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Autumn Issue (Nov.)

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Dialogue with students regarding peace and military arms control

Lecture by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon

United Nations Secretary-General Ban conducts a lecture

On August 4th, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon conducted a lecture on peace and military arms control at the Waseda University Masaru Ibuka Auditorium.

To start the event, President Shirai delivered the following opening message to students in attendance: "Through this lecture, I strongly hope that you will obtain a renewed understanding towards eternal peace and will achieve self-awareness regarding this lofty ideal." President Shirai also gave the following message of encouragement when introducing Kanichi Asakawa and Chiune Sugihara, graduates of Waseda University who have contributed to peace and the advocacy of international human rights: "I hope that students will actively participate in international and humanitarian activities in order to maintain peace, to reduce military arms and to ensure respect for human rights."

Students asked a succession of passionate questions

During his speech, Secretary-General Ban expressed his hope that the tragedy of Hiroshima and Nagasaki will be conveyed to future generations and that a world without nuclear weapons will be realized through the strength of young generations. He also urged students to become leaders capable of solving global issues by exerting a broad viewpoint which exceeds the boundaries of Japan to encompass the entire world.

Attending students asked a series of questions regarding the United Nations' activities for maintaining peace, for preventing the proliferation of small nuclear weapons, and for establishing a treaty banning nuclear weapons. The topic of discussion then expanded to include the question of how universities and other educational institutions should contribute to peace and arms reductions. Secretary-General Ban continued his dialogue with students even after the schedule time had been exceeded, and he left the auditorium amid thunderous applause from the 450 attendees.