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 The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and the International Federation (IFRC), which is made up of 192 National Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, are honored to be the parties to the Prohibition Treaty. K is jointly addressing this first meeting. Nuclear Weapons (TPNW).

The Japanese Red Cross Society and the ICRC were among the first respondents to the 1945 atomic bombings. Recognizing the horrors of nuclear war and the limitations of our ability to help, the international movement of the Red Cross and Red Crescent is steadfastly committed. Ensure that these weapons are never used again and are eliminated.

The TPNW’s new international legislation on the comprehensive ban on nuclear weapons is a historic achievement. It reflects the global uprising against these weapons. It pays tribute to the hopes and dreams of atomic bomb survivors or “Habakkosha” and to the memory of many victims who have not survived to this day. The Japanese Red Cross has known and cared for tens of thousands of survivors for decades through its own hospitals in Hibakusha, Hiroshima and Nagasaki. As a youth representative of the Japanese Red Cross, I would like to share some of what I have learned from Habakkosha.

Habakkosha has taught us why the scenes he went through should be “never again” anywhere on earth. Their perseverance, patience and humility impressed and encouraged us. As less and less Hibakosha is with us today, the young people of the Japanese Red Cross are determined to keep their voices and stories alive for generations to come. Without Habakkusha’s testimony, nuclear weapons can only become a military technical abstraction, free from the horrific horrors that fall on people and their societies. With TPNW, we now have an important tool that most Hibakoshas can only dream of: a global treaty recognizing the dangers of nuclear weapons and banning them on human, moral and legal grounds. We thank the state parties for responding to the call of humanity by establishing this legacy and inviting others to do the same.

Mr. President,

The Red Cross and the Red Crescent Movement have called for a permanent ban on nuclear weapons since 1945. Recent advocacy efforts were initiated by a 2011 resolution of our Council of Delegates which helped to reshape the nuclear weapons issue humanely. The ICRC and national societies around the world played a key role in the “humanitarian initiative” on nuclear weapons that gave birth to the TPNW and supported its negotiations in 2017.

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Tomorrow, the same Council of Delegates is expected to pass a new resolution on nuclear weapons and a multi-year action plan that would welcome the adoption and implementation of TPNW and all contexts to reduce the risks of the movement. I will continue to work. Putting the use of nuclear weapons and the devastating human cost of these weapons at the center of national and international debate. The draft resolution pledges the movement to seize the unique opportunities provided by TPNW’s commitment and urgency to ensure that it marks the beginning of a new era for nuclear disarmament and nuclear non-proliferation. Do Our movement will work tirelessly to promote TPNW’s adherence to and enforcement of all states, as well as its adherence to and loyalty to international legal instruments mutually reinforcing nuclear weapons.

We are grateful that Article 7.5 of the TPNW recognizes the ICRC, the IFRC, and the National Red Cross and Crescent Societies as potential partners in implementing the treaty, and in particular providing assistance to victims of the use or testing of nuclear weapons. ۔

As a movement with long experience in helping Habakkus as well as helping victims of radiation emissions after several major accidents at civilian nuclear facilities, we appreciate the trust placed in us by state parties. ۔ We warmly welcome the draft action plan under consideration through this meeting and stand ready to support the parties to the globalization of the agreement, where necessary, national legislation, as well as assistance to victims. We look forward to the opportunity to engage with state parties in need of assistance in the preparation of national plans as requested in the Draft Action Plan. We will also consider increasing our assistance to the victims as much as possible, based on such plans and available resources.

In conclusion, we call on all states to recognize the important role that TPNW plays in international efforts to prevent the “catastrophic consequences of any use of nuclear weapons” that nuclear non-proliferation requires. The expansion agreement is recognized by all parties.

States have a responsibility to prevent this from happening, to reduce the risk of nuclear re-use, and to move toward a world without nuclear weapons.

 



 



 

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