Today, on October 1, the Library of the First President of the Republic of Kazakhstan - Elbassy hosted the international traveling exhibition "Everything you value – for a world free of nuclear weapons".
The exhibition is organized by the Library of the First President of the Republic of Kazakhstan - Elbassy, the Japanese organization Soka Gakkai International (SGI) and the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) with the support of the Embassy of the Republic of Kazakhstan in Japan.
The exhibition is dedicated to the 30th anniversary of the last explosion at the Semipalatinsk nuclear test site (October 19, 1989), the 10th anniversary of the Law on ratification of the "Treaty on a nuclear-weapon-free zone in Central Asia" (January 5, 2009), as well as the significant event, held on August 29 this year - Kazakhstan became the 26th state to ratify the Treaty on the prohibition of nuclear weapons, - and also is a continuation of the international project of the Elbassy Library dedicated to the topic of global security. The first part of the project was implemented on September 19 this year in Tokyo, where the exhibition of the Elbassy Library "Kazakhstan-Japan: the path to a nuclear-free world" and the similarly-named conference took place.
Opening the exhibition, Director of the Library of the President, doctor of political sciences, Professor Amerkhan Rakhimzhanov noted that today 's international exhibition is a logical continuation of the successful exhibition and international conference held in Tokyo, Japan, within the framework of the visiting scientific and exposition project of the Library of the First President of the Republic of Kazakhstan - Elbassy "Kazakhstan-Japan: path to a nuclear-free world»:
- Thanks to the decision of the First President of Kazakhstan N. Nazarbayev, adopted despite resistance of Soviet military generals and individual politicians, Kazakhstan became the first and so far world’s only country to close a nuclear test site, voluntarily renounced the fourth largest nuclear arsenal, and created a nuclear-free zone in Central Asia. It is well known that this decision required from N. Nazarbayev tremendous courage, iron will and became a catalyst for the entire anti-nuclear movement. The First President of Kazakhstan is rightly recognized by the world community as the leader of the global anti-nuclear movement. And this is confirmed by the awarding of Nursultan Nazarbayev in different years for his outstanding contribution to nuclear disarmament with the highest state award of Japan - the Order of the Chrysanthemum, Goi Peace Foundation Culture of Peace Special Award and title of Special Honorary Citizen," A. Rakhimzhanov said.
For his part, Vice-President of Soka Gakkai International Hirotsugu Terasaki expressed gratitude to the Library of Elbassy for support and hospitality and read out the greeting of the President of Soka Gakkai International Daisaku Ikeda on the occasion of the opening of the exhibition "Everything you value - For a world free of nuclear weapons".
"I want to express my deep respect for the steady efforts made by Kazakhstan, courageously overcoming numerous challenges to create a nuclear-free world. This exhibition, created jointly with the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN), is an integral part of our efforts in this direction. So far, it has been held in 90 cities in 20 countries. Kazakhstan has become the 21st country where this exhibition is organized. In addition, it is shown for the first time in the Russian version. "Do not lose your sense of justice, do not get tired of doing good." These inspired words belong to the great poet of Kazakhstan Abay Kunanbayev. We - SGI members - assure you that we are ready to work together with you - dear friends from Kazakhstan, to strive for the goal of building a global society of peace and harmonious coexistence on a planet free from the threat of nuclear weapons," Daisaku Ikeda said in his greeting.
Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Japan to the Republic of Kazakhstan Tatsuhiko Kasai stressed:
- Japan and Kazakhstan have a common history, having suffered from the atomic bomb. The subject of a nuclear-free world is very close to me, as I am a representative of the third generation affected by the atomic bomb. My grandmother received a large dose of radiation when caring for irradiated patients, helping victims of the atomic explosion in the epicenter of the city of Nagasaki. I fully support all efforts to create a world free of nuclear weapons and express my gratitude to the organizers of today's exhibition.
Speaking at the opening of the exhibition, Deputy of the Mazhilis of the Parliament of the Republic of Kazakhstan, politician Kuanysh Sultanov, expressing deep sympathy to the victims of the nuclear explosion in Japan, noted:
- Kazakhstani people know firsthand about the consequences of nuclear tests. Even before our country gained independence, the Kazakhstani community rose up against the weapons that destroyed everything. The first anti-nuclear movement in Kazakhstan began in the late 80-ies of the last century. Our First President of Kazakhstan - Elbassy Nursultan Nazarbayev, as Chairman of the Council of Ministers of Kazakhstan, repeatedly speaking in Moscow at the highest level, raised questions about the cessation of nuclear tests. He was supported by the people of Kazakhstan, the anti-nuclear movement "Nevada-Semipalatinsk" was created, which was headed by famous poet Olzhas Suleimenov.
The exhibition "Everything you value – For a world free of nuclear weapons" was created to present an updated view of the problem of nuclear weapons from different perspectives in order to expand the circle of people interested in the destruction of nuclear weapons. This exhibition was first shown in August 2012 at the international conference of International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War (IPPNW) in Hiroshima. It was then demonstrated at the UN European headquarters in Geneva, at the Conference on the humanitarian impact of nuclear weapons in Mexico, as well as at the University of Chicago and many other institutions of higher education around the world.
The exhibition consists of three thematic areas:
The section "What do we value?" by presenting historical evidence of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, demonstrates that the threat of nuclear weapons continues to this day.
In the second section "Learn more about the problem of nuclear weapons", the problem of nuclear weapons is considered from different perspectives, including humanitarian, environmental, economic, human rights, moral and ethical, gender, etc. It also provides information on what efforts are being made to address the various challenges in these areas.
The third part of the exhibition, entitled "The future we want – We change our world view", presents past achievements in the field of disarmament, such as the establishment of nuclear-weapon-free zones, the anti-personnel mine ban Treaty and the Convention on cluster munitions. This section shows that solidarity and cooperation will make it possible to achieve even the most difficult goals.
Soka Gakkai International (SGI) is an organization that works internationally to promote peace, culture, and education. It brings together 93 organizations and 12 million people in 192 countries and regions of the world. Since 1957, the Association has issued a Declaration on the prohibition of nuclear weapons, considering their use a crime against humanity. SGI headquarters is located in Japan (Tokyo). In particular, as a non-governmental organization of the United Nations, it is known for its educational activities on peace and disarmament around the world.
The International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) is a public organization established in 2007 on the basis of the international conference "International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War" (IPPNW). At present, about 500 organizations from more than 100 countries are acting as partners supporting its activities on a voluntary basis. In December 2017, it received the Nobel Peace Prize in recognition of its contribution to the implementation of the "Treaty for the prohibition of nuclear weapons" adopted by the UN in July 2017.
Exhibition "All that you value - For a world free of nuclear weapons"
will last until October 13, 2019.