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2013 World Conference against A & H Bombs – Nagasaki
August 7 - 9, 2013

August 7 (Wed.)

Morning:    Move to Nagasaki by chartered bus

 

Opening Plenary, 2013 World Conference - Nagasaki

15:30-18:00 (Nagasaki Shimin Kaikan Gymnasium)

Program:              - Introduction of overseas delegates, messages

- Address by Organizer

- Report from Hibakusha

- Address by Nagasaki Mayor

- Special reports by Government representatives

- Presentation from overseas and Japanese movements

International Youth Rally: Ring! Link! Zero 2013

18:30-20:30 (Nagasaki Shimin Kaikan Gymnasium)

August 8 (Thurs.)

Forum: “For a Total Ban on Nuclear Weapons - Dialogue between Governments and Grass-Roots Movements”

 

13:00-16:00 (Nakabe Auditorium, Nagasaki University)

   In order to secure concrete steps for a total ban and elimination of nuclear weapons at the forthcoming 2015 NPT Review Conference, what actions are called for at the arena of the international politics?  Representatives of national governments in the forefront of this struggle to push forward the humanitarian discourse of nuclear weapons, including those for the New Agenda Coalition and the Non-Aligned movement, will propose the future direction to achieve the goal.  Representatives of the Japanese grass-roots movement and world anti-nuclear peace movements will discuss and exchange views with the government representatives sharing the same goal.

 

Workshops 09:30 - 15:00 (At various venues throughout Nagasaki City; Some workshops run with different time schedule)

1-A. Action for a total ban on nuclear weapons toward 2015 (2F Hall, Nagasaki Shoko Kaigisho, 1-14, Bunkyo-cho)

1-B. Action for a total ban on nuclear weapons toward 2015 (2F Myoken Hall, Saint Hill Nagasaki)

   These workshops aim to discuss how to create a great surge of public support for a “total ban on nuclear weapons” toward the 2015 NPT Review Conference.  Focusing on the inhumanity of nuclear weapons, participants will join overseas delegates to propose and report on grass-roots initiatives, including the signature campaign for the “Appeal for a Total Ban on Nuclear Weapons”, peace marches, A-bomb exhibitions, etc, and learn from each other’s experiences and growing grass-roots power.

 

2. For a nuclear weapon-free peaceful Asia (NBC Media One, 1-35 Uwamachi)

We need to achieve a nuclear-free East Asia, bearing in mind the importance of aiming at a total ban on nuclear weapons.  Anti-nuclear peace movements of Asia and Japan will share experiences and discuss together what should be done to achieve a nuclear weapon-free Asia and peaceful resolution of disputes in this region.  In addition, what to do to counter the developments of the U.S. Asia Pacific pivot strategy and the role of Japan as the A-bombed country and the closest ally of the U.S. will be discussed.

 

3. For a nuclear weapon-free peaceful Japan (Prefectural Library Hall)

   Toward the next NPT Review Conference in 2015, all national governments and civil society across the world are urged to work together and take actions to translate the shared goal into reality.  At the NPT Second Preparatory Committee held in Geneva in April, the government of Japan refused to endorse the “Joint statement on the humanitarian impact of nuclear weapon” issued by 80 nations. The workshop discussion will focus on how to make the government change its blind reliance on the U.S. “nuclear umbrella”, the root-cause of this refusal, and take the initiative befitting the A-bomb country to achieve a nuclear weapon-free world.

 

4. Creating nuclear-free and peace-oriented local municipalities (Hall, Nagasaki Museum of History and Culture, 1-1-1 Tateyama)

   There are increasing number of local municipalities endorsing the abolition of nuclear weapons and peace.  Of the 1,789 local governments, 1,565 have declared themselves nuclear-free, and mayors of 1,038 municipalities have signed the “Appeal for a Total Ban and Elimination of Nuclear Weapons.”  Joined by the representatives of local governments, the workshop will discuss and explore the role of local municipalities in promoting nuclear-free and peace administrations together with their citizens, including holding of A-bomb exhibitions and promoting the signature campaign for banning nuclear weapons.

