Message from Nikhil Seth(United Nations Assistant Secretary-General,Executive Director, UNITAR)
As the seventy fifth anniversary the day that changed Hiroshima and the world forever, is upon us, the name Hiroshima often still brings to mind the darkest aspects of humanity, but for us, who have visited and met its people, in particular those citizens who survived and continue to bear witness, the hibakusha; Hiroshima symbolizes the best of humanity – resilience, determination, courage, forgiveness, and rebirth. I can only offer my humble respect to the people of Hiroshima for this transformation.
The centennial, 2045, quickly approaches, and yet lessons from Hiroshima are as relevant as ever. Hiroshima reminds people of the darkness and brightness of humankind, as a witness to the futility of nuclear weapons, and as a city that rebuilt itself from ashes to a beautiful symbol of peace.
My hope is that the people of Hiroshima will continue to reach out to others from around the globe as we continue to strive to shape a more inclusive, sustainable, and peaceful world.
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