The Adoption of the Draft Resolution on the Elimination of Nuclear Weapons
submitted by Japan in the Plenary Meeting of the United Nations General Assembly
December 7, 2021
- On December 7 (December 6 local time), the draft resolution entitled “Joint Courses of Action and Future-oriented Dialogue towards a world without nuclear weapons ”, submitted by Japan, was adopted with the support of 158 countries in the Plenary Meeting of the United Nations (UN) General Assembly.
- This draft resolution was adopted in the First Committee of the UN General Assembly on October 28 (October 27 local time). It reaffirms that achieving a world without nuclear weapons is a common goal for the international community. It also stresses the importance for the international community to take immediate actions together and to conduct future-oriented dialogues with a view to maintaining and strengthening the regime of the Treaty on the Non-proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT).
- The draft resolution this year was adopted with broad support from states with various positions including nuclear-weapon-States such as the United States of America, the United Kingdom, and France as well as many non-nuclear-weapon States. Through this draft resolution, Japan aims to contribute to a meaningful outcome of the 10th NPT Review Conference.
- Japan will continue to work with determination in its effort to build bridges among States in order to make steady progress towards realizing a world without nuclear weapons.
(Reference1) Results of the voting for the adoption of the draft resolution in the Plenary Meeting of the United Nations General Assembly
Affirmative votes: 158, Negative votes: 4 (China, North Korea, Russia, Syria), Abstentions: 27
(Reference2) Results of the voting for the adoption of the draft resolution in the First Committee of the United Nations General Assembly
Affirmative votes: 152, Negative votes: 4 (China, North Korea, Russia, Syria), Abstentions: 30