3 October 2016, Geneva, Switzerland – The Secretary-General of the United Nations, Mr. Ban Ki-moon, with United Nations Assistant Secretary-General and UNITAR Executive Director, Nikhil Seth, today planted a second generation A-bombed Ginkgo biloba sapling on the grounds of the Ariana Park, at the European Headquarters of the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland.  Joining them on this memorable occasion were Permanent Representative of Japan to the United Nations and other international organizations in Geneva, H.E. Ambassador Ihara, UNOG Director-General Mr. Michael Møller, Mayor of Ypres and Vice-President of the Mayors for Peace, Mr. Jan Durnez, President of the ICRC, Mr. Peter Maurer, and master-gardener, Mr. Chikara Horiguchi, of Green Legacy Hiroshima (GLH) Initiative.
 Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon at the tree planting ceremony
The GLH volunteer movement was started in 2011 by Nassrine Azimi of UNITAR and Tomoko Watanabe of ANT-Hiroshima, and it aims to disseminate the universal message of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, by sharing worldwide the double message of caution and hope that the survivor trees of Hiroshima represent, recalling the dangers of arms of mass destruction and nuclear weapons, as well as the sacred character of mankind and the resilience of Nature.
Secretary-General plants the A-bomb survivor tree 

Some 170 trees of about 20 different species, in 55 locations within the roughly 2km radius of the hypocenter of the Atomic Bomb, are officially registered by Hiroshima Municipality as A-bombed trees. Lovingly cared for over the years by ordinary citizens, they are identified by all as "hibakujumoku" survivor trees. The Ginkgo biloba sapling that was planted today is a direct descendent of one of the oldest living trees in Hiroshima’s historical Shukkeiin Garden.
the plaque 

Currently seeds and saplings from Hiroshima’s A-bombed trees are being raised by GLH partners in some 30 countries.  Mayors for Peace, the Secretariat of which is in Hiroshima, has joined the movement, and is actively seeking the engagement of its more than 7000 member cities in the survivor tree planting campaign, for a vision of a nuclear-free and more ecological planet.


About Green Legacy Hiroshima Initiative

Green Legacy Hiroshima has been established to safeguard and spread worldwide the seeds and saplings of Hiroshima’s A-Bomb survivor trees.  It is hoped that many partners will join this initiative and become active ambassadors in their countries of Hiroshima, its peace message and its green legacy. http://www.unitar.org/greenlegacyhiroshima


Related links

Speech by Mr. Nikhil Seth, UN Assistant Secretary-General and the Executive Director of UNITAR (PDF, 15 KB)

UN Secretary-General's Remarks at planting ceremony of the second-generation Hibakusha tree

UN Secretary-General to Plant a Ginkgo Atomic-bombed Tree Sapling from Hiroshima in the UN European HQ (10 March 2016)

A-bomb survivor tree to spread the peace message from Switzerland (6 August 2013)

Switzerland: Ceremony recalls dangers of nuclear weapons (6 August 2013)


Photo 1: (From right to left) UNOG Director-General Mr. Michael Møller, (the Ginkgo biloba sapling), UN Secretary-General, Mr. Ban Ki-moon, Mrs. Ban, UNITAR Executive Director, Mr. Nikhil Seth, H.E. Ambassador Ihara.

Photo 2: UN Secretary-General planting the tree

Photo 3: Plaque

All photos credited to UNITAR