Toward a Nuclear-Free Future! (English Online Version)October 20, 2021)
This site presents the online English version of Toward a Nuclear-Free Future!, the record of the World Nuclear Victims Forum held in Hiroshima November 21-23, 2015. The Japanese version of Toward a Nuclear-Free Future! was published in August 2020.
[Please click the title above to read the record; you can jump to each section by clicking its button.]
About 20 foreign guests and more than 1,000 people attended the Forum, including hibakusha, scientists, legal experts, and campaigners. They received up-to-date reports and participated in discussions regarding the grave nuclear damage still being done around the world.
On the last day, the Forum adopted the Declaration of the World Nuclear Victims Forum in Hiroshima together with the Draft Elements of a Charter of World Nuclear Victims’ Rights.
Nuclear problems remain the most urgent of all. We must tackle them now despite the many other crises surging one after another, from climate disruption to the pandemic and more. We hope the reports and messages uploaded here can be of some help in building further the momentum generated by the coming into force of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW).
This online version contains many of the presentations given at the 2015 Forum, but only abstracts or profiles are available for some sessions at present. We will keep working to improve this site and ask you to join us in spreading around the world the messages that came from this Forum.
The Forum was possible thanks to generous donations and assistance from many concerned people and groups in Japan and abroad. We would like also to thank deeply the Nuclear-Free World Foundation for their generous support in translating some of the Japanese presentations into English and for providing the website for this English version.
The World Nuclear Victims Executive Committee
On November 24, 2019, prior to the 75th anniversary of the bombings, Pope Francis visited Hiroshima and Nagasaki, where he made the following unequivocal statements. “Using atomic energy in war is immoral. Even the possession of nuclear weapons is immoral…” (Hiroshima) ”…Armaments are enormously expensive. They obstruct projects that promote solidarity and social uplift…” (Nagasaki). The Holy Father went on to call for “the use of a portion of defense spending to create a global fund to assist the poor.” (Nagasaki)
We need a fund to help radiation victims around the world offer testimonies at important times and places to persuade nuclear-armed and nuclear-dependent nations to shift their policies toward abolition. We need financial resources for medical care and assistance to uranium mine workers and those exposed to testing in the Marshall Islands, the Mururoa Atoll and elsewhere.
Seventy-five years after the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, please help us create and expand a fund for the abolition of nuclear weapons that will amplify the voices demanding a nuclear-free world.
Donations will support these objectives:
1.Increase ratifications of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons
2.Support people and places around the world harmed by radiation related to nuclear weapons
3.Promote the abolition of nuclear weapons
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