Green Legacy Hiroshima: Archived News
Green Legacy Hiroshima Registered as a Future Heritage Project (Mirai-Isan) by the National Federation of UNESCO Associations in Japan
In December 2014, Green Legacy Hiroshima was registered as a Future Heritage Project (Mirai-Isan) by the National Federation of UNESCO Associations in Japan. The award is given each year to selected projects, that meet the Future Heritage requirements. The 2015 UNITAR Public Session for Green Legacy Hiroshima was therefore dedicated to a special ceremony marking this nomination. The Secretary-General of the Japan UNESCO Association, Mr. Noboru Noguchi, alongside members of the UNESCO Japan secretariat came from Tokyo for the ceremony. It was a full-house event, with the Ran conference room at the Peace Memorial International Center full to capacity.
The official UNESCO award was handed by the Secretary-General to GLH co-founders, Nassrine Azimi and Tomoko Watanabe.
After the welcome message by the head of the Hiroshima Office Mihoko Kumamoto and a statement by the Mayor of Hiroshima Kazumi Matsui, an introductory video on GLH was presented. Master gardener Chikara Horiguchi and GLH working group member, the architect Akio Nishikiori, made short presentations on the history of Hiroshima's revival. The official UNESCO award was handed by the Secretary-General to GLH co-founders, Nassrine Azimi and Tomoko Watanabe. Professor Kosaku Maeda, a prominent scholar of the Silk Road and cultural heritage, gave the superb keynote speech, making a passionate plea for the preservation of humanity's cultural heritage and emphasizing the relevance of Hiroshima's A-bomb survivor trees in this context.
Photos (from left to right) Mayor of Hiroshima, Kazumi Matsui, Director General, UNESCO Associations of Japan, Noboru Noguchi
Photos (from left to right) Keynote speaker, Professor Kosaku Maeda, GLH Working Group Members with the UNESCO delegation
Leaflet of the Green Legacy Hiroshima initiative (PDF, 2.7 MB)
The Silk Road as a Path to Peace (keynote speech by Professor Kosaku Maeda, PDF, 6.7 MB, text mostly in Japanese)
Green Legacy Hiroshima receives 2014 award from the Hiroshima Peace Creative Fund
4 March 2014, Hiroshima, Japan - Green Legacy Hiroshima, the global Initiative supported by UNITAR, the NGO ANT-Hiroshima and a host of local and global partners, which was co-founded by UNITAR's senior advisor Nassrine Azimi and ANT executive director Tomoko Watanabe, has won the prize awarded by the Hiroshima Peace Creative Fund. The award ceremony took place in Hiroshima on 3 March 2014.
Since 1994, when Hiroshima hosted the Asian Games, many groups and individuals have developed international exchanges to encourage mutual understanding and long-lasting friendships.
The prize started as part of the activities of the Hiroshima International Culture Foundation in 1998, and was succeeded since 2012 by the Hiroshima Peace Creative Fund. Two other groups - the Hiroshima Volunteer Interpreters and SALAM, a women's group assisting Palestinian counterparts, also won awards.
Related link: Chugoku Shimbun newspaper coverage (in Japanese)
76th UNITAR Hiroshima Public Session "Green Legacy Hiroshima: Encounters with Nature, Science, War and Memory"
October 23, 2013 - The UNITAR Hiroshima Office, in collaboration with ANT-Hiroshima, recently held a Public Session that examined the continued efforts of Green Legacy Hiroshima to spread worldwide seeds and saplings of Hiroshima’s A-Bomb survivor trees. The Public Session served as an opportunity to reflect on the deeper meaning and message of A-bomb survivor trees, and was attended by more than 100 representatives of the wider Hiroshima community.
Green Legacy Hiroshima was established in July 2011. It aims to work with many diverse people and communities – those striving for a world free from nuclear threats, those committed to a greener planet, those hoping to honor and remember victims of wars past and present, or those simply wanting to create peace gardens in their communities. Launched as a volunteer initiative a few months after the catastrophic 2011 Tohoku Region earthquake, tsunami and nuclear accident, and with institutional support by UNITAR and ANT-Hiroshima, Green Legacy Hiroshima has quickly found resonance among a wide range of individuals and institutions in Hiroshima and around the world: seeds or saplings of the A-Bomb survivor trees now grow in about 20 countries.
