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Adoption of the Draft Resolution on the Elimination of Nuclear Weapons submitted by Japan to the First Committee of the United Nations General Assembly
(Statement by Foreign Minister HAYASHI Yoshimasa)

November 1, 2022
  1. On October 31, the draft resolution entitled “Steps to building a common roadmap towards a world without nuclear weapons,” submitted by the Government of Japan to the First Committee of the United Nations (UN) General Assembly in New York, was adopted with the support of 139 countries. The draft resolution is scheduled to be considered in a plenary meeting of the UN General Assembly in early December.
  2. Taking into consideration the discussions at the Tenth NPT Review Conference held this August, the Government of Japan is cognizant of the need to present a way forward for realistic and practical measures to realize a world without nuclear weapons. To this end, the Government of Japan has submitted this resolution which is based on the “Hiroshima Action Plan” proposed by Prime Minister KISHIDA Fumio at the aforementioned conference, and which calls on the importance of continuing the record of non-use of nuclear weapons, enhancing transparency as well as disarmament and non-proliferation education that fosters the accurate understanding on the realities of nuclear weapons use.
  3. In the light of the widening division within the international community over approaches on nuclear disarmament, it is significant that this draft resolution was adopted with support from states with various positions including nuclear weapon states such as the United States of America, the United Kingdom and France.
  4. Through this draft resolution, Japan will work to enhance the momentum of the international community to achieve a world without nuclear weapons and steadily advance realistic and practical efforts, bearing in mind that the G7 Summit will be held in Hiroshima next year.

(Reference) Results of the voting for the adoption of the draft resolution
Affirmative votes: 139
Negative votes: 6
Abstentions: 31

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