In one of its final acts of 2016, the UN General Assembly adopted a landmark resolution to begin negotiations on a treaty to prohibit nuclear weapons. All Pacific island states, with the exception of the Federated States of Micronesia, voted “yes”. Disarmament has long been a top priority for the Pacific region, which has suffered greatly from decades of nuclear testing.
Pacific nations have also consistently voiced strong support for the adoption of a treaty that places nuclear weapons on the same legal footing as other weapons of mass destruction, which have long been banned. They have presented detailed proposals for the elements to be included in such a treaty.
They view the prohibition and elimination of nuclear weapons as an essential part of a broader struggle to end violence, to promote harmony and friendship among the peoples of the world, to achieve justice and respect for human rights, and to ensure a safe, clean and healthy environment for the benefit of all present and future generations.