Call for 2011 World Conference against A &H Bombs

Let Us Gather in Hiroshima &Nagasaki and Pile Up Millions of Signatures to Ban Nuclear Weapons

Dear friends,

We express our deep gratitude for your warm support and messages to us on the damage of the earthquake,tsunamis and the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant accident. As a movement which stood up and rescued the survivors of the A-bomb tragedy,we are devoting all our energies to rescue more than 400,000 sufferers and evacuees.

Though in the midst of this effort,we announce that the 2011 World Conference against A and H Bombs will be planned on August 3-9 in Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

The damage of the disaster has brought tasks facing us into relief. Capability and resources that humans have obtained should be used for peace,environmental conservation,the protection of people’s lives,livelihood,safety and welfare. They must not be used for wars,military buildup,destroying environment and expanding disparity and poverty.

In particular,the ongoing disaster of Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant once again shed light to the tremendous danger of the current development of nuclear energy that had made endless pursuit of profit at the sacrifice of people’s safety.

We urge the Japanese government to take urgent measures to give top priority to safety of the people and avert catastrophic exposure of the entire nation to radiation. Not only that,it should conduct comprehensive checks on all existing nuclear powers,and stop the use of plutonium fuel in the nuclear power plants. Japan is projecting on the use of plutonium,as seen in MOX fuel plan,the resumption of operation of the fast breeder-reactor “Monju”,etc. Above all,now is time for the government to shift its energy policy from dependence on nuclear energy to the development of renewable energy and creation of a lower energy consumption society.

The current nuclear disaster also carved in relief how devastating and criminal the use of nuclear energy for arms is! We are firmly determined to do utmost to achieve a total ban on nuclear weapons,let alone,to rescue the sufferers and win the shift of nuclear energy policy.

We launched a new signature drive in support of the “Appeal for a Total Ban on Nuclear Weapons” in Hiroshima and Nagasaki on Feb. 15,2010. This campaign demands that the governments of the world start negotiations to conclude a convention totally banning nuclear weapons. It was called for based on the outcome of the 2010 NPT Review Conference and with confidence that the will and the actions of the people are the key to the next steps to reach the goal of a nuclear weapon-free world. The Preparatory Committee meeting to the next NPT Review Conference is due to be held in May next year. If we take it into account,we have to urge all governments to make “special effort” immediately,and we have to urge them to reach an agreement to start negotiation for the convention banning nuclear weapons in the UN General Assembly to be convened this autumn. In order to achieve this purpose this autumn,we have to make a success of the World Conference with a large number of participants and signatures. We call on you to join us in the Conference and to bring your collected signatures so that we can pile up millions of them in Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

Provisional Schedule of the 2011 World Conference against A &H Bombs:
August 3 (Wed) –5 (Fri)International Meeting (Hiroshima)
5 (Fri)International Forum (Hiroshima,evening)
6 (Sat)Hiroshima Day Rally
7 (Sat)Opening Plenary,World Conf.– Nagasaki
8 (Sun)Forum/Workshops
9 (Mon)Closing Plenary,World Conf. –Nagasaki

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