The Public Session opened with a presentation by Nassrine Azimi, UNITAR Senior Advisor, examining the vision and action of Green Legacy Hiroshima to date, including an outline of some of the countries to which seeds and saplings have successfully been sent. This was followed by Mr. Chikara Horiguchi, Arborist, outlining the specific genus of the survivor trees, and the methods of their propagation. Noted Hiroshima Architect and Atomic-bomb Survivor, Mr. Akio Nishikori then examined Hiroshima’s recovery and the formation of urban beauty.
Professor Masakazu Suzuki, of Tsukuba University, followed with an outline of his research into the trees themselves, in particular the fact that some 80% of survivor trees with a single trunk lean toward the hypocenter. Professor Suzuki proposes that this is due to the fact that cells on the side of the trunk facing the hypocenter were damaged by the bomb’s heat rays and radiation, making the exposed side grow more slowly than the other. A question and answer period concluded the Public Session.
First in the 2013-2014 seed-picking season – the Jujube!
19 September 2013 - The Jujube tree (Ziziphus jujuba) on Peace Boulevard offered the first bounty of the GLH seed-picking season this year. Thanks to botanical advisors Horiguchi san and Sera san, new efforts to have seeds germinate have started (last year we were not successful!).
GLH started its third year, now accompanied by partners in some 20 countries.
Sally Fegan-Wyles, Executive Director of UNITAR visited some of the survivor trees.
On Saturday 27 April 2013 Sally Fegan-Wyles, Executive Director of UNITAR, accompanied by the Green Legacy Hiroshima team, visited some of the survivor trees. Mr. Yasuyoshi Komizo, Chairperson of the Hiroshima Peace Culture Foundation and Mr. Akio Nishikiori, President of the Hiroshima Architects Association - both members of the Green Legacy Hiroshima Working Group -- joined the tour on a beautiful sunny day. The visit took the group to the memorial of Dr. Marcel Junod, head of the ICRC delegation at the time of the atomic bombing, and a well-loved, renowned figure in Hiroshima. For this occasion, a second-generation Gingko biloba sapling, destined to be planted on the ICRC grounds at its headquarters in Geneva, was handed over to the UNITAR delegation. Thanks to Sally and Alex Mejia, the sapling has now arrived safely in the hands of the gardeners at ICRC headquarters, and will be planted this year in a special ceremony marking 6 August.
IPPNW World Congress: Lecture "Investing in Peace or Investing in Violence?" by Nassrine Azimi, 25 August 2012
"The World Heritage in Japan", Asahi Shimbun Publications, Vol. 18, 12 August 2012 (In Japanese) p. 22, p. 23
Visit to Hiroshima by Deputy Director of Irkutsk Botanical Gardens,
August 2012 - Dr. Svetlana Sizykh, and Agricultural Counselor of Embassy of Chile, Tokyo, Mr. Vicente Pinto visited Hiroshima
The 67th anniversary of the world's first atomic bomb attack in Hiroshima in 1945
On 6 August 2012, the day of the 67th anniversary of the world's first atomic bomb attack in Hiroshima in 1945, UNITAR and the new entity representing Green Legacy Hiroshima Initiative finalized a Memorandum of Understanding that will build upon the work undertaken over the past year during the pilot phase for three additional years. Click for More
Green Legacy Hiroshima Plants a Second Generation A-Bombed Persimmon Tree on Hiroshima`s Peace Boulevard
To mark the visit of the UNITAR Executive Director Dr. Carlos Lopes, H.E. Mayor Matsui and the Green Legacy Working Group gathered for a tree-planting ceremony on 30 March 2012. On the occassion, a stone memorial was also dedicated by Dr. Lopes. Children from the chorus "I Pray" offered a musical performance in honour of the event.
Mayor of Hiroshima expresses his full support to the Green Legacy Hiroshima initiative, 9 February 2012 (Web Page)
Hiroshima Mayor H.E. Kazumi Matsui meets with Green Legacy Hiroshima team at City Hall, 9 February 2012 (.pdf)
(広島市広報課提供/photo courtesy of Hiroshima City)