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World Nuclear Survivors Forum 2021
世界核被害者フォーラム 2021
December 2 - 3, 2021

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Meet the survivors, take action!

The World Nuclear Survivors Forum 2021 on December 2-3, 2021 will bring together nuclear survivors and impacted communities around the world to virtually meet, learn about each other’s situations and needs, and share various actions and initiatives. Further, it will allow people around the world to continue to listen and learn from nuclear survivors, so as to take actions to ensure their rights and dignity and to realize a world free of nuclear weapons.

Background – The first nuclear weapons test in New Mexico in July 1945 followed radiation secretly released unto unsuspecting populations downwind and impacts through the mining process, marking the beginning of the nuclear age. In August 1945, the nuclear attacks on Hiroshima and Nagasaki claimed more than 200,000 lives in just the first five months, leading to unimaginable horror and long-lasting impacts for those who survived.

The nuclear arms race that followed resulted in 2,000 nuclear tests on our land, in our oceans and underground, creating massive amounts of radioactive fallout. This, and uranium mining and various activities in the process of developing, testing and producing nuclear weapons, severely impacts the health, environment and rights of those who had to work at or live nearby.

Opportunity – Those with first hand experience of these impacts have been appealing to the world, bearing fruit in the adoption of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW) at the United Nations in 2017. This treaty entered into force in 2021, making nuclear weapons finally illegal, and providing the obligation for assistance to victims of nuclear weapons and environmental remediation. The first Meeting of State Parties of the TPNW will be held in Vienna in March 2022. This will be an important opportunity to draw attention from various governments to the situation of nuclear survivors.

Please join the World Nuclear Survivors Forum 2021, December 2-3, 2021, to meet the affected people and to take action together!

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World Nuclear Survivors Forum 2021

December 2 (Thu) – 3 (Fri), 2021
Part 1
22:00 (Dec 2) – 0:30 (Dec 3) (UTC)
Part 2
7:00 – 9:30 (Dec 3) (UTC)
Time in Each Region
Time in Each Region
LocationPart 1Part 2
UTC22:00(Thu) – 00:30(Fri)7:00(Fri) – 9:30(Fri)
London22:00(Thu) – 00:30(Fri)7:00(Fri) – 9:30(Fri)
Geneva23:00(Thu) – 1:30(Fri)8:00(Fri) – 10:30(Fri)
New Delhi3:30(Fri) – 6:00(Fri)12:30(Fri) – 15:00(Fri)
Almaty4:00(Fri) – 6:30(Fri)13:00(Fri) – 15:30(Fri)
Tokyo7:00(Fri) – 9:30(Fri)16:00(Fri) – 18:30(Fri)
Melbourne9:00(Fri) – 11:30(Fri)18:00(Fri) – 20:30(Fri)
Majuro/Suva10:00(Fri) – 12:30(Fri)19:00(Fri) – 21:30(Fri)
Papeete12:00(Thu) – 14:30(Thu)21:00(Thu) – 23:30(Thu)
San Francisco14:00(Thu) – 16:30(Thu)23:00(Thu) – 1:30(Fri)
New York17:00(Thu) – 19:30(Thu)2:00(Fri) – 4:30(Fri)
Participation fee :
Free
Registration :
Not Required
Language :
English / Japanese

The forum is organized by Peace Boat in partnership with the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN).

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Resources

Program

ContentsDetails
PART 1(2.5hours)
Opening
Opening messages
– from Daigo Fukuryu Maru Exhibition Hall
MC:
WATANABE Rika
Peace Boat
WATANABE Rika
Peace Boat
As an International Coordinator of Peace Boat, Rika has been coordinating the Global Voyage for a Nuclear-Free World: Peace Boat Hibakusha Project since 2008, travelling with Hibakusha to convey their experiences and stories to show the humanitarian impact of nuclear weapons. She also coordinates “Every Second Counts for the Survivors - Peace Boat Hibakusha Project Online” and the Hiroshima-ICAN Academy on Nuclear Weapons and Security.
Program: Opening
, Peace Boat
Atomic Photographers Guild
Atomic Photographers Guild
The Atomic Photographers Guild is an international collective of independent photographers dedicated to making visible all facets of the nuclear age. Founded in 1987 by Robert Del Tredici, Carole Gallagher and Harris Fogel, Guild members focus on the impact and legacy of the atomic age with an emphasis on nuclear weapons development, production, testing, and deployment—as well as the movements to abolish them. Members also document the nuclear power industry, reactor accidents, nuclear waste, irradiated landscapes and their populations, and the health effects associated with exposure to ionising radiation.
Website: http://www.atomicphotographersguild.org/
Program: Opening

