Schedule and Presentations of the 61st Pugwash Conference

Nagasaki Peace Statue
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61st Pugwash Conference on Science & World Affairs
Nagasaki’s Voice:
Remember Your Humanity

1-5 November 2015
Nagasaki, Japan

Talks and presentations will be posted below when delivered

Sunday, 1 November 2015
 06.30 Breakfast

08.45 – 9.00

Buses depart from Ioujima

Ceremony and Group Photo at Peace StatuePugwash Ceremony at the Peace Statue

09.00 –
PLa – Ceremony to honor Hibakusha: Transfer of Pugwash Nobel Peace Symbols
(Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum)Nobel Peace Symbols

10.3012.00 PLb – Tour of Nagasaki Memorial Hall, Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum, Nagasaki Peace Park
10.30 – 12.00 PLc – Delegation of Pugwash leaders visit Shiroyama Elementary School
12.00 Bus departs for Nagasaki University
12.30 – 13.30 Lunch, Nagasaki University
13.30 – 14.45 PL1 – Conference Overview and Messages (Nagasaki University)

Video of presentations

PL2 – WELCOME ADDRESSES (Nagasaki University)


  • Mr. Hitoshi Kikawada, Parliamentary Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Japan)Hitoshi Kikawada
14.45 – 15.00 Break
Revisiting the Russell-Einstein Manifesto for Humanity’s Sake:
Paths Toward a Nuclear-Weapon-Free World
15.00 – 15.15 PL4 – OPENING ADDRESS (Nagasaki University)

Chair: Dr. Steve Miller, Pugwash Executive Committee Chair (USA)

15.15 – 16.00 PL5 – PLENARY SESSION: Humanitarian Impacts of Nuclear Weapons (Nagasaki University)

Chair: Chair: Bruce Blair, Program on Science and Global Security, Princeton University and founder Global Zero (USA)

Panel: Humanitarian Consequences of Nuclear WeaponsQ&A, Comments

16.00 – 16.15 Break
16.15 – 17.30 PL6 – PLENARY SESSION: Path Towards a Nuclear-Weapon-Free World: Prospects for Nuclear Disarmament (Nagasaki University)

Chair: Prof. Saideh Lotfian, Chair, Pugwash Council (Iran)Panel: Path Towards a Nuclear-Weapon-Free World: Prospects for Nuclear Disarmament

Q&A, Comments

17.30 – 18.45 PL7 – PLENARY SESSION: Prospects for Nuclear- and WMD-Free Zones (Nagasaki University)

Chair: Amb. (ret.) Jayantha Dhanapala, Pugwash President (Sri Lanka)

Q&A, Comments

18.45  18.55  PLd – Special Welcome: Exhibition dedicated to the heritage of former Semipalatinsk nuclear test site

  • Amb. Akylbek Kamaldinov, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Kazakhstan to Japan



All participants depart for Ioujima

Dinner (Ioujima dining hall)

(Shuttle bus for participants to Nagasaki city hotels)

Monday, 2 November 2015
07.30 – 09.00 Breakfast (Ioujima)
09.00 – 10.30 PL8 – PLENARY SESSION: Nuclear Risks in South Asia (Ioujima)

Chair: Prof. Paolo Cotta Ramusino (Italy) Pugwash Secretary GeneralNuclear Risks in South Asia

  • Lt. Gen. (ret.) Khalid Kidwai, advisor, National Command Authority, former head Strategic Plans Division (Pakistan)

Video of presentation

10.30 – 11.00 PL9 – PLENARY SESSION: Report of the Secretary General, “Extremism, Dialogue, and the Pugwash Disarmament Agenda” (Ioujima)

11.15 – 11.45 Coffee break
11.45 – 13.15 Working Groups meet in parallel sessions (Ioujima)
13.15 – 14.30 Lunch
14.30 – 16.00 Working Groups meet in parallel sessions (Ioujima)
16.00 – 16.30 Coffee break
16.30 – 18.00 Working Groups meet in parallel sessions (Ioujima)



