Post Conference Announcement

We have just posed a very brief report online. Please see below.


Post Conference Announcement(Jan 16, 2012)

Global Conference for a Nuclear Power Free World: 11,500 participants
January 16, 2012
Organizing Committee Announcement
The Global Conference for a Nuclear Power Free World was held at Pacifico Yokohama on 14 and 15 January 2012. 6000 people on the first day and 5500 on the second, including 100 international participants from over 30 countries, gathered at the conference, with a total of 11,500 participants. The conference was broadcast live over the internet, with an audience of approximately 100,000.
At the closing of the conference, the "Yokohama Declaration for a Nuclear Power Free World" was announced. The Yokohama Declaration emphasises 1) the protection of the rights of those affected by the Fukushima nuclear power plant accident; 2) Responsibility of the Japanese Government and the Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO); 3) Minimisation of residents' exposure to radiation; 4) A global road map for the phase out of the nuclear fuel cycle and the decommissioning of all nuclear power plants; 5) Currently closed Japanese nuclear power plants to not be reopened; 6) The prohibition of export of nuclear power plants and components, especially to industrialising nations; and 7) Emphasis of the role of local and municipal authorities; and declares to develop a global network to support Fukushima. It also calls for actions to be taken throughout the world on 11 March 2012.
The diverse proposals for action made by conference participants are being gathered on a web site entitled the "Forest of Action for a Nuclear Power Free World." These many proposals include a range of levels, from recommendations to governments to suggestions of what individuals can do, and this web site provides a forum to develop to concrete future actions.
The "Declaration by Three Hundred Eleven Representatives for A Nuclear Free East Asia" was also introduced at the conference; and it was announced that 100 people from both Korea and Japan have already endorsed this declaration. The 311 Declaration will be officially announced on the coming 11 March, forming an East Asian action network centred in Japan, China and Korea.
Eight current and former mayors, including two from Fukushima, joined the the Mayors' Forum which was held as a special session at the conference. Here, it was decided to form a network of mayors to work to break free from nuclear power, and announced that a preparatory meeting for this network will be held in late February 2012. The Yokohama Declaration supports this proposal, and calls for citizens' support of this initiative.
The conference was coordinated by an Organizing Committee comprised of six Japanese NGOs, with Peace Boat as Secretariat. Many other organizations also cooperated in the coordination of programmes throughout, and the conference was supported by a great number of endorsing organizations and corporations, and supporting organizations. A list of these groups is available on the conference website.
More than 100 groups also held self-organized events at the conference, including around 20 organizations from Fukushima, and several international groups including from Australia, Germany, Sweden and Taiwan. A further characteristic of the conference was a diverse range of participatory workshops and opportunities for exchange, including in the Fukushima Room and children's programmes.
A total of 500 volunteers, around 300 each day, played an enormous role in the conference operations. Many of these were students and youth who learned of the conference through the internet, and evacuees from Fukushima also participated as volunteers.


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