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2021 World Conference against A and H Bombs

Main Theme

"With the Hibakusha, Let Us Achieve a Nuclear Weapon-free, Peaceful and Just World - for the Future of the Humankind and Our Planet"

Call for support and participation in the 2021 World Conference against A and H Bombs

Provisional Schedule/Program of the 2021 World Conference against A and H Bombs

(As of July 16, 2021)
(*All times indicated are in Japan Standard Time, i.e., CET + 7H, GMT + 8H, EST + 13H)

International Meeting, 2021 World Conference against A and H Bombs

August 2 (Mon): 10:00-12:30 (JST)

*(Zoom webinar format with Japanese-English simultaneous translation)

Opening Session:

  • Organizer’s report: NOGUCHI Kunikazu, Steering Committee Co-Chair of the World Conference Organizing Committee
  • Greetings by Nihon Hidankyo: KIDO Sueichi, Secretary General of the Japan Confederation of A-and H-Bomb Sufferers Organizations (Nihon Hidankyo)
  • Presentation of messages
  • Declaration to launch the “Peace Wave 2021”

Session I: Global actions for achieving a total prohibition of nuclear weapons

  • Jackie Cabasso, Western States Legal Foundation, USA
  • Dave Webb, Chair, Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament, UK
  • Ludo de Brabander, Vrede, Belgium
  • Oleg Bodrov, Public Council of the South Coast of the Gulf of Finland, Russia
  • YASUI Masakazu, Secretary General, Japan Council against A and H Bombs (Gensuikyo)

Session II: Actions in Asia for achieving a total prohibition of nuclear weapons

  • Joseph Gerson, Campaign for Peace, Disarmament and Common Security, USA
  • TSUCHIDA Yayoi, Assistant Secretary General, Gensuikyo, Japan
  • Lee Jun Kyu, Senior Researcher, Institute for Unification and Peace Policy, Hanshin University, ROK
  • Dong Huy Cuong, Secretary General, Vietnam Peace Committee
  • Achin Vanaik, Founding member, Coalition for Nuclear Disarmament and Peace, India

Closing Session:

  • Questions & Answers
  • Organizer’s Statement
  • Closing remarks

2021 World Conference against A and H Bombs – Hiroshima Day Rally

August 6 (Fri): 10:00-12:30 JST

*(Zoom webinar format; With Japanese-English simultaneous translation)

  • Opening short movie: “Grass-roots voices change the world”
  • Organizer’s keynote report: TOMIDA Koji, Drafting Committee Chair/ Professor at Kwansei Gakuin University

Guest speakers:

  • Alexander Kmentt, Ambassador/Director, Disarmament, Arms Control and Non- Proliferation, Federal Ministry for Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs of Austria

  • Greetings by Matsui Kazumi, Mayor of Hiroshima
  • Appeal by the Hibakusha: MIMAKI Toshiyuki, National Board member, Nihon Hidankyo
  • Presentation of messages

Session 1: “Joint efforts for a nuclear weapon-free world”

  • Beatrice Fihn, Executive Director, International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN)
  • Carlos Umaña, Co-President, International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War (IPPNW)
  • TAKEMOTO Masahiro, Climate Change activist, Japan
  • MEKATA Motoko, Steering Committee member, Japan Campaign to Ban Landmines

  • Cultural program: A-bomb poem reading by SAITO Tomoko (actress) & Performance by Japan Singing Voice Group

Session 2 “Exchange of grass-roots movements of Japan and the world”

  • Ludo de Brabander, Vrede, Belgium
  • Bak Hayoung, Solidarity for Peace and Reunification of Korea (SPARK), ROK
  • Japanese grass-roots groups

Special session: “TPNW and Japan”

  • Japanese parliamentarians will discuss the TPNW and public opinion in the light of the forthcoming General Elections in autumn

  • Adoption of Hiroshima Appeal (Statement on behalf of the organizer)
  • Closing remarks

On-site Program in Hiroshima: “Hiroshima Forum in solidarity with the Hibakusha – From Hiroshima to the World 2021”

August 6, 14:00-15:30 JST

*(Zoom webinar format; With Japanese-English simultaneous translation)

Local Venue: Main Hall on the 3 rd Floor, Road Building, Hiroshima
Format: Hybrid event combing an in-person gathering and a zoom online webinar
Program: Testimonies of the Hibakusha; Cultural program (TBC)
Co-sponsors: World Conference Organizing Committee and the Hiroshima Organizing Committee

2021 World Conference against A and H Bombs – Nagasaki Day Rally

August 9 (Mon): 10:00-12:30 JST

*(Zoom webinar format; With Japanese-English simultaneous translation)

Program:

  • Opening short movie: “Grass-roots voices change the world”
  • Organizer’s keynote report: ANZAI Ikuro, member of the Committee of Chairpersons

Guest speakers

  • Syed Hasrin Aidid, Permanent Representative of Malaysia to the U.N.
  • Melba Pria, Ambassador to Japan, Mexico (TBC)

  • Greetings by TAUE Tomihisa, Mayor of Nagasaki

  • Appeals by the Hibakusha/Nuclear victims
  • -  TANAKA Yasujiro, Council member, Nagasaki A-Bomb Survivors Council

