May 28, 2019

Passing the Torch!

Youth Appeal Photo
Youth Appeal Photo

Hello! 

Wow, it's only been 3 months since our last update but so much has happened! We are excited to share what we've been up to. The last three months have been spent mainly preparing for the NPT PrepCom (Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty Preparatory Conference), where we organized a student orientation for over 45 students from 7 countries, hosted a number of events with Hibakusha from Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and had two amazing teenage girls with us to share their stories of activism.  

For our orientation, we partnered with NYU's International Relations Club, they helped secure the room for us.

Christian Ciobanu, who we are very sad to say is no longer with PEAC, worked very hard to organize these briefings and events for all the students: 

  • Ireland Delegation
  • Youth-Hibakusha- ICRC Exchange, Breakfast
  • Liechtenstein Delegation
  • USA Delegation
  • Kazakhstan Delegation
  • New Zealand Delegation
  • Egypt Delegation
  • NPT Chair, H.E. Mr. Syed Mohamad Hasrin Aidid

Christian also spearheaded the Youth Appeal which was delivered by Deutsche Friedensgesellschaft - Vereinigte KriegsdienstgegnerInnen (DF-VK)–Youth statement, Ms. Mandy Lussenhop

At the UN, we co-hosting a side event on the Hibakusha Appeal with Religions for Peace Japan. Rebecca Irby of PEAC Institute chaired the side event. The speakers were  Mr. Sueichi Kido, Secretary General of Nihon Hidankyo; Mr. Jiro Hamasumi, Assistant Secretary-General of Nihon Hidankyo; and Rev. Masamichi Kamiya of Religions for Peace and Rene and Yasmine, the two powerhouse teenagers! 

With the same speakers, we also help a torch passing ceremony at The Bellwether Gallery. This was such a moving event! We had about 60 people join us. The Hibakusha, Mr. Sueichi Kido and Mr. Jiro Hamasumi shared their testimony of what happened over 74 years ago when the atomic bombs were dropped. For many people, this was the first time they hear first-hand testimony and they were very moved.  After the testimonies, Rene and Yasmine shared why fighting for a nuclear-free world is so important for them and challenged the rest of us to make a pledge to join the fight. We then opened the floor and had everyone share how they felt and what they would do to pass on what they learned. 

We are continuing to ask all those we come in contact with to pass the appeal on to others. We handed in over 9.4 Million signatures but it's not even a tenth of the way to our goal. Will you help? Please forward to your family and friends: https://www.peacinstitute.org/endnukesnow

Excited to see where the next three months take us. We hope you'll join us on this journey! 

In Revolutionary Love,
Rebecca

Rebecca Irby
Founding Partner, President, and Executive Director
PEAC Institute - Peace | Education | Art | Communication
Partner Organization of International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons, 2017 Nobel Peace Prize
Email: rebecca@peacinstitute.org
Phone: (973) 446-5031 Ext 0001
www.peacinstitute.org

"Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that." MLK

9.4 + Million Signature
9.4 + Million Signature
Meeting with Egypt
Meeting with Egypt
Meeting with New Zealand
Meeting with New Zealand
Hibakusha Appeal Side Event
Hibakusha Appeal Side Event
Gallery Torch Passing Event
Gallery Torch Passing Event

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May 28, 2019

Project Ending

Hello,

There are some developments with this project and we are so excited to share them with you! We are deactivating this project because...the scope of the project is changing to incorporate a student exchange and will now happen in conjunction with the IPPNW World Congress happing in May 2020 in Kenya. We believe this change will have a much larger impact and we will be able to use your funding in a more sustainable way. 

We will relaunch this project soon when all the details are in place. In the meantime, we still have our campaigning: Survivors Appeal to End Nuclear Weapons going and you can check it out here: https://www.globalgiving.org/projects/end-nukes-now/ 

Thank you again for your care and support!! We couldn't this work without you! 

In Revolutionary Love,
Rebecca

Rebecca Irby
Founding Partner, President, and Executive Director
PEAC Institute - Peace | Education | Art | Communication
Partner Organization of International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons, 2017 Nobel Peace Prize
Email: rebecca@peacinstitute.org
Phone: (973) 446-5031 Ext 0001
www.peacinstitute.org

"Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that." MLK

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Feb 27, 2019

Reflections on 2018

Reflections on 2018

Global Youth Forum on the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons

In collaboration with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade of New Zealand, PEAC Institute convened the Global Youth Forum on the Treaty of the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons from December 5, 2018, to December 7, 2018. An orientation was held on December 4, 2018.  The forum was held in conjunction with the high-level Pacific Conference. Ms. Rebecca Irby, President of PEAC Institute; and Mr. Christian N. Ciobanu, the UN Representative of PEAC Institute, co-organized the youth forum. 

The participants included: youth from the Pacific Islands (New Zealand, Fiji, Kiribati, Cook Islands, Solomon Islands, and the Marshall Islands), and international youth from Japan and the US (Meiji Gakuin University, Rutgers University, New York University, University of Pennsylvania, and Columbia University respectively).

Our Work at The United Nations

During the 2019 Session of the UN General Assembly's First Committee, our outstanding interns, James Hannan, Alei Rizvi, and Hayley Payea monitored the plenary meetings. James Hannan shared his experience on our youth blog. 

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Upcoming Events



PEAC Institute is planning to revamp the Hibakusha Appeal.   
PEAC Institute is also organizing our youth expedition to the 2019 NPT PrepCom. Our students will cover plenary meetings, meet with diplomats, and work on the Youth Presentation.

Please Stay Tuned for Exciting Updates!!!

 
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