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Mayors for Peace calls on Japan government to support a nuclear weapons convention

Hiroshima Mayor Matsui presents statement to Foreign Minister Kishida

Hiroshima Mayor Matsui presents statement to Foreign Minister Kishida

On November 9th and 10th, Japanese member cities of Mayors for Peace met in Hiroshima City and adopted a Letter of Request to the Japanese government to take action to achieve a nuclear weapons convention (click here for original in Japanese).

On December 24th, on behalf of Japanese member cities of Mayors for Peace, President Matsui, Mayor of the City of Hiroshima, and Mr. Okubo, Director of the Peace Promotion Office of the City of Nagasaki, met with Foreign Minister Kishida and presented him with the Letter of Request.

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Nobel peace laureates support SDGs and nuclear abolition

Oscar Arias, former President of Costa Rica, speaking at the Nobel Peace Laureates Summit

Oscar Arias, former President of Costa Rica, speaking at the Nobel Peace Laureates Summit

Nobel peace laureates meeting in Barcelona for their 15th World Summit on 13-15 November 2015, adopted the Barcelona Declaration in which they condemned terrorism and war, supported refugees from conflict regions, proposed a 10% reduction in military budgets to pay for the SDGs, supported global action to address climate change, and called for the global abolition of nuclear weapons.

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Time to implement UN Resolution 1 (1)

Opening session of the UN General Assembly, January 1946 in London

Opening session of the UN General Assembly, January 1946 in London

On January 24, 1946, the United Nations General Assembly adopted by consensus its very first resolution, Resolution 1 (I): which established a commission of the UN Security Council to ensure the ‘elimination from national armaments of atomic weapons and all other major weapons adaptable to mass destruction.’

UNFOLD ZERO highlights the upcoming 70th anniversary of UNGA Res 1 (1) as a time to take action to implement the resolution.

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