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May 17, 2013 - Conference for a Nuclear Power Free World held onboard Peace Boat
Peace Boat held the Onboard Conference for a Nuclear Power Free World between Le Havre, France to Stockholm, Sweden. After the deep discussion by a group of participants including the former Futaba town mayor, Mr. Idogawa and experts from European countries and Japan, "Fukushima solidarity appeal" was compiled.

The Peace Boat Onboard Conference for a Nuclear Power Free World was held from May 12, 2013 to May 16, 2013 onboard Peace Boat's 79th Global Voyage for Peace. More than a dozen experts and activists from Japan, including two from Fukushima, and from Europe - Germany, France, Russia, Sweden and Finland - gathered in Le Havre, France for an exchange with local groups working against the Penly Nuclear Power Plant and expansion of renewable energies in France. Afterwards, the group took part in three days of meetings as the ship sailed at sea, disembarking on May 16 in Stockholm, Sweden for a programme with local energy experts and parliamentarians.

Also participating in this conference was Idogawa Katsutaka, former Mayor of Futaba Town – location of the Fukushima Daiinichi Nuclear Power Plant, whose citizens have all been evacuated since the March 2011 disaster. Onboard Peace Boat between France (May 12) and Denmark (May 26), he traveled to 8 countries in Europe to appeal about the ongoing situation in Fukushima. Events were organised in Le Havre, Stockholm, Helsinki, Tallinn, Riga and Copenhagen. Following his travel onboard Peace Boat Mayor Idogawa will travel to Geneva to speak at a side event at the United Nations Human Rights Council, where the Special Rapporteur on the Right to Health's report on Fukushima will be announced.

Conference themes

1. Sharing moves in Europe and Japan in the two years since the March 11 disaster relating to nuclear power and renewable energy policy.
2. Building solidarity with the anti nuclear power and energy shift movements in Japan, France, Germany, Scandinavia and the Baltic countries
3. Raising awareness about the reality of the situation in Fukushima, increasing momentum for support, and considering ways to work together to realise the international support now needed, particularly from the perspectives of health, human rights and humanitarian aspects.
4. Debate ways to deal with issues such as nuclear waste, the nuclear fuel cycle, and the relationship between nuclear power and weapons development.
5. Consider solidarity with anti nuclear movements working on nuclear weapons abolition, ban and nuclear weapon free zones.

Schedule

May 12 (Mon) Le Havre, France
Optional participation in programme to study energy issues in France – in the afternoon visiting the "educative centre" at Penly Nuclear Power Plant, and the nearby town, St Martin en Campagne, to visualise its infrastructures and compare it with other towns of the area, which do not receive any money from nuclear industry.
Return to port of Le Havre by 18:30, board Peace Boat's ship the Ocean Dream.

May 13-15 (Tues-Thurs)
Onboard conference, including public lectures, closed strategy sessions, etc.

May 16 (Fri) Stockholm, Sweden
Optional meeting with anti nuclear activists, NGOs etc – details to be confirmed.

* A small group from the ship will also travel by air to northern Finland, to spend two days visiting Pyhäjoki, proposed site for construction of a new nuclear power plant, organised by local organisation Pro Hanhikivi and Greenpeace. They will rejoin the ship again in Helsinki and take part in an event there also.

Participants (in alphabetical order)

Alain CORREA STOP EPR Network, France
Olivier FLORENS Europe Ecology – The Greens, Councillor of the Canton of Bonnieux
IDOGAWA Katsutaka Former mayor of Futaba town, next to the Fukushima nuclear power plant
IIDA Tetsunari Director, Institute for Sustainable Energy Policies (ISEP)v Salla KALANIEMI Greenpeace Nordic (Helsinki) member
Lena LINDAHL Sustainable Sweden Association
Erkki MÄENPÄÄ Greenpeace Nordic (Helsinki) member
Andrey OZHAROVSKIY Nuclear expert with Bellona
Annette PIENING Environmental Policy Research Centre, Free University of Berlin
SATO Kenta "Fukushima Conference", from Iitate Village, Fukushima Prefecture
YOSHIOKA Tatsuya Co-founder and Director of Peace Boat, Chair, Global Conference for a Nuclear Power Free World
* Other Peace Boat staff and guest educators onboard the ship for different themes may also join some sessions

Download the conference outline here (PDF)
Documents for download
Fukushima Solidarity Appeal (English)