Amplify derived from the International Youth Summit for Nuclear Abolition held in Hiroshima, Japan, from 28-30 August 2015. August 2015 marked the 70th anniversary of the atomic bombings in Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The International Youth Summit gave the next generation of nuclear disarmament leaders the opportunity to experience first-hand the atrocities that took place 70 years ago and to commit to abolishing these horrific weapons of mass destruction. Additionally, the event helped preserve the living memories of hibakusha, and further inspired youth to ensure that the future is free from nuclear weapons. The final day of the Summit was a public forum, where over 250 participants deepened their understanding of the issue, discussed what actions they can take in their own communities and heard from the UN Secretary General’s Envoy on Youth. The youth leaders also developed a Youth Pledge for Nuclear Abolition and a one-year action plan.
Based on the successful completion of the International Youth Summit for Nuclear Abolition and seeing the needs and desire from the participants to continue working together for our shared goal of nuclear abolition, “Amplify”, an international network of youth dedicated to nuclear abolition, was created.