Setsuko THURLOW
Hiroshima survivor and ICAN campaigner
Setsuko THURLOW
Hiroshima survivor and ICAN campaigner
Setsuko Thurlow was a 13-year-old school girl when the United States dropped an atomic bomb on her city, Hiroshima. Today, she is a leading figure in the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN). Her powerful speeches have inspired countless individuals around the world to take action for disarmament.
She was instrumental in the creation of the landmark Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, adopted in July 2017 with the support of 122 nations. For decades, she has warned governments that inaction is not an option: nuclear weapons must be totally eliminated if we are to ensure that no other city ever suffers the same fate as hers.
Setsuko’s courageous advocacy, sharp analysis and deep conviction make her a formidable opponent to all who claim that these ultimate weapons of mass destruction are legitimate instruments of defence. A living witness to the horrors of nuclear war, she has contributed enormously to the success of ICAN over the past decade.
Program: Opening
, Hiroshima survivor and ICAN campaigner
Gilles CARBONNIER
International Committee of the Red Cross
Gilles CARBONNIER
International Committee of the Red Cross
ICRC Vice-President since April 2018.
Gilles Carbonnier holds a doctorate in economics from the University of Neuchâtel and has worked in three main fields over the past 30 years: development economics, humanitarian action and international trade.
Since 2007, Dr Carbonnier has been a professor of development economics at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, where he also served as director of studies and president of the centre for Education and research in Humanitarian Action. His expertise is in international cooperation, the economic dynamics of armed conflict, and the nexus between natural resources and development. Prior to joining the Graduate Institute, Gilles spent several years with the ICRC: he worked in the field from 1989 to 1991 as head of subdelegation in Ethiopia and Iraq and as a delegate in Sri Lanka and El Salvador, then at headquarters from 1999 to 2006 as an economic adviser. He was on the board of directors for Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) Switzerland from 2007 to 2012. Between 1992 and 1996, he was in charge of international trade negotiations (GATT/WTO) and development cooperation programmes for the Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs.
Program: Opening
, International Committee of the Red Cross
KAWASAKI Akira
Peace Boat/ICAN
KAWASAKI Akira
Peace Boat/ICAN
Kawasaki Akira is a member of the Executive Committee of Peace Boat. He also serves on the International Steering Group of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) and is the sitting President of the Swiss-registered association. Since 2008, Kawasaki has coordinated “Global Voyage for a Nuclear-Free World: Peace Boat's Hibakusha Project,” in which atomic bomb survivors travel the world to share their stories. In 2009 and 2010, he was an advisor to the cochairs of the International Commission on Nuclear Non-proliferation and Disarmament. Since the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster, he has run a number of projects to spread the messages of those affected, including through organizing two Global Conferences for a Nuclear Power Free World in 2012. As the cochair of Japan NGO Network for Nuclear Weapons Abolition, he facilitates cooperation among NGOs as well as dialogue between civil society and the government of Japan. He lectures at several universities in Tokyo and writes frequently for Japanese newspapers and for peace and disarmament journals. Kawasaki is the recipient of the 33rd Kiyoshi Tanimoto Peace Prize in 2021.
Program: Opening
, Peace Boat / ICAN
Stories Ⅰ
Testimonies of nuclear survivors of broad range of impacts, including from mining, production and waste (videos)
MC:
Dimity HAWKINS
ICAN Australia
Dimity HAWKINS
ICAN Australia
Dimity Hawkins AM is an Australian activist, researcher and an advocate for a world free from nuclear weapons. Her research and activism over three decades are centred on the history of nuclear weapons testing, nuclear justice, nuclear chain issues and the need to eliminate nuclear weapons. Dimity was a co-founder of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) and is a current PhD candidate at Swinburne University in Naarm, Australia. Dimity was made a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in the 2019 Queens Birthday Honours for "significant service to the global community as an advocate for nuclear non-proliferation and disarmament."
Program: Stories Ⅰ, Closing
, ICAN Australia
Sue COLEMAN-HASELDINE
Australia Nuclear Free Alliance (ANFA)
Sue COLEMAN-HASELDINE
Australia Nuclear Free Alliance (ANFA)
Sue Coleman-Haseldine is a proud Kokatha Elder from the Far West Coast of South Australia. She is a Mother, Grandmother, Great Grandmother, Sister, Aunt and everything in between. She was born and raised on this land during the 1950’s Maralinga testing era, and has been caring for and fighting for the land and the people of this planet her whole life. She is currently involved heavily in the opposition of nuclear weapons and waste, detrimental mineral mining of her people’s Sacred Lands, violation of human rights by use of income management schemes, and drilling for oil and gas in the Great Australian Bight.
Program: Stories Ⅰ
, Australia Nuclear Free Alliance (ANFA)
Joan MORNINGSTAR
Mississaugi First Nation, Canada
Joan MORNINGSTAR
Mississaugi First Nation, Canada
Joan Morningstar resides at Mississaugi First Nation, Ontario, Canada. She was a drug and alcohol counselor for 21 years, until she changed her career to be employed with Mississaugi First Nation as the Traditional Student Mentor for the Secondary School in Blind River. She had to leave her job in February 2018 due to cancer. She is now hoping to regain her walking, speech, fine and gross motor skills to enjoy her many hobbies and outdoor activities. Currently, she is working with physiotherapists in rehabilitation, and her days are spent in exercises monitored by professionals.
She is also campaigning for the Blind River Refinery and Incinerator to be shut down permanently.
Program: Stories Ⅰ
, Mississaugi First Nation, Canada
