Lessons learned from Hiroshima & Nagasaki and Nuclear weapon free zones around the Globe, September 26, 2013
Date: September 26, 2013
Location: United Nations Headquarters, New York

We kindly invite you to join us for a special event highlighting the "Lessons learned from Hiroshima & Nagasaki and Nuclear weapon free zones around the Globe" at the United Nations in New York, Room CR-9 from 1:15 PM - 2:45 PM on Thursday, September 26th.

As a joint initiative between the Permanent Mission of El Salvador to the United Nations, and the International NGO Peace Boat, we will share information about important projects on nuclear disarmament, such as the Peace Boat Hibakusha Project, which seeks to raise awareness about the dangers of nuclear weapons and foster public support for nuclear disarmament. The project was launched in 2008, and consists of inviting Hibakusha (survivors of the atomic bombing in Hiroshima and Nagasaki) to participate in around-the-world voyages to share their testimonies, educate people and youth in particular about the human costs of nuclear weapons. Over 120 Hibakusha (survivors) have participated in this global advocacy project to date.

Speakers at the event will include the Permanent Representative of El Savador, his Excellency Ambassador Carlos Garcia Gonzalez, Mr Kawasaki Akira, the Director of Peace Boat's Hibakusha Project as well as Dr Kathleen Sullivan; the Director of Hibakusha Stories, a project created to share the stories of survivors from Hiroshima and Nagasaki with the next generation. The organizers believe it is imperative to share the survivor's brave legacy of calling for a world free of nuclear weapons, and in accordance with the vision of the United Nations to continue working towards global nuclear disarmament, we support the efforts of the UN Office of Disarmament Affairs to meet their goals of increasing disarmament education and promoting a nuclear free world.

** Note that a valid UN Pass for the High level Conference on Disarmament for Sept 26th is necessary to enter the United Nations on this day.

(Invitation can be downloaded here)

RSVP : Emilie McGlone, Peace Boat US
email: emilie(a)peaceboat-us.org

Peace Boat will also join another event in New York on the evening of September 26 as follows:

The Ultimate Wish: Ending The Nuclear Age
Screening and Panel Discussion

Thursday, September 26
7:00 – 9:00 PM
Admission is free
Unitarian Church of All Souls, 1157 Lexington Ave. New York (on the corner of 80th and Lexington)

Fukushima and Nagasaki survivors link nuclear power and nuclear weapons in this 40-minute documentary film produced by Robert Richter and Kathleen Sullivan.

The Ultimate Wish focuses on the moving testimony of Nagasaki survivors and Fukushima evacuees. Their stories are interlaced with experts illuminating the largely unrecognized connection between nuclear weapons and nuclear power. Archival footage, some of it disturbing, puts their comments in riveting context. The documentary raises profound questions about war, technological failure, radioactive contamination, proliferation, the courage to survive and the importance of taking action to prevent future nuclear disasters.

"very powerful imperative viewing for younger generations that have no concept of what 'nuclear' means."
- Dr. Helen Caldicott, founder Physicians for Social Responsibility

"No film on our nuclear madness has so moved me with the promise of our humanity.  What a stunning achievement!   For the love of life, may this jewel of a film be seen in every classroom and council chamber."
- Joanna Macy, author, Active Hope: How to Face the Mess We're in Without Going Crazy.

Panel Discussion: Challenges and Successes of the Nuclear Abolition Movement

Panelists: Kathleen Sullivan, co-producer of The Ultimate Wish; Akira Kawasaki, executive committee member, Peace Boat; Jackie Cabasso, executive director, Western States Legal Foundation

Download the flyer as a pdf here.