I was invited by former Czech President Vaclav Havel to participate in the 14th annual Forum 2000. Founded by President Havel, Yohei Sasakawa, and Elie Wiesel in 1995, this forum was originally intended to be a one-time only conference. But due to increasing demand for dialogue about many urgent international issues, President Havel and Mr. Sasakawa, the Chairman of the Nippon Foundation, have kept the forum moving forward for fourteen years.
This year’s forum was titled “The World We Want to Live In.” Topics included making urban and suburban environments more livable and enjoyable, promoting ethical business practices, understanding EU-Russia relations, addressing energy and environmental concerns, and
analyzing nuclear nonproliferation and disarmament.
On October 11, I spoke on the latter issue. In the attached speech, you may read my remarks about why political leaders need to make ensuring security for all nations e the top priority. This security first approach is essential in my view if the world is to have any chance for moving toward deeper nuclear arms reductions and eventual nuclear
disarmament. You may also view a video of the entire panel discussion, which also included Paul Wolfowitz, Dana Drabova, Masashi Nishihara,
and Dewi Fortuna Anwar.
In the evening of October 11, the Forum 2000 organizers held a special exhibit about the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. This exhibit was organized because of the 65th anniversary year of the atomic bombings and because the Forum 2000 organizers had conceived of the idea of the conference when they had met in Hiroshima in 1995.
I was invited to represent FAS at this exhibit. I spoke after a presentation by Mrs. Shigeko Sasamori, a survivor of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima. She described in vivid detail the injuries she experienced as a thirteen year old and the devastation of that city. In my remarks, I explained why FAS was founded and talked about the work that FAS is presently doing to help prevent any further detonations of nuclear weapons. I concluded by praising Japan for its
leadership on nuclear disarmament, nonproliferation, and safe use of peaceful nuclear energy. I said that if I had one wish that evening it would be for all world leaders to listen to Mrs. Sasamori’s testimony.