World Conference Against A & H Bombs, held in August, to discuss road map for negotiations on Nuclear Weapons Convention  

by Kohei Okata, Staff Writer

On July 12, the executive committee of the World Conference Against A & H Bombs, organized by the Japan Council against Atomic and Hydrogen Bombs and its affiliated organizations, announced its international delegates and programs for the conference to be held in August. The committee will invite about 60 people from 22 countries to take part in conference events, including the International Meeting and main event, at the gathering in downtown Hiroshima. Participants will discuss such issues as steps to be taken by the international community to encourage the start of negotiations on a Nuclear Weapons Convention.

From abroad, Peter Becker, co-chair of the International Association of Lawyers Against Nuclear Arms (IALANA), a group seeking the elimination of nuclear weapons and an end to the use of nuclear energy, and Angela Kane, U.N. High Representative for Disarmament Affairs, among others, are expected at the conference. At the International Meeting, scheduled from August 2 to 4, and the World Conference-Hiroshima, taking place from August 4 to 6, the participants will discuss the abolition of nuclear weapons, focusing on such issues as a road map for commencing negotiations on a Nuclear Weapons Convention.

Turning to other concerns involving war and peace, the participants will weigh in on the U.S. plan to deploy the MV22 Osprey in Japan, making their opposition clear. The Osprey is an aircraft capable of making vertical take-offs and landings. They will also discuss measures to halt the use of nuclear energy, an issue raised by the participants at the last world conference.

The schedule for the World Conference-Nagasaki includes the international exchange forum on August 8 and the plenary session on August 9.

(Originally published on July 13, 2012)