‘NO MORE’ EXHIBITION ON DISPLAY AT UN HEADQUARTERS

3 May 2005
Note No. 5935

‘NO MORE’ EXHIBITION ON DISPLAY AT UN HEADQUARTERS

03/05/2005
Press ReleaseNote No. 5935

Note to Correspondents

‘NO MORE’ EXHIBITION ON DISPLAY AT UN HEADQUARTERS

 

An exhibition entitled “No More” is on display off the main gallery of the General Assembly Visitors’ Lobby.  The exhibit is mounted in conjunction with the Review Conference of the Parties to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT), which takes place at the United Nations from 2 to 27 May and will remain open to the public for the duration of the Conference.

In the early 1940s, the world’s major Powers fought a tragic and terrible war.  Europe and Asia were divided into two camps –- the Allies (Britain, France, Soviet Union, China and the United States) and the Axis (Germany, Italy and Japan).  About 50 million people were killed in the war.

On 6 and 9 August 1945, the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki were destroyed by the first atomic bomb used in warfare.  More than 200,000 people died.  Their deaths were caused by radiation, blast, heat and fire.

“No More” (Hiroshimas and Nagasakis) focuses on the “Hibakushas” -- the survivors of the atomic bombings.  The pictures in this exhibition show the impact of nuclear weapons and how the Hibakusha have lived their lives.  Since the end of the war, more than 400,000 Hibakusha have died -- and continue to die -- because of the atomic bombs.  Also included in the exhibit are artefacts donated by the cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

This exhibition is sponsored by the Japan Confederation of A- and H-Bomb Sufferers Organization (Nihon Hidankyo), the city of Hiroshima, the city of Nagasaki, the United Nations Department for Disarmament Affairs, and the Permanent Mission of Japan to the United Nations.

For more information on the exhibition, call Jan Arnesen at tel. (212) 963-8531 or Liza Wichmann at tel. (212) 963-0089, or visit the exhibits Web site at www.un.org/events/UNART.

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