Mayors for Peace to hold poster exhibition in Vienna to promote nuclear abolition

by Michiko Tanaka, Staff Writer

Mayors for Peace, an international organization seeking the abolition of nuclear weapons by the year 2020, will hold a poster exhibition on the atomic bombings in Vienna, Austria, in conjunction with the first preparatory meeting for the Nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty (NPT) Review Conference, scheduled for the period of April 30 to May 11. The organization will make an appeal for the elimination of nuclear arms to the participants of the meeting, gathering from a range of nations.

A total of 18 posters, making use of two languages, English and German, will be put on display. The posters include photographs of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in the aftermath of the bombings, drawings made by A-bomb survivors to convey the horror of the atomic bombs, and information on the reconstruction of the two cities and the work of Mayors for Peace, among other material.

The organization plans to hold the exhibition at the Vienna City Hall and the Vienna International Center Building, which is the venue for the preparatory meeting. Hiroshima Mayor Kazumi Matsui, who serves as the president of Mayors for Peace, is expected to take part in the opening ceremony.

The decision to hold the poster exhibition was made at the board meeting of Mayors for Peace held in Spain in November 2011. A Japanese version of the poster exhibition is currently being prepared. To commemorate the distinction of reaching 5,000 member cities, Mayors for Peace plans to hold poster exhibitions in all member cities this August.

(Originally published on April 3, 2012)