On 26 August 2022, the 10th Review Conference of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), a crucial platform for both nuclear weapon State Parties and non-nuclear weapon State parties to discuss future action plans for a world free from nuclear weapons, concluded without reaching an agreement on the final document.
The ITUC-Asia Pacific reaffirms its position that the only way to deter nuclear war is to prohibit the production, possession and use of nuclear weapons. However, as a nuclear war is becoming a reality since the Russia’s nuclear threat to Ukraine, the nuclear powers clung to a mere nuclear deterrence and tried to hold back progress toward the abolition of nuclear weapons.
The ITUC-Asia Pacific strongly condemns the nuclear powers for betraying the wishes of people around the world who wish for genuine and lasting peace.
Shoya Yoshida, General Secretary of the ITUC-Asia Pacific said, “It is urgently imperative for the international community to strengthen its disarmament efforts with the NPT and the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW) working in unison. We will continue urging the nuclear powers to ‘pursue negotiations in good faith on effective measures relating to cessation of the nuclear arms race at an early date (Article VI of the NPT)’ and delivering to the international community the voices of workers in the region and all over the world who want a peaceful future free from nuclear weapons.”