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Hiroshima for Global Peace

Youth Caravan from Hiroshima: Dialogue and Interaction Event (Paris, France)

  On Friday, November 3, 2023, the program participants held a dialogue event with local students at the grand salon of the Maison du Japon, Cité internationale universitaire de Paris. As is the case in the dialogue event in the UK, the participants exchanged opinions with other students.

OCHI Ayumu

Presentation Overview

  • I am involved in the activities that arouse young people’s emotions and encourage them to think about environmental issues through agricultural experiences.
  • According to UNESCO, many young people around the world are indifferent to environmental issues.
  • One of the causes is the low quality of teaching materials and education on environmental issues worldwide, and it is necessary to improve them in the future.

Gwenaelle Vigouroux

Presentation Overview

  • Global warming is not just a rise in temperature, but it is causing conflicts between humans and threatening world peace.
  • Actually, in 2003, a conflict broke out in Sudan, affected by drought resulting from global warming.
  • My research has made me realize that museums raise people’s awareness of issues. This can be applied to change people’s awareness to solve global issues.


Presentation Overview

  • As the number of Hibakusha continues to age and decrease, how can we pass on the war experience to future generations from the perspective of the last generation who can hear directly from the Hibakusha?
  • To address this issue, I have launched an initiative to turn pre-war black and white photographs into color ones through AI technology and dialogue with Hibakusha.
  • To inherit the thoughts of the Hibakusha, it is important for each individual to listen to them and communicate what they have heard in their own way.

Hollner Naguissa

Presentation Overview

  • Peace education is provided to hand down the experiences and thoughts of atomic bomb survivors to the next generation and to prevent war from ever happening again.
  • Research on schools providing peace education in Hiroshima has revealed that many teachers and students feel that such education is necessary.
  • There are concerns that peace education may no longer be provided due to revisions to teaching materials, but peace education is essential for international peace and should continue to be provided.


Presentation Overview

  • Some people say that art and culture are luxuries and unnecessary, but they surpass the power of words and play a major role in accepting diversity and building peace.
  • Soft power promotes understanding of other countries’ cultures and values, making it possible to build long-term international relations.

* “What is soft power?”
The concept of “soft power” was first defined by Prof. Joseph Nye, Harvard University. Prof. Nye argues that “hard power” is the ability to move other countries against their will through military or economic power, whereas “soft power” is the ability to move other countries in your desired direction by eliciting their admiration through the appeal of the values or culture of your country. (Translation of the original Japanese text from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs website)


Presentation Overview

  • Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is threatening peace in Europe.
  • As a founding member of the EU, which presents a model of peace and democracy to many countries, France has a responsibility to contribute to maintaining international peace.
  • Japan, whose constitution clearly stipulates the renunciation of war, has a very important role to play in the cause of international peace.


Presentation Overview

  • In the world, a third of all food produced is wasted, causing a wasteful use of energy and generating greenhouse gas emissions.
  • A lot of food is wasted in Japan and other G7 countries.
  • No matter how many measures national governments take, a sustainable society will never be achieved unless consumer behavior changes.


Presentation Overview

  • To develop their economies, many countries are destroying the environment by excessively exploiting resources, as if they were infinite.
  • One of the solutions is an educational method called “Forest Kindergarten.”
  • Forest Kindergarten has been designed to cultivate children’s sociability and creativity through contact with nature and make them realize that humans are also a part of nature.


Presentation Overview

  • In recent years, human rights have been guaranteed in various aspects, such as gender, but there are still some issues that remain unresolved.
  • I used to feel inferior in many ways, but through activities in which students actively engage in discussions on human rights and other themes, I’ve realized that self-respect leads to respect of other people’s human rights.
  • There is a limit to what an individual high school student can do, but cooperation between each individual will generate a great achievement.

AIT ISMAIL Lhouciene

Presentation Overview

  • After World War II, movements to guarantee human rights began to emerge internationally, backed by the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948 and other such efforts.
  • While movements to guarantee human rights are beginning to emerge, it is necessary to recognize that human rights are not omnipotent, are fragile and complex, and sometimes do not work.

In the discussion after the presentations, the participants talked about the reasons why they had started thinking about their themes. In addition, they shared their experiences and ideas related to the necessity of handing down past events to the next generation in various ways and learning about other countries’ histories and peace efforts, thereby achieving international peace.

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