(Hiroshima Organization for Global Peace)
The promotion organization for the Hiroshima Initiative, a new proposal to achieve
a peaceful world without nuclear weapons.
Message from the President
Hiroshima has a mission and a role to play because of the destruction it experienced from the first atomic bomb in human history and its recovery from the ruins. For this reason, Hiroshima is making a comprehensive effort for the abolition of nuclear weapons, reconstruction and peace building.
Nevertheless, many people around the world are suffering and dying from conflict, hunger, and poverty, and the COVID-19 virus is further exacerbating the situation. In addition, there are still more than 13,000 nuclear weapons in existence on earth.
To mark 75 years since the atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima, Hiroshima Prefecture is launching the “Hiroshima Initiative” as a new proposal to strengthen efforts toward the realization of a peaceful world without nuclear weapons, and has established the Hiroshima Organization for Global Peace (HOPe) to promote this initiative.
The name “Hiroshima Organization for Global Peace” embodies our strong aspiration and determination to create a new mechanism for peace, starting from Hiroshima, that does not rely on nuclear deterrence, and to realize a peaceful world without nuclear weapons. Going forward, HOPE will encourage alliances and collaborations with a variety of parties and continue to work to transform the international community into a strong force for peace until the day a peaceful world without nuclear weapons is realized.
President of Hiroshima Organization for Global Peace
Governor of Hiroshima Prefecture
75 years after the atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima, the Hiroshima Initiative was developed as a new proposal to strengthen initiatives toward the realization of a peaceful world without nuclear weapons. The outline of the plan was announced in March 2021.
The Hiroshima Organization for Global Peace (HOPe) was established on April 1, 2021 as the promotion organization for the Hiroshima Initiative.
② Main functions
To contribute to the peace and development of the international community and achieve a peaceful world free of nuclear weapons, while building a network with other entities.
- Research related to new security policies as a substitute for nuclear deterrence
- Development of human resources who will contribute to the abolition of nuclear weapons and the realization of international peace
- Sharing information to increase supporters of and action toward the abolition of nuclear weapons
- Creation of a community that will act proactively to resolve peace issues
- Gathering resources related to peace, etc.
③ Affiliated organizations
President: Governor of Hiroshima Prefecture; Affiliated organizations: 20
|Hiroshima Prefecture Association of City Mayors, Hiroshima Prefecture Association of Towns and Villages, Chugoku Economic Federation, Hiroshima Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Hiroshima Keizai Doyukai (Hiroshima Association of Corporate Executives), Hiroshima Employer’s Association, Junior Chamber International Japan Chugoku District Hiroshima Bloc Council, Hiroshima Local of Japanese Trade Union Confederation, Hiroshima University, Prefectural University of Hiroshima, Hiroshima City University, Hiroshima University of Economics, Hiroshima Shudo University, Hiroshima Jogakuin University, JICA Chugoku Center, Hiroshima International Center, the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) Hiroshima Office, Hiroshima NPO Center, NGO Hiroshima, Hiroshima Prefecture (in no particular order)|
④ Date established
April 1, 2021
Overview of activities
HOPe promotes a wide range of initiatives for the realization of a peaceful world without nuclear weapons.
1 Promoting the Hiroshima Initiative
①Creation of new policies for the abolishment of nuclear weapons and formation of a multilateral framework
In cooperation with global peace research institutions, HOPe is promoting new security policies as a substitute for nuclear deterrence.
|Cooperation Agreement Partners：||The United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research (UNIDIR), the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI), the Royal Institute of International Affairs (Chatham House), the Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO)|
■ The Hiroshima Round Table
HOPe holds multilateral talks for nuclear disarmament on a non-governmental level in Hiroshima.
■ Creation of the Hiroshima Report
HOPe compiles, evaluates, and publishes each country’s nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation efforts in the Hiroshima Report.
■ Promotion activities for the formation of peace research hub
As well as undertaking joint research with leading overseas research institutes toward the total abolition of nuclear weapons, HOPe also holds international networking conferences on nuclear disarmament research and promotes the formation of peace research hub.
Developing a multilateral framework
In collaboration with the United Nations and other entities, HOPE is making efforts to develop a multilateral framework based on new security policies.
