Berlin, November 27th 2012 - The U.N. Association of Germany will award this year's Otto Hahn Peace Medal In Gold to former Hiroshima Mayor Tadatoshi Akiba for his contributions to global peace. Akiba (70) was noted for his continued calls for the abolition of nuclear weapons and promotion of peace while he was a mayor that "broke new ground by undertaking his work on nuclear disarmament on a local level," the UN Association of Germany said today. The branch said Akiba made outstanding efforts toward nuclear disarmament as mayor of Hiroshima and president of Mayors for Peace, an international organization of cities for the promotion of peace.
The Otto Hahn Peace Medal in Gold is named after the German nuclear chemist and 1944 Nobel Laureate Otto Hahn, an honorary citizen of Berlin. The medal is in memory of his worldwide involvement in the politics of peace and humanitarian causes, in particular since the dropping of the atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in August 1945 by the US. The award ceremony will be held in Berlin on April 16, 2013.
The former Mayor of Hiroshima is internationally recognized for pioneering a municipal-level approach to global peace. mentmade ringthe
Throughout his long career, Mr. Akiba has been a convinced peace activist and has played a crucial role in the fight for the abolition of nuclear weapons. He has been awarded the Nuclear Free Future Award in 2007 and with the Ramon Magsaysay Award in 2010. Akiba was first elected to the mayoral office in 1999, after serving in the Japanese Diet. He retired last year and currently works as a professor by special appointment at Hiroshima University. He recently assumed the Chairmanship of the Middle Power Initiative.