Port of Call
Peace Boat's Global Voyage for a Nuclear Free World visits Greece , Jun 8, 2018
Peace Boat delegation with Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras holding the Nobel Peace Prize awarded to ICAN.
Peace Boat's 98th Global Voyage called to the port of Piraeus, Greece on June 6 2018 with survivors of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki (Hibakusha). Mr Ueda Koji from Hiroshima and Ms Kuramori Terumi of Nagasaki, together with Mr Shinagawa Kaoru, a second generation Hibakusha from Hiroshima. This is the first such voyage since the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in November 2017 for its efforts "to draw attention to the catastrophic humanitarian consequences of any use of nuclear weapons" and our "ground-breaking efforts to achieve a treaty-based prohibition of such weapons". The members of the project are travelling around the world with the Nobel Peace Prize medal, which was entrusted to Peace Boat in recognition of its status as a steering group member of ICAN, which was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize last year.

A welcome reception was held at the port of Piraeus
Thanks to support of local partners, especially Panos Trigazis, President of Observatory of International Organizations and Globalization (PADOP), and Maria Arvantiri Sotiropoulou, President of the Greek Affiliate of International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War (IPPNW) and the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN), it was a successful visit for the Global Voyage for a Nuclear-Free World - Peace Boat Hibakusha Project. A welcome reception organised by PADOP was held with local officials, ministers, peace activists and NGOs to commemorate Peace Boat's arrival at Piraeus. This was attended by the Minister of Shipping, Shipping and Island Policy Minister Panagiotis Kouroumblis and the former Minister of Shipping, Thodoris Dritsas as well as several Members of the Hellenic Parliament. The Music was played by Nikos Androulakis and Nikolaos Karavaykas and participants danced together.

A testimony session was organised by the Hellenic Parliament
A session at the Hellenic Parliament was organized in collaboration with the Parliamentary Group for Disarmament, the Parliamentary Group for Friendship between Japan and Greece and led by the Deputy Speaker of the Parliament, Anastasios. The session was attended by representatives from all the parliamentary political parties in Greece providing the delegation with the opportunity to call for the support of parliamentarians across the political spectrum for the abolition of nuclear weapons through the Humanitarian Treaty. It was also attended by members of the peace movement in Greece. Mr. Ueda Koji, who was exposed to the atomic bomb in Hiroshima gave testimony to those in attendance, speaking not only about the horrors of the day but of the long term effects of radiation and the fear for future generations. He also spoke about the Peace Flame in Hiroshima and that it is in fact the Olympic flame brought from Greece. The flame in Hiroshima will burn until nuclear weapons are abolished." In order for this flame to be put out, it is vital that each and every nation sign and ratify the UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. Let's work together for nuclear abolition" he told the audience. '.

The Peace Boat delegation were received by Prime Minister of Greece, Mr. Alexis Tsipras and Mr Dimitris Tzanakopoulos, Minister of State
Following the conclusion of the testimony session, the delegation from Peace Boat and the International Campaign for the Abolition of Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) were received at The Maximus Megaron which has been the official seat of the Prime Minister of Greece since 1982. The building houses the offices of the Head of the Greek Government and is also the official residence of the Prime Minister. There they were received by the Prime Minister of Greece, Mr. Alexis Tsipras and Mr Dimitris Tzanakopoulos, Minister of State & the Government Spokesperson of the Hellenic Republic. Mr. Tsipras expressed his admiration for the Hibakusha and their mission for a nuclear free world and reiterated the commitment of Greece to never possess nuclear weapons or have nuclear weapons on its soil. The Prime Minister shared that, "We need to continue to fight for a more peaceful world in order to avoid tragedies like the one that humanity lived in Hiroshima and Nagasaki." he said.

Mr. Tzanakopoulos asked each of the Hibakusha about their personal experiences
During a discussion between Mr. Tzanakopoulos and the survivors from Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Mr. Tzanakopoulos asked each of the Hibakusha about their personal experiences, and the current situation in the cities 70 years after the bombing. . The survivors also spoke of the ongoing difficulties for later generations, the impact of radiation and the stigma suffered by Hibakusha. Mr. Tzanakopoulos spoke of his own commitment to nuclear disarmament and world peace and the delegation from Peace Boat informed him of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons and appealed for Greece to sign it..