The Director-General, Irina Bokova, of UNESCO welcomes the #NobelPrize awarded to the International Campaign for the Abolition of Nuclear Weapons. “It is a resounding call to global responsibility and a stronger diplomacy for peace”, she declared.
UNESCO was founded in the wake of World War II, the first and last time in which nuclear weapons were used.
The Hiroshima Peace Memorial (Genbaku Dome) was inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage list in 1996, as the only structure left standing in the area where the first atomic bomb exploded on 6 August 1945. UNESCO Headquarters houses the “Nagasaki Angel” statue, a miraculously salvaged sculpture which originally adorned the façade of a cathedral in Urakami Shudo (Nagasaki, Japan). These are stark and powerful symbols of the most destructive force ever created by humankind; they also express the hope for world peace and the ultimate elimination of all nuclear weapons.
Whilst UNESCO congratulates ICAN, we also commit to renewing our efforts to share the lessons of history and build the defenses of peace in the minds of men and women.