UN Chief to attend ceremony at Peace Memorial Park on the 77th anniversary of the Hiroshima atomic blast.

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres will be first UN official to attend annual ceremony in Peace Memorial Park . Hiroshima and Nagasaki were first use of atomic weapons in war .

On the 77th anniversary of the US bombing Hiroshima (August 6, 1945) and Nagasaki (August 9, 1945) as the first use of atomic weapons in war, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres will be the first UN official to attend the annual ceremony in the Peace Memorial Park on Saturday, according to Kyodo News.During the initial explosions, tens of thousands of people were killed, and many more were later exposed to radiation poisoning.A second atomic bomb was dropped on Nagasaki three days after the bomb dubbed Little Boy detonated Hiroshima.It was followed by Japan's surrender to the Allied forces six days later, marking the end of World War II.

In the years 1939-45, the Axis powers — Germany, Italy, and Japan — and the Allies — France, Great Britain, the United States, the Soviet Union, and, in the case of China — are due to perform the ceremony.The mayor will urge the Japanese government to act as a bridge between nuclear weapon states and non-nuclear weapon states, ratify a U.N. treaty on nuclear weapons and attend the forthcoming conference of parties to the treaty, even though Japan skipped the first one in June, according to the media portal.The number of officially recognized survivors of the two nuclear attacks, known as hibakusha, stood at 118,935 as of March, down 8,820 from a year earlier, according to the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare.They had an average age of 84.53.