5th Ministerial Meeting of the Stockholm Initiative for Nuclear Disarmament and the Non-Proliferation Treaty
December 15, 2021
On December 14, Mr. ODAWARA Kiyoshi, State Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan, virtually attended the 5th Ministerial Meeting of the Stockholm Initiative for Nuclear Disarmament and the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT).
- The meeting was co-hosted by H.E. Ms. Ann LINDE, Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Sweden and H.E. Ms. Annalena BAERBOCK, Federal Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Federal Republic of Germany.
- At the meeting, the participants discussed the prospects and efforts taken by the member states for the 10th NPT Review Conference.
- State Minister Mr. ODAWARA emphasized the importance of seeking concrete measures which can serve as a common ground to work together, while addressing both real security threats and humanitarian consequences of the use of nuclear weapons. State Minister Mr. ODAWARA also underlined the importance of maintaining and strengthening the NPT as the cornerstone of the international nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation. In addition, State Minister Mr. ODAWARA introduced Japan’s efforts to find a common ground, such as the Third Track 1.5 meeting for Substantive Advancement of Nuclear Disarmament held on December 9, 2021, and the resolution on the elimination of nuclear weapons, which was submitted by Japan and adopted at the United Nations General Assembly. Building upon the efforts taken by the Stockholm Initiative, State Minister Mr. ODAWARA expressed Japan’s intention to continuously contribute to the Initiative. When explaining sever security environment in East Asia, State Minister Mr. ODAWARA reiterated Japan's deep concern on North Korea’s development of nuclear weapons and missiles and emphasized the importance of full implementation of relevant UN Security Council resolutions.
- The participants shared their views on cooperating further in their efforts leading up to the 10th NPT Review Conference and adopted the joint ministerial press statement.(English PDF)