Parliament of the World’s Religions Chair Audrey Kitagawa, gave insights to the URI United Nations Cooperation Circle on July 20, 2020 about the historic 1986 Reykjavik, Iceland Summit.
The importance of the Summit, attended by President Mikhail Gorbachev, President Ronald Reagan, and Secretary of State George Shultz, was the potential they saw in having the nuclear arsenal dismantled. Though they did not succeed in reaching an agreement on the complete dismantling of the nuclear arsenal, their work led to substantial reductions of the nuclear arsenal, and to the advancement of human rights. It was the first time that the Soviet Union had ever let another country become involved in human rights issues in the USSR. This Summit marked a turning point in the Cold War.
The fact that President Gorbachev and Secretary of State George Shultz agreed to participate in this commemorative video of the 75th anniversary of the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki indicates their continued commitment to the abolition of nuclear weapons.