(Shuttle bus for participants to Nagasaki city hotels)

Tuesday 3 November
07.30 – 09.00 Breakfast (Ioujima)
09.15 – 10.15 PL10 – KEYNOTE: Moving Forward the CTBT (Ioujima)

Chair: Amb. (ret.) Serguei Batasanov, Pugwash Council (Russia)Moving Forward the CTBT

Q&A, Comments

10.15 – 11.45 PL11 – PLENARY SESSION: In Search of Peaceful Co-Existence in Northeast Asia (Ioujima)

Chair: Mr. Leon Sigal, Social Science Research Council (USA)*

12.00 – 13.00 Lunch (Ioujima)
13.00 Buses depart for Nagasaki University
14.0015.30 PL12 – PLENARY SESSION: Risk of Civil Use of Nuclear Energy (Nagasaki University)

Chair: Dr. Tatsujiro Suzuki, Pugwash Council (Japan)

15.30 – 16.00 Break
16.00 17.00 PL13 – DOROTHY HODGKIN LECTURE (Nagasaki University)

Hodgkin lecture 2015_ShimomuraChair: Prof. Francesco Calogero, Pugwash Council (Italy)

17.00 – 17.30

17.30 – 18.30


Special dance presentation – “No-gaku” (Nagasaki University Hall)*

18.30 Buses depart for dinner
19.00 Glover GardensPL14 – Special Dinner at Glover Garden, overlooking Nagasaki

Wedneday 4 November 2015
07.30 – 09.00 Breakfast (Ioujima)
09.00 – 12.00 Working Groups meet in parallel sessions (Ioujima)
12.00 Lunch
13.00 – 14.30 Working Groups meet in parallel sessions (Ioujima)
14.45 – 15.15 PL15 – PLENARY SESSION: Presidential Address (Ioujima)

15.15 – 15.30 Coffee Break
15.30 – 16.45 PL16 – PLENARY SESSION: Iraq, Syria, and Daesh (Ioujima)

Chair: Dr. Anissa Hassouna, Pugwash Council and Executive Committee (Egypt)

  • Mr. Salah H. Al-Fatlawi, Director General for Scholarships and Cultural Relations, Ministry of Education (Iraq) reading the message of H.E. Hussain al-Shahristani, Minister of Education (Iraq)
16.45 – 18.00 PL17 – PLENARY SESSION: Twelve Years of the Iranian Nuclear Controversy and Negotiations: Lessons Learned

H.E. Dr Ali Akbar SalehiChair: Prof. Paolo Cotta-Ramusino, Pugwash Secretary General

19.00 PL18 – Dinner (Ioujima)

Thursday 5 November 2015
7.30 – 9.30 Breakfast
9.30 – 10.45




P19 – PLENARY SESSION: 60 Years after the Russell-Einstein Manifesto: What Next (Ioujima)

Chair: Ms. Sandra Ionno Butcher, Executive Director, Pugwash Conferences (USA) – Intergenerational Imperatives

  • Michiji Konuma, Japan Pugwash
  • International Student/Young Pugwashites: Anna Peczeli (Chair of the Board) and Karim Kadry (outgoing Chair of the Board)
10.45 – 12.00 PL20 – PLENARY SESSION: What’s Next? (Ioujima)

Chair: Steve Miller, Chair Pugwash Executive Committee (USA)

  • Facilitated dialogue among working group chairs
12.00 – 12.30 PL21 – Conference Closing – Nagasaki Declaration

Amb. (ret.) Jayantha Dhanapala, Pugwash President

Prof. Paolo Cotta-Ramusino, Pugwash Secretary General

Prof. Saideh Lotfian Chair of the Pugwash Council

Dr. Steve Miller, Chair of the Pugwash Executive Committee

Prof. Tatsujiro Suzuki, Chair, The Organizing Committee of Nagasaki Conference

Working Group Information

Conveners may suggest additional subtopics and will request some commissioned papers from specific participants.

