Third, I would like to emphasize the importance of international cooperation and of steadily increasing the international commitments to nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation.
This year, we have heard historical and important appeals from Hiroshima for a world without nuclear weapons. The G7 Foreign Ministers issued the Hiroshima Declaration on Disarmament in April and President Obama of the United States paid a historical visit to Hiroshima in May.
Japan continues to work with all countries in the world to promote realistic and practical measures for nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation through, for instance, the submission of the general resolution on nuclear disarmament to the UN General Assembly and promotion of early entry into force of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT) as co-coordinator of the entry into force process together with Kazakhstan. Japan works together with civil societies to promote nuclear disarmament education.
Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen,
In the 71st year since the atomic bombings in Hiroshima and Nagasaki, I believe that this event will be one of the important milestones of our common endeavours in Vienna toward a world free of nuclear weapons.
Thank you for your kind attention.