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The Adoption of the Draft Resolution on Nuclear Disarmament
submitted by Japan to the Plenary Meeting of the United Nations General Assembly

December 6, 2018
  1.  On December 6 (December 5 local time), the draft resolution entitled “United action with renewed determination towards the total elimination of nuclear weapons (PDF)Open a New Window”, submitted by Japan, was adopted with the supports of 162 countries in the Plenary Meeting of the United Nations (UN) General Assembly.
  2.  This draft resolution was adopted in the First Committee of the UN General Assembly on November 2 (November 1 local time). The draft resolution stresses the importance to maintain and strengthen the Treaty on the Non-proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT) as a cornerstone of nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation, looking ahead to the 2020 NPT Review Conference. The draft resolution also emphasizes the importance of seeking security and nuclear disarmament simultaneously towards a world free of nuclear weapons, and emphasizes the importance of bridging different views and facilitating dialogue in the international community, based on recommendations made by “the Group of Eminent Persons for Substantive Advancement of Nuclear Disarmament” in this Match.
  3.  This draft resolution aims at contributing to creating a common ground where the international community can take united actions towards a world free of nuclear weapon even under the current severe international security environment. The draft resolution this year was adopted with widespread supports from many states including nuclear-weapon-States and the states in favor of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons.
  4.  Japan will continue to work tenaciously to proceed steadily towards the realization of a world free of nuclear weapons.

 Reference: Results of the voting for the adoption of the draft resolution
 Approval: 162, Oppositions:4 (China, North Korea, Russia, Syria), Abstentions:23

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