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29.11.2011: INES 20th Anniversary

A nuclear weapon-free, peaceful and just world is the common desire of all who work for peace and against war.

Observing the 66th year of the A-bomb tragedies of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the 2011 World Conference against A and H Bombs took place on Aug. 3 to 9 in Hiroshima and Nagasaki under the theme of “A Nuclear Weapon-Free, Peaceful and Just World”. The Conference was participated in by a total of more than 10,000 peace activists, including 250 delegates in the International Meeting on Aug. 3-5, about 2,000 in the Hiroshima Day Rally on Aug. 6 and 7,800 in the World Conference – Nagasaki on Aug. 7-9, as well as 88 overseas delegates from 25 countries. It was encouraging that many people took part in the Conference from the March 11 earthquake-tsunami-nuclear crisis-afflicted areas.

We express our deep gratitude and appreciation to all friends who participated in the conference, who sent their representatives, who sent us messages of solidarity, and/or who organized solidarity actions at their places.

The 2011 World Conference became a successful one in many ways.

First, based on the achievements of the last NPT Review Conference in May last year, the Conference urged the full implementation of the agreed goal to “achieve the peace and security of a world without nuclear weapons”, and set out actions to build up public support for the proposed start of negotiations for nuclear weapon convention, in view of the 66th session of the UN General Assembly and of the start of the new round of the NPT review process, which will start in spring next year.

Messages from UN Secretary Ban Ki-moon and from head of states or governments, speeches and lectures by Mr. Sergio Duarte, UN High Representative for Disarmament Affairs, and representatives of NAM member governments and of the governments leading in the nuclear-free zone movement all evidenced that the call for action to establish a nuclear weapon-free world represents the overwhelming majority of both the governments and the civil society.

Second, as the Conference that took place in the aftermath of the east Japan disasters of the earthquake, tsunami and nuclear power plant, it set out the policy to act for the eradication of any more damage from radiation, which is common for nuclear weapons and nuclear power plants, and develop solidarity with the movement for breaking away from nuclear energy and shift to renewable energy.
Listening to the representatives of the Hibakusha in Japan and from Korea, and from Hanford and Nevada in the USA, Chelyabinsk in Russia, the Marshall Islands, Tahiti and other areas, as well as people from Fukushima and other nuclear accident-afflicted places, the Conference called for solidarity with the movements of sufferers to eradicate the damage.

Third, many people from grassroots movements working against US bases in Okinawa, Yokosuka, Sasebo and other places took active part in discussion. They expressed their determination to intensify their campaign to get Japan out of the US “nuclear umbrella” and to strictly implement the “Three Non-Nuclear Principles” of “not possessing, not manufacturing and not allowing the bringing-in of nuclear weapons”, which contributes to pressing the Japanese government to take the lead in the international effort for the start of negotiations for a nuclear weapons convention.

Forth, the Conference, as it was in last conferences, became a trans-generational yet youthful conference. One third of the participants were at age 20s, and, as a whole, half of the participants were youth.

At the Opening Plenary of the 2011 World Conference-Nagasaki on Aug. 7, Gensuikyo pledged in front of the representatives of the United Nations and the government representatives from Egypt, Mexico and Venezuela, the leading countries of NAM and the nuclear-free zone movement, that it will rally the desire of the whole Japanese people for a total ban on nuclear weapons around the new signature campaign.

The Conference adopted three documents: Declaration of International Meeting adopted on Aug. 5, Call from Hiroshima adopted by the Hiroshima Day Rally of Aug. 6, and Call from Nagasaki adopted on Aug. 9 by the Closing Plenary of the World Conference-Nagasaki. We hope that you will find those documents useful and that they will serve to develop internationally concerted actions to free the world of nuclear weapons.

World Conference against A & H Bombs
Organizing Committee
2-4-4 Yushima, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo 113-8464 JAPAN
phone: +81-3-5842-6034
fax: +81-3-5842-6033
Email: intlantiatomorg
URL: www.antiatom.org