75th Anniversary of the Bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki

Aug 6, 2020

On this 75th anniversary of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombings, I extend my deepest sympathies to those who lost loved ones on a day which changed the course of the world. When I visited Hiroshima last year, I met with a survivor and heard a first-hand account of the unimaginable horror caused by a nuclear bomb, and the impact upon generations who are still working to re-build their communities.

This stain in our world’s history demonstrates that there truly is no winner in a nuclear war. We must re-commit to nuclear disarmament for there will never be a justification for the decimation caused by nuclear weapons.  

Three-quarters of a century ago, the leaders of the world united at a time of great despair. These leaders chose hope over cynicism, empathy over indifference, and partnership over distrust. They dared to envision a better world, defined by peace.

We must uphold the Charter of the United Nations, which commits to saving “succeeding generations from the scourge of war…”  We must work relentlessly to achieve this ideal we set for ourselves 75 years ago.

The Treaty on the prohibition of nuclear weapons is a milestone agreement in the field of Nuclear disarmament.   I commend Member States who have already signed and ratified the Treaty, including Botswana who ratified the Treaty on July 15th. With forty Member States onboard, we are fast approaching the requisite number for the Treaty to come into force, and we cannot afford to slow our pace now. I call on all Member States to sign and ratify the Treaty. 

I welcome the efforts of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons in leading the world on the path to peace through disarmament. We will require all stakeholders to work together to ensure lasting peace and disarmament.

In memory of the victims of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, we must prevent any such destruction from happening again. Let us work together to create the future we want: a future which is free from the existential threat of nuclear weapons.

I thank you.