 

5. Japan with Article 9 shining: Role of the anti-nuclear movement (Merca Tsukimachi Hall, 3-18 Tsukimachi)

   Now that the world is endeavoring to resolve conflicts by peaceful means and to achieve a nuclear weapon-free world, the role to be played by Japan, holding Article 9 in its constitution born out of the tragic experience of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, is called into question.  Attempts are being made to revise Article 9 and allow Japan to exercise the right to collective self-defense under the pretext of “threats” from North Korea and China.  Discussion will focus on what should be done to stop such moves and create a Japan which can give full play to Article 9 of its constitution.

 

6. Inheriting the A-bomb experiences and making known to the world the atrocity of Hiroshima and Nagasaki (NBC Media Three, Uwamachi)

   Sixty-eight years have passed since the atomic bombing.  Hibakusha’s appeal, “No more Hiroshima or Nagasaki” and their actions have given great strength to the movement to abolish nuclear weapons.  Noting the new international initiative to focus on the inhumanity of nuclear weapons, workshop participants will listen to and learn from the A-bomb experience, recognize the urgency of eliminating nuclear weapons and discuss how to inherit and succeed to the A-bomb experiences and make known to the world the real damage of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

 

7. Activities to support and work in solidarity with the Hibakusha (Large conference room, Nagasaki Kensetsu Sogo Kaikan)

   This workshop is a place for exchanging experiences and ideas to support and work in solidarity with the Hibakusha.  Learning from the damage and after-effects of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, participants will discuss the future of the activities in this area.  Reports will be given on the “No More Hibakusha Lawsuits” in Tokyo, Aichi, Osaka and Hiroshima, and on the networking efforts among second and third generation Hibakusha, and among supporters of the Hibakusha.

 

8. Nuclear weapons and nuclear power plants (NBC Media Two, 1-35 Uwamachi)

   The situation of TEPCO Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant is far from “restored to its normal state”, but is still in the height of the accident, with ever-increasing amount of high-density of contaminated water.  Despite this, Abe government, with intention to secure the ability of “producing nuclear weapons as deterrence,” is promoting the resumption of operation and the export of nuclear power plants.  Participants will share and discuss their activities to support people and municipalities which have suffered from radiation and to shift the government policy from depending on nuclear energy to renewable energy sources. 

 

9. Abolition of nuclear weapons and our lives (Ajisai hall, 3F, Saint Hill Nagasaki, 4-10 Chikugomachi)

   Upholding a “strong Japan”, Abe government is promoting the monetary easing policy and increasing public spending, building the anticipation among the public.  In reality, it is increasing the defense budget in the name of reinforcing Japan-U.S. alliance in total subordination to the U.S. strategy.  Participants will examine the link between economic issues and nuclear and peace issues and share their experiences in this area.

 

10. Culture of anti-nuclear peace (Lecture Room, Sogo Fukushi Center 5F)

   Participants will discuss the role of cultural activities in the effort for abolishing nuclear weapons.

 

11. Youth Forum: Learning from the Hibakusha (Shimin Kaikan Gymnasium, 5-1 Uonomachi)

   By listening to and recording Hibakusha’s testimonies, young participants will learn the inhumanity of nuclear weapons and inherit their wish and effort for the abolition of nuclear weapons. 

 

12. Learning Hiroshima & Nagasaki through films (Large Conference room, Sogo Fukushi Center, 3-24 Morimachi)

   Image culture is playing an important role in the effort for achieving a nuclear weapon-free, peaceful and just world.  Film director Oliver Stone, who produced the “Untold History of the United States” and historian Peter Kuznick will speak about the criminality of the atomic bombing.  Participants will also learn the Hibakusha’s movement for compensation and for the elimination of nuclear weapons through watching the record of their class action for the official recognition of their diseases.

 

High School Students Forum: Let’s talk with the Hibakusha from around the world

 

Field Trips:

13. On-site investigation on Sasebo U.S. Bases (08:00-17:00)

14. Visit to A-bomb architectures and monuments (09:20-15:00)

15. Boys and girls Forum (09:00-15:00)

18:00-  No Nukes! Women’s Forum 2013 (Nagasaki Shimin Kaikan Gymnasium)

August 9 (Fri.)

Closing Plenary, 2013 World Conference - Nagasaki

10:30-13:00 (Nagasaki Shimin Kaikan Gymnasium)

Program:           - Action proposal and adoption of resolution

- Speeches by overseas delegates

- Program with film director Oliver Stone

- Cultural program

- Determination of grass-roots activitists

                            - Finale