Exhibition on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in Vienna

The Executive Secretary of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO), Lassina Zerbo, participated in the opening of an exhibition on the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The exhibition, hosted by the United Nations Information Service Vienna, consists of artefacts that were exposed to the effects of the blasts in 1945, as well display panels showing the two cities after the attacks.

Glass bottle from Hiroshima that partly melted due to the nuclear explosion’s heat.

To lose sight of the lessons of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, or the Marshall Islands and Semipalatinsk, is to depart from our own humanity.

In his message (PDF) to the ceremony, Zerbo made reference to his participation in the commemorations of the 70th anniversaries of the bombings this August in Japan. Zerbo also met with Mayor Kazumi Matsui of Hiroshima, who was in Vienna to open the exhibition.
In his address, Ambassador Mitsuru Kitano, Permanent Representative of Japan to the UN in Vienna, highlighted Japan’s co-chairmanship of the Article XIV process to facilitate the entry into force of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT), and referred to the joint statement adopted to that effect by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan and President Nursultan Nazarbayev of Kazakhstan on 27 October.
The exhibit is accessible to visitors as part of a guided tour of the Vienna International Centre, taken by over 55,000 visitors per year. To book a tour please visit the UNIS website.

Executive Secretary Lassina Zerbo paid tribute to the victims of the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in August 2015.