International symposium on July 22 in Hiroshima to seek way forward for realizing nuclear abolition

Hiroshima City University, the Chugoku Shimbun, and the Research Center for Nuclear Weapons Abolition (RECNA) at Nagasaki University will hold an international symposium titled “Opening the Door to Peace: The Treaty to Prohibit Nuclear Weapons and Beyond” at the International Conference Center Hiroshima on July 22.

The symposium will commemorate the 10th anniversary of the Hiroshima Peace Media Center at the Chugoku Shimbun and the 20th anniversary of the Hiroshima Peace Institute at Hiroshima City University, and discuss ideas for realizing a world without nuclear weapons from the A-bombed city of Hiroshima. Australian Tim Wright, a core member of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) and its treaty coordinator, will be the keynote speaker of the event. ICAN is the non-governmental organization (NGO) that won the Nobel Peace Prize last year.

The nuclear weapons ban treaty was established at the United Nations last July, but the nuclear-armed nations have refused to take part in it. At the symposium, the participants will explore how the treaty can be used to move forward with the goal of nuclear abolition. In addition, they will consider future prospects for the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula in the wake of U.S. President Donald Trump’s meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un on June 12. A panel discussion that will include Seiji Endo, a professor in the Faculty of Law at Seikei University and an expert on international politics, will look at ways that civil society can become more involved in these issues.

An A-bomb survivor and a young person from Hiroshima will deliver statements, too. The symposium will start at 1:30 p.m. on that day. Simultaneous interpretation and sign language interpretation will be available. Attendance is free for the first 280 people and no advance reservations are required. For further information, contact the Hiroshima Peace Institute at 082-830-1811.

(Originally published on June 25, 2018)