What I have enjoyed about this conference is how the Pacific has been put on equal footing with other regions, because the organizing committee understands that size does matter in terms of nuclear weapons and war, but not always in terms of larger being better, or larger being more strategically important. Small places, unknown and ambiguous places can be just as important to large countries who want to hide their empires or the weapons they use to maintain them.
In my speech in Hiroshima I concluded my remarks with the following, which I will also reiterate in my speech in Nagasaki:
I come from a small island in the Pacific and one of the lessons which the nuclear age, the age of globalization has taught us is that small, unknown places are critical. To the superpowers, such as the United States, they are valuable because to most of the world, and most of their own citizens these places are faraway, unimportant or unknown. They are places where the inhuman violence of nuclear weapons can be stored, tested or placed in anticipation of war. Their smallness, their remoteness, their invisibility is a veil which has its own value for those who feed off of war or rumors of war. Solidarity starts with and is strengthened by the tearing away of that invisibility, and leaving no place left in this world where it is acceptable to store, test or place these weapons.