Flavio Milan's 2013 Speech at the 68th Hiroshima
and Nagasaki Day Commemoration
Sunday 4 August 2013.
Address by Flavio Milan, Charge' d'affaires a.i.
Embassy of Switzerland in New Zealand
68th Hiroshima and Nagasaki "A" Bomb Commemoration
4 August 2013, 2 pm
Peace Flame Wellington Botanic Garden
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* Your worship, your excellencies, distinguished guests, dear friends.
* It's an honour to address you at today's commemoration of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
* As a representative of a neutral, peaceful country, which also is the home of the international Red Cross movement and the Geneva Disarmament Conference of the UN, I am very grateful for your continued commitment and for organising today's event.
* In Hiroshima and Nagasaki, humanity has been witnessing the catastrophic humanitarian consequences of the use of nuclear weapons.
* In many places around the world, especially also here in the Pacific neighbourhood, the tragic consequences of nuclear testing have been experienced........
* This historic evidence demonstrates that, nuclear weapons' effects are uncontrollable in space and time, and have both devastating immediate and wider long term effects;
This historic evidence has been backed by new research:
* A Swiss-financed study, which was presented late last year by the renowned organisation, International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War, suggests that the use of a relatively small arsenal, of about 100 Hiroshima-sized nuclear warheads, in a limited regional conflict, would disrupt the global climate and lead to the deaths of one billion people over a decade, a disaster unprecedented in human history. As the report states, "while it would not cause the extinction of the human race, it would bring an end to modern civilization as we know it."
* On an even smaller scale, things aren't anymore reassuring either. A recent scenario simulation by the Swiss Government of a 1 kt detonation in a Swiss city (a bomb much smaller than Hiroshima/Nagasaki) has shown that even such a relatively small nuclear detonation in an urban area - be it caused by accident, miscalculation or willfully, would have unacceptable humanitarian consequences (up to 10,000 dead within the first day.)
* The ICRC concluded that international emergency relief organisations would be unable to fullfil their mandates in the event of any use of nuclear weapons, due to the sheer scale of such a disaster.
* Together with New Zealand, Switzerland is one of the strongest advocates on the international level to step up multilateral negotiations for nuclear disarmament.
* In the past few years, Switzerland and other like-minded countries have undertaken a series of efforts to progressively deligitimize nuclear weapons - which are the only Weapons of Mass Destruction currently not banned. My country works hard to advance the view that nuclear weapons are no longer desirable instruments in the 21st century, but dangerous relicts of the past with highly questionable military utility.....
* It is important to move beyond the traditional arms control approach, which was based on the old balance of power paradigm rooted in the cold war. In the past and by and large still today, nuclear disarmament was always debated before the backdrop of strategic stability. Instead, the focus should firmly shift to the humanitarian dimension of nuclear weapons.
This is work in progress. It will take staying power. But we really have to tackle the issue now.
More needs to be done
* Efforts must be redoubled to prevent a nuclear detonation, whatever its causes may be.
* It is important to continue to raise awareness of the immense humanitarian consequences of a nuclear detonation.
* Civil Society, and particularly organisations like yours and gatherings like the one here today, at the Wellington Botanic Garden Peace Flame, play a very important part in this, for which I would like to commend and thank you once again.
Thank you very much for your attention.
Yosef Livne's 2013 Speech for the 68th Hiroshima
and Nagasaki Day Commemoration
Sunday 4 August 2013 *
His Excellency Ambassador Yosef Livne
Embassy of Israel In New Zealand
Excellencies, members of the diplomatic corps
Distinguished guests, Ladies and gentlemen.
Thank you for inviting me to take part in the event. I believe that this is one of those occasions when we are all called upon to reflect about our fate and future as mankind.
There is no doubt in my mind that since 1945 all of us around the world have lived our lives under the shadow of the horrifying legacy of WW2. None could ignore the cruelty of war and devastating effects of nuclear weapons. It is no wonder that even in midst of the cold war the adversaries looked for ways to make sure humanity doesn't have to face the prospect of total destruction.The international community has come up with specific regimes to make sure that nuclear weapons do not become a threat.
It is unfortunate, however, that even today almost 70 years after the effects of nuclear weapons became apparent, that there are still those who are determined to acquire the capabilities to threaten other nations. We believe that today the international community has the obligation not only to sound the alarm, but also apply the necessary measures to ensure that such an outcome does not become reality.
We owe it to ourselves and to the coming generations.
* Unfortunately it was not delivered, owing to the event organiser's assistant, M.R.Tingey's, sad failure to confirm arrangements to Ambassador Livne. This is deeply regretted by the organisers who've corrected.
