Deputy Mayor Jelka Tepsic welcomed representatives of the international organization Peace Boat, who held a presentation in the City Hall on the consequences of using nuclear weapons. Guests from Hiroshima Tsukamoto Michiko and Sora Tamiko shared their testimonies about the survival of the atomic bombing in 1945 and the devastating consequences which nuclear weapons bring.
On behalf of the City of Dubrovnik, Mayor of Dubrovnik Mato Frankovic and herself, deputy Tepsic said that she is honored because successful cooperation between Peace Boat and the City of Dubrovnik has been going on for many years through various activities. She emphasized the importance of active engagement of this organization and thanked the guests for sharing their personal stories.
Peace Boat has its headquarters in Tokyo, and for 30 years has been organizing educational programs on a transatlantic ship. It is a member of the ICAN Steering Committee, the International Association for the Elimination of Nuclear Weapons, which in 2017 received the Nobel Peace Prize. The theme of this trip is "From the ban to the abolition of nuclear weapons with the power of civil society". In the introductory statement, Terachi Ami, a representative of the organization, emphasized that nuclear weapons are endangering the world, causing terrible consequences and should be banned in every sense of use. She presented the current Peace Boat programs and the current situation with the ratification of the United Nations nuclear weapons prohibition agreement.
Tsukamoto Michiko was 10 years old when she had survived the atomic bombing, and in her presentation to the gathered students and representatives of associations and social organizations, among other things, she said that nuclear weapons and people cannot exist together. She emphasized that her testimony is not a historical story, but today’s reality, as many people today suffer from the consequences of radiation.