The Legacy of Hiroshima: A World without Nuclear Weapons
August 6, 1945, the Japanese City of Hiroshima all but vanished in a fiery blast hotter than the core of the sun. As a result of this event, the name “Hiroshima”, represents almost everywhere on our planet the utter destructiveness of nuclear weapons.
Hiroshima has come to represent one of our most basic fears, that of widespread annihilation, and one of our most basic challenges, that of survival of Human beings. The bombing of Hiroshima opened the door to our collective understanding that our survival is not assured, due both to the power of our nuclear weapon technologies and our willingness to justify their use.
How Hiroshima is remembered – his Legacy – is of critical importance in shaping our understanding of its meaning and our motivation to support or oppose nuclear weapons. This is the reason why we considered particularly important to dedicate the XI World Summit to the topic “The Legacy of Hiroshima: a World without Nuclear Weapons”. The Summit has represented a great opportunity to reaffirm our common goal of progressing toward a nuclear-weapons free world. In particular, we have examined the devastation that nuclear weapons might cause; the implementation of existing nuclear weapons treaties; the challenge of non-proliferation; the threat of nuclear terrorism; and the role that Cities and Civil Society can play.