A powerful call for the elimination of nuclear weapons

Publié: 16 mai 2013 17:15 CET

By Midori Tasaka, Japanese Red Cross Society

The Red Cross Red Crescent Movement is holding a meeting in the city of Hiroshima, Japan calling on governments and civil society groups to move towards the total elimination of nuclear weapons. The meeting, which is taking place from 15 to 17 May, brings together representatives of 24 National Societies, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) with the intention of developing a plan of action on the issue. 

Tadateru Konoé, president of the Japanese Red Cross Society and IFRC said that the meeting’s location was a powerful reminder of the horror of nuclear weapons. “Hiroshima experienced devastation by the first atomic bomb in history, and I want Red Cross Red Crescent to learn a lot from Hiroshima and take a further step toward from here to combat nuclear weapon issues,” he said at the opening session of the meeting.

The meeting also saw speeches from Mr Kazumi Matsui, the city’s mayor; ICRC President Peter Maurer; Sergio Duarte, former UN High Representative for Disarmament; and Greg Vickery, the chair of the Standing Commission of the Red Cross and Red Crescent.

In addition to the conference, the participants will also visit the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum for a briefing with Ken Shiga, the director of the museum and Hiroshima survivor.

The Red Cross Red Crescent Movement adopted a commitment to the elimination of nuclear weapons at the 2011 Council of Delegates.