In Hiroshima July 25-27, 2008, the Conference of the Joint UNESCO-UNITAR Asia-Arab Philosophical Dialogues was held on the theme of the Roles of Philosophy in War and Peace and that of Ethics of Nuclear Energy Technology, where I had a chance to give a presentation about the DU problem, showing part of the DVD documentary, The Unknown Terror of DU: Iraqi Children Now. The participants expressed strong reactions and concerns, and decided to issue, at the end of the Conference, an appeal in response to the DU resolution adopted at the United Nations General Assembly Dec. 5 of last year.
I took us some time to obtain permission to issue such an appeal under the name of the Conference, but finally we got OK to circulate the appeal pasted below. Though this is an appeal issued, not by UNESCO or UNITAR as such, but by the participants at this Joint UNESCO-UNITAR Asia-Arab Philosophical Dialogues, I hope it will contribute to raising the awareness of the international community about the DU problem.
It has been posed at the home page of UNESCO Bangkok below, and we are free to make use of it in our campaign.
Kazashi Nobuo, NO DU Hiroshima Project
A response to the Depleted Uranium (DU) Resolution adopted at the United Nations General Assembly on 5 December, 2007
In response to the Depleted Uranium (DU) Resolution adopted at the United Nations General Assembly on 5 December, 2007, the participants of the Joint UNESCO-UNITAR Asia-Arab Interregional Philosophical Dialogues on the Roles of Philosophy in War and Peace, and the Joint UNESCO-UNITAR Workshop on the Ethics of Nuclear Energy Technologies, noted that they are deeply concerned about the DU issue especially because it is understand that it is children who are most susceptible to toxic radioactive materials.
Thus, the participants considered it is urgent to:
(1) To alert the peoples and children living particularly in the DU-affected areas to the dangers caused by DU weapons;
(2) To give serious consideration to the harmful effects of DU weapons by setting up an expert committee on the DU issue as quickly as possible;
(3) To place an international moratorium on the use of DU weapons to prevent further DU-caused harms on human health and contamination of the environment.
(4) To establish a body to transport DU-polluted war machinery and ammunitions away from polluted areas, and to properly dispose of them in remote and safe locations.
Agreed in Hiroshima, Japan, 27 July, 2008
the participants of the Joint UNESCO-UNITAR Asia-Arab Interregional Philosophical Dialogues on the Roles of Philosophy in War and Peace, and the Joint UNESCO-UNITAR Workshop on the Ethics of Nuclear Energy Technologies