    -  Lee Gyu-yeol, President, Korean Atomic Bomb Casualty Association, ROK


  • Presentation of messages
  • Minute of silence

Session 1: “Joint efforts for a nuclear weapon-free world”

  • Philip Jennings, Co-President, International Peace Bureau (IPB)
  • Tina Ebro, International Coordinating Committee member, Asia-Europe People’s Forum (AEPF)
  • SHINOHARA Yoshinori, Executive Director, World Conference of Religions for Peace- Japan

  • Cultural program: A-bomb poem reading by SAITO Tomoko (actress) & Performance by Japan Singing Voice Group

Session 2: “Exchange of grass-roots movements of Japan and the world”

  • Ralph Hutchison, Oak Ridge Environmental Peace Alliance, USA
  • Roland Nivet, National Secretary, French Peace Movement
  • Nguyen Van Linh, President, Vietnam Association of Victims of Agent Orange
  • Representatives of Japanese grass-roots groups/ Peace Marchers

  • Concluding report of the “Peace Wave 2021”
  • Announcement of the “Letter to Governments of the World”
  • Closing remarks

On-site Program in Nagasaki: “Nagasaki Forum in solidarity with the Hibakusha – From Nagasaki to the World 2021”

August 9, 13:30-15:00 JST

*(Zoom webinar format; With Japanese-English simultaneous translation)

Local Venue: Auditorium, Nagasaki-ken Kinro Fukushi Kaikan
Format: Hybrid event combing an in-person gathering and a zoom online webinar
Program: Nagasaki Hibakusha’s testimonies; Greetings by Nagasaki mayor (TBC)
Co-sponsors: World Conference Organizing Committee and the Nagasaki Organizing Committee

Forums on Various Themes (Each organized for 2 hours; Zoom online system)

August 2 (Mon) – August 8 (Sun)

I. With the Hibakusha, Let Us Achieve a Nuclear Weapon-Free, Peaceful and Just World: Aiming to Achieve Japan’s Accession to the TPNW
Date/Time: 14:00-16:00, Sunday, August 8

II. Solidarity with Okinawa and removal of foreign military bases *(JP-EN translation available)
Date/Time: 14:00-16:00 Thursday, August 5
Speakers: Joseph Gerson (CPDC, USA)
                 LisaLinda Natividad (Guahan Coalition for Peace and Justice, Guam)
                 Choi Sung-Hee (Gangjeong Peace Network, ROK)
                 Okinawa

III. 60 years of damage from Agent Orange and solidarity with the AO victims *(JP-VN translation available)
Date/Time: 15:00-17:00 Wednesday, August 4

IV. Nuclear-free and peaceful Asia and the role of people’s movements *(JP-EN translation available)
Date/Time: 10:00-12:00 Saturday, August 7
Lecture by Hiroshi Taka (Gensuikyo)
Speakers: Yayoi Tsuchdia (Gensuikyo, Japan)
                  Kim Jinyoung (People’s Solidarity for Social Progress, ROK)
                  Corazon Fabros (Philippines)
                  Achin Vanaik (India).

V. Let’s discuss nuclear weapons, economy and environment
Date/Time: 14:00-16:00 Saturday, August 7

Associated events/forums with the World Conference against A & H Bombs

  • Scientists Forum (13:00-16:30, Sunday, August 1)
  • Films on anti-nuclear/peace issues (10:00-12:00, Tuesday, August 3)
    Program: Screening of “Son of Fukushima” by Beth Balawick and Beth Murphy and “For an Eternal Peace” by ARIHARA Seiji; Discussion
  • Nuclear weapons and nuclear power (14:00-16:00, Tuesday, August 3)
  • No Nukes! Women’s Forum 2021 (13:00-14:00, Saturday, August 7)
  • Ring! Link! Zero! (Youth rally) (18:00-19:00, Saturday, August 7)
  • High School Students Peace Forum (14:00-16:30, Sunday, August 8)

Exchange meetings organized by different organizations

- National government workers’ forum for peace (18:30- Thursday, August 5)
- Min-Iren (Japanese Federation of Democratic Medical Institutions) Peace Wave Forum (16:30 - Friday, August 6)
- Teachers forum for peace (18:30-20:30, Friday, August 6)
- Municipal government workers’ forum for peace (13:00- Saturday, August 7)

2021 Peace Wave Global Joint Actions (August 2 – 9)

We call on the world to join the 2021 Peace Wave Actions for the elimination of nuclear weapons which will circle around the globe from August 2 to 9. We invite grass-roots peace movements to send their action plans during the period.

Title: Peace Wave 2021 – International Joint Action for the Elimination of Nuclear Weapons
Dates: August 2 to August 9, 2021
Launching: 10:00 on August 2 at the International Meeting of the 2021 World Conference against A and H Bombs
Concluding: 12:00 on August 9, Nagasaki Day Rally of the 2021 World Conference against A and H Bombs
Common aim: Elimination of nuclear weapons
Common forms: Activities to urge respective governments to support, sign and ratify the Treaty on the Elimination of Nuclear Weapons

For details: http://www.antiatom.org/english/world_conference/peacewave.html


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