A-bomb survivors’ organization to dispatch a delegation of 60 to NPT Review Conference

by Kohei Okata, Staff Writer

On November 12, the Japan Confederation of A- and H-Bomb Sufferers Organizations announced a plan to send a delegation of 60 people, including A-bomb survivors, to the NPT Review Conference, which will be held at the U.N. Headquarters in New York in the spring of 2010. This will be the largest delegation that the organization has ever dispatched overseas. The delegation members will share their experiences of the atomic bombings and hold an A-bomb exhibition in order to bolster the argument for the abolition of nuclear weapons.

The plan was revealed at a meeting held in Tokyo with representatives from each prefecture. For about one month while the NPT Review Conference is in session, they will hold a “U.N. A-bomb Exhibition” where survivors from the delegation will speak about their experiences and provide information on exhibited artifacts. The group will also network with organizations from other countries for peace demonstrations and related activities. With 60 participants, the number of people in this delegation will surpass, by a significant margin, the delegation of 36 that attended the 2005 NPT Review Conference.

In the meeting on November 12, the last day of the gathering, the attendees adopted an appeal for nuclear abolition which asserted, referring to the campaign pledge of President-elect Barack Obama and other recent developments, that “The notion of eliminating nuclear weapons has become a worldwide trend.” Sueichi Kido, assistant general secretary of the organization, remarked, “The NPT Review Conference is key to the abolition of nuclear weapons so we intend to put forth our strongest efforts.”

(Originally published on November 13, 2008)

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