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Next year, we will reach the milestone of 70 years since the Hiroshima and Nagasaki atomic bombings, which led to the loss of 210,000 precious lives.

Also next year, in April 2015, the Review Conference of the Parties to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT), will be held in New York.

At the last meeting in 2010, the Conference affirmed all states needed to make special efforts to establish the necessary framework to achieve a world without nuclear weapons.

However, over 16,400 nuclear warheads still exist. In this circumstance, it is crucially important to commence immediately negotiations for a “Nuclear Weapons Convention” as the UN Secretary-General proposed and to reach agreement on substantive nuclear disarmament and nuclear non-proliferation.

Therefore, the Japanese Trade Union Confederation, JTUC-RENGO, will make all efforts to bring as much attention as possible to 2015 NPT Review Conference in Japan and overseas, and collect ten million signatures for the abolition of nuclear weapons.

As we wish to push the conference debate leading to the abolition of nuclear weapons, the signatures will be submitted not only to the Japanese government, but also to the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon during the next NPT Review Conference.

To advance global nuclear disarmament, the role of Japan as the only country to endure an atom bomb attack is extremely important.

We believe that Japan should be at the forefront to raise public awareness against nuclear weapons and call for their abolition. Particularly, we trade unions, together with our members and colleagues all over the world, must be the driving force for this international movement.

The ITUC represents 176 million workers in 161 countries around the world.

There are both nuclear-weapons states and non-nuclear-weapons states, which means we can stand in solidarity for the abolition of nuclear weapons and for permanent world peace.

We would like to invite all of you to join the 10 Million Signature Campaign for the Abolition of Nuclear Weapons in order to call attention for peace internationally.

During the next NPT Review Conference, we are planning to hold a Peace Symposium and other events and very much look forward to your participation.

 

Click here to sign the petition: http://act.equaltimes.org/en/peace