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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 KAMIKAWA Yoko)

October 28, 2023
  1. On October 28 (October 27 local time), 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 145 countries.
  2. Cognizant of the need to present a way forward for realistic and practical measures to achieve a world without nuclear weapons, the Government of Japan calls on, inter alia, the implementation of concrete measures related to FMCT (Fissile Material Cut-Off Treaty) and enhancement of transparency, taking into account the deliberations at the G7 Hiroshima Summit and the NPT Preparatory Committee held this year. The resolution aims to embody and promote the “Hiroshima Action Plan” proposed by Prime Minister KISHIDA Fumio at the 10th NPT Review Conference held in August 2022.
  3. In the light of not only widening division within the international community over approaches to nuclear disarmament, but also the aggravating security environment, it is significant that this draft resolution was adopted with the broad support by many states including nuclear-weapon States such as the United States of America and the United Kingdom.
  4. Through this draft resolution, Japan will continue to spare no efforts to enhance the momentum of the international community to achieve a world without nuclear weapons and steadily advance realistic and practical efforts in this regard.The draft resolution is scheduled to be considered in a plenary meeting of the UN General Assembly in early December
(Reference)Results of the voting for the adoption of the draft resolution
  • Affirmative votes: 145
  • Negative votes: 7
  • Abstentions: 29
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