Arms disarmament meeting opens in Japan Friday
The 8th ministerial meeting of the NonProliferation and Disarmament Initiative (NPDI) will begin on Friday in Hiroshima, Japan with the 12-member countries expected to be represented to discuss arms threats in the world.
In a programme of events obtained by Daily Trust from the organisers in Tokyo yesterday, the digital archive of the country is expected to unveil the horrors of atomic bomb during World War II on Hiroshima and Nagasaki while stories would be heard from survivors.
Daily Trust also leant that the digital archive is a way to remind the world about the horrors of the atomic bomb and also as tools for passing on memories to future generations.
The Non-Proliferation and Disarmament Initiative (NPDI) was established in 2010 and made up of 12 countries. They are Australia, Canada, Chile, Germany, Japan, Mexico, the Netherlands, Poland, Turkey and the United Arab Emirates, Nigeria and the Philippines. Nigeria is the only African country in the fold.
The NPDI was established within the framework of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) to help implement the Final Document of the 2010 NPT Review Conference. The Initiative had issued a series of declarations concerning the pace of NPT negotiations and the need to swiftly move on both non-proliferation and disarmament.
It also expressed concern by the threats of nuclear weapons posed to humanity and reaffirmed with a sense of urgency its unwavering commitment to achieving and maintaining the shared goal of a world free of nuclear weapons. NPDI said sustained and highlevel political will is critical to achieving this goal.
U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel (L) and Chinese Minister of Defense Chang Wanquan participate in a joint news conference at the Chinese Defense Ministry headquarters in Beijing April 8, 2014.