Hiroshima meeeting sparks discussion on the nuclear issues

“I am so pleased that this important meeting is being held in Hiroshima”stated Mr.Tadateru Konoe, President of the Japanese Red Cross Society and International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies(IFRC)at the meeting called “Working towards the elimination of Nuclear Weapons” started from the
May 15- 17 in Hiroshima Prefecture.

Meeting’s aim is to draft the plan of action on how the movement can best leverage its network towards the anti-nuclear weapons goal, to which it committed itself at a key meeting two years ago.

This meeting had brought representative of 24 Red Cross Red Crescent Societies, the International Committee of the Red Cross(ICRC), and the IFRC.

“Hiroshima experienced devastation by the first atomic bomb in the history, and I want Red Cross and Red Crescent to learn a lot from Hirosihma and take a further step toward from here to combat nuclear weapon issues.”said Mr.Konoe at the opening session. At this session, Mr.Kazumi Matsui, Mayor of Hiroshima City, Mr.Peter Maurer, President of ICRC (speech delivered by proxy), Ambassador Sergio Duarte, Former UN High Representative for Disarmament, and Mr.Greg Vickery, Chair, Standing Commission of the Red Cross and Red Crescent had also addressed the speeches.

The meeting will continue until May 17.