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Events Commemorating the“International Day of Peace” Held

The United Nations has established September 21 as a fixed International Day of Peace (IDP) and an annual day of non-violence and cease-fire. In support of this purport, an event to commemorate the IDP was held in Hiroshima. To pray for the abolition of nuclear weapons and everlasting world peace, the participants observed a minute of silence at noon putting up the Mayors for Peace banner that read “Total Abolition of Nuclear Weapons by 2020”and ringing the Peace Bell.

1. Date/time:

Thursday, September 21, 2017, 11:55 - 12:05

2. Venue:

In front of the Cenotaph for the A-bomb Victims and the Peace Bell in Peace Memorial Park
(Nakajima-cho, Naka-ku, Hiroshima City)

3. Participated organizations:

The City of Hiroshima
Hiroshima Peace Culture Foundation
Hiroshima Prefectural Confederation of A-bomb Sufferers Organizations
Hiroshima Consumers’ Cooperative Union
Unitar(United Nations Institute for Training and Reserch), Hiroshima
Hiroshima Jogakuin Senior High School
Participants observing a moment of silence

4. Contents:

(1) Offering flowers to the Cenotaph for the A-bomb Victims from representatives of the participants
(2) Prayers by all participants for the abolition of nuclear weapons and everlasting world peace by observing one minute of silence at noon at the Cenotaph for the A-bomb and by ringing the Peace Bell
(3) While observing one minute of silence, representative participants put up the Mayors for Peace’s banner that read “Total Abolition of Nuclear Weapons by 2020.”
(4) Speech by the Chairman of the Hiroshima Peace Culture Foundation

5. Others

[France] AFCDRP-Mayors for Peace France, Choisy-le-Roi, Chalette sur Loing, Grigny
[Germany] Hannover
[Japan]   Akita, Hirakata, Ise, Matsumoto, Mishima, Motosu, Nagasaki , Otari, Takayama
[New Zealand] Wellington
[Spain]  Gavà, Barcelona
[U.K.] Oldham

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