■ Advocating at the NPT (The Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons) Review Conference
HOPe holds symposiums and similar events to share about peace initiatives and progress in nuclear disarmament.
「Symposium at the 3rd session of the Preparatory Committee for the Review Conference of Parties to the NPT」
■ Dialogue events for international peace
HOPe holds dialogue events for the realization of international peace with UN officials visiting Hiroshima.
「Dialogue events for international peace」
②Increasing peace initiative supporters and reaching out to the world
Outreach activities to the international community
HOPe is working on expanding its network to include a wide range of groups to strengthen outreach to the UN and governments. (e.g., advocating at national and international conferences such as TPNW (Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons) Conference of the Parties)
「Gathering to celebrate the ratification of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons by 50 states, and to vow for further progress」
③ Reconstruction and peacebuilding utilizing Hiroshima’s experience and resources
Activities for strengthening human resource development
HOPe develops human resources who can be active globally and contribute to peace, toward the goal of achieving nuclear abolition and international peace.
■The Future Leaders’ Program for Global Peace – a human resource development program to contribute to international peace.
HOPe runs programs through which students can learn about international issues such as nuclear disarmament and conflict resolution to encourage high school students to become people who can seek international peace and be active on a global scale in the future
「The Future Leaders’ Program for Global Peace」
■Online learning program
HOPE offers an online learning program called Think about Peace – Hiroshima as a Starting point, through which participants can learn about the reality of the atomic bombings and international trends related to nuclear weapons.
(This program is available free for anyone with an internet connection at
「Online learning program」
④ Building sustainable mechanisms to promote peacebuilding
As well as creating a platform to encourage the participation of a range of entities, HOPe is establishing systems to carry out tasks such as gathering peace resources.
This forum is for encouraging collaboration with the business sector through hosting multifaceted discussions about the relationship between business and peacebuilding. It aims to stimulate effective communication and international opinion toward a peaceful world without nuclear weapons
「Hiroshima Business Forum for Global Peace」
■Hiroshima for Global Peace website
HOPe publishes information on the website to help more people take ownership of issues such as nuclear weapon abolition, reconstruction and peacebuilding, take action in these areas, in order to increase the number of supporters of HOPe initiatives.
「Hiroshima for Global Peace website」
２ Support of United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) Hiroshima Office activities
HOPe supports United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) Hiroshima Office activities and utilizes Hiroshima’s global presence and expertise to contribute to peace in the international community through human resource development.
「Training conducted by the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) Hiroshima Office」
Outline of the Hiroshima Initiative
Global Call to Action to End Nuclear Weapons
Reaffirm our commitment to and contribute to the achievement of a peaceful international community free of nuclear weapons through the development and promotion of a new proposal for eliminating nuclear weapons.
As we pass the 75th year since the A-bombing, Hiroshima Prefecture is determined to call on all countries, international organizations and civil society to take global action to eliminate nuclear weapons.
Global Call to Action to End Nuclear Weapons
Nuclear weapons are an imminent threat to all humanity. The abolition of nuclear weapons is a challenge that must be resolved, to ensure a sustainable Earth and the survival of the human race. The recent exacerbation of tensions in international relations has contributed to an escalating nuclear threat, while advancements in science and technology have further increased uncertainty. With climate change and resulting natural disasters causing tremendous damage in every corner of the world, it is urgent that we take action together to ensure the continued existence of all humankind. Furthermore, the global spread of COVID-19 has necessitated the international community’s enhanced cooperation in order to ensure its common security. The COVID-19 pandemic has proven that a catastrophe which many thought to be merely a hypothetical threat – “theoretically possible but not yet a reality“ can and did occur. This demonstrates how the only effective way to prevent a potential threat from coming to pass is by eliminating it before it becomes a reality. Therefore, as we pass the 75th year since the A-bombing, Hiroshima Prefecture is determined to call on all countries, international organizations and civil society to take global action to eliminate nuclear weapons.
