Mayors for Peace Delegation visited the first Preparatory Committee
2020 NPT Review Conference in Vienna, Austria (May, 2017)
Mayors for Peace sent a delegation to the first Preparatory Committee for the 2020 NPT Review Conference in Vienna, Austria and called for the implementation of the Article Ⅵ obligation of the NPT and asked for the appreciation of and cooperation with MfP activities. As side events, MfP organized an A-bomb poster exhibition and a Youth Forum.
Schedule for Mayor Matsui of Hiroshima City : May 4 (Thu.)～ May 9 (Tue.)
Schedule for Mayor Taue of Nagasaki City : Apr.30 (Sun)～May 8(Mon.)
Schedule for Secretary General Komizo : Apr.30 (Sun)～May 9 (Tue.)
May 2 (Tue)
Meeting with Dr. Lassina Zerbo, Executive Secretary of Preparatory Commission for the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO)
Secretary General Yasuyoshi Komizo explained MfP activities for the abolition
of nuclear weapons to Executive Secretary Lassina Zerbo.
Dr. Zerbo expressed his appreciation for our activities and stated that he will support them.
May 3 (Wed)
Meeting with Mr. Amano, Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
Secretary General Yasuyoshi Komizo and Director General Amano exchanged views about how to proceed with the activities of MfP and IAEA respectively in a situation of increased antagonism regarding the abolition of nuclear weapons.
Speech at NGO session of the first Preparatory Committee for the 2020 Review Conference of the Parties to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons
Secretary General Yasuyoshi Komizo delivered a speech on behalf of Mayor Matsui, President of Mayors for Peace.
He re-emphasized the importance of the obligation to negotiate nuclear disarmament in good faith as Article VI stipulates and called on world leaders to take the initiative to create a new security framework while deepening their mutual understanding. Following Mr. Komizo, Mayor Taue also delivered a speech and sent a message that we should not assume that a nuclear prohibition treaty is impossible and that we must have the courage to participate in the negotiations.
May 4 (Thu)
May 5 (Fri)
Meeting with Ambassador Kitano, Permanent Mission of Japan to International Organizations in Vienna and others
The Mayor for Peace Delegation met with Ambassador Kitano and other officials. The delegation members expressed their hope for the Japanese government to support the earnest wish of A-bomb survivors and take concrete actions to realize a world free from nuclear weapons.
Meeting with Ambassador Henk Cor van der Kwast, Chair of the first session (Netherlands) and handing a certificate of signatures
Mayors for Peace sent eight Japanese high school students who supported the activities of MfP by participating in a drive for “No nuclear weapons from Hiroshima / petition campaign” to the first Preparatory Committee. One of them handed a certificate of signatures to Mr. Henk Cor van der Kwast, the Chairman of the 2017 PrepCom. He expressed his expectations for the younger generations.
Following the presentation of a certificate, the delegation exchanged their opinions with the Committee Chair. Mayor Matsui expressed his hope for the next round of UN negotiations for a nuclear prohibition treaty, saying that nuclear and non-nuclear weapons states must overcome their difference and make their utmost efforts for the success of the negotiations.
Meeting with Austrian Disarmament Ambassador Franz Josef Kuglitsch
Disarmament Ambassador Franz Josef Kuglitsch agreed with our views that nuclear deterrence is no longer an effective security policy, and expressed his hopes for a wider membership of the prohibition treaty, for which strong support from civil society is indispensable.
May 6 (Sat)
Mayors for Peace Executive Cities’ Meeting for Exchange of Views
Representatives of eight executive cities, mainly from Europe, gathered to exchange their views. They engaged in active discussion on their efforts toward nuclear disarmament and their unique activities in each region. Through the discussion, they reaffirmed the importance of addressing issues of not only nuclear disarmament but also others such as terrorism, refugees, and various regional issues in order to create a lasting world peace in this tense global state. They determined they would more deeply discuss the issues and member activities in each of their regions and how to more strongly coordinate their actions at the 9th General Conference in August.
Meeting with Mr.Mohamed El Baradei, Director General Emeritus of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
Director General Emeritus Mohamed El Baradei suggested that Mayors for Peace should especially send a message to younger generations. In response, Mayor Matsui expressed his intention to strengthen peace education targeting the next generations, looking 50 years ahead.
May 7 (Sun)
Meeting with Ms. Laura Rockwood, Executive Director and Ms. Angela Kane, Senior fellow of the Vienna Center for Disarmament and Non-Proliferation
Mayor Matsui and Secretary General Komizo exchanged views on the current situation towards nuclear abolition with Ms. Laura Rockwood, Executive Director of the Vienna Center for Disarmament and Non-Proliferation and Ms. Angela Kane, a senior fellow of VIC.
May 8 (Mon)
Meeting with Ms. Izumi Nakamitsu, the UN’s new Under-Secretary-General and High Representative for Disarmament Affairs, Office for Disarmament Affairs
Mayors for Peace President Kazumi Matsui handed Ms. Izumi Nakamitusu a letter to Mr. António Manuel de Oliveira Guterres, Secretary-General
of the United Nations, requesting him to give the Keynote speech at the
9th General Conference of Mayors for Peace.
Ms. Nakamitsu said that they would give this matter positive consideration.
Observation of the first Preparatory Committee for the 2020 NPT Review Conference
MfP delegations observed a speech by Ms. Izumi Nakamitsu, the UN Under-Secretary-General and High Representative for Disarmament Affairs, Office for Disarmament Affairs.
Ms. Nakamitsu delivered a speech in which she said the threat of nuclear weapons is the biggest factor that worsens the world security situation and nuclear and non-nuclear nations should play their roles respectively to take forward nuclear disarmament.
Mayors for Peace Youth Forum
High school students from Hiroshima, members of the Nagasaki Youth Delegation, and youths from member cities of Mayors for Peace such as Volgograd, Russia made presentations on their experiences gained through peace activities and their wishes for peace. Members of the youth delegations from Hiroshima and Nagasaki overcame their language barrier and confidently delivered their presentations. The youths from member cities who visited Hiroshima as part of the program of “HIROSHIMA and PEACE” and “International Youth Conference for Peace in the Future, Hiroshima ” in previous years sent a message by live or recorded video.
i) Mayors for Peace Youth Delegation assigned as Youth Communicators for a World Without Nuclear Weapons by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan
・ Hiroshima Jogakuin High School
・ Shudo High School
・ Eishin High School
・ Okinawa Shogaku High School
ii) Nagasaki Youth Delegation
iii) Volgograd, Russia
iv) Santos, Brazil
v) Malakoff, France
vii) ICAN Austria
Meeting with Ambassador Patricia O’Brien, Permanent Representative of Ireland to the UN
Mayor Matsui explained the importance of mutual
understanding through dialogue, not threats, in order in to realize a world free from nuclear weapons. Ambassador Patricia
O’Brien expressed strong appreciation that MfP continues meaningful and attractive activities.
Mayors for Peace Exhibition (May 2 – 12)
MfP organized a Mayors for Peace Exhibition in Vienna International Center where the A-bomb PrepCom was held. Committee participants deepened their understanding of the realities of the atomic bombings.
Draft Chairman’s factual summary of the Preparatory Committee for the 2020 Review Conference of the Parties to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons