Peace Boat at the NPT PrepCom 2014

The 3rd Session of the Preparatory Committee for the 2015 Review Conference of the Parties to the Treaty on the Non-proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT PrepCom) will take place at the UN Headquarters in New York between April 28 – May 9, 2014. Peace Boat will be participating in a range of events and programmes in relation to this conference. Please see below for schedule and details. Learn more about PrepCom

At a time when the focus is clearly shifted to the humanitarian consequences of nuclear weapons, and more and more countries are expressing support for a ban on nuclear weapons, Peace Boat will also be bringing a delegation of two Hibakusha participating in the Global Voyage for a Nuclear-Free World – Peace Boat Hibakusha Project onboard the 83rd Global Voyage, who will disembark from the ship in Casablanca, Morocco on April 26 and spend just over one week in New York speaking about their experiences of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki and their appeal for nuclear abolition, before rejoining the voyage in Caracas, Venezuela. In New York, the two Hibakusha will participate in events coordinated by Peace Boat partner organisation Hibakusha Stories, including multiple school visits throughout New York, and a special benefit event.

For further details about activities in relation to the NPT PrepCom, please contact Emilie McGlone at Peace Boat US in New York or the Peace Boat Tokyo Office at pgblobal(a)peaceboat.gr.jp.

April 25 – May 1, 2014
Peace Boat will hold an exhibition at the United Nations together with Mayors for Peace about nuclear weapons and the Global Voyage for a Nuclear-Weapon Free World: Peace Boat Hibakusha Project.

April 29, 2014, 9:30-11:00
Japan Society (333 East 47th Street NY)
“Atomic Bomb Survivors meet Harry Truman’s Grandson: Sharing Personal Stories”
For invited schools only; event to be broadcast live online from the above site.

April 29, 2014, 13:15-14:30pm
UN Headquarters Conference Building Room B
“Hibakusha testimony: The humanitarian voice in the global movement to abolish nuclear weapons”
Organized by the Permanent Mission of El Salvador to the UN, Peace Boat, and Hibakusha Stories

April 30, 2014, 13:00-15:00
United Nations Conference Room C
Panel Discussion: After Fukushima: Time to Phase Out Nuclear Energy and Move to Sustainable Energy
Organized by the Abolition 2000 Sustainable Energy Working Group

April 30, 2014, 15:00-17:50
UN Headquarters NGO Room C
“Time for Action to Establish a Northeast Asia Nuclear Weapon Free Zone”
Co-Sponsored by Peace Depot (Japan), Peace Network (ROK), Peace Boat (Japan), People’s Solidarity for Participatory Democracy (ROK), and Blue Banner (Mongolia), in cooperation with the International Peace Bureau, Nautilus Institute, Parliamentarians for Nuclear Non-proliferation and Disarmament, Religions for Peace, World Council of Churches

May 2, 2014, 13:15-14:30
UN Headquarters Conference Building Room B
“Nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation education”
Organized: Permanent Mission of Austria, NAPF, CNS, SGI, Peace Boat, Hibakusha Stories, IPPNW Costa Rica

May 3, 2014, 9:00-17:30
Assembly Hall, Judson Memorial Church, 229 Thompson St., Manhattan, South of Washington Square Park, NYC
Facing the Dangers of 21st Century Great Power War: A Conference on the Centenary of World War I
Conference conveners and sponsors: American Friends Service Committee, Peace and Economic Security Program, International Peace Bureau, Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung
New York Office, and the International Association of Lawyers Against Nuclear Arms and its U.S. affiliates, Lawyers Committee on Nuclear Policy and the Western States Legal Foundation.

May 3, 2014, 19-00-22:00
Dupuy’s Landing Guest House (433 West 22nd St NY)
An Evening of Music and Friendship with Hibakusha Stories
As well as the above events, Peace Boat will also participate in meetings organised by the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) and Abolition 2000.
See the UN homepage or Reaching Critical Will for further information on side events.

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