2 May 2016, Geneva, Switzerland - The atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki on 6 and 9 August 1945 killed almost one-third of the population of each city. In a Hiroshima devoid of life, new seedlings sprouting across the desolate landscape became symbols of hope, encouraging survivors to rebuild. Some 170 trees in Hiroshima, in more than 50 locations within the 2km radius of the atomic hypocenter, are now officially registered as A-bombed trees, and thanks to Green Legacy Hiroshima, their universal message of hope and caution, is now spreading worldwide, in more than 30 countries.
Today, in a small ceremony, a Ginkgo biloba sapling from a mother tree which survived the atomic bombings in Hiroshima was handed over from Mr. Kazumi Matsui, President of Mayors for Peace and Mayor of Hiroshima, to Director-General of the United Nations Office at Geneva, Mr. Michael Møller, in the presence of the Secretary General of Mayors for Peace Mr. Yasuyoshi Komizo, following an opening remark by Mr. Nikhil Seth, UNITAR Executive Director.
The sapling carries a symbolic and significant message for humanity. Its arrival is timed to mark the start of the Open Ended Working Group on multilateral nuclear disarmament negotiations and can be a reminder, of just how crucial these negotiations, and the message of Hiroshima and Nagasaki remain for all of humanity.
It is planned that the UN Secretary-General will plant this sapling in the United Nations premises in Geneva later this year.
Photo 1: (From left to right) Mr. Michael Møller, Mr. Kazumi Matsui and Mr. Nikhil Seth