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Hiroshima and the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT)

By: Danielle SERRES, Servas International Representative at the UN in Geneva 

From Fukushima to Hiroshima, September 2015, I was travelling with a friend and hosted by Servas members.

In Hiroshima, we visited the Peace Museum with our Servas host, Tomoeko Hayashi. She was 3 years old on August 6, 1945. She remembered the blinding light in the sky and the terrifying sound. Her father's remains have never been found. She had no hatred, but the firm belief that nuclear weapons should be eradicated.

While August 6th will see the commemoration of the terrible first nuclear bomb on Hiroshima, World leaders are meeting at the United Nations in New York to begin their first review of the UN Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) since nuclear weapons became prohibited under international law in 2021.

At a time where tensions between nuclear-armed states are increasing, hiding behind vague affirmations and empty promises is not enough. It is time for all states to join the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons as the pathway to save the NPT,” ICAN Executive Director Beatrice Fihn said.

As an official ICAN partner, Servas International supports all initiatives to ban nuclear weapons. Two of our representatives at UN NY will be attending parts of the conference on the NPT in August in NY, and others will attend sessions virtually.

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