The 21st century has been referred to as the era of nuclear power. The people of Hiroshima, and Japan, coupled with concerned citizens from around the world have been making continuous efforts to promote nuclear disarmament, and non-proliferation. The situation surrounding this issue however is more challenging than ever. The rapidly evolving global geopolitical environment, which sees both state and non-state actors increasingly discuss the validity of nuclear weapons, increases the urgency for there to be continued, focused debate with regard to regaining the impetus and momentum for nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation, regionally, multi-laterally, and globally.
The international fora which govern the discourse surrounding nuclear disarmament are, by their very nature, complex. In order for participants and negotiators attending these fora to be able to achieve national goals, and progress, they must be well versed not only in the current state of discussion, but also in effective cross-cultural communication, and negotiation techniques. The UNITAR Hiroshima Office has developed, in collaboration with United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research (UNIDIR); United Nations Regional Centre for Peace and Disarmament in Asia and the Pacific (UNRCPD); and the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI), a unique nuclear disarmament and negotiation training programme, which draws on a range of international experts, and the experiences and lessons from the eternal city of Hiroshima.