Vice-President Taue’s Attendance to the Signing Ceremony of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (September 2017)
Mayor Taue of Nagasaki, Vice-President of Mayors for Peace attended the Signing Ceremony of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons held at New York on September 20. Vice-President Taue also met with government representatives and handed the “Nagasaki Appeal” and the Resolution that were adopted at the 9th General Conference of Mayors for Peace held this August. The Vice-President also requested for their cooperation in working towards a world without nuclear weapons and exchanged opinions on the future activities of Mayors for Peace.
Visitation Schedule of Vice-President Taue: Sept 18 (Mon.) ~ Sept 23 (Sat.)
September 19 (Tue.)
Meeting with Ambassador Bessho, Permanent Representative of Japan to the UN
Ambassador Bessho said that the Japanese government will do what they can do towards nuclear disarmament, and will make efforts towards the 2020 NPT Review Conference so as to reach an agreement on the final document.
September 20 (Wed.)
Attendance to the Signing Ceremony of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons
As Vice-President Taue observed the Ceremony, 42 states signed the Treaty. His attendance appealed the strong support of the Treaty by Mayors for Peace.
Meeting with Mr. Guterres, UN Secretary General
Vice President Taue conveyed to the Secretary General that Mayors for Peace is committed to promoting the Nuclear Prohibition Treaty and requested for his visit to the atomic-bombed city.
September 21 (Thurs.)
Meeting with Ambassador Marschik, Deputy Minister for Political Affairs
Ambassador Marschik said that when nuclear weapons are to be used, cities which are densely populated will become the targets and therefore it is effective for cities to join forces in making approaches to their governments to join the Nuclear Prohibition Treaty.
Ambassador Flynn, Deputy Permanent Representative, Permanent Mission of Ireland to the UN
Ambassador Flynn said that civil society is mentioned in the Nuclear Prohibition Treaty, which reflects the important role played by civil society. He expressed expectation about civil society making efforts to raise awareness of nuclear weapons among citizens.