Almoustapha ALHACEN
Aghirin'man (Protection of the Soul), Niger
Almoustapha ALHACEN
Aghirin'man (Protection of the Soul), Niger
In 1978, Almoustapha Alhacen was employed by the Areva nuclear company as a worker in a uranium mill near Arlit. Because there were strange illnesses among colleagues and their wives and mysterious deaths of relatively young people, he founded a local NGO called Aghirin'man in 2002, in Tuareg language "Protection of the Soul", dedicated to research into uranium dangers.
Program: Stories Ⅰ
, Aghirin’man (Protection of the Soul), Niger
Jharkhandi Organisation Against Radiation (JOAR)
India
Jharkhandi Organisation Against Radiation (JOAR)
India
JOAR, the Jharkhandi Organization against Radiation, is situated in Jadugoda, Jharkhand in India. The organisation has been struggling for many decades against uranium mining, raising awareness of its impact on health and the environment and raising voices to get justice for radiation victims in this area. JOAR was selected for the prestigious Nuclear Free Future Award in 2005.
Program: Stories Ⅰ
, India
Mary DICKSON
Playwright and Downwinder
Mary DICKSON
Playwright and Downwinder
Award-winning writer/playwright Mary Dickson is a downwinder and thyroid cancer survivor from Salt Lake City, Utah who is an internationally recognized advocate for survivors of nuclear weapons testing. She has written and spoken widely about the human toll of nuclear weapons at conferences, symposia, and forums in the U.S. as well as Japan. Exposed, her play combining her experiences with powerful documentation, received critical acclaim when it has subsequently toured universities and venues nationwide as a staged reading. She was honored by the Alliance for Nuclear Accountability for her lifetime work on behalf of those harmed by nuclear testing.
Program: Stories Ⅰ
, Playwright and Downwinder
LEE Gyuyeol
Korea Atomic Bombs Victim Association
LEE Gyuyeol
Korea Atomic Bombs Victim Association
Survived the atomic bombing of Hiroshima in utero while still in his mother's womb. President of the Korea Atomic Bombs Victim Association since 2018. The association was established in 1967 to provide health care, and improve the welfare and relief measures for Korean survivors and descendents of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
Program: Stories Ⅰ
, Korea Atomic Bombs Victim Association
YUASA Masae
Hiroshima City University
YUASA Masae
Hiroshima City University
Masae Yuasa is a sociologist born and raised in Hiroshima. She earned her Ph.D. from the University of Sheffield, UK and now teaches in the Faculty of International Studies of Hiroshima City University. She has worked for the Hiroshima “Black Rain” trial as a supporting member and wrote opinion papers that were submitted to the court.
Program: Stories Ⅰ
, Hiroshima City University
Panel discussion Ⅰ
Tackling common challenges – for the rights and dignity of survivors (live)
Moderator:
Pam KINGFISHER
Nuclear Truth Project
Pam KINGFISHER
Nuclear Truth Project
A Cherokee woman born to the bird clan, Pam lives and works on her grandmother’s allotment land in N.E. Oklahoma, growing organic food and bees and consulting with NGOs. Born and raised in the shadow and secrecy of atomic bomb building, her father began work at Hanford in 1943 (Manhattan plutonium production facility in Washington state) and her brother managed a Hanford nuclear reactor for 30 years. Later, her community organizing assisted in stopping the production of 23% of the world's uranium supply at the notoriously contaminated Kerr-McGee “Sequoyah Fuels” plant in Gore, Oklahoma.
Program: Panel discussion Ⅰ
, Nuclear Truth Project
Panelists:
Lorraine REKMANS
Serpent River First Nation, Canada
Lorraine REKMANS
Serpent River First Nation, Canada
Lorraine Rekmans is a member of the Serpent River First Nation, and is of Anishnabe and French heritage. She served as the Indigenous Affairs Critic for the Green Party of Canada for 12 years, beginning in 2008, and is currently its Federal Council - President.
Lorraine is an advocate for environmental and social justice issues through her work in both media and non-governmental organizations. With a background in journalism, and decades of work in the non-profit sector, Lorraine has extensive experience in policy development, government, industry, public affairs and Indigenous communities. She is the former Executive Director of the National Aboriginal Forestry Association. She has served as a Board member for the Forest Stewardship Council of Canada, and she has received The Rosalie Bertell Award for outstanding service in the field of environmental health by the International Institute of Concern for Public Health.
Program: Panel discussion Ⅰ
, Serpent River First Nation, Canada
Kirsten BLAIR
Gundjeihmi Aboriginal Corporation, Australia
Kirsten BLAIR
Gundjeihmi Aboriginal Corporation, Australia
Kirsten Blair is Community and International Liaison with Gundjeihmi Aboriginal Corporation (GAC). She has worked with the Mirarr clan for over two decades including during the successful fight to stop the Jabiluka uranium mine on Mirarr country.
The Mirarr people, Traditional Owners of lands in the north of Australia, established GAC in 1995 to assist them in managing a balance between sustainable development, traditional practice and living culture on their land.
GAC represents the rights and interests of the Mirarr as well as receiving, distributing and investing royalties from the Ranger uranium mine which was imposed on Mirarr land in 1978.
GAC is run by a Mirarr board, it provides services and support for Mirarr members and other Bininj (Aboriginal people) affected by the Ranger Mine in line with cultural obligations.
Program: Panel discussion Ⅰ
, Gundjeihmi Aboriginal Corporation, Australia
Joey TAU,
Youngsolwara Pacific
Youngsolwara Pacific
Youngsolwara is a regional movement comprised of a collective of activists from the Pacific. We share common concerns on issues impacting our Pacific people and our islands.
Youngsolwara is a movement birthed from the regional gathering, Wansolwara Madang Dance in 2014. The Madang Dance was a gathering of practitioners, academics, musicians, bloggers, artists, university students, community workers, social workers and activists, youth and church thinkers.
Program: Panel discussion Ⅰ, Closing

