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Excellencies, colleagues,
ladies and gentlemen,

»A more peaceful world can be ours«, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said at the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Ceremony held in Japan last week where he participated in the 65th anniversary of commemorating Genbaku No Hi.
Mr. Ban, the first UN Secretary-General to take part in the ceremony, has made nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation a top priority.
In 2008, Mr. Ban put forward a five-point plan that includes recommendations on increasing security, verification, establishing a legal framework for nuclear disarmament, transparency and conventional weapons.

In his statements last week, the Secretary-General said that he carried with him a message of hope and peace, both coming from progress made at both the high-level Washington Summit on Nuclear Security and the recent review conference of the Treaty on Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT) held at the United Nations last May.

He also had a call to action: Let us build a world free of nuclear weapons. Action that builds on his five-point plan and the agreement on 28 May 2010 by member states to move ahead on the three pillars of the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) – nuclear disarmament, nuclear non-proliferation and the peaceful use of nuclear energy. The agreement effectively reversed years of deteriorating international confidence in the Treaty, and offered concrete opportunities for progress in international disarmament efforts.

The SG announced that he will convene a first-of-its kind high level meeting in September in support of the work of the Conference on Disarmament. He pledged to push for negotiations towards nuclear disarmament, a Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty and a Fissile Material Cut-Off Treaty.


Copies of Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's statements at the commemoration ceremonies in Hiroshima and Nagasaki are available along with relevant background material.

I am honored to introduce our distinguished speakers for today's commemoration of the Atomic Bomb Memorial Day – Genbaku No Hi.
Our first speaker is: H. E. Ambassador Takeshi Nakane, Permanent Representative of Japan to the United Nations in Vienna.

Speaking after Ambassador Nakane will be
Dr. Ana Maria Cetto, Acting Director General if the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) who will introduce a video recorded message by Ambassador Yukiya Amano, Director General of the IAEA, who is currently in Japan.

Our third Speaker is Ambassador Tibor Toth, the Executive Secretary of the Preparatory Commission for the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO).

A Closing Statement will be made by our partner in setting up today's event, Dr. Klaus Renoldner, Chairperson, NGO Committee on Peace Vienna, Representative of International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War (IPPNW).

The statements will be followed by a Japanese Tea Ceremony, performed by Artist Yuko Gulda with introductory remarks by fellow artist Claudia Hirtl, and the release of balloons in the Memorial Plaza. Participants are invited to ring the Peace Bell at the end of the ceremony.