Nuclear Weapons Abolition
“No matter how many people strive for a better world and society, or for how long, once an exchange of nuclear forces begins, all will have been for naught. The reality of the nuclear age is that we are compelled to live in constant company with the worst—the most incomprehensible and absurd—danger imaginable.”
—Daisaku Ikeda, 2022 Peace Proposal
There are approximately 13,400 nuclear warheads on Earth. The longer these weapons continue to exist, the greater the likelihood they will be used, whether deliberately or by accident. Any use of nuclear weapons will cause catastrophic humanitarian consequences—instantly killing vast numbers of people, incinerating population centers and disrupting the global climate. The launch of a single missile can set everything in motion.
Concrete steps toward the abolition of nuclear weapons from the 2022 peace proposal:
- This January 3 (2022), the leaders of the five nuclear-weapon states issued a statement on preventing nuclear war and avoiding arms races. I call on the UN Security Council to use this joint statement as the basis for a resolution urging the five nuclear-weapon states to take concrete measures to fulfill their obligations to nuclear disarmament stipulated by Article VI of the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT).
- Japan will host the G7 Summit in 2023. I propose that a high-level meeting on reducing the role of nuclear weapons be held concurrently in Hiroshima, in which the leaders of non-G7 countries could also participate.
- I strongly call both for Japan and other nuclear-dependent states and for the nuclear-weapon states to participate as observers in the first meeting of states parties (1MSP) to the TPNW when it is held in Vienna in March (2022). I also suggest that a commitment be made at this meeting to create a permanent secretariat to ensure fulfillment of the obligations and international cooperation stipulated in the TPNW.
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