Sharing the aspirations of the Hibakusha, Gensuikyo will convene the 2017 World Conference against A and H Bombs in the two A-bombed cities, with the theme: “For a Nuclear Weapon-Free, Peaceful and Just World – Let’s Join Hands to Achieve a Treaty to Prohibit Nuclear Weapons.”
Together with the initiatives and leadership of national governments, international agencies and local municipalities, the voices and actions of the people of the world, including the Hibakusha, have contributed to the the ban treaty negotiations by raising awareness of the inhumanity of nuclear weapons through their testimonies and A-bomb exhibitions of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. We must make this year’s World Conference successful by making known the damage and aftereffects of the atomic bombing throughout the world and creating a groundswell of people’s voices and actions calling for a total ban and the elimination of nuclear weapons.
The conference will include updates and promotion of the International Signature Campaign in Support of the Appeal of the Hibakusha for the Elimination of Nuclear Weapons (International Hibakusha Appeal Signature Campaign) launched in April 2016. The signature campaign has drawn a broad range of support both internationally and inside Japan, giving rise to the creation of joint campaign setups of various organizations in many parts of Japan beyond their differences.