NEW YORK CITY—For four weeks, I attended a world conference which went virtually unnoticed in the press. Since its inception in 1975, the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT) Review Conference (RevCON) has been held every five years at the United Nations in New York for UN delegates, NGOs, and activists to discuss nuclear disarmament progress.
In my free time, I’m a documentary filmmaker covering the life of a nuclear disarmament activist who is also one of the hibakusha (Japanese for “atomic bomb survivor”) from Hiroshima. This year, my documentary subject was invited to speak to the UN delegates at RevCON about her experience 70 years ago.
All of which meant my camera and I had a front row seat as a major international conference failed to make any significant progress.
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