On 13th September, Nuclear Free Local Authority (NFLA) and Mayors for Peace hosted a joint seminar at the Manchester Central Library, St Peter’s Square, Manchester. The title of the conference was, ‘The Humanitarian Impacts, Costs and Dangers of Nuclear Weapons in the Wider Campaign for a more Peaceful World’
The meeting was opened by The Lord Mayor Councillor Abid Latif Chohan. The meeting was chaired by Councillor Eddy Newman who introduced the seminar. He is the Manchester City Council’s Mayors for Peace and NFLA representative. The meeting was organised successfully by Sean Morris, a tireless peace activist and UK and Ireland NFLA and Mayors for Peace Chapter Secretary.
There were four speakers at the seminar, which are below:
- Karipbek Kuyukov, Kazakh artist and nuclear non-proliferation campaigner – the personal effects of nuclear weapons testing and the need for a nuclear weapons free world
- Dr Becky Alexis-Martin, Lecturer in Political & Cultural Geography, Manchester Metropolitan University – Disarming Doomsday, the Human Impacts of Nuclear Weapons since Hiroshima
- Vijay Mehta, Co-founder of Uniting for Peace – How not to go to War: Establishing Departments for Peace and Peace Centres Worldwide
- Dave Cullen, Director of Nuclear Information Service – Trouble Ahead: Risks and Rising Costs in the UK Nuclear Weapons Programme
The speakers presentations were inspiring and deep research into the problems facing the nuclear weapons industry and what solutions can be implemented.
Vijay Mehta broadened the Nuclear Weapon’s Disarmament Discussion with a presentation of his book, How Not To Go To War. A vibrant Q/A session followed the meeting. To read speeches from Vijay Mehta and Dr Becky Alexis-Martin.