All participants are encouraged to submit proffered papers per the invitation.

New: Regional working groups will meet in joint session to determine commonalities and cross-cutting themes.

Working Group 1:  Humanitarian Impact of Nuclear Weapons 

Co-conveners:  Venance Journe and Masao Tomonaga

Co-rapporteurs: Till Weyers and Silene Theobald

  1. Effects of use of nuclear weapons on the human body
  2. Experiences of hibakusha around the world
  3. Ecological and socio-economic effects of nuclear weapons and their deliberate or accidental use
  4. Inability to respond to a nuclear weapons related disaster today

Working Group 2:  Concrete Steps Toward a Nuclear Weapon Free World

Co-conveners :  Peter Jenkins and Mitsuru Kurosawa

Co-rapporteurs: Moritz Kütt and Tong Zhao

  1. NPT regime after 2015 Review Conference
  2. Prospects for multilateral, bilateral & unilateral disarmament (convention, ban, time frame)
  3. Missile defense
  4. Nuclear weapons free zones
  5. Other means aimed at nuclear disarmament/non-proliferation


Working Group 3: Regional Working Group – Europe 

Co-conveners: Goetz Neuneck and Sergey Batsanov

Rapporteur: Anna Peczeli  

  1. Tactical nuclear weapons
  2. Nuclear doctrines/nuclear sharing
  3. Missile defense
  4. Impact of Ukraine/Crimea crisis on disarmament prospects
  5. Regional security and disarmament
  6. Confidence building measures
  7. Forums for regional dialogue

Working Group 4: Regional Working Group – the Middle East and Africa 

Co-conveners: Arnold Luethold and Yoshiko Kurita

Rapporteur: Kevin Miletic  

  1. Middle East WMD Free Zone
  2. Syrian chemical weapons
  3. Regional dialogue and disarmament prospects
  4. Regional arms sales
  5. Confidence building measures
  6. Forums for regional dialogue

Working Group 5:  Regional Working Group – South Asia 

Co-conveners: Moeed Yusuf and Happymon Jacob

Co-rapporteurs: Sobia Paracha and Jaganath Sankaran  

  1. Nuclear doctrines
  2. Crisis stability
  3. Confidence building measures
  4. Revisiting the Lahore Declaration
  5. Forums for regional dialogue

Working Group 6: Regional Working Group – East Asia 

Co-conveners: Mark Suh and Leon Sigal

Co-rapporteurs: Kentaro Ide and Joseph Schofield  

  1. Regional nuclear weapons free zone
  2. Confidence building measures
  3. Crisis stability
  4. Forums for regional dialogue

Working Group 7:  Civilian Nuclear Energy, Energy Resources, and International Cooperation 

Co-conveners: Victor Gilinsky and Ramamurti Rajaraman

Co-rapporteurs: Cameron Harrington and Meghan McGarry

  1. Post-Fukushima assessment of problems related to civil nuclear energy
  2. How to reduce risks of civil nuclear energy and steps to avoid future disasters
  3. Disposal of nuclear waste, nuclear security, safety, non-proliferation
  4. Management and disposal of plutonium
  5. Energy resources (oil, gas) and international cooperation

Working Group 8:  Challenges of Advanced Technologies and the Social Responsibility of Scientists 

Co-conveners: Karen Hallberg and Masako Ikegami

Rapporteur: Emma Hansen

  1. Risks of new state of the art military & dual use civilian technology
  2. Information technology
  3. Nano-technology
  4. Autonomous robots and unmanned vehicles
  5. Nature of responsibility of scientists in 21st century

International Student/Young Pugwash will also be hosting their 9th Conference, “Prospects for Arms Control, Disarmament, and Nonproliferation: 70 years after the Hiroshima and Nagasaki atomic bombings,” on 30-31 October. This event is closed to the press, with the exception of the “Rotblat Symposium: Dialogue with Nagasaki Community Youth” on 31 October at 17:00. See agenda for further details.