① Achieving a U.N. consensus on the goal of ending nuclear weapons
Today, governments, international organizations and civil society (including the private sector) all over the world are strengthening cooperation with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Nuclear weapons are a threat to every endeavor to achieve the SDGs. The use of nuclear weapons would destroy the foundations of the global environment, society and economy, causing irrevocable effects across the world. All the resources committed to the development, possession and modernization of nuclear arms should instead be used to accomplish the SDGs. The international community needs to carry out more in-depth discussions on the relationship between the SDGs and arms control, while steadily proceeding with the “Agenda for Disarmament” announced by the UN Secretary-General. The UN member states should build a consensus on including the abolition of nuclear weapons in the goals set for the UN’s 100th anniversary. To this end, an international agreement on the abolition of nuclear weapons must be reached among the UN member states by 2030 at the latest. More active calls for cooperation and collaboration in international processes are necessary, so that an international consensus on nuclear weapons abolition can be formed as soon as possible—ideally during the lifetime of atomic bomb survivors, hibakusha.
② Strengthening global norms to reject nuclear weapons
Hibakusha have been raising their voices in support of nuclear abolition, hoping that it will be achieved within their lifetimes. Their calls bore fruit, in the form of adoption of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons in 2017, which went into effect in 2021. We in Hiroshima Prefecture will call on all the states around the world, including the Japanese government, to sign and ratify this treaty. At the same time, we will enhance our efforts to nurture the younger generation, who plays a vital role in conveying to the world the message that nuclear weapons are inhumane. We believe that these efforts will serve as an impetus for a consensus on the unjustifiability of nuclear weapons, reinforcing global norms to reject nuclear weapons, and moving governments to act.
③ Promoting nuclear disarmament and seeking a security system that does not depend on nuclear weapons
Many bilateral or multilateral treaties concerning nuclear disarmament now stand at a critical juncture. The international community should work together to facilitate negotiations on nuclear disarmament and arms control, while maintaining existing nuclear arms control agreements and ensuring the full implementation of those agreements. To realize a peaceful world free of nuclear weapons, it is necessary to create a new security system to support it. Many experts and research institutes have already suggested security policies without nuclear weapons that serve as alternatives to nuclear deterrence and have proposed concrete measures for nuclear disarmament. Hiroshima Prefecture will support these research activities and increase public awareness of such efforts.
④ Creating a platform for collaboration
Hiroshima Prefecture will promote partnerships between governments, international organizations and civil society (including the private sector, NGOs, educational organizations, faith-based organizations, and the media) which respond to its call to action and will create a platform that enables them to work in collaboration. We will also provide various opportunities to promote effective collaboration in different initiatives. Internationally, we will provide venues for dialogue among governments, international organizations and NGOs, and domestically, we will strengthen systems to encourage government and civil society to share their wisdom, abilities and resources. At the same time, we will enhance opportunities for people across the globe to voluntarily educate themselves on the importance of nuclear weapons abolition, and to communicate this to the world. In addition, it is essential that we magnify the voices of hibakusha, place younger generations as the driving force of the movement, and promote female leadership in these initiatives.
■History of the launch of the Hiroshima Organization for Global Peace
|May 14, 2001||The Hiroshima International Peace Building Network is established with the aim of building a network with international organizations, etc.|
|May 28, 2003||The Hiroshima International Peace Building Network is reorganized into the Hiroshima Peace Contribution Network to support the activities of the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) Hiroshima Office|
|July 15, 2003||The United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) Hiroshima Office opens|
|November 2005 ~ March 2020||Provided support for reconstruction in the fields of education and health in Cambodia through a JICA Partnership Program to support sustainable peacebuilding|
|November 4, 2011||The Hiroshima for Global Peace Plan is announced|
|April 1, 2020||The Hiroshima Peace Contribution Network is reorganized as the Hiroshima Peace Promotion Network|
|April 2020 ~ March 2021||Expansion of operations through the implementation of projects marking 75 years since the atomic bombings and the end of the war|
|March 17, 2021||The “Hiroshima Initiative” outline is announced|
|April 1, 2021||The Hiroshima Peace Promotion Network is reorganized and the Hiroshima Organization for Global Peace (HOPe) is launched|
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Street address:10-52, Motomachi, Naka-ku, Hiroshima-shi, Hiroshima-ken, 730-8511