Mayors for Peace decides action plan for abolishing nuclear weapons at conference in Nagasaki

by Uzaemonnaotsuka Tokai, Staff Writer

Mayors for Peace, for which Hiroshima Mayor Tadatoshi Akiba serves as president, began its 7th General Conference on the evening of August 7 with a laying of flowers at the hypocenter in Nagasaki and a welcome reception for the participants. The opening ceremony then took place on August 8 at Nagasaki Brick Hall in Mori-machi, Nagasaki City, and full-fledged deliberations have started. At a plenary session held right after the opening ceremony, the participants decided on an action plan for realizing the abolition of nuclear weapons by the year 2020.

The action plan focuses on building global momentum in support of the “Hiroshima-Nagasaki Protocol,” a roadmap toward the total elimination of nuclear weapons, for its adoption at the Nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty (NPT) Review Conference to be held next May.

As to immediate, concrete initiatives that Mayors for Peace will pursue, these include: increasing the number of member cities from 3,000, its current level, to 5,000; proposing that the International Commission on Nuclear Non-proliferation and Disarmament (ICNND), which will hold its final meeting in Hiroshima this October, endorse the Hiroshima-Nagasaki Protocol; and expanding the “Obamajority” campaign to support U.S. President Barack Obama’s pledge to work for the abolition of nuclear weapons.

The participants also discussed the possibility of the cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki jointly hosting the Summer Olympics of 2020. Mayors for Peace plans to appeal to the international community to recognize the significance of holding such a festival of peace in the A-bombed cities, in conjunction with the fulfillment of the abolition of nuclear weapons.

On August 9 section meetings will be held, and on August 10 the general conference will close after adopting an appeal.

(Originally published on August 9, 2009)

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