One of the features of meetings such as the NPT Preparatory Committee is that in addition to sessions where states and civil society give statements and present their views, there are also side events taking place throughout the conference. NAPF team organized two such side events and participated in and attended numerous other side events.
Our first side event, on Humanitarian Consequences of Nuclear Weapons was hosted by the Republics of Kazakhstan and Kiribati and co-sponsored by our partner the Marshallese Educational Initiative. At this event, Ambassador Teburoro Tito of Kiribati, spoke about the experience of his country and his people with nuclear testing conducted by the United Kingdom and the United States, as well as the need for a nuclear weapons free world. Jangeldy Syrimbet, Counsellor to the Permanent Mission of the Republic of Kazakhstan to the United Nations discussed the role of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, particularly its humanitarian provisions, and the experience of Kazakhstan with Soviet nuclear testing. Benetick Kabua-Maddison, the Executive Director of the Marshallese Educational Initiative, shared a touching testimony about his family connections to the enduring legacy of US nuclear testing in the Marshall Islands. Dr. Ivana Hughes focused her remarks on past, present, and future consequences of nuclear weapons, highlighting the disproportionate impact of radiation on women and girls, the persistence of environmental contamination in the Marshall Islands, and future consequences of nuclear war, including nuclear famine and nuclear winter. Finally, Dr. Becky Alexis-Martin offered remarks on epistemic justice and nuclear testing in the Pacific via video. The event was very well attended and all of the remarks were exceedingly well received.