?Delivered by Dr. Noeleen Heyzer
Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations, and
Executive Secretary of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission
for Asia and the Pacific

I am honoured to pay my respects on this solemn occasion.

Tens of thousands have gathered here in Hiroshima, and millions more
are observing this occasion around the world, as together we remember those
who lost their lives here 68 years ago.

We pay tribute to the memory of the hundreds of thousands who
perished or were gravely wounded. ?At the same time, we applaud those who
survived to become hibakusha. ?We thank them for all they have done to
educate the public, especially young people, about the horrors of nuclear
war and the importance of nuclear disarmament. They have helped to
transform this city from a scene of devastation into a symbol of peace.

We also join hands with the new generation of citizens of Hiroshima
who are working to build an era of greater peace, security and justice for
all.

We are united in countering the erroneous view that security is
achieved through the pursuit of military dominance and threats of mutual
annihilation. ?Our memories are long. ?We know this path is a dead end.

True security is based on people?s welfare ? on a thriving economy,
on strong public health and education programmes, and on fundamental
respect for our common humanity. ?Development, peace, disarmament,
reconciliation and justice are not separate from security; they help to
underpin it.

At this Hiroshima Peace Memorial Ceremony, I appeal for universal
adherence to the United Nations Charter, which emphasizes peace,
disarmament, a prohibition on threats or use of force, and social and
economic development.

Together, let us reaffirm our commitment to create a world free of
nuclear weapons. ?This is the most meaningful way we can pay our respects
to those we honour today and pave the way for a better future for all.

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