G7 Hiroshima Summit
（Session 9 Toward a Peaceful, Stable and Prosperous World）
May 21, 2023
On May 21st, the G7 Hiroshima Summit Session 9 “Toward a Peaceful, Stable and Prosperous World” was held from 12:00 am for approximately 90 minutes. The G7 leaders along with the leaders of 8 invited countries and Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, who attended as a guest, discussed how to respond to the challenges to peace and stability that the international society is facing. The overview of the session is as follows:
- Prime Minister Kishida emphasized that any unilateral attempt to change the status quo by force is unacceptable anywhere in the world and strongly appealed the necessity to end Russia’s aggression against Ukraine as soon as possible and uphold the free and open international order based on the rule of law. Prime Minister Kishida stated that it is important to promote realistic efforts toward the realization of a “world without nuclear weapons” to ensure peace of the international society in a increasingly severe security environment, and Russia’s nuclear threat, let alone its use is absolutely unacceptable.
- Regarding the situation in Ukraine, the G7 leaders expressed grave concern on human suffering and negative impact on the global economy, including heightening energy and food insecurity, caused by Russia’s aggression against Ukraine.
- The leaders had a discussion on various challenges to peace and stability that the international society is facing, including in the Indo-Pacific and Africa, and shared the recognition that the following points are important:
- All countries should adhere to the principles of the United Nations (UN) Charter, including respect for sovereignty and territorial integrity.
- Confrontation should be resolved peacefully through dialogue, and we support a just and durable peace that is based on respect for international law and the principles of the UN Charter.
- Any unilateral attempt to change the status quo by force is unacceptable anywhere in the world.
- We strive to uphold the free and open international order based on the rule of law.
Some leaders also pointed out the need for realistic effort towards a “world without nuclear weapons” as well as the need to reform the UN including its Security Council.
- The leaders of the participating countries reaffirmed that on such basis they will continue dialogue and address the challenges to peace and stability that the international society is facing.
［Note］8 invited countries are Australia, Brazil, Comoros (African Union Chair), Cook Island (Pacific Islands Forum (PIF) Chair), India (G20 Presidency), Indonesia (ASEAN Chair), Republic of Korea and Vietnam.