Opinion

Hello from UNITAR: Executive Director Visited Peace Memorial Museum

by Yoko Morita, UNITAR Hiroshima Office

UNITAR is headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland. The Hiroshima Office is the second of two satellite offices, with the other located in New York.

Although he is normally based in the Geneva headquarters, UNITAR Executive Director Nikhil Seth visited Hiroshima this spring. He had fruitful discussions with UNITAR’s various supporters and stakeholders, including Mr. Hidehiko Yuzaki, Governor of Hiroshima Prefecture, and Mr. Kazumi Matsui, Mayor of Hiroshima City. Mr. Seth, one of the architects of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that the United Nations is currently working toward, was honored to give a lecture for young business leaders in Hiroshima about the connection between business and the SDGs.

On the final day of his visit, Mr. Seth and his wife, Madhu Seth, visited the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum.

Mrs. Seth used to work as a teacher in New York, where she often read the story of Sadako Sasaki to children. For a long time, she had wished to visit Hiroshima. She silently looked around the museum, wiping away tears with her hand. As she left, she said emphatically, “Everyone in the world should come here and see.” Mr. Seth himself also mentioned in the museum’s visitors’ book, “The visit to the museum was most moving and heart wrenching,” and “The promise of peace, reconciliation, solidarity and engagement are also the messages from Hiroshima.”

UNITAR Hiroshima Office staff were reminded once again why our office was established here.

(Originally published on May 8, 2018)
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