Natalia MIRONOVA
Movement for Nuclear Safety, Chelyabinsk
Natalia MIRONOVA
Movement for Nuclear Safety, Chelyabinsk
Russian anti-nuclear activist, politician, scientist; the founder of the Movement for Nuclear Safety; author, and director of the "Dialogues on Nuclear Policy" - the 5-years Program of negotiations with the Russian Government. She led efforts for public pressure to solve issues of social protection for survivors in the shadow of nuclear military production sites.
Program: Panel discussion Ⅰ
, Movement for Nuclear Safety, Chelyabinsk
Lena NORMAND
Association 193, Maohi Nui
Lena NORMAND
Association 193, Maohi Nui
Born in Papeete, with Polynesian, Breton and Japanese heritage. Holder of a Master’s degree in public law. As a senior civil servant in French Polynesia, she served 11 years as a collaborator of members of the Government (2007 to 2018) including a mission for women’s conditions and family. Lena has been involved in Association 193 since its inception in 2014, as the first deputy president of Association 193 and also as the president of Association 193’s Committee on Women, which was created in 2018.
Program: Panel discussion Ⅰ
, Association 193, Maohi Nui
Tilman RUFF
International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War (IPPNW) / ICAN Australia
Tilman RUFF
International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War (IPPNW) / ICAN Australia
Dr. Tilman Ruff AO is Co-President of International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War. He was a co-founder and the founding chair of the governing bodies of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) in Australia and internationally. Both organisations were awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. An infectious diseases and public health physician, Dr. Ruff is Honorary Principal Fellow in the School of Population and Global Health, University of Melbourne. He has been active in the Medical Association for Prevention of War (Australia) since 1982 and is a past national president.
Program: Panel discussion Ⅰ
, IPPNW / ICAN Australia
PART 2(2.5hours)
Stories Ⅱ
Testimonies on the impacts of the testing and use of nuclear weapons (videos)
MC:
Karen HALLOWS
Peace Boat
Karen HALLOWS
Peace Boat
Karen Hallows is an International Coordinator at Peace Boat. Over the last fifteen years she has been involved with Peace Boat’s activities to promote peace, human rights and respect for the environment through advocacy and education both onboard the ship and in ports of call. Through Peace Boat’s Global Voyage for a Nuclear Free World: Hibakusha Project, Karen has organized and facilitated study programmes and testimony sessions to share the personal experiences of nuclear survivors and advocate for nuclear abolition.
Program: Stories Ⅱ, Closing
, Peace Boat
Karipbek KUYUKOV
Atom Project, Kazakhstan
Karipbek KUYUKOV
Atom Project, Kazakhstan
Artist and honorary ambassador of the ATOM project
Karipbek Kuyukov is an artist and nuclear nonproliferation activist born without arms as a result of his parents exposure to radiation from nuclear weapons testing. He has devoted his life and art to making sure that no one else suffers the devastating effects of nuclear weapons testing. He was born in 1968 in the village of Yegindybulak, 100 km from the former Semipalatinsk test site. His parents were living witnesses of nuclear tests - his father worked as a driver and often traveled through the steppe into the territory of the test site, while his mother said that she saw a bright flash, after which it grew dark, as at night.
Before the birth of Karipbek Kuyukov, his family had two children, but they did not live to be 1 year old. When Karipbek was born, his mother experienced such a severe shock that she could not approach the child for three days. Then the doctors called his father and offered to give him an injection, but his father refused...
In 1989 he became an active participant in the anti-nuclear movement Nevada Semipalatinsk. Exhibitions of Karipbek Kuyukov's paintings have been held in Japan, the USA, Germany and Turkey.
In 2013, Karipbek Kuyukov became an honorary ambassador of the ATOM project.
Program: Stories Ⅱ, Panel discussion Ⅱ
, Atom Project, Kazakhstan
MISA4thePacific
Republic of the Marshall Islands
MISA4thePacific
Republic of the Marshall Islands
MISA4thePacific is a student-led movement created by RMI students in Suva. This group of students strives to empower regional youths and students to voice and fight colonial injustices in the Pacific. MISA has actively advocated for nuclear justice issues as well as climate change.
Program: Stories Ⅱ
, Republic of the Marshall Islands
Pacific Nuclear Disaster Assistance Centre
Kochi Prefecture, Japan
Pacific Nuclear Disaster Assistance Centre
Kochi Prefecture, Japan
The Pacific Nuclear Disaster Assistance Centre grew out of the Kochi Prefecture Bikini H-Bomb Test Survivors Research Team formed in 1985, and was formed in 2012 to track the health of and seek relief for fishermen and sailors affected by nuclear testing at Bikini Atoll. In 2014, the group was successful in having the Japanese government disclose its official documents, and has been working to record the testimonies of the survivors, demonstrating to the government that the testing and its impacts are still ongoing.
Program: Stories Ⅱ
, Kochi, Japan
Association 193
Maohi Nui
Association 193
Maohi Nui
Association 193, created in 2014, is an apolitical organisation upholding Christian values with the mission of campaigning for the recognition of the nuclear issue and its consequences. Activities include campaigning and education to remember the French nuclear tests, condemning the “crime against humanity”, demanding that the French State officially apologize and provide just reparations through modification of the Loi Morin - the law governing compensation, and also calling for a local referendum and studies on transgenerational nuclear-related diseases. In order to meet the needs of the five archipelagos, Association 193 has a sub-committee dedicated to assisting the victims of nuclear testing in their applications for reparation as well as a committee for women.
Program: Stories Ⅱ
, Maohi Nui
Enver TOHTI
Lop Nor Project
Enver TOHTI
Lop Nor Project
Dr Enver Tohti Bughda is a qualified medical surgeon and a passionate advocate for Uyghur rights. Enver was born in Hami (Qumul) city in Xinjiang, China. He was brought up and received his primary and secondary education in Urumchi city, the capital of the Uyghur autonomous region. Upon graduating from Shihezi Medical University, Enver joined the Railway Central Hospital as a surgical oncologist, working in that capacity for over 13 years. After discovering the connection between the disproportionately high malignant tumour rate and the nuclear test in the Lupnur region in Tarim Basin, Xinjiang, with the help of a British film crew Enver exposed the devastating effects of the nuclear test on local people and was compelled to leave the People’s Republic of China and seek political asylum in the UK. Now based in London, Enver continues to promote awareness of the shocking consequences of the nuclear test in the Lupnor (Luobopu) area, advocating for the rights of the test victims. Having been ordered to remove organs from an executed prisoner, Enver has since also taken up a major role in the campaign against forced organ harvesting and is determined to bring China’s darkest secret to light.
Program: Stories Ⅱ
, Lop Nor Project
Gordon COGGON
LABRATS International, UK
Gordon COGGON
LABRATS International, UK
Gordon Frederick Coggon – British Nuclear Test Veteran. Christmas Island 1957-1958
83 years old. Gordon was born in 1938 near Doncaster, witnessing the UK’s only true hydrogen bomb. After a long second career driving buses and HGVs, and having survived cancer and diabetes, Gordon finally retired at the age of 71. In 2020, aged 82, Gordon found himself locked down due to the Covid-19 pandemic and wrote a book – The Life of a Yorkshire Lad. (https://smile.amazon.co.uk/Life-Yorkshire-Lad-Born-Doncaster/dp/B08P6G6GDX)
Gordon is a campaigner for LABRATS International and making action for recognition of the British Nuclear Test Veterans.
Videography by Eric Barton. Edited by Brian Cowden.
Program: Stories Ⅱ
, LABRATS International, UK
Panel discussion Ⅱ
Towards the first Meeting of States Parties of the TPNW (live)
Moderator:
James BHAGWAN
Pacific Council of Churches
James BHAGWAN
Pacific Council of Churches
General Secretary, Pacific Council of Churches
Reverend James Bhagwan is an ordained minister of the Methodist Church in Fiji. Appointed by the General Assembly in 2018 he has been active in reviving PCC relationships, recruiting new partners and increasing the organisation’s visibility as well as introducing a five-year strategic plan. Rev Bhagwan holds a Bachelor of Divinity from the Pacific Theological College and a Masters in Theology from Korea.
Program: Panel discussion Ⅱ, Closing
, Pacific Council of Churches
Panelists:
Alicia SANDERS-ZAKRE
International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN)
Alicia SANDERS-ZAKRE
International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN)
Alicia Sanders-Zakre is the Policy and Research Coordinator at the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons. She directs and coordinates research on the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, the humanitarian impact of nuclear weapons and general nuclear weapons policy.
Previously, she was a researcher at the Arms Control Association and at the Brookings Institution. She has published over 100 news articles, editorials and reports on nuclear weapons, including in the Guardian, the Baltimore Sun, Arms Control Today, the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists and the National Interest. She has also provided expert analysis for several newspapers and radio programs, including the Korea Times and Deutsche Welle (DW) radio. Alicia holds a B.A. in International Security from Tufts University, as well as a certificate of completion in International Nuclear Safeguards Policy from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies.
