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Sep 11, 2012 - International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) meeting held in Hiroshima
Peace Boat cooperated in the organization of a meeting of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) in Hiroshima on 21 August, 2012. More than 100 nuclear disarmament campaigners from 25 countries joined this meeting - the first ICAN meeting to be held in Asia. ICAN aims to galvanize public and government support for multilateral negotiations on a Nuclear Weapons Convention to ban nuclear weapons. Peace Boat has been cooperating with the campaign since its launch in 2007, and Peace Boat Executive Committee Member Kawasaki Akira serves as one of ICAN's Co-Chairs.

Objectives of the Hiroshima included: developing a unified global strategy for the coming year; building the campaign's presence in Asia; introducing campaigners to new action ideas; and developing the concept of a humanitarian-based approach to nuclear disarmament. A new publication detailing the "catastrophic effects of nuclear weapons on our health, societies and the environment" was launched at the meeting, as well as an initiative by Hiroshima school students to send 1000 paper cranes to every world leader, calling for their support for a ban on nuclear weapons.

A full report of the meeting can be found on the ICAN website here: http://www.icanw.org.

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