UNITAR is the only United Nations entity with a presence in the symbolic city of Hiroshima – the City of Peace. The Office was established in response to the desire of the people and authorities of Hiroshima to contribute more actively to global peace and development. We have trained more than 5,000 people from over 60 countries, who have come to experience Hiroshima’s message of peace and learn from its post-conflict reconstruction. UNITAR learners have joined study tours in Japan and Hiroshima to learn about public financial management, green economy, disaster risk reduction, women’s empowerment and more.
Even under the COVID-19 pandemic, UNITAR uses modern technologies like virtual reality to offer people the opportunity to learn about Hiroshima's story.
I learnt so much by coming to Hiroshima. It gives me hope and inspires me.
360-degree virtual tour of peace monuments
UNITAR Division for Prosperity/Hiroshima Office invites you to a 360-degree virtual tour of 15 peace monuments in Hiroshima. These monuments around Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park symbolize the city’s destruction from the atomic bomb and its reconstruction. They are a call to abolish nuclear weapons.
The 360-degree tour was inspired by *hi-meguri*, or tour of monuments, which Hiroshima school children complete in their peace studies. In the activity, children go around the Peace Park, collect stamps at each monument, and learn why and to whom the monuments are dedicated.
UNITAR Hiroshima Nuclear and Non-Proliferation Training Programme
The 21st century has been referred to as the era of nuclear power. The people of Hiroshima, and Japan, coupled with concerned citizens from around the world have been making continuous efforts to promote nuclear disarmament, and non-proliferation. The situation surrounding this issue however is more challenging than ever. The rapidly evolving global geopolitical environment, which sees both state and non-state actors increasingly discuss the validity of nuclear weapons, increases the urgency for there to be continued, focused debate with regard to regaining the impetus and momentum for nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation, regionally, multi-laterally, and globally.