Spring Conference 2017


2017 Critical Issues Forum (CIF) Students Spring Conference in Nagasaki, Japan was a great success!

Thank you for all of your support! 

The CIF project team is extremely grateful to Dr. Lassina Zerbo, Executive Secretary of the CTBTO, for his participation in the CIF Spring Conference Public Symposium, engaging dialogues, and his commitment to youth education!

NEW! Click HERE to view the video of his address! And click HERE to view the full agenda of the Public Symposium!


Here is the flyer for the public symposium on April 4th. It is in both Japanese and English!

Front and back of the flyer

Flyer for the 2017 Public Symposium

Media Advisories

In English and Japanese

View the Conference Booklet here!

Agenda is subject to change.

2017 Critical Issues Forum Booklet

Tentative Schedule
Monday, April 3: Conference day 1, 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM at Kwassui High School
Tuesday, April 4: Conference day 2, 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM at Kwassui High School
and 4:00 PM to 6:30 PM Public Symposium at Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum Hall
Wednesday, April 5: Conference day 3, 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM at Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum Hall

2017 Topic: Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty and its Role for a World Free of Nuclear Weapons   

Link to the Online Teachers Workshop page

Nagasaki Peace Park

We are so excited to have a 2017 CIF spring student conference in Nagasaki! Students from across the United States and Russia will join their Japanese counterparts to discuss the Comprehensive Nuclear- Weapons-Test-Ban Treaty, and its role in creating a world free of nuclear weapons. Holding the conference in Nagasaki is extremely significant. While there CIF students will have numerous chances to learn about the actual impact of the use of nuclear weapons when they visit the atomic bomb museum and listen to atomic bomb survivors, Hibakusha. Such amazing experiences will strengthen students’ determination to work toward nuclear disarmament to ensure that Nagasaki is the last city to experience nuclear devastation.

CIF is so honored that Dr. Lassina Zerbo, Executive Secretary of the CTBTO,  will join the CIF spring conference as a keynote speaker at the public symposium.

Participating Schools

United States
Choate Rosemary Hall, Wallingford, CT
Harker School, San Jose, CA
Dr. Olga Mohan High School, Los Angeles, CA
Pacific Grove High School, Pacific Grove, CA
Punahou School, Honolulu, HI
Rock University High School, Janesville, WI

Hiroshima Jogakuin Senior High School, Hiroshima
Kaisei High School
Kansai Soka Senior High School, Katano
Kwassui High School, Nagasaki
Nagasaki Higashi High School
Soka Senior High School, Tokyo
Yokohama Senior High School of International Studies

School No 41, Novouralsk
School No 39 Ozersk
School No 125 Snezhinsk
School No 164, Zelenogorsk

Castle Bravo Test

CTBTO Acoustic Monitoring Station








This year’s CIF program is funded by the United States-Japan Foundation and Tom and Sarah Pattison Fund

We would like to take this opportunity to thank our co-organizers for their support in planning the 2017 Critical Issues Forum Conference:

Kwassui High School
PCU Nagasaki Council

We would also like to extend our appreciation to the following organizations for their kind support for the CIF conference:

Research Center for Nuclear Weapons Abolition, Nagasaki University (RECNA)
Nagasaki City
Nagasaki Prefecture
Nagasaki University
Nagasaki Foundation for the Promotion of Peace.
Kwassui Alumni Association