Attendance at the 62nd Annual United Nations DPI/NGO Conference

Hiroshima Mayor Tadatoshi Akiba attended the 62nd Annual United Nations DPI/NGO Conference, which was held in Mexico City, with the theme of disarmament. The mayor called for understanding and support for the activities of Mayors for Peace. The main activities are outlined below.

Firstly, at the opening ceremony on September 9 (Wed) speeches were given by Ms. Espinosa Cantellano, the Mexican Minister of Foreign Affairs, and Mr. Ban, the Secretary-General of the United Nations, as well as a video message from the President of the General Assembly, Mr. d’Escoto Brockmann, and also a speech from a Nobel Peace Prize Laureate. After this, Mayor Akiba met with Secretary-General Ban. He praised Mr. Ban for his leadership in efforts to achieve nuclear disarmament, and also asked for understanding and support for the activities of Mayors for Peace. After the opening ceremony, a Twitter (see Note) event was held as part of the We Must Disarm campaign being promoted by the Secretary-General, and Mayor Akiba joined the Secretary-General in sending out a message aimed at the abolition of nuclear weapons. The Mayor also participated in the NGO workshop where discussions were held.

 On September 10 (Thurs) the Mayor attended Organization Conference for the Treaty for the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons in Latin America and the Caribbean (Treaty of Tlatelalco), and told the participating ambassadors from various nations that the 2010 NPT Review Conference must succeed. He also asked for cooperation in recruiting new members to Mayors for Peace, asked the attendees to visit Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and received approving applause from the ambassadors. After this the Mayor met with Mexico City Mayor Ebrard, received his application for membership in Mayors for Peace, and the two mayors agreed to continue to cooperate in various areas. Mayor Akiba also met with the leader of the Institutional Revolutionary Party, Ms. Beatriz Paredes Rangel, which is the largest party in the Mexican Lower House. He asked for support for various Mayors for Peace activities including the promotion of member recruitment activities, and the leader of the party expressed her full support.

 On September 11 (Fri), a workshop was held jointly by Mayors for Peace and other NGOs. In his opening speech, Mayor Akiba spoke about the Mayors for Peace activities and stated that it was physically possible to abolish nuclear weapons by 2020, which was the goal of Mayors for Peace. He ended his speech by saying that the abolition of nuclear weapons was the wish of the majority of the world’s citizens, and could be achieved by working together. The Mayor received loud calls of approval from the audience. Mayor Akiba also gave a speech at the closing ceremony, where he talked about his dream to hold the Olympics in Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 2020, if the abolition of nuclear weapons is achieved.

Mayor Akiba calling for support for the Hiroshima-Nagasaki Protocol, which is the concrete roadmap aiming for the abolition of nuclear weapons by 2020
When he called for the nations of the world to unite to demand the abolition of nuclear weapons based on the Hiroshima-Nagasaki Protocol, he received a huge round of applause from the audience as well as expressions of agreement.

(Peace and International Solidarity Promotion Division)

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