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Apr 4, 2016 - Sailing for a nuclear free world: The Pacific Peace Forum
Tahiti, the Marshall Islands and Japan are not just connected by the vast Pacific Ocean; they are also connected by devastating nuclear tragedies. Japan remains the only country whose cities have suffered nuclear bomb attacks, in 1945. Five years ago, the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant disaster demonstrated the potential destructive power of even the "peaceful" use of nuclear energy. The pristine waters around Tahiti were used for over 30 years as the test area for hundreds of nuclear bombs during the heyday of France's nuclear programme. Similarly, the Marshall Islands suffered a barrage of nuclear tests by the United States of America, which resulted in the evacuation of thousands of people, the destruction of Marshallese lifestyles and the devastation of the environment.

From Papeete to Yokohama, the 90th Peace Boat Global Voyage hosted the first edition of the Pacific Peace Forum, in which guests from the French Polynesia, the Marshall Islands and Japan (Fukushima, Hiroshima and Nagasaki) came onboard. The goal of the forum was to think about the effects of nuclear weapons and energy on both people and the environment, as well as learn from the experiences of nuclear testing, accidents, and subsequent damage. A series of lectures, workshops and other activities for the 800 onboard participants were held, aimed at increasing awareness of the humanitarian consequences of nuclear war and catastrophes and building solidarity amongst communities affected by them. The guest educators also had several opportunities to share their experiences with each other in closed meetings onboard. The result was a Statement in Solidarity with the People of Fukushima as well as Five Recommendations for Civil Society Actions. (Both PDF links in English, Japanese and French).

Full reports on activities can be read at the following links:
(Reports by 90th Voyage Volunteer Web Reporter, Josep Maria Sarri)

Sailing for a nuclear free world: The Pacific Peace Forum Onboard
Peace Boat visits the Marshall Islands for the first time in its history
Pacific Peace Forum participants visit Fukushima and dialogue with local community activists

Or view the following videos giving an overview of the Pacific Peace Forum and the related art project organized onboard.

Pacific Peace Forum Slideshow from Peace Boat.

People of the Pacific for a Nuclear-free World from Peace Boat on Vimeo.

Our Nuclear World: Pacific Peace Forum Art from Peace Boat

Documents for download