Program: Panel discussion Ⅱ, Closing
, ICAN
Karipbek KUYUKOV
Atom Project, Kazakhstan
Karipbek KUYUKOV
Atom Project, Kazakhstan
Artist and honorary ambassador of the ATOM project
Karipbek Kuyukov is an artist and nuclear nonproliferation activist born without arms as a result of his parents exposure to radiation from nuclear weapons testing. He has devoted his life and art to making sure that no one else suffers the devastating effects of nuclear weapons testing. He was born in 1968 in the village of Yegindybulak, 100 km from the former Semipalatinsk test site. His parents were living witnesses of nuclear tests - his father worked as a driver and often traveled through the steppe into the territory of the test site, while his mother said that she saw a bright flash, after which it grew dark, as at night.
Before the birth of Karipbek Kuyukov, his family had two children, but they did not live to be 1 year old. When Karipbek was born, his mother experienced such a severe shock that she could not approach the child for three days. Then the doctors called his father and offered to give him an injection, but his father refused...
In 1989 he became an active participant in the anti-nuclear movement Nevada Semipalatinsk. Exhibitions of Karipbek Kuyukov's paintings have been held in Japan, the USA, Germany and Turkey.
In 2013, Karipbek Kuyukov became an honorary ambassador of the ATOM project.
Program: Stories Ⅱ, Panel discussion Ⅱ
, Atom Project, Kazakhstan
Alan OWEN
LABRATS International, UK
Alan OWEN
LABRATS International, UK
LABRATS International Cofounder, Atomic Veteran, Activist
Alan is a Fellow of The British Computer Society and a Chartered IT Professional. Owns two businesses, Icaris (software development) and Icaris Sentinel (data protection services). A fellow of the Learning and Performance Institute. Currently pursuing an MBA at University of Wales, Trinity St David. Married with one son, Joseph, 14. Alan’s father is a Nuclear Veteran, who participated at Operation Dominic on Christmas Island 1962. Unfortunately he died in 1994. Alan’s elder brother died in 1996. He has one sister.
Program: Panel discussion Ⅱ
, LABRATS International, UK
KIDO Sueichi
Nihon Hidankyo (Japan Confederation of A- and H-Bomb Sufferers Organizations)
KIDO Sueichi
Nihon Hidankyo (Japan Confederation of A- and H-Bomb Sufferers Organizations)
Born in Nagasaki City in 1940 and experienced the atomic bombing at the age of 5. From 1969 to 2003, he taught at Gifu Shotoku Gakuen University and Junior College, and is now Professor Emeritus. Founded the Gifu Atomic Bomb Survivors' Association in 1991 and served as its Secretary General. Became the Assistant Secretary General of Nihon Hidankyo (Japan Confederation of A- and H-Bomb Sufferers Organizations) in 2008 and Secretary General in 2017.
Program: Panel discussion Ⅱ
, Nihon Hidankyo
Karina LESTER
ICAN Ambassador
Karina LESTER
ICAN Ambassador
Karina Lester is a Yankunytjatjara Anangu woman from the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara Lands (APY Lands) in the far North West of South Australia. Karina is an outspoken anti-nuclear activist and an ICAN Ambassador, sharing not only her late father’s (Yami Lester) story but her grandmother’s story of the British Nuclear Tests in the 1950s-60s. She has travelled internationally to speak out and participated in the negotiations for the UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons in 2017, hand-delivering the Indigenous Statement to the negotiating conference on behalf of 35 organisations.
Program: Panel discussion Ⅱ
, ICAN Ambassador
Desmond Narain DOULATRAM
REACH-MI / College of the Marshall Islands
Desmond Narain DOULATRAM
REACH-MI / College of the Marshall Islands
Desmond Narain Doulatram obtained his Bachelors in Science in Social Science with an emphasis in Pre-Law from Southwestern Adventist University (SWAU). Subsequently, he worked at the Office of Environmental Planning & Policy Coordination now called the RMI Climate Change Directorate under the Office of the President. He then worked at Marshall Islands High School before obtaining his Masters in Arts Degree in Asia-Pacific Studies from the University of San Francisco. He is currently a Ph.D. candidate in Pacific Studies at the University of the South Pacific. He has also obtained a Professional Certificate in Online Education from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Presently, he is employed as a Social Science Instructor at the College of the Marshall Islands Liberal Arts Department where he teaches Contemporary Social Issues in Micronesia, Issues in Pacific Studies, and Sociology. Additionally, he also serves as a National Board Member for the Marshall Islands Public School System. He is also a Co-founder to two NGOs being Jo-JiKuM (Jodrikdrik in Jipan ene eo Ekutok Maroro) translated as Youths for a Greener RMI that deals with issues related to environmentalism and REACH-MI (Radiation Exposure Awareness Crusaders for Humanity-Marshall Islands) which deals with the nuclear issue.
Program: Panel discussion Ⅱ
, REACH-MI / College of the Marshall Islands
Closing
Summary and follow-up
Moderator:
Alicia SANDERS-ZAKRE
International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN)
Alicia SANDERS-ZAKRE
International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN)
Alicia Sanders-Zakre is the Policy and Research Coordinator at the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons. She directs and coordinates research on the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, the humanitarian impact of nuclear weapons and general nuclear weapons policy.
Previously, she was a researcher at the Arms Control Association and at the Brookings Institution. She has published over 100 news articles, editorials and reports on nuclear weapons, including in the Guardian, the Baltimore Sun, Arms Control Today, the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists and the National Interest. She has also provided expert analysis for several newspapers and radio programs, including the Korea Times and Deutsche Welle (DW) radio. Alicia holds a B.A. in International Security from Tufts University, as well as a certificate of completion in International Nuclear Safeguards Policy from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies.
Program: Panel discussion Ⅱ, Closing
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Dimity HAWKINS
ICAN Australia
Dimity HAWKINS
ICAN Australia
Dimity Hawkins AM is an Australian activist, researcher and an advocate for a world free from nuclear weapons. Her research and activism over three decades are centred on the history of nuclear weapons testing, nuclear justice, nuclear chain issues and the need to eliminate nuclear weapons. Dimity was a co-founder of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) and is a current PhD candidate at Swinburne University in Naarm, Australia. Dimity was made a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in the 2019 Queens Birthday Honours for "significant service to the global community as an advocate for nuclear non-proliferation and disarmament."
Program: Stories Ⅰ, Closing
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Karen HALLOWS
Peace Boat
Karen HALLOWS
Peace Boat
Karen Hallows is an International Coordinator at Peace Boat. Over the last fifteen years she has been involved with Peace Boat’s activities to promote peace, human rights and respect for the environment through advocacy and education both onboard the ship and in ports of call. Through Peace Boat’s Global Voyage for a Nuclear Free World: Hibakusha Project, Karen has organized and facilitated study programmes and testimony sessions to share the personal experiences of nuclear survivors and advocate for nuclear abolition.
Program: Stories Ⅱ, Closing
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James BHAGWAN
Pacific Council of Churches
James BHAGWAN
Pacific Council of Churches
General Secretary, Pacific Council of Churches
Reverend James Bhagwan is an ordained minister of the Methodist Church in Fiji. Appointed by the General Assembly in 2018 he has been active in reviving PCC relationships, recruiting new partners and increasing the organisation’s visibility as well as introducing a five-year strategic plan. Rev Bhagwan holds a Bachelor of Divinity from the Pacific Theological College and a Masters in Theology from Korea.
Program: Panel discussion Ⅱ, Closing
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Beatrice FIHN
International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN)
Beatrice FIHN
International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN)
Beatrice Fihn is the Executive Director of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN), the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize-winning campaign coalition that works to prohibit and eliminate nuclear weapons. She accepted the Nobel Peace Prize and delivered the Nobel Lecture in Oslo on behalf of the campaign.
Ms. Fihn has lead the campaign since 2013 and has worked to mobilise civil society throughout the development of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. This includes developing and executing ICAN’s political strategy and fundraising efforts as well as representing the campaign in relation to media and key stakeholders such as governments, the United Nations and other international organisations.
Ms. Fihn has over a decade of experience in disarmament diplomacy and civil society mobilisation, through her work with ICAN, the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom and the Geneva Centre for Security Policy. She has written extensively on weapons law, humanitarian law, civil society engagement in diplomacy and multilateral institutions, and gender perspective on disarmament work.
Born in Sweden, Ms. Fihn has a Masters in Law from the University of London and a Bachelors degree in International Relations from Stockholm University.
Program: Closing
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Speakers

