Final Thoughts – 国連軍縮会議in静岡を振り返って

After nearly 6 months of preparation, the day finally arrived for the students to present on all that we have learned on disarmament in the months leading up to the Conference. In addition to the previous updates from Shoko and Aye, I would like to share with you several things that I have learned over the course of the Final Session.

Following the presentation, during the question-answer session, we were fortunate enough to have four experts give an assessment as well as comments and suggestions on our presentation. Mr. Kurosawa emphasized the breadth of the concept of “security”. Security occurs on a number of different levels, including global, state, environmental, as well as personal and human security. It is difficult for one to imagine an individual who struggles to keep food on his table possessing the time or energy to worry about the broader issues of peace or disarmament.

I have learned that disarmament is at the core of world peace. If we cannot make meaningful steps to fulfill the goals of disarmament, there will always remain a threat to peace. Security must be pursued at every level to ensure the existence of peace. Conversely, peace can create a better world only when security at every level is assured, and to make this happen the core goals of disarmament must be pursued.

I feel very lucky to have been able to take part in the 24th UN Conference on Disarmament Issues in Shizuoka. I would like to express my deepest gratitude to the UN Regional Center for Peace and Disarmament in Asia and the Pacific, Shizuoka City, Ms. Hakamata, and my fellow classmates for this opportunity. And finally, to Brad Halt at the UNRCPD for his help in editing and facilitating this blog.

Vincent

学生たちの本番:「世界学生平和会議」の発表が最終日に行いました。6ヶ月間くらいの勉強や準備の結果を発表させていただきました。私たちの意見を会場のみんなに伝えることができてとてもうれしく思います。

発表が終わってから、専門家たちから評価やコメントをいただきました。特に頭に残ったのは、黒澤先生から「セキュリティ」または保障についての発言でした。戦争がないというのは伝統的な平和というが、これは消極な平和ともいえる。保障とはいくつかのレベルがあり、まずは最低限の人間の安全保障を自ら確保できない人はいうまでもなく軍縮や平和について語る余裕がありません。このような発言を聞いて、思わず軍縮や平和などの難しいところを痛感しました。これらについてもこれから深く考えていかなくてはなりません。

この会議に参加できて本当にラッキーだと思っています。ここで、国連連合アジア太平洋平和軍縮センター、静岡市、袴田先生と一緒に参加させていただいた「話っ、輪っ、和っ!」のスタッフのみなさん、そしてブログの編集を助けていただいたBrad Halt さんにお礼を申し上げたいと思います。

ここまで読んでくれてありがとうございました。

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