Hiroshima-ICAN Academy on Nuclear Weapons and Global Security 2022 – Hiroshima Session Day 4 – Closing
On the fourth and final day of the Hiroshima session, the participants were divided into three groups and all gave public presentations.
After preparing in the morning, each group presented in an open session in the afternoon, reflecting on what they had learned so far in the program.
One group compared peace efforts to the growth of a plant, emphasizing that each effort will eventually grow into a large peace tree, and appealed for crucial importance of consistent efforts towards peace. Each group gave a presentation with their own unique take on what they had learned so far and what they will do in the future.
Among the audience was Mr. So Horie, who shared his experience as an A-bomb survivor on the second day.
After the presentations, Mr. Akira Kawasaki, ICAN International Steering Committee member, gave closing statements to the participants and expressed his hope that they would make the most of this training and work for the abolition of nuclear weapons in the future.
The participants concluded the Hiroshima session with a pledge to help inform their own countries/the world of the reality of the atomic bombings, with the ultimate goal of the abolition of nuclear weapons.
The youth participants, who are expected to become leaders in their respective communities, worked earnestly during each program and actively discussed and shared their opinions. We believe that they will share what they learned at the Academy and what they saw, felt, and experienced in Hiroshima with their peers in their respective countries, and will strongly lead the way toward the abolition of nuclear weapons.
As the A-bomb survivors continue to age, the role of the next generation in continuing to convey the message of nuclear weapons abolition will be crucial. Through this Academy, we will continue to nurture global leaders who can make concrete contributions towards a more peaceful and secure world.