PSPD in English Peace/Disarmament 2013-04-25   8413

[Workshop] The Future of the Peace Process and Prospects for a NWFZ in Northeast Asia

2013 NPT Preparatory Committee NGO Workshop

The Future of the Peace Process and Prospects for
a Nuclear Weapon Free Zone in Northeast Asia
60th Anniversary of the Korean War Armistice –

Thursday 25 April 2013, 10am – 1pm

Peace Depot(JP), Peace Network(ROK), Peace Boat(JP), People’s Solidarity for Participatory Democracy(ROK)
International Peace Bureau, Nautilus Institute, Parliamentarians for Nuclear Non-Proliferation and Disarmament, World Council of Churches

2013 marks the 60th anniversary of the Korean War Armistice Agreement. Also, it has been 20 years since DPRK declared to withdraw from the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, as a result of which the nuclear issue on the Korean Peninsula emerged as a serious problem. In addition, every country of the Six-Party Talks launches a new government during this year.

Given the significance of 2013, we hope this workshop will help build momentum for turning the armistice system into a permanent peace regime in Korea and give a boost to the discussion on a Northeast Asia NWFZ which would necessarily include the solution to the nuclear problem of North Korea. Also, this workshop, held in the heart of Europe, offers an especially valuable opportunity to learn from the precedent of peace-building in Europe, notably the strategies that were helpful in overcoming the Cold War. We believe that now is the time to make this discussion one of the key subjects of disarmament and non-proliferation negotiations including the NPT review process.

Chair: Ms. Maria Kim, Peace Depot
Opening 10:00-10:20
Welcoming address by National Council of Japan Nuclear Free Local Authorities / Mayor of Nagasaki
Welcoming address by Mayors for Peace / Mayor of Hiroshima

Keynote Speech 10:20-11:30
New Approaches to Denuclearization and Peace Regime on the Korean Peninsula
Speaker: Wooksik Cheong, Peace Network
The Significance of Achieving a NEA-NWFZ
Speaker: Ichiro Yuasa, Peace Depot
End of the Cold War in Europe and Its Implications in Northeast Asia
Speaker: Colin Archer, IPB
Implementation of a NEA-NWFZ in China and North Korea
Speaker: Peter Hayes, Nautilus Institute *via Skype

Special Remarks 11:30-11:50
By Diplomats and PNND Northeast Asia

Break 11:50- 12:00

Panel Discussion 12:00-12:50
Moderator: Akira Kawasaki, Peace Boat
Panel: Mr. Jonathan Frerichs, WCC
           Mr. Takao Takahara, Peace Depot
           Mr. Wooksik Cheong, Peace Network
We encourage the participants to raise questions and share their views.

Close 12:50-13:00
Publication of a Joint Appeal on Northeast Asia NWFZ
Closing Remarks

*The program is subject to change without prior notice.

If you have further questions, please contact to either organization below.
PSPD E-mail: Huisun Kim
Peace Depot  E-mail: Maria Kim
International Peace Bureau  E-mail: Colin Archer


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