Press Releases

The Adoption of the Draft Resolution on Nuclear Disarmament submitted by Japan to the First Committee of the United Nations General Assembly
(Statement by Foreign Minister MOTEGI Toshimitsu)

November 2, 2019

1. On November 2 (November 1 local time), the draft resolution entitled “Joint Courses of Action and Future-oriented Dialogue towards a world without nuclear weapons,” submitted by Japan to the First Committee of the United Nation (UN) General Assembly in New York, was adopted with the supports of 148 countries including 56 co-sponsored countries. The draft resolution is scheduled to be put on a vote in a plenary meeting of the UN General Assembly in early December.

2. This year’s draft resolution reaffirms the commitment to the ultimate goal of eliminating nuclear weapons. Looking ahead to the 2020 NPT Review Conference, the draft resolution also stresses the importance for the international community to take immediate actions together and to conduct future oriented dialogue on nuclear disarmament with a view to strengthening the regime of the Treaty on the Non-proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT).

3. Through this draft resolution, Japan aims at contributing to a successful outcome of the 2020 NPT Review Conference. In this endeavor, Japan feels encouraged that the draft resolution this year was adopted with widespread support from many states including nuclear-weapon-States and the states which support the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons.

4. Japan will continue to work tenaciously to build bridges among states as well as create a common ground in order 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 : 148
Oppositions : 4 (DPRK, China, Russia, Syria)
Abstentions : 26

Back to Press Releases