Almoustapha ALHACEN
Aghirin'man (Protection of the Soul), Niger
Almoustapha ALHACEN
Aghirin'man (Protection of the Soul), Niger
In 1978, Almoustapha Alhacen was employed by the Areva nuclear company as a worker in a uranium mill near Arlit. Because there were strange illnesses among colleagues and their wives and mysterious deaths of relatively young people, he founded a local NGO called Aghirin'man in 2002, in Tuareg language "Protection of the Soul", dedicated to research into uranium dangers.
Program: Stories Ⅰ
Association 193
Maohi Nui
Association 193
Maohi Nui
Association 193, created in 2014, is an apolitical organisation upholding Christian values with the mission of campaigning for the recognition of the nuclear issue and its consequences. Activities include campaigning and education to remember the French nuclear tests, condemning the “crime against humanity”, demanding that the French State officially apologize and provide just reparations through modification of the Loi Morin - the law governing compensation, and also calling for a local referendum and studies on transgenerational nuclear-related diseases. In order to meet the needs of the five archipelagos, Association 193 has a sub-committee dedicated to assisting the victims of nuclear testing in their applications for reparation as well as a committee for women.
Program: Stories Ⅱ
Atomic Photographers Guild
Atomic Photographers Guild
The Atomic Photographers Guild is an international collective of independent photographers dedicated to making visible all facets of the nuclear age. Founded in 1987 by Robert Del Tredici, Carole Gallagher and Harris Fogel, Guild members focus on the impact and legacy of the atomic age with an emphasis on nuclear weapons development, production, testing, and deployment—as well as the movements to abolish them. Members also document the nuclear power industry, reactor accidents, nuclear waste, irradiated landscapes and their populations, and the health effects associated with exposure to ionising radiation.
Website: http://www.atomicphotographersguild.org/
Program: Opening
James BHAGWAN
Pacific Council of Churches
James BHAGWAN
Pacific Council of Churches
General Secretary, Pacific Council of Churches
Reverend James Bhagwan is an ordained minister of the Methodist Church in Fiji. Appointed by the General Assembly in 2018 he has been active in reviving PCC relationships, recruiting new partners and increasing the organisation’s visibility as well as introducing a five-year strategic plan. Rev Bhagwan holds a Bachelor of Divinity from the Pacific Theological College and a Masters in Theology from Korea.
Program: Panel discussion Ⅱ, Closing
Kirsten BLAIR
Gundjeihmi Aboriginal Corporation, Australia
Kirsten BLAIR
Gundjeihmi Aboriginal Corporation, Australia
Kirsten Blair is Community and International Liaison with Gundjeihmi Aboriginal Corporation (GAC). She has worked with the Mirarr clan for over two decades including during the successful fight to stop the Jabiluka uranium mine on Mirarr country.
The Mirarr people, Traditional Owners of lands in the north of Australia, established GAC in 1995 to assist them in managing a balance between sustainable development, traditional practice and living culture on their land.
GAC represents the rights and interests of the Mirarr as well as receiving, distributing and investing royalties from the Ranger uranium mine which was imposed on Mirarr land in 1978.
GAC is run by a Mirarr board, it provides services and support for Mirarr members and other Bininj (Aboriginal people) affected by the Ranger Mine in line with cultural obligations.
Program: Panel discussion Ⅰ
Gilles CARBONNIER
International Committee of the Red Cross
Gilles CARBONNIER
International Committee of the Red Cross
ICRC Vice-President since April 2018.
Gilles Carbonnier holds a doctorate in economics from the University of Neuchâtel and has worked in three main fields over the past 30 years: development economics, humanitarian action and international trade.
Since 2007, Dr Carbonnier has been a professor of development economics at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, where he also served as director of studies and president of the centre for Education and research in Humanitarian Action. His expertise is in international cooperation, the economic dynamics of armed conflict, and the nexus between natural resources and development. Prior to joining the Graduate Institute, Gilles spent several years with the ICRC: he worked in the field from 1989 to 1991 as head of subdelegation in Ethiopia and Iraq and as a delegate in Sri Lanka and El Salvador, then at headquarters from 1999 to 2006 as an economic adviser. He was on the board of directors for Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) Switzerland from 2007 to 2012. Between 1992 and 1996, he was in charge of international trade negotiations (GATT/WTO) and development cooperation programmes for the Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs.
Program: Opening
Gordon COGGON
LABRATS International, UK
Gordon COGGON
LABRATS International, UK
Gordon Frederick Coggon – British Nuclear Test Veteran. Christmas Island 1957-1958
83 years old. Gordon was born in 1938 near Doncaster, witnessing the UK’s only true hydrogen bomb. After a long second career driving buses and HGVs, and having survived cancer and diabetes, Gordon finally retired at the age of 71. In 2020, aged 82, Gordon found himself locked down due to the Covid-19 pandemic and wrote a book – The Life of a Yorkshire Lad. (https://smile.amazon.co.uk/Life-Yorkshire-Lad-Born-Doncaster/dp/B08P6G6GDX)
Gordon is a campaigner for LABRATS International and making action for recognition of the British Nuclear Test Veterans.
Videography by Eric Barton. Edited by Brian Cowden.
Program: Stories Ⅱ
Sue COLEMAN-HASELDINE
Australia Nuclear Free Alliance (ANFA)
Sue COLEMAN-HASELDINE
Australia Nuclear Free Alliance (ANFA)
Sue Coleman-Haseldine is a proud Kokatha Elder from the Far West Coast of South Australia. She is a Mother, Grandmother, Great Grandmother, Sister, Aunt and everything in between. She was born and raised on this land during the 1950’s Maralinga testing era, and has been caring for and fighting for the land and the people of this planet her whole life. She is currently involved heavily in the opposition of nuclear weapons and waste, detrimental mineral mining of her people’s Sacred Lands, violation of human rights by use of income management schemes, and drilling for oil and gas in the Great Australian Bight.
Program: Stories Ⅰ
Mary DICKSON
Playwright and Downwinder
Mary DICKSON
Playwright and Downwinder
Award-winning writer/playwright Mary Dickson is a downwinder and thyroid cancer survivor from Salt Lake City, Utah who is an internationally recognized advocate for survivors of nuclear weapons testing. She has written and spoken widely about the human toll of nuclear weapons at conferences, symposia, and forums in the U.S. as well as Japan. Exposed, her play combining her experiences with powerful documentation, received critical acclaim when it has subsequently toured universities and venues nationwide as a staged reading. She was honored by the Alliance for Nuclear Accountability for her lifetime work on behalf of those harmed by nuclear testing.
Program: Stories Ⅰ
Desmond Narain DOULATRAM
REACH-MI / College of the Marshall Islands
Desmond Narain DOULATRAM
REACH-MI / College of the Marshall Islands
Desmond Narain Doulatram obtained his Bachelors in Science in Social Science with an emphasis in Pre-Law from Southwestern Adventist University (SWAU). Subsequently, he worked at the Office of Environmental Planning & Policy Coordination now called the RMI Climate Change Directorate under the Office of the President. He then worked at Marshall Islands High School before obtaining his Masters in Arts Degree in Asia-Pacific Studies from the University of San Francisco. He is currently a Ph.D. candidate in Pacific Studies at the University of the South Pacific. He has also obtained a Professional Certificate in Online Education from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Presently, he is employed as a Social Science Instructor at the College of the Marshall Islands Liberal Arts Department where he teaches Contemporary Social Issues in Micronesia, Issues in Pacific Studies, and Sociology. Additionally, he also serves as a National Board Member for the Marshall Islands Public School System. He is also a Co-founder to two NGOs being Jo-JiKuM (Jodrikdrik in Jipan ene eo Ekutok Maroro) translated as Youths for a Greener RMI that deals with issues related to environmentalism and REACH-MI (Radiation Exposure Awareness Crusaders for Humanity-Marshall Islands) which deals with the nuclear issue.
Program: Panel discussion Ⅱ
Beatrice FIHN
International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN)
Beatrice FIHN
International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN)
Beatrice Fihn is the Executive Director of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN), the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize-winning campaign coalition that works to prohibit and eliminate nuclear weapons. She accepted the Nobel Peace Prize and delivered the Nobel Lecture in Oslo on behalf of the campaign.
