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 MOTEGI Toshimitsu)
On October 28 (October 27 local time), the draft resolution entitled “Joint Courses of Action and Future-oriented Dialogue 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 152 countries. The draft resolution is scheduled to be considered in a plenary meeting of the UN General Assembly in early December.
This resolution, as one of the concrete measures to realize a world without nuclear weapons, provides common ground with which all States can work together and thereby bridges the gap between nuclear-weapon States and non-nuclear-weapon States. In this regard, the significance of the adoption of this draft resolution rests in the broad support it has received from many States with different positions, including nuclear-weapon-States such as the United States of America, the United Kingdom, and France. Through this draft resolution, Japan aims to contribute to a meaningful outcome at the 10th NPT Review Conference scheduled to be held in January next year.
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.
(Reference) Results of the voting for the adoption of the draft resolutionAffirmative votes: 152, Negative votes: 4 (China, DPRK, Russia, Syria), Abstentions: 30