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Aug 30, 2015 - Disarmament Education beyond National Boundaries: Peace Boat at the 25th UN Conference on Disarmament Issues in Hiroshima
The 25th United Nations Conference on Disarmament Issues in Hiroshima was held from August 26-28, 2015. Peace Boat Executive Committee Member Kawasaki Akira was invited to participate as a speaker, where he presented examples of initiatives for nuclear abolition by Hibakusha (atomic bomb survivors) and citizens.

During Session 4: "Collaboration with Civil Society: The Role of Civil Society in Creating a World Free of Nuclear Weapons; Education on Nuclear Disarmament and Non-Proliferation," Kawasaki reported about the collaboration between Peace Boat and Mayors for Peace in the "I was her age" project which took place as part of the "Global Voyage for a Nuclear-Free World: Peace Boat Hibakusha Project." Within his presentation, Kawasaki emphasised the importance of cooperation between Hibakusha and the younger generation, as well as the need to expand disarmament education beyond national boundaries. Furthermore, he stressed the importance of the humanitarian initiative progressing from not merely an acknowledgment of the humanitarian impact of nuclear weapons, but clearing through the pathway to prevent another humanitarian catastrophe. The full text of his presentation is available online here.

Representatives and experts from 23 countries and regions, and five international organizations, were present at this conference, which was reported widely by local and international media. The full conference agenda can be seen here.

Panellists from left to right: Rebecca Johnson (Acronym Institute/ICAN), Kawasaki Akira (Peace Boat/ICAN), Akiyama Nobumasa (Moderator, Hitotsubashi University), Komizo Yasuyoshi (Hiroshima Peace Culture Foundation/Mayors for Peace), Morikawa Atsuko (Hijiyama University)
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