
Briefing and discussion in English.

18:30-19:30 NGO Joint Press Conference - Evaluations of the NPDI Hiroshima Meeting and Concluding Remarks
Hiroshima Kenmin Bunka Center, 6th Floor
1-5-3, Otemachi, Hiroshima City

The series of the events in Hiroshima are organized by the Japan NGO Network for Nuclear Weapons Abolition in collaboration with local groups of Hiroshima Alliance for Nuclear Weapons Abolition (HANWA) and ANT-Hiroshima.

Further contact:
- Peace Boat Tokyo Office (Rika Watanabe), +81 (0) 3 3363 8047
- Akira Kawasaki, Mobile +81 (0) 90 8310 5370
- Meri Joyce, Mobile +81 (0) 80 3457 9714

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