The Hiroshima Conference for the Total Abolition of Nuclear Weapons by 2020 held

July 27 - 29, 2010 [Hiroshima]
A. Summary

In light of the outcome of this past May’s NPT Review Conference, lively discussions were held on how to realize everlasting peace and the abolition of nuclear weapons by 2020. Around 300 participants consisting of Mayors for Peace member cities, intellectuals, peace NGOs, and government officials looked at how to abolish nuclear weapons at the earliest possible date, and the importance of forming coalitions between countries, cities, NGOs and citizens’ groups.

B. Contents
  • (1)Conference Dates
    Tuesday July 27 – Thursday July 29, 2010
  • (2)Venue
    International Conference Center Hiroshima
  • (3)Organizers
    Mayors for Peace, The city of Hiroshima
  • (4)Sponsorship
    The city of Nagasaki, Hiroshima Prefectural Government, Nagasaki Prefectural Government, Nagasaki Foundation for the Promotion of Peace, United Nations Information Centre, UN Regional Centre for Peace and Disarmament in Asia and the Pacific, United Nations Institute for Training and Research Hiroshima Office, National Council of Japan Nuclear Free Local Authorities, The Chugoku Shimbun, The Asahi Shimbun Company, THE MAINICHI NEWS PAPERS, The Yomiuri Shimbun, THE SANYO SHIMBUN, NIKKEI INK. HIROSHIMA BUREAU, The Sankei Shimbun, NIKKANKOGYO SHIMBUN HIROSHIMA OFFICE, The San-in Chuo Shimpo Newspaper Co.,Ltd., KYODO NEWS, JIJI PRESS, JAPAN BROADCASTING CORPORATION HIROSHIMA STATION, RCC BROADCASTING CO.,LTD., HIROSHIMA TELECASTING CO.,LTD., Hiroshima Home Television Co.,LTD, TSS-TV Co.,Ltd, HIROSHIMA FM BROADCASTING CO.,LTD.,
  • (5)Conference Program
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  • (6)Participants About 300 people
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  • (7)Appeal from the Hiroshima Conference for the Total Abolition of Nuclear Weapons by 2020 (Hiroshima Appeal)
    Hiroshima Appeal (English)
  • (8)Remarks
    Mr. Douglas Roche, keynote speaker, (Chairman Emeritus of Middle Powers Initiative, Former Canadian Senator and Disarmament Ambassador) was awarded Honorary Citizenship by the City of Hiroshima.

July 28

Opening Ceremony

Hiroshima City Hall Choir

Address by Tadatoshi AKIBA, Mayor of Hiroshima City

Congratulatory speech by Hiroshi ARIOKA, Vice-Governor of Hiroshima Prefecture

Congratulatory speech by Hiroyuki FUJITA, President of the Hiroshima City Council

Message from Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon
(Read by UNITAR Senior Deputy Director Berin Mckenzine)

A-bomb Survivor Testimony by Keijiro MATSUSHIMA
Keynote Speech by the Honorable Douglas ROCHE, O.C, Chairman Emeritus of Middle Powers Initiative
Mr. ROCHE is given Honorary Citizenship by the City of Hiroshima
Plenary Session I(Coordinator, Hiromichi UMEBAYASHI, Special Advisor to the Peace Depot (NPO))
Plenary Session II (Coordinator, Akira KAWASAKI, Executive Committee Member of the Peace Boat)
Grassroots Activity Session(Coordinator, Noriko SADO, Associate Professor, Faculty of Law at Hiroshima Shudo University)

Letter of Appreciation Presented to Contributing Civic Action Groups

July 29

Meeting of Japanese Members Cities
Plenary Session III(Coordinator, the Honorable Douglas ROCHE, O.C Chairman Emeritus of Middle Powers Initiative)
Closing Ceremony

The Appeal Drafting Committee Explains the Session Process

The Appeal is Announced by Representatives of the Citizens of Hiroshima

Closing Ceremony Remarks by Mayor AKIBA

Pueri Cantantes and the Hiroshima Junior Chorus