Day 2, Post 2 – 昨日の国連軍縮会議ブログ(その2)

After lunch, the Conference continued with Session 6: Role of Civil Society. Dr Tilman Ruff surprised me with his opening remarks when he apologized for the fact that much of the leaked nuclear fuel in the world originated from his home country of Australia. As the Chair of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) he wasted no time to lift the mood of crowd by enlightening us to the positive developments achieved in recent years on disarmament issues. A very good example was the military co-operation between America and New Zealand. Under pressure, New Zealand stood firm on its ban on nuclear powered ships from entering its ports. Though this position initially generated tension, these two countries continue to be military partners.  Once again, this reflects the fact that though progress on disarmament doesn’t come easily, it is possible.

In the last session of Day 2, Prof Kazumi Mizumoto presented on the ‘Prospects for Future Disarmament and Non-Proliferation Education’. Mr Mizumoto insisted on the importance of education once again, and illustrated a number of ideas that could be implemented not only in Japan but across the globe. After his talk, the audience had the chance to raise questions and give their opinions. 

I don’t think I have ever learned so much in one day. A little tired after it all, but definitely worth it in the end!







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