Ms. Koyanagi’s speech at CD

  My name is Masaki Koyanagi. I’m from Nagasaki.
  My grandparents were A‐bomb victims. They were in the extremely near place from the ground zero. If they hadn’t survived, I wouldn’t be here now. I am very grateful to them and to all the survivors for their strong spirit.
  With one bomb, many people’s happiness was taken away and their lives were negatively affected. In order to escape from discrimination, some survivors hid the fact that they were indeed survivors. Some continue to blame themselves for being alive while their family members and friends lost their lives. The damage remains even after 69 years have passed.
  The survivors’ wish is never to have any atomic bomb victims again.
  I have joined The 10,000 High School Students Signatures Campaign to appeal the survivors’ wish to many people and make the peaceful world without nuclear weapons.
  In February, I attend The Second Conference on the Humanitarian Impact of Nuclear Weapons in Mexico. I had the opportunity to make a statement as a third generation atomic bomb victim. I talked about survivors’ wish and our activity. 4 A‐bomb survivors also testified their experiences. Delegations of 146 countries, and more than 800 people from international organizations such as the International Committee of the Red Cross and NGOs took part in the conference.
  A‐bomb survivor’s testimonies reminded participants about fear of nuclear weapons. We could raise awareness of abolishing nuclear weapons.
  Many people make some comments about my statement and I realized how strong the power of young people was.
  It was a sin of human to make nuclear weapons. And it is also a sin to leave them to the future generation.
  We have to raise our awareness to abolish nuclear weapons for 2015, 70 years after the atomic bomb was dropped on Nagasaki. My mission as a third generation victim is to carry on conveying the survivors’ voice for peace.

Ms. Inoue’s speech at CD

  The chairperson, Excellency and everybody who attends this conference, it is a great honor for me to be able to speak at the CD. We were appointed as Youth Communicator for a World Without Nuclear Weapons by Japanese Government. Today, I would like to tell the horror of the atomic bombing and reinvigorate the call for the total abolition of nuclear weapons.
  I was born and brought up in Hiroshima. So, I met many people who desires the realization of peaceful world. Here are the words of an atomic bomb survivor which impressed me: “I want to visit the UN and make an appeal, even in this wheelchair”. Many of the survivors of the atomic bombings have felt frustrated because they cannot visit the UN in person to express their opinions about nuclear weapons. So I, as a member of the next generation, am making an address here for the abolition of nuclear weapons on behalf of the atomic bomb survivors.
  At 8:15 a.m. on August 6,1945, an atomic bomb was used in Hiroshima as a weapon for the first time in human history. My great‐grandfather is an atomic bomb survivor. Just after the bomb was dropped, he walked into a devastated area to look for his relatives and got caught in a shower of radioactive fallout. He didn’t undergo the bombing directly, but his body was undermined by radiation released by the explosion. He suffered from lung cancer for 40 years and finally died of heart disease. He never spoke about that day. If he would have talked about it, it would have brought back too many terrible memories, and he would have been a victim of discrimination. He could not have stood such things.
  The entire city was virtually leveled and by the end of December 1945, the bomb had taken approximately 140,000 in Hiroshima and 70,000 in Nagasaki precious lives. Each of the survivors had their own future. Some people burned to death, and others had glass stuck in their bodies. The radiation inflicts severe injuries on the human body even after 70 years have passed. The irreparable physical and psychological damages remain even now. A famous Japanese poem described the situation as such: “When an atomic bomb falls, Day turns into night, And people turn into ghosts.”
  I have a strong sense of responsibility as a young person who has an atomic bomb survivor in the family. 70 years ago, chirp of cicadae and sound of train were gone away. Survivors named this bombing “Pikadon”. We will continue to hand down “Pikadon” to the world. “No more war in the future.” is the deepest wish of the survivors. Survivors claim the atomic bomb calamity to guard us and our posterity against nuclear weapons. It is my mission to convey their message to many people all around the world. The first Peace Messengers were dispatched to UN 18 years ago to tell the voices of survivors to the world. “The 10,000 High School Students Signatures Campaign” seeking the abolition of nuclear weapons and for the realization of a peaceful world started. It spread to not only Japan but also to many countries. The total number of signatures reached to one million. This year we brought here (100000) signatures. Now, a baton for peace was given to us, young generations. We will continue to act for a genuinely peaceful international community as Peace Messengers.
  70 years have passed since the atomic bombing. This year, we will take one big step toward the abolition of nuclear weapons. Our motto is “Our efforts are small, but not in vain.”. I believe that the world will respond to our voice.
  All of the delegates in the CD, I would also like you to visit Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Please feel the tragedy of the atomic bombing and perceive the preciousness of peace. The Atomic bomb Dome, belongings left by victims silently admonishes us never again to allow such a tragedy. I hope my speech will give you the opportunity to take one big step toward the abolition of nuclear weapons.
  Thank you.

Ms. Nagaishi’s speech at CD

  Mr. President, Ladies and Gentlemen, I am honored to have the opportunity to speak to you at the Conference on Disarmament.
  Twenty‐two members of the Hiroshima/Nagasaki Peace Messengers were appointed as Youth Communicators for a world without nuclear weapons by the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Today, I would like to convey the message of hibakusha ‐ people who had survived the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki ‐ and to express our will to work toward nuclear disarmament.
  On the9th of August,1945,the beautiful port town of Nagasaki was turned into ruins by a single atomic bomb. Some people were burned to death in an instant, and others died soon after due to serious injuries caused by the bomb. Those who escaped death have suffered from the after effects of radiation. Many of the survivors have also suffered social discrimination throughout their lives; in a sense, they have experienced the fear of dying, alongside the hardship of staying alive. I wonder to what extent their sufferings are known to people around the world.
  When I was overseas as an exchange student, I made an oral presentation about the atomic bombings in one of my history classes. Prior to that presentation, one of my classmates had told me that nuclear weapons were necessary to protect her country. However, the moment she saw a picture of a man who had been horribly burned by the bomb her opinion changed. Having heard my presentation, she realized that the atomic bombings are “a living story,” and not simply an event that happened in the past. This provided me with the confidence to work toward the elimination of nuclear weapons, and it gave me the idea that I could pass along the message from the hibakusha calling for peace.
  Now,71years after the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, we have fewer chances to hear directly from the hibakusha, and people around the world seem to pay little attention to the threat of nuclear weapons. “The opposite of love is not hate, it is indifference.” This is a quote from Elie Wiesel, who was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in1986. If we don’t stand up now, some people will continue to be indifferent to the voices of the hibakusha.
  The Hiroshima/Nagasaki Peace Messengers have visited the United Nations for19years. Their “High-School Students10,000Signatures Campaign” was launched in2001to ask for a world without nuclear weapons and to work toward making world peace a reality. The campaign has now spread to many countries. The total number of signatures we have collected over the last15years has come to1,462,912,and this year we have brought to the Conference on Disarmament125,314signatures. We will keep raising our voices so that people throughout the world know more about the realities of the atomic bombings and the horror of nuclear weapons. Even though our individual powers are small, I am certain that the united power of young people such as ourselves will be able to move people throughout the world in the direction of nuclear disarmament.
  I understand the delegates at the Conference on Disarmament are making a steady contribution toward nuclear disarmament. I wish to take this opportunity to ask all of you to listen to the voices of hibakusha and, once again, to pay attention to the inhumanity of nuclear weapons.
  We want to join this worldwide endeavor and make modest contributions toward creating a world without nuclear weapons in which all people will be able to live in peace and harmony.
  Thank you very much for listening to my speech.