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Ms. Shorna-Kay Richards is the Deputy Permanent Representative of Jamaica to the United Nations in New York. She is a career diplomat and has been a member of the Jamaica Foreign Service since September 1994.
In her current assignment to the United Nations, she deals primarily with issues relating to disarmament and international security. As Jamaica's representative to the UN First Committee on Disarmament and Security and the Caribbean Community and Common Market (CARICOM) UN First Committee Coordinator for 2013, her experience includes participation in the Arms Trade Treaty negotiations; serving as Vice-Chair of the UN Disarmament Commission in 2013; and articulating CARICOM's position on international security and disarmament, as well as coordinating CARICOM's participation in the Fifth Biennial Meeting of States to consider the implementation of the UN Programme of Action on Small Arms and Light weapons. She also coordinated Jamaica's chairmanship of the First Committee during its 69th Session in 2014. She is now actively engaged in coordinating Jamaica's chairmanship of the Sixth Biennial Meeting of States scheduled for June 2016.
She was a United Nations fellow on disarmament in 2005.Listen
Setsuko Thurlow has been appointed by the Government of Japan as a special communicator for a world without nuclear weapons. She was born and raised in Hiroshima and experienced the atomic bombing at the age of 13. She remembers vividly the 6th of August 1945, the day the atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima, and the hardships she and many survivors endured physically and mentally thereafter. Subsequent to the atomic bombing, she started attending a local Christian church in Hiroshima in the hope of finding meaning in her life. Professionally, she practiced social work in the USA and Canada.
As a survivor of the atomic bombing, she is strongly committed to tell the story of Hiroshima. Most survivors are getting old and many are passing away, leaving a smaller number of Hibakusha (atomic bomb survivors) to tell their stories. Ms. Thurlow feels it is imperative to tell the younger generations of that terrible day and its aftermath. This is one of the reasons why she joined a non-governmental organization called "Hibakusha Stories" which passes the legacy of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki to a new generation, and empowers them with tools to build a world free of nuclear weapons.
She is married with two sons and two granddaughters and currently lives in Canada. She has devoted over 40 years of her life to nuclear disarmament. Photo Credit: Emilie McGlone, Peace BoatListen
Theresa Hitchens has been Director of UNIDIR since January 2009. Previously, she was director of the Center for Defense Information and led its Space Security Project, in cooperation with Secure World Foundation. The author of Future Security in Space: Charting a Cooperative Course, she has written on space and nuclear arms control issues for a number of journals and publications. She serves on the editorial board of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists. Theresa has had a long career in journalism, with a focus on military, defence industry and NATO affairs. She was Director of Research at the British American Security Information Council, a think tank based in Washington and London. Prior to that, she was with Defense News from 1988 to 2000, including five years as the newspaper's first Brussels bureau chief from 1989 to 1993, and as the Editor from 1998 to 2000. From 1983 to 1988, she worked at Inside Washington Publishers, covering issues from nuclear waste to electronic warfare and military space.Listen
Kathleen Sullivan, PhD., is a disarmament educator and activist who has been engaged in nuclear issues for over 20 years. Currently, she is the Program Director for Hibakusha Stories, an arts based initiative that brings atomic bomb survivors into New York City High Schools to share their testimonies. She has been an education consultant to the United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs in New York, and has produced 2 films about survivors from Nagasaki: The Last Atomic Bomb (2005) and The Ultimate Wish (coming soon).Listen