The Legacy of Hiroshima: A World without Nuclear Weapons

Hiroshima, 11th Summit – 12-14 November 2010

Final Statement

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.


Mikhail Gorbachev
His Holiness the Dalai Lama
Frederik Willem De Klerk
Lech Walesa
Mohamed ElBaradei
Mairead Corrigan Maguire
Shirin Ebadi
Jody Williams

Thomas Stelzer (Assistant UN Secretary-General)
Sergei Ordzhonikidze (UN Undersecretary General)
Tibor Toth (Executive Secretary of the Preparatory Commission CTBTO)
Johan Cels (UNHCR)
Morten Hovda (ILO)
Alexandre Liebeskind (ICRC)
Tadateru Konoè (IFRC)
Vappu Taipale (IPPNW)
Hilt Bjorn (IPPNW)
Jayantha Dhanapala (PUGWASH)
Alyn Ware (IPB)
Shan Cretin (AFSC)
Arlene Kelly (AFSC)
Nobuko Kurosaki (MSF)
Salil Shetty (AI)
Mariko Fujita (AI) Walter Veltroni (Co-chairman of the Summit)
David Steward (President of Frederik Willem De Klerk Foundation)
Piotr Gulczynski (President of Lech Walesa Foundation)
Sonia Neto (Personal Advisor of Josè Ramos-Horta)
Luis Alberto Cordero (Oscar Arias Sanchez Foundation)
Rebecca Johnson (Acronym Institute for Disarmament Diplomacy)
David Ives (Albert Schweitzer Institute)
Jonathan Granoff (Global Security Institute)
Glenn Paige (Center for Global Nonkilling)
Alexander Likhotal (Green Cross International)
Jim Frederick (Time Magazine)
Richard Owen (The Times)

Hosting Parties

Hiroshima City
Mayors for Peace
Hiroshima Prefecture
The Permanent Secretariat of the World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates
The Gorbachev Foundation


Grand Prince Hotel Hiroshima

9.30 Opening session in the presence of:
Mikhail Gorbachev, His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Frederik Willem De Klerk, Lech Walesa, Mohamed ElBaradei, Mairead Corrigan Maguire, Shirin Ebadi, Jody Williams

Opening speeches:
– Children’s Chorus
– Address of Witness by an A-Bomb survivor
– Akiba Tadatoshi, Mayor of Hiroshima
– Hidehiko Yuzaki, Governor of Hiroshima Prefecture – Walter Veltroni, Co-chairman of the Summit

10.30 – 12.30 First session – The Legacy of Hiroshima
Session leaders: Mikhail Gorbachev H.H. the Dalai Lama
Mohamed ElBaradei Mairead Corrigan Maguire Thomas Stelzer (UN) Tadateru Konoé (IFRC)

12.30 Break

14.30 – 16.00 Second session – A world without violence: does security need nuclear weapons?
Session leaders: Shirin Ebadi Mohamed ElBaradei
Jayantha Dhanapala (PUGWASH)
Vappu Taipale (IPPNW)
Sergei Ordzhonikidze (UNUndersecretary General)

16.00 – 17.30 Third session – Threats of nuclear weapons: regional conflicts, terrorism, unintentional use
Session leaders: H.H. the Dalai Lama Frederik W. De Klerk
Lech Walesa Jody Williams

Grand Prince Hotel Hiroshima

9.30 – 11.00 Fourth session – Progress towards a world without nuclear weapons: the results of the ongoing international negotiations and the role of Cities and
of Civil Society
Session leaders: Lech Walesa
Mairead Corrigan Maguire
Jody Williams
Tadatoshi Akiba, Mayor of Hiroshima Shan Cretin (AFSC)
Alyn Ware (IPB)

11.00 – 12.30 Fifth Session – Consequences of the use of nuclear weapons
Session leaders: H.H. the Dalai Lama
Hidehiko Yuzaki, Governor of Hiroshima
Alexandre Liebeskind (ICRC) Hoesung Lee (IPCC)
Nobuko Kurosaki (MSF) Bjorn Hilt (IPPNW)

12.30 Break

14.30 – 16.00 Sixth session – Legal, ethical
and economical implication of nuclear weapons
Session leaders: H.H. the Dalai Lama Frederik W. De Klerk
Shirin Ebadi
Morten Hovda (ILO) Johan Cels (UNHCR) Makoto Teranaka (AI)
16.00 Closed session for the drafting and approval of the Final Declaration


09.30 – 11.00 Memorial Park Ceremony:
All Nobel Peace Laureates will participate at the
Commemoration Ceremony and will announce the Hiroshima Final Declaration.
Peace Summit Award’s Ceremony
Nobel Peace Laureates, with the Mayor and the Governor of Hiroshima, will honor with the Peace Summit Award the man or woman amongst the personalities selected within the culture and entertainment business who have stood out in the defense of Human Rights and in the diffusion of the principles of Peace and Solidarity in the World.

11.00 – 11.30 Press Conference


Roberto Baggio

Roberto Baggio – one of the leading activists for the release of Aung San Suu Kyi – received the Peace Summit Award 2010, in Hiroshima on 14 November, during the 11th World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates. Roberto Baggio was chosen for his support to several important activities in favour of Hospitals, Foundations and Charities in many countries of the world – raising funds for the earthquake that occurred in Haiti, providing financial support to projects to help the island recover, calling to save the lives of people affected by the Nargis Cyclone in Burma and in support of the fight against bird flu, which has sparked a dangerous and deadly epidemic in Laos.

“I am really very happy to receive this award and to share with all of you my deep joy for the release of Aung San Suu Kyi”
– Roberto Baggio

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