Ms. Fihn has lead the campaign since 2013 and has worked to mobilise civil society throughout the development of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. This includes developing and executing ICAN’s political strategy and fundraising efforts as well as representing the campaign in relation to media and key stakeholders such as governments, the United Nations and other international organisations.
Ms. Fihn has over a decade of experience in disarmament diplomacy and civil society mobilisation, through her work with ICAN, the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom and the Geneva Centre for Security Policy. She has written extensively on weapons law, humanitarian law, civil society engagement in diplomacy and multilateral institutions, and gender perspective on disarmament work.
Born in Sweden, Ms. Fihn has a Masters in Law from the University of London and a Bachelors degree in International Relations from Stockholm University.
Program: Closing
Karen HALLOWS
Peace Boat
Karen HALLOWS
Peace Boat
Karen Hallows is an International Coordinator at Peace Boat. Over the last fifteen years she has been involved with Peace Boat’s activities to promote peace, human rights and respect for the environment through advocacy and education both onboard the ship and in ports of call. Through Peace Boat’s Global Voyage for a Nuclear Free World: Hibakusha Project, Karen has organized and facilitated study programmes and testimony sessions to share the personal experiences of nuclear survivors and advocate for nuclear abolition.
Program: Stories Ⅱ, Closing
Dimity HAWKINS
ICAN Australia
Dimity HAWKINS
ICAN Australia
Dimity Hawkins AM is an Australian activist, researcher and an advocate for a world free from nuclear weapons. Her research and activism over three decades are centred on the history of nuclear weapons testing, nuclear justice, nuclear chain issues and the need to eliminate nuclear weapons. Dimity was a co-founder of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) and is a current PhD candidate at Swinburne University in Naarm, Australia. Dimity was made a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in the 2019 Queens Birthday Honours for "significant service to the global community as an advocate for nuclear non-proliferation and disarmament."
Program: Stories Ⅰ, Closing
Jharkhandi Organisation Against Radiation (JOAR)
India
Jharkhandi Organisation Against Radiation (JOAR)
India
JOAR, the Jharkhandi Organization against Radiation, is situated in Jadugoda, Jharkhand in India. The organisation has been struggling for many decades against uranium mining, raising awareness of its impact on health and the environment and raising voices to get justice for radiation victims in this area. JOAR was selected for the prestigious Nuclear Free Future Award in 2005.
Program: Stories Ⅰ
KAWASAKI Akira
Peace Boat/ICAN
KAWASAKI Akira
Peace Boat/ICAN
Kawasaki Akira is a member of the Executive Committee of Peace Boat. He also serves on the International Steering Group of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) and is the sitting President of the Swiss-registered association. Since 2008, Kawasaki has coordinated “Global Voyage for a Nuclear-Free World: Peace Boat's Hibakusha Project,” in which atomic bomb survivors travel the world to share their stories. In 2009 and 2010, he was an advisor to the cochairs of the International Commission on Nuclear Non-proliferation and Disarmament. Since the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster, he has run a number of projects to spread the messages of those affected, including through organizing two Global Conferences for a Nuclear Power Free World in 2012. As the cochair of Japan NGO Network for Nuclear Weapons Abolition, he facilitates cooperation among NGOs as well as dialogue between civil society and the government of Japan. He lectures at several universities in Tokyo and writes frequently for Japanese newspapers and for peace and disarmament journals. Kawasaki is the recipient of the 33rd Kiyoshi Tanimoto Peace Prize in 2021.
Program: Opening
KIDO Sueichi
Nihon Hidankyo (Japan Confederation of A- and H-Bomb Sufferers Organizations)
KIDO Sueichi
Nihon Hidankyo (Japan Confederation of A- and H-Bomb Sufferers Organizations)
Born in Nagasaki City in 1940 and experienced the atomic bombing at the age of 5. From 1969 to 2003, he taught at Gifu Shotoku Gakuen University and Junior College, and is now Professor Emeritus. Founded the Gifu Atomic Bomb Survivors' Association in 1991 and served as its Secretary General. Became the Assistant Secretary General of Nihon Hidankyo (Japan Confederation of A- and H-Bomb Sufferers Organizations) in 2008 and Secretary General in 2017.
Program: Panel discussion Ⅱ
Pam KINGFISHER
Nuclear Truth Project
Pam KINGFISHER
Nuclear Truth Project
A Cherokee woman born to the bird clan, Pam lives and works on her grandmother’s allotment land in N.E. Oklahoma, growing organic food and bees and consulting with NGOs. Born and raised in the shadow and secrecy of atomic bomb building, her father began work at Hanford in 1943 (Manhattan plutonium production facility in Washington state) and her brother managed a Hanford nuclear reactor for 30 years. Later, her community organizing assisted in stopping the production of 23% of the world's uranium supply at the notoriously contaminated Kerr-McGee “Sequoyah Fuels” plant in Gore, Oklahoma.
Program: Panel discussion Ⅰ
Karipbek KUYUKOV
Atom Project, Kazakhstan
Karipbek KUYUKOV
Atom Project, Kazakhstan
Artist and honorary ambassador of the ATOM project
Karipbek Kuyukov is an artist and nuclear nonproliferation activist born without arms as a result of his parents exposure to radiation from nuclear weapons testing. He has devoted his life and art to making sure that no one else suffers the devastating effects of nuclear weapons testing. He was born in 1968 in the village of Yegindybulak, 100 km from the former Semipalatinsk test site. His parents were living witnesses of nuclear tests - his father worked as a driver and often traveled through the steppe into the territory of the test site, while his mother said that she saw a bright flash, after which it grew dark, as at night.
Before the birth of Karipbek Kuyukov, his family had two children, but they did not live to be 1 year old. When Karipbek was born, his mother experienced such a severe shock that she could not approach the child for three days. Then the doctors called his father and offered to give him an injection, but his father refused...
In 1989 he became an active participant in the anti-nuclear movement Nevada Semipalatinsk. Exhibitions of Karipbek Kuyukov's paintings have been held in Japan, the USA, Germany and Turkey.
In 2013, Karipbek Kuyukov became an honorary ambassador of the ATOM project.
Program: Stories Ⅱ, Panel discussion Ⅱ
LEE Gyuyeol
Korea Atomic Bombs Victim Association
LEE Gyuyeol
Korea Atomic Bombs Victim Association
Survived the atomic bombing of Hiroshima in utero while still in his mother's womb. President of the Korea Atomic Bombs Victim Association since 2018. The association was established in 1967 to provide health care, and improve the welfare and relief measures for Korean survivors and descendents of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
Program: Stories Ⅰ
Karina LESTER
ICAN Ambassador
Karina LESTER
ICAN Ambassador
Karina Lester is a Yankunytjatjara Anangu woman from the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara Lands (APY Lands) in the far North West of South Australia. Karina is an outspoken anti-nuclear activist and an ICAN Ambassador, sharing not only her late father’s (Yami Lester) story but her grandmother’s story of the British Nuclear Tests in the 1950s-60s. She has travelled internationally to speak out and participated in the negotiations for the UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons in 2017, hand-delivering the Indigenous Statement to the negotiating conference on behalf of 35 organisations.
Program: Panel discussion Ⅱ
Natalia MIRONOVA
Movement for Nuclear Safety, Chelyabinsk
Natalia MIRONOVA
Movement for Nuclear Safety, Chelyabinsk
Russian anti-nuclear activist, politician, scientist; the founder of the Movement for Nuclear Safety; author, and director of the "Dialogues on Nuclear Policy" - the 5-years Program of negotiations with the Russian Government. She led efforts for public pressure to solve issues of social protection for survivors in the shadow of nuclear military production sites.
Program: Panel discussion Ⅰ
MISA4thePacific
Republic of the Marshall Islands
MISA4thePacific
Republic of the Marshall Islands
MISA4thePacific is a student-led movement created by RMI students in Suva. This group of students strives to empower regional youths and students to voice and fight colonial injustices in the Pacific. MISA has actively advocated for nuclear justice issues as well as climate change.
Program: Stories Ⅱ
Joan MORNINGSTAR
Mississaugi First Nation, Canada
Joan MORNINGSTAR
Mississaugi First Nation, Canada
Joan Morningstar resides at Mississaugi First Nation, Ontario, Canada. She was a drug and alcohol counselor for 21 years, until she changed her career to be employed with Mississaugi First Nation as the Traditional Student Mentor for the Secondary School in Blind River. She had to leave her job in February 2018 due to cancer. She is now hoping to regain her walking, speech, fine and gross motor skills to enjoy her many hobbies and outdoor activities. Currently, she is working with physiotherapists in rehabilitation, and her days are spent in exercises monitored by professionals.
