Message from John Burroughs, Director, United Nations Office, International Association of Lawyers Against Nuclear Arms, New York City
I heartily congratulate JALANA on its 25th anniversary! I have had the pleasure of working with JALANA over the last twenty years. I have been continually impressed by the steady, stalwart, determined, and conscientious work of my colleagues at JALANA. In various forums, they have submitted recommendations and papers, which are well-formulated, thoughtful and legally sound, and also morally compelling. They have attended and monitored important international events, governmental and non-governmental alike, including NPT review meetings, the governmental humanitarian consequences conferences leading to negotiation of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, and the 2011 Vancouver conference, “Humanitarian Law, Human Security: The Emerging Framework for the Non-Use and Elimination of Nuclear Weapons,” an early examination of humanitarian themes which became prominent later in the decade. They have translated IALANA papers into Japanese. They have diligently participated in IALANA meetings and processes, making JALANA a model IALANA affiliate. All of this I deeply appreciate. And on a personal note, I am grateful for the hospitality shown me on visits to Japan. I look forward to working with JALANA in coming months and years.