Body established to support Hiroshima summit of Nobel Peace laureates

by Sakiko Masuda

On July 20, a council that will support and promote the international conference "The World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates," to be held from November 12 to 14 in Hiroshima, was established. The council is comprised of the City of Hiroshima, Hiroshima Prefecture, the Hiroshima Chamber of Commerce and Industry, and the Hiroshima office of the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR). At the council's first meeting, held at Hiroshima City Hall, plans for the project were confirmed.

In order to create momentum to welcome the laureates to the city, the council will display posters in public places and hold a welcome reception. At the same time, the council will pursue plans to promote Hiroshima's message to the summit participants. Commenting on the summit, Hiroshima Mayor Tadatoshi Akiba, who serves as chair of the council, said, "The summit offers us an important opportunity to convey our wish for peace." Hiroshima Governor Hidehiko Yuzaki, an advisor to the council, remarked, "We would like to extend our hospitality to the participants."

This is the 11th summit of Nobel Peace laureates, and the first such gathering to be held in Asia. The participants will discuss nuclear abolition in the 65th year since the atomic bombing.

To date, Mikhail Gorbachev, former president of the Soviet Union and Lech Walesa, former president of the Republic of Poland have reportedly indicated that they will attend the summit.

(Originally published on July 21, 2010)