Adoption of the Draft Resolutions on Nuclear Disarmament and Small Arms Submitted by Japan at the Plenary Session of the United Nations General Assembly

December 4, 2012

  1.  In the early hours of December 4 (the morning of December 3 EST), the 67th plenary session of the UN General Assembly adopted the draft resolution on nuclear disarmament (“United action towards the total elimination of nuclear weapons”), which the Government of Japan submitted along with a record number of 99 co-sponsor nations. The draft resolution was adopted by an overwhelming majority of 174 in favor to 1 against (the DPRK), with 13 abstentions (Bolivia, Brazil, China, Cuba, Ecuador, India, Iran, Israel, Mauritius, Myanmar, Nicaragua, Pakistan, Syria). The largest-ever number of countries voted in favor this year and the UK became a co-sponsor for the first time in 16 years in addition to the US among the nuclear weapon states.
  2.  This resolution confirms that concerted actions by the international community are required to ensure the steady implementation of the agreements reached at the NPT Review Conference held in May 2010 and will contribute to further expediting international efforts toward the realization of a “world without nuclear weapons.”
  3.  On the same day, the draft resolution “The illicit trade in small arms and light weapons in all its aspects” jointly submitted by Japan, Colombia and South Africa, was adopted by consensus.
    • (* The foregoing is a provisional translation. The date indicated above denotes the date of issue of the original press release in Japanese.)

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