From March 1 to March 19, 2021, an online seminar on nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation was held at the United Nations Training and Research Institute (UNITAR) in Hiroshima (Japan).
The event was attended by representatives of 14 countries (Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Afghanistan, Mongolia, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Maldives, Nepal, Philippines, Sri Lanka and Vietnam) interested in and involved in the field of nuclear disarmament. Research fellow of the Department of International Studies Alisher Abdreshev took part in the online training on behalf of the KazISS under the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan.
During the training and extensive discussion, the workshop participants were able to deepen their knowledge in the field of disarmament and non-proliferation. In addition, lively discussion and open discussions with highly qualified experts helped to improve communication skills and negotiation methods.
The main speakers of the seminar were: Setsuko Aoki, Professor of the School of Law of Keio University (Tokyo); Tim Cowley, Senior Fellow, United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research (UNIDIR); Director of the United Nations Regional Center for Peace and Disarmament in Asia and the Pacific, Yuri Krivonos, Director of the Division on Arms Control and Disarmament, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan, Sho Ono; and Policy Advisor and Liaison with the Executive Secretary of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO), Tariq Rauf.
In addition to practical exercises, as well as a role-playing model of the game in the form of an international conference on nuclear disarmament, the seminar included 5 main sessions that covered a wide range of topical topics of nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation:
- Confidence building measures;
- Humanitarian impact of nuclear weapons and consensus building;
- Virtual tour of the Hiroshima Peace Memorial and the atomic bomb dome;
- Initiatives to eliminate nuclear weapons;
- The path of Hiroshima to recover from the atomic bombings.