Adoption of the Draft Resolution on Nuclear Disarmament Submitted by Japan to the United Nations General Assembly’s First Committee

October 27, 2010

  1. On October 27 (Wed) (October 26 (U.S. time)), the draft resolution on nuclear disarmament submitted by the Government of Japan along with  90 co-sponsoring Member-States, the largest number in record, was adopted by an overwhelming majority of 154 in favor to 1 against (North Korea), with 13 abstentions (Brazil, China, Cuba, Guinea Bissau, India, Iran, Israel, Mauritius, Mexico, Myanmar, Pakistan, South Africa, Syria) during the meeting of the First Committee in the 65th session of the United Nations General Assembly.

  2. This year the resolution was titled, “United Action towards the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons.” Following up the outcome of the 2010 NPT Review Conference this May, agreed for the first time in a decade, the content of the draft was made more comprehensive compared to the previous resolutions, calling for concrete actions of the international community toward the realization of a “world without nuclear weapons.”

  3. The draft resolution will be presented to the vote around the start of December at the plenary meeting of the United Nations General Assembly.