SGI Statement on the adoption
of the Treaty on the
Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons
On July 7, 2017, the United Nations adopted a treaty to prohibit nuclear weapons, marking an important step toward their eventual elimination. The SGI issued the following statement applauding this historical advancement, noting the need to now create broad support for the treaty and for the ongoing global endeavour to realise a world without nuclear weapons.
The United Nations conference to negotiate a legally-binding instrument to prohibit nuclear weapons, leading towards their total elimination. On screen, Izumi Nakamitsu, UN High Representative for Disarmament Affairs. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe
SPECIAL TO THE JAPAN TIMES
The crucial second round of negotiations on a treaty to prohibit nuclear weapons will take place from June 15 at the United Nations headquarters in New York. Almost 130 countries, or two thirds of U.N. member states, participated in the first round of negotiations held at the end of March, which became the site of vigorous debate with the active participation of civil society.
Nuclear weapons are capable of annihilating humankind and the global ecosystem, and the threat they pose is, if anything, growing. The upcoming negotiations seek to achieve a fundamental breakthrough in this situation.
“We hibakusha have no doubt that this treaty can — and will — change the world.”
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In an event organised by the Peace Foundation and supported by SGINZ the 30th anniversary of New Zealand's nuclear free legislation was celebrated in Auckland with 100's of people forming a giant peace symbol. The SGINZ brass band and behind the scenes support groups contributed to the event which was covered in local media Stuff and TV1