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Global Call of Hibakusha – The Humanitarian Imperative to Prohibit and Eliminate Nuclear Weapons
June 15, 2017 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm UTC-4
Join Peace Boat and the Permanent Mission of the Republic of the Marshall Islands to the United Nations at a side-event to the UN negotiating conference to prohibit nuclear weapons, leading to their total elimination.
Monday, June 19, 1:15 – 2:45 pm
UN Headquarters: Conference Room E
(CR-E: located along the corridor linking the Gift Shop area & the Vienna Café, 1B of UNHQ)
Why do we need to prohibit and eliminate nuclear weapons? As repeated in a number of UN resolutions, the recognition of the humanitarian consequences of nuclear weapons must underpin the multilateral nuclear disarmament negotiations. The Hibakusha, the Hiroshima and Nagasaki atomic bomb survivors, who are traveling around the world on Peace Boat’s 10th Global Voyage for a Nuclear-Free World, will give their personal testimonies and present why nuclear disarmament matters to everyone in the global community and the importance of a treaty to ban nuclear weapons. The survivors of nuclear tests from the Pacific will also provide their accounts of the unacceptable human and environmental impacts of nuclear weapons in their development and production stages.
- Ambassador Amatlain E. Kabua, Permanent Mission of the Republic of the Marshall Islands to the United Nations
- Dr. Masao Tomonaga, former Director of Nagasaki Red Cross Atomic Bomb Hospital
- Mr. Roland Oldham, Founder and President of Moruroa e Tatou, Tahiti
- Ms. Karina Lester, Second Generation Nuclear Test Survivor from South Australia
- Mr. Seiichiro Mise, Nagasaki Survivor
- Ms. Toshiko Tanaka, Hiroshima Survivor
- Moderated by Akira Kawasaki, Executive Committee member of Peace Boat