Photos At The Peace Flame Garden of the Wellington Botanic Garden from 2 pm to 3 pm during the 67th Hiroshima and Nagasaki Day Commemoration, on Sunday 5 August 2012.
Wellington is the Capital City of Nuclear Free New Zealand, at the south end of The North Island, beside Cook's Strait.
Below The Peace Flame and Waterfall, partly hidden by the tree, with an International Peace Symbol, feather strength, display. The black, pointed panel, with W87, beside the green "Peace Flame" sign board, is the size of that ballistic nuclear weapon, re-entry vehicle. The, cone shaped, W87 is eighteen times as powerful yet, one eighteenth the weight, of the Hiroshima "A" bomb. Weight for weight, the W87 is 324 times more powerful than the one which devastated Hiroshima, at 8:16 am, on Monday 6 August 1945. Nevertheless, nuclear weapons threatened cities globally, have glass sided canyons, to form a supersonic torrent of skin piercing fragments, in a nuclear blast. That is, if the inhabitants were not "fortunate" enough to be instantly vaporized.
Where is the global uproar and demand for immediate abolition by such threatened city folk? New Zealand needs to alert them into action. For human beings to even threaten such mayhem, makes us persist in seeking immediate global abolition of nuclear weapons.
Below New Zealand Labour Party backed Member of Parliament, Maryan Street.
Below Maryan Street with a copy of a "The message from Hiroshima" poster about an "A" bomb survivors' lecture in Wellington, on 7 August 2012. It's by Shigeko Sasamori and Michi Hirata. Maryan spoke on the ICAN Nuclear Weapons Abolition Petition to Parliament, Select Committee response. The Committee recommended that a UN convention on nuclear weapons (abolition) be established. She also read her 29 May 2012 nuclear weapons abolition, tabled message to Parliament. It marked the twenty fifth anniversary of The New Zealand's Nuclear Free Zone Legislation, of 8 June 1987. This was it's first officially recognised anniversary. The next will be in 2037, when world wide nuclear weapons abolition will have been in place for over two decades.
Below Maryan Street and fellow Labour Party backed Member of Parliament, Grant Robertson, who represents Wellington Central. Grant spoke at the gathering on how nuclear weapons have no legitimate place on earth or in space and must be abolished immediately. He also emphasised how important this year's Commemoration was in the twentyfifth anniversary of the 8 June 1987, New Zealand Nuclear Free Zone Legislation.
Below Jessica Thompson, a year 12 student, from Heretaunga College. She visited the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park and Museum, in February 2012, with one thousand paper cranes which she had folded. Placing them on Sadako's statue, shown on the Home Page, dramatically inspired her. She stressed that nuclear weapons are the most disgusting things imaginable and that we need to be active in getting rid of them, as her speech demonstrated.
Below Students from Scots College's Japanese language unit. They spoke on the Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombings' effects, how nuclear weapons radiation contaminates food crops and threaten human survival and how the M.A.D. strategy of mutually assured destruction, is an insult to the human race.
Below Five students from Heretaunga College to the left of Jessica Thompson who's giving the peace sign, after she spoke.
Below The six students from Heretaunga College on the left, with Maryan Street and Grant Robertson behind and the four speakers from Scots College on the right.
Below Paul Moss, The New Zealand representative of Star Peace, who had just spoken about its activities and how it formed at the border between Iran and Iraq.
Below "Construction of Peace"
by Murray Richard Tingey
Levin 5510 New Zealand
1. W87...................................................... http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/W87
2. Hiroshima "A" bomb.............................. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Little_Boy
3. Maryan Street MP................................ http://www.labour.org.nz/maryanstreet
4. NZNFZ 25th Anniversary Motion.......... http://www.converge.org.nz/pma/ican-nom0512.pdf
5. "The message from Hiroshima" lecture..... http://www.converge.org.nz/pma/hiroshima,7Aug12.pdf
6. Grant Robertson MP............................. http://www.labour.org.nz/grantrobertson
7. Heretaunga College................................ http://www.heretaunga.school.nz/
8. Sadako.................................................. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sadako_Sasaki
9. Scots College......................................... http://www.scotscollege.school.nz/
10. Star Peace........................................... http://www.starpeace.org/
11. May Peace Prevail On Earth................. http://www.pgla.webs.com/
12. Flower Power...................................... http://www.prty.webs.com/
13. Einstein's watchmaker preference.......... http://www.inpe.webs.com/
14. UN Charter charts................................ http://www.voxo.webs.com/
Photos may be copied, with reference to http://www.hdwn.webs.com/ source, thankyou.
Compiled by M.R. Tingey at Levin 5510. He is a member of
The City Is Ours Incorporated.