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Jul 1, 2010 - Nuclear Weapons Convention Seminar on Peace Boat: Exploring a Humanitarian Approach to Nuclear Disarmament
Taking place June 10-14, 2010, shortly after the conclusion of the 2010 Nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty Review Conference (NPT RevCon) in May, a seminar focusing on working towards a Nuclear Weapons Convention was held onboard Peace Boat between Bergen, Norway (June 10) and Dublin, Ireland (June 14). This seminar brought together a limited but diverse group of 9 participants, including representatives of parliamentarians, mayors, the United Nations and NGOs from Europe, the US, the Pacific and Japan. The seminar was held onboard Peace Boat's 69th Voyage, upon which 8 Hibakusha (survivors of the atomic bombings) were also participating in the third "Global Voyage for a Nuclear-Free World: Peace Boat Hibakusha Project." In addition to the onboard programme, events including public seminars, press conferences and meetings with local civil society, mayors and government representatives were held in Bergen and Dublin.
The aim of discussions was to explore various approaches, strategies and partners in order to advance a Nuclear Weapons Convention (NWC) to outlaw all nuclear weapons, building upon the current global momentum and recent developments including the UN Secretary-General (UNSG)'s Five Point Proposal for Nuclear Disarmament and the outcome of the 2010 NPT RevCon outcome. The summary report from the seminar can be downloaded here (pdf). This report was compiled by the host, Peace Boat. It represents neither conclusion nor consensus. Each of these discussions requires further development and modification, and it is hoped that this summary report will be of use in future discussions held by various actors including NGOs, governments, parliamentarians, mayors and experts, and contribute to the ongoing process towards a NWC.
Documents for download
Peace Boat NWC Seminar Summary Report