While the world nations spent more than $1.7 trillion in 2017 on arms and armies, which was 80 times the amount needed for global humanitarian aid and the highest level since the end of the cold war, the United Nations Chief Antonio Guterres has said that there is an urgent need for disarmament, especially nuclear disarmament.
While speaking Nagasaki Peace Memorial Ceremony in Japan, on the sidelines of the 73rd anniversary of the atomic bombing in the country, he said: “There can be no more Hiroshimas, no more Nagasakis, and so no more hibakusha.”
The survivors of the atomic bombings are known in Japanese as the hibakusha. They, along with 5,000 citizens and representatives of about 70 countries. observed a minute of silence at 11:02 a.m., the moment the plutonium bomb Fatman hit the city on 9 August 1945.
“Many States demonstrated their frustration by adopting the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons last year,” he said, adding that “the total elimination of nuclear weapons remains the highest disarmament priority of the United Nations.”
Secretary-General Guterres is the first United Nations chief to visit Nagasaki.