António Guterres has confirmed the UN’s complete support for amplifying the strong testimony of survivors of the atomic bomb detonated on Nagasaki, Japan, 76 years ago, which has helped develop a “powerful worldwide campaign against nuclear weapons”.
On the 9th anniversary of the bombing of Nagasaki, UN Secretary-General expressed his support for the selfless acts of the hibakusha, those who survived and continue to bear witness, in a statement to the Nagasaki Peace Memorial.
The UN chief told the residents of Hiroshima, which was devastated in 1945, just days after the United States dropped the first bomb on the city during World War II’s last days, that they had created a “culture metropolis” out of the ashes.
the Secretary-General stated that States are rushing to develop more powerful weapons and expand the scenarios in which they can be used. The intensity of warlike language has been turned up to eleven, while the discussion has been silenced.
However, two developments this year provide cause for optimism: the US and Russia’s reaffirmation that “a nuclear war cannot be won and must never be waged,” as well as a pledge to engage in arms control discussions.
Second, according to Mr. Guterres’ letter, the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons has officially entered into force, indicating “the valid anxieties of many States about the existential threat posed by nuclear weapons”.
The UN president also stressed that at the next Tenth Review Conference, all parties to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty must underline “the norm against nuclear weapons” and take concrete efforts toward elimination.
Mr. Guterres said that It is incumbent on all Member States of the UN, “to seek the abolition of the most deadly weapons ever made”, and together, we must prevent the tragedy of Nagasaki’s nuclear destruction, “from ever occurring again.”