Costa Rica Supports Ban on Nuclear Weapons

Short film screening of the story of Sadako Sasaki and the paper cranes

IPPNWCR has organized and conducted a nuclear free event together with International Canpaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN), PNND (Parliamentarians for Non-Proliferations and Disarmament of Nuclear Weapons), Mayors for Peace, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Costa Rica, and the Presidential Office of Costa Rica.

The event was called Paper Crane Project started by ICAN, and IPPNWCR has made a major contribution to realise it in Costa Rica since its Associate Media Coordinator was the ICAN project coordinator in Costa Rica and MA schollar of the University for Peace. IPPNWCR has bridged ICAN to the government and made significant contribution to carry out the project.

 

Ms.Ishii delivers the cranes to President Chinchilla with University for Peace delegates

Ms.Ishii delivers the cranes to President Chinchilla with University for Peace delegates

The event is to deliver a thousand paper cranes hand foleded by high school students in Hiroshima to the head of the state, and to receive a message to support nuclear weapon ban. It was held at the auditorium in the Presidential Office of Costa Rica, from 11am, Monday February 11th, 2013.

“As a global citizen, every one of us has responsibility to make the world better place for the future generation to come.”, said Ms. Ishii. “An issue so important, so dangerous and so urgent as the existence of nuclear weapons, must be addressed comprehensively and holistically.”

The Acing Rector of University for Peace, Mr. Valle reffered to the Ghandi’s famous quote “There is no way to peace, peace is the way”, and said “We shall take lead on the way of peace, and this ceremony shows a good example”. He also mentioned the importance of education on nuclear disarmament and peace promotion.

"These beautiful cranes will be able to spread their wings to more countries every day", says President Chinchilla

“These beautiful cranes will be able to spread their wings to more countries every day”, says President Chinchilla

Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Castillo said that Costa Rica calls for a renewal of effort and committment to achieve nuclear non proliferation and disarmament. “We can not leave the task of nuclear disarmament in the hands of developed countries. It is we who insist to comply with UN Charter Article 26.”

President of Costa Rica, Ms. Laura Chinchilla said, “Peace cannot be only the subject of prayers for some people, it is the most natural human asset we have. These beautiful cranes made by hands full of the hope of many young people will be able to spread their wings to more countries every day.”

 

IPPNWCR members have made significant contribution to the event

IPPNWCR members have made significant contribution to the event

 

List of the speakers:

Ms. Laura Chinchilla, the President of Costa Rica
Mr. Enrique Castillo, Minister of Foreign Affairs
Mr. Victor Valle, Acting Rector of University for Peace
Ms. Mariko Ishii, Regional Event Coordinator of ICAN in Costa Rica, Associate Media Coordinator of IPPNWCR

Attendees
Mr. Francisco Chacon, MInister of Communication
Mrs. Marcela Chacon, Viceminister of Interior
Mr. Yoshiharu Namiki, Japanese ambassador to Costa Rica
French and Russian Ambassadors to Costa Rica
*Costa Rican Ministry of Foreign Affairs invited all the ambassadors from Nuclear Weapon States.
Mr. Ilkka Taipale, Former parlimentarian of Finland
Mrs. Vappu Taipale, former Minister of Health and Social Services in Finland, former co-president of IPPNW
6 member of IPPNW Costa Rica
10 scholars from University for Peace

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Media Coverages

“Costa Rica Signs Letter Supporting Ban On Nuclear Weapons” – Tica Times (English)

“Costa Rica Backs Nuclear Ban” – ICAN (English)

“Chinchilla Firma Apoyo a Tratado de Prohibicion de Armas Nucleares” – La Nation (Spanish)

“Presidenta Firma Su Apoyo a la Abolicion de Armas Nucleares” – the Presidential Office of Costa Rica (Spanish)

“Pais Apoya Desarme Nuclear” – La Republica (Spanish)