Event
International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons Event: 70 years since the atomic bombings: what can we do today?, September 26, 2015
Date: September 26, 2015
Location: United Nations University, Tokyo

9/26 International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons Event:
70 years since the atomic bombings: what can we do today?


Commemorating the 70th anniversary of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and the International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons, an event will be held at the United Nations University in collaboration with civil society and the United Nations Information Centre in Tokyo, Japan.

The International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons was first established by the United Nations General Assembly in 2013, at the timing of the inaugural High-Level meeting of the General Assembly on Nuclear Disarmament. The day aims to enhance public awareness and education about the threat posed to humanity by nuclear weapons and the necessity for their total elimination, and this year will be the second time for it to be marked around the world.

The event in Tokyo will begin with a keynote speech by acclaimed author Takahashi Genichiro. Following this, a panel will discuss the respective roles played by the government, citizens, Hibakusha (atomic bomb survivors) and youth. This will be an opportunity to deepen dialogue regarding the real merits of nuclear weapons abolition, and the social and economic costs of continuing to maintain these weapons of mass destruction.

Event Details

Date: 14:00 - 16:30, September 26, 2015 (Sat)
Venue: 2F Reception Hall, United Nations University (capacity: 80 persons)
Organized by: Japan NGO Network for Nuclear Weapons Abolition
Cooperation: United Nations Information Center (UNIC) Tokyo
Fee: Free
Language: This event will be held in Japanese. Please enquire if you require English language support.

How to participate:
Please send an email to nuclear.abolition.japan@gmail.com including the following information by 17:00, September 23 (Wed):
1) Name 2) Affiliation (where applicable) 3) Telephone number
For enquiries, please contact Ms Watanabe Rika at Peace Boat, Tel: 03-3363-8047

Programme

Keynote Speech
Mr Takahashi Genichiro (author): "What Hiroshima and Nagasaki mean to me"
(Originally from Hiroshima, in late June Mr Takahashi visited Luzon Island in the Philippines, where his uncle passed away. Recently, he has been focusing on 'Hiroshima' as his point of origin in various television interviews and programmes around the August 6 and 9 anniversaries of the atomic bombings.)

Panel Discussion: "What we can do now for nuclear abolition"
Facilitator: Ms Nemoto Kaoru, Director, UN Information Centre in Tokyo

Panelists:
  • Mr Aikawa Kazutoshi, Director General, Arms Control and Disarmament Division, Disarmament, Non-Proliferation and Science Department, Ministry of Foreign Affairs

  • Mr Fujimori Toshiki, Assistant Secretary General, Japan Confederation of A-and H-Bomb Sufferers Organizations (Nihon Hidankyo)

  • Ms Kozakura Chiho, Nagasaki Youth Peace Messenger

  • Mr Sugai Satoshi, Deputy Director General, International Division, Japanese Red Cross Society

  • Mr Steven Leeper, previous Chair, Hiroshima Peace Culture Foundation


The International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons is an opportunity to be reminded of the experiences of the Hibakusha of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, learn about the international movement to examine the catastrophic humanitarian consequences of nuclear weapons, and together consider what we ourselves can do towards the abolition of nuclear weapons. We look forward to your participation.

Contact Information
Japan NGO Network for Nuclear Weapons Abolition
Email: nuclear.abolition.japan(a)gmail.com / Tel: 03-3363-8047 (Ms Watanabe Rika, Peace Boat)
Homepage: https://nuclearabolitionjpn.wordpress.com/

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