On the occasion of the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize awarded to ICAN, a descendant of a Haki-kima-kaki tree (Diospyros kaki) that has emerged after the Hiroshima atomic attack has found a new home in the garden of the Peace Palace. Seeds from that Hako-kima-kaki tree were sent from Hiroshima to the Hortus botanicus in Leiden. They have been germinated there and have now grown into a beautiful young tree. In short speeches we have commemorated the victims of the atomic attack that remind us of the need to abolish nuclear weapons. The cruelty of atomic bombs and the suffering of the citizens of Horoshima and Nagasaki is engraved in our memory. Yet the beauty of a surviving tree from Japan gives hope for a better and more peaceful world.
Green Legacy Hiroshima Initiative
The GLH Initiative is a global volunteer campaign, aiming to disseminate the universal message of trees that survived the atomic bombing of Hiroshima. Created in 2011 by two friends, Nassrine Azimi and Tomoko Watanabe, GLH shares worldwide the double message of caution and hope that the unique survivor trees of Hiroshima (and ultimately Nagasaki) represent, recalling on the one hand the dangers of arms of mass destruction and nuclear weapons in particular, and on the other hand the sacred character of mankind and the resilience of nature. Currently seeds and saplings from the A-bombed trees are growing in some 30 countries - in a sustained, long-term (1000-year) campaign, joining other efforts for a nuclear-free and more ecological planet. GLH is headed by its co-founder Nassrine Azimi, with the help of UNITAR and a small committee, and guided by its Working Group.
Green Legacy Hiroshima Working Group
Green Legacy Hiroshima Working Group represents all key actors in Hiroshima, notably Hiroshima City and Peace Culture Foundation, as well as the Prefecture, Hiroshima University, Botanical Garden, and significant other institutions and individuals. It is informal, and functions as both a coordinating and information sharing session, and for outlining the general direction of GLH. It meets six times a year, hosted on rotation by ANT-Hiroshima, the UNITAR Hiroshima Office, and the Hiroshima Peace Culture Foundation.[number of readers: 280]
A selection of relevant publications from the Peace Palace Library collection
- Braut-Hegghammer, M., Uncler Physics: Why Iraq and Libya Failed to Build Nuclear Weapons, Ithaca; London, 2016.
- Cançado-Trindade, A.A., The Universal Obligation of Nuclear Disarmament, Brasilia, Fundação Alexandre de Gusmão, 2017.
- Rietiker, D., Humanization of Arms Control: Paving the Way for a World Free of Nuclear Weapons, Abingdon; New York Routledge, 2018.