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Peace Boat and ICAN announce World Nuclear Survivors Forum 2021

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On December 2-3, 2021, the World Nuclear Survivors Forum 2021 will bring together nuclear survivors and impacted communities around the world to virtually meet, learn from each other and input into the upcoming first Meeting of States Parties of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. The forum will be live streamed to allow people around the world to learn from nuclear survivors, and take action for nuclear justice  and a world free of nuclear weapons.

This forum just before the first Meeting of State Parties of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW), which will be held in Vienna in March 2022. This landmark treaty which entered into force in 2021, makes nuclear weapons finally illegal, and requires states parties to  assist survivors of nuclear weapons use and testing and to begin to clean up contaminated environments. The Meeting of States Parties will be an important opportunity to highlight the humanitarian impacts of nuclear use and testing, and this forum aims to ensure that their first hand experiences are part of the conversation.

Part 1 22:00 (Dec 2) – 0:30 (Dec 3) (UTC)
  • Opening Messages
  • Stories I - Testimonies of nuclear survivors of broad range of impacts, including from mining, production and waste (videos)
  • Panel Discussion I - Tackling common challenges – for the rights and dignity of survivors (live)
Part 2 7:00 – 9:30 (Dec 3) (UTC)
  • Stories II - Testimonies on the impacts of the testing and use of nuclear weapons (videos)
  • Panel Discussion I - Towards the first MSP of the TPNW (live)
  • Summary and follow-up

 

Beatrice Fihn, Executive Director of ICAN highlighted the importance of this forum and the participation of impacted communities in decision-making around nuclear weapons: “Nuclear weapons carry a great and unacceptable cost to humanity, even in the unlikely event they are not used in warfare. The treaty banning nuclear weapons would not exist without the voices of testing and production survivors, and it is vital we listen to them at this critical moment when a handful of states are attempting to push a new nuclear arms race against the demands of the world.”

Peace Boat’s Akira Kawasaki elaborated on the urgency of sharing and hearing survivor testimony:  "Peace Boat has developed connections with nuclear survivors including the Pacific, North America and Asia during our global voyages throughout the past decades. It is an incredible opportunity for us to be able to hear their testimony directly online through this Forum. Listening to the voices of nuclear survivors should be the starting point for any discussion on the impacts of nuclear weapons."

During the forum, nuclear survivors and their supporters from over fifteen countries in regions around the world will come together virtually. Organized by Peace Boat in partnership with the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN), the Forum will be open for anyone to join, held over two time blocks and available for viewing directly on Youtube.

Learn more about the Forum and the full programme on: https://nuclearsurvivors.org 

While registering is not required, you can RSVP here to set up a reminder about the Forum and how to access it.