Young diplomats learn about peace administration in Hiroshima

by Michiko Tanaka, Staff Writer

Young diplomats participating in the UN Disarmament Fellowship Program, which seeks to train disarmament experts, visited Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park on October 1. The diplomats learned about the devastation caused by the atomic bombing and the efforts being made by the City of Hiroshima to abolish nuclear weapons.

The training group consists of 23 diplomats from 23 countries, mainly nations in Asia and Africa. They offered flowers at the Cenotaph for the A-bomb Victims and toured Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum. They also listened to talks by an A-bomb survivor and by Yasuyoshi Komizo, chairperson of the Hiroshima Peace Culture Foundation, which is charged with promoting the city’s peace policies.

NanaAfia Twum-barima, 29, oversees multinational negotiations involving arms control at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration of the Republic of Ghana. Ms. Twum-barima said that she was moved by the bitter fate of students whose lives were abruptly cut short and the sorrow of their family members left behind, adding that she would like to make the most of this experience in her work.

The City of Hiroshima has been welcoming training groups from the UN Disarmament Fellowship Program since 1983, and this is the 32nd group. They will visit the Radiation Effects Research Foundation in Minami Ward on October 2 before they end their stay in Hiroshima.

(Originally published on October 2, 2014)