Hiroshima mayor to call for nuclear abolition at ICNND in Russia

by Uzaemonnaotsuka Tokai, Staff Writer

On May 14, the City of Hiroshima announced that Hiroshima Mayor Tadatoshi Akiba would attend the third meeting of the International Commission on Nuclear Non-proliferation and Disarmament (ICNND), an expert commission, in Moscow on June 20-21. The mayor will appeal for the elimination of nuclear weapons.

Mayor Akiba will deliver a speech on the afternoon of June 20 as president of Mayors for Peace. He will call for cooperation so that the Hiroshima-Nagasaki Protocol, a measure proposed by Mayors for Peace and composed of steps leading to the abolition of nuclear weapons by 2020, will be adopted at the Nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty (NPT) Review Conference next spring. He will address the gathering on June 21, calling on commission members to work with Mayors for Peace.

ICNND will hold its fourth meeting in October in Hiroshima and compile a report as early as this year. The discussion of the group has focused on setting a course toward nuclear abolition with a three-step approach: early, middle, and final steps. It is believed that the focus of the third meeting will be on how to include a pledge of no-first-use of nuclear weapons by nuclear weapon states.

(Originally published on May 15, 2009)

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