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TADATOSHI AKIBA

Allow me to say a few words on the occasion of this year’s opening of the Genbaku No Hi 2009.

64 years have passed since the atomic bombing, and the hibakusha’s message that “No one else should ever suffer as we did” has compelled us to persistently appeal for the abolition of nuclear weapons and the realization of lasting world peace. Despite these efforts, a staggering number of nuclear weapons remain stockpiled and deployed throughout the world, and the danger of their further proliferation and use continues to rise. Humanity now stands at a crossroads: will we abolish nuclear weapons or let nuclear weapons annihilate all of humanity?

Although the choice is obvious, not much progress has been obtained.

It was extremely timely that President Obama spoke in Prague this past April to urge the world to make the obvious choice, »a world without nuclear weapons«. This has sparked a global trend toward such a world. Now is our chance to join forces with fellow citizens around the world to realize this goal.

To convert this trend into tangible action, the City of Hiroshima has joined with the more than 3,000 member cities of  Mayors for Peace in promoting the 2020 Vision Campaign, which seeks to rid the world of nuclear weapons by 2020.

 
 

We are currently engaged in the global promotion
of the Hiroshima-Nagasaki Protocol, which should be adopted as an official document at the 2010 NPT Review Conference.

The year 2020 is important because we would like as many hibakusha as possible to witness the world without nuclear weapons. And without realizing a nuclear weapon free world, our minimum responsibility to future generations will not have been discharged.

Today the City of Hiroshima stands with President Obama, and as members of the overwhelming majority of people and nations around the world who seek the abolition of nuclear weapons, we call ourselves the »Obamajority«. Together, we can eliminate nuclear weapons by the year 2020.

The ban on anti-personnel landmines, the liberation from poverty through the Grameen Bank, and the efforts to stop global warming show us that it is we – each and every one of us alive on this Earth –
who have the power to change the world and shape the future of humanity. With this in mind,
I am profoundly grateful to everyone involved in making  Genbaku No Hi 2009, which calls
for the abolition of nuclear weapons.

I sincerely hope that you, as a member of the Obamajority, will continue to work with us toward
the abolition of nuclear weapons and the realization of everlasting world peace.

In closing, I extend my best wishes for the success
of this production, and for the continued good health and success of everyone in the audience today.

Tadatoshi Akiba, »Mayor for Peace«

Image: City of Hiroshima