She is also campaigning for the Blind River Refinery and Incinerator to be shut down permanently.
Program: Stories Ⅰ
Lena NORMAND
Association 193, Maohi Nui
Lena NORMAND
Association 193, Maohi Nui
Born in Papeete, with Polynesian, Breton and Japanese heritage. Holder of a Master’s degree in public law. As a senior civil servant in French Polynesia, she served 11 years as a collaborator of members of the Government (2007 to 2018) including a mission for women’s conditions and family. Lena has been involved in Association 193 since its inception in 2014, as the first deputy president of Association 193 and also as the president of Association 193’s Committee on Women, which was created in 2018.
Program: Panel discussion Ⅰ
Alan OWEN
LABRATS International, UK
Alan OWEN
LABRATS International, UK
LABRATS International Cofounder, Atomic Veteran, Activist
Alan is a Fellow of The British Computer Society and a Chartered IT Professional. Owns two businesses, Icaris (software development) and Icaris Sentinel (data protection services). A fellow of the Learning and Performance Institute. Currently pursuing an MBA at University of Wales, Trinity St David. Married with one son, Joseph, 14. Alan’s father is a Nuclear Veteran, who participated at Operation Dominic on Christmas Island 1962. Unfortunately he died in 1994. Alan’s elder brother died in 1996. He has one sister.
Program: Panel discussion Ⅱ
Pacific Nuclear Disaster Assistance Centre
Kochi Prefecture, Japan
Pacific Nuclear Disaster Assistance Centre
Kochi Prefecture, Japan
The Pacific Nuclear Disaster Assistance Centre grew out of the Kochi Prefecture Bikini H-Bomb Test Survivors Research Team formed in 1985, and was formed in 2012 to track the health of and seek relief for fishermen and sailors affected by nuclear testing at Bikini Atoll. In 2014, the group was successful in having the Japanese government disclose its official documents, and has been working to record the testimonies of the survivors, demonstrating to the government that the testing and its impacts are still ongoing.
Program: Stories Ⅱ
Lorraine REKMANS
Serpent River First Nation, Canada
Lorraine REKMANS
Serpent River First Nation, Canada
Lorraine Rekmans is a member of the Serpent River First Nation, and is of Anishnabe and French heritage. She served as the Indigenous Affairs Critic for the Green Party of Canada for 12 years, beginning in 2008, and is currently its Federal Council - President.
Lorraine is an advocate for environmental and social justice issues through her work in both media and non-governmental organizations. With a background in journalism, and decades of work in the non-profit sector, Lorraine has extensive experience in policy development, government, industry, public affairs and Indigenous communities. She is the former Executive Director of the National Aboriginal Forestry Association. She has served as a Board member for the Forest Stewardship Council of Canada, and she has received The Rosalie Bertell Award for outstanding service in the field of environmental health by the International Institute of Concern for Public Health.
Program: Panel discussion Ⅰ
Tilman RUFF
International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War (IPPNW) / ICAN Australia
Tilman RUFF
International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War (IPPNW) / ICAN Australia
Dr. Tilman Ruff AO is Co-President of International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War. He was a co-founder and the founding chair of the governing bodies of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) in Australia and internationally. Both organisations were awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. An infectious diseases and public health physician, Dr. Ruff is Honorary Principal Fellow in the School of Population and Global Health, University of Melbourne. He has been active in the Medical Association for Prevention of War (Australia) since 1982 and is a past national president.
Program: Panel discussion Ⅰ
Alicia SANDERS-ZAKRE
International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN)
Alicia SANDERS-ZAKRE
International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN)
Alicia Sanders-Zakre is the Policy and Research Coordinator at the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons. She directs and coordinates research on the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, the humanitarian impact of nuclear weapons and general nuclear weapons policy.
Previously, she was a researcher at the Arms Control Association and at the Brookings Institution. She has published over 100 news articles, editorials and reports on nuclear weapons, including in the Guardian, the Baltimore Sun, Arms Control Today, the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists and the National Interest. She has also provided expert analysis for several newspapers and radio programs, including the Korea Times and Deutsche Welle (DW) radio. Alicia holds a B.A. in International Security from Tufts University, as well as a certificate of completion in International Nuclear Safeguards Policy from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies.
Program: Panel discussion Ⅱ, Closing
Setsuko THURLOW
Hiroshima survivor and ICAN campaigner
Setsuko THURLOW
Hiroshima survivor and ICAN campaigner
Setsuko Thurlow was a 13-year-old school girl when the United States dropped an atomic bomb on her city, Hiroshima. Today, she is a leading figure in the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN). Her powerful speeches have inspired countless individuals around the world to take action for disarmament.
She was instrumental in the creation of the landmark Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, adopted in July 2017 with the support of 122 nations. For decades, she has warned governments that inaction is not an option: nuclear weapons must be totally eliminated if we are to ensure that no other city ever suffers the same fate as hers.
Setsuko’s courageous advocacy, sharp analysis and deep conviction make her a formidable opponent to all who claim that these ultimate weapons of mass destruction are legitimate instruments of defence. A living witness to the horrors of nuclear war, she has contributed enormously to the success of ICAN over the past decade.
Program: Opening
Enver TOHTI
Lop Nor Project
Enver TOHTI
Lop Nor Project
Dr Enver Tohti Bughda is a qualified medical surgeon and a passionate advocate for Uyghur rights. Enver was born in Hami (Qumul) city in Xinjiang, China. He was brought up and received his primary and secondary education in Urumchi city, the capital of the Uyghur autonomous region. Upon graduating from Shihezi Medical University, Enver joined the Railway Central Hospital as a surgical oncologist, working in that capacity for over 13 years. After discovering the connection between the disproportionately high malignant tumour rate and the nuclear test in the Lupnur region in Tarim Basin, Xinjiang, with the help of a British film crew Enver exposed the devastating effects of the nuclear test on local people and was compelled to leave the People’s Republic of China and seek political asylum in the UK. Now based in London, Enver continues to promote awareness of the shocking consequences of the nuclear test in the Lupnor (Luobopu) area, advocating for the rights of the test victims. Having been ordered to remove organs from an executed prisoner, Enver has since also taken up a major role in the campaign against forced organ harvesting and is determined to bring China’s darkest secret to light.
Program: Stories Ⅱ
WATANABE Rika
Peace Boat
WATANABE Rika
Peace Boat
As an International Coordinator of Peace Boat, Rika has been coordinating the Global Voyage for a Nuclear-Free World: Peace Boat Hibakusha Project since 2008, travelling with Hibakusha to convey their experiences and stories to show the humanitarian impact of nuclear weapons. She also coordinates “Every Second Counts for the Survivors - Peace Boat Hibakusha Project Online” and the Hiroshima-ICAN Academy on Nuclear Weapons and Security.
Program: Opening
Youngsolwara Pacific
Youngsolwara Pacific
Youngsolwara is a regional movement comprised of a collective of activists from the Pacific. We share common concerns on issues impacting our Pacific people and our islands.
Youngsolwara is a movement birthed from the regional gathering, Wansolwara Madang Dance in 2014. The Madang Dance was a gathering of practitioners, academics, musicians, bloggers, artists, university students, community workers, social workers and activists, youth and church thinkers.
Program: Panel discussion Ⅰ, Closing
YUASA Masae
Hiroshima City University
YUASA Masae
Hiroshima City University
Masae Yuasa is a sociologist born and raised in Hiroshima. She earned her Ph.D. from the University of Sheffield, UK and now teaches in the Faculty of International Studies of Hiroshima City University. She has worked for the Hiroshima “Black Rain” trial as a supporting member and wrote opinion papers that were submitted to the court.
Program: Stories Ⅰ

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