Nuclear Security Summit

On Monday, October 7th, Peace Boat attended a First Committee side event about the Nuclear Security Summit at the United Nations, hosted by the Permanent Mission of the Kingdom of the Netherlands and the United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs (UNODA).   The First Committee of the General Assembly of the United Nations focuses on “disarmament, global challenges and threats to peace that affect the international community and seeks out solutions to the challenges in the international security regime.”

During this event, representatives from the U.S. and Russia gathered to discuss the state of nuclear terrorism today, and why national security is necessary worldwide. A nuclear terrorist attack anywhere in the world would be a global catastrophe, and as former Secretary General Kofi Annan once stated, could have long-term ramifications across the developing world, where access to health care, infrastructure and emergency support would be an additional challenge to helping those affected by such a disaster.

The event included recommendations and action steps regarding possible solutions for addressing nuclear security at the Hague Nuclear Security Summit (NSS) to be held in March of 2014. One such recommendation included removing any remaining large stocks of weapons-grade in HEU (High Enriched Uranium) in non-nuclear weapon states, including Japan, South Africa, and Belarus.

As the only nation to have ever experienced a nuclear attack, Japan’s unique ability to share the testimonies of the survivors from Hiroshima and Nagasaki is a project that Peace Boat started in 2008, inviting more than 103 survivors to join the ship for a global voyage.  For additional information about our work with the Hibakusha (atomic bomb survivors), please visit [link here].

If you are interested in participating in a greater dialogue about nuclear disarmament, join us this Wednesday, Oct. 9thin our discussion on “Steps Toward a Middle East Weapons of Mass Destruction Free Zone”. Click here for more details.

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This post was created and published by: Trixie Cordova (Volunteer from Peace Boat US)

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