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Report by

H.E. Dr. Desra Percaya,

Permanent Representative

of the Republic of Indonesia

 

on behalf of the Non-Aligned Movement Working Group on
Disarmament

At the Meeting of the Non-Aligned Movement Coordinating Bureau

 

New York, 11 November 2013

 

 

Thank you, Mr. Chairman, for giving me the floor.

As the Coordinator of the NAM Working Group on Disarmament, allow me to present a report to the Bureau on the activities of the Working Group since my last report on 16 September 2013.

On the 26th of September 2013, the High-level Meeting of the General Assembly on Nuclear Disarmament was successfully convened. This NAM-initiated event garnered significant high-level participation and strong support for the total elimination of nuclear weapons. Five Heads of State, 8 Heads of Government, and over 39 ministerial level officials delivered statements during this first-ever UN high-level meeting on the issue of nuclear disarmament.

In the First Committee session of the 68th Session of the UN General Assembly, the Movement introduced 6 (six) draft resolutions and 1 (one) draft decision. Among the 6 draft resolutions is one new draft resolution, titled ‘Follow-up to the High-level Meeting of the General Assembly on Nuclear Disarmament’. In addition, Indonesia, on behalf of NAM, also delivered statements during the general debate session, as well as on six out of the seven thematic debates of the First Committee.

During the general debate of First Committee session, the thematic debate on nuclear weapons, and once again during the action-taking phase on draft resolutions in the First Committee, Indonesia on behalf of the Movement introduced a draft resolution on the follow-up to the High-level Meeting on Nuclear Disarmament.

Following its initial introduction, Indonesia on behalf of NAM convened an informal consultation on the said draft resolution in which a large number of delegations expressed their views in regard to this draft. Further, the Movement engaged in consultations with several groups of States as well as individual countries bilaterally. In those consultations, two important issues were raised. One was a request for the inclusion of the concept of the humanitarian consequences of the use of nuclear weapons and the other on the importance of making explicit reference to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons.

After considering the requests and proposals, NAM Member States decided to accommodate these two issues with the understanding that the proponents of those initiatives would support the revised draft resolution. Therefore, two new preambular paragraphs were inserted in the draft resolution as paragraphs number 10 and 11.

On the 4th of November 2013, action was taken on this resolution. A vote was called and the resolution was adopted, with the vote of 129 States in favor –including the proponents of the above-mentioned initiative, 28 States against, and 19 States abstaining.

Moreover, action on this resolution is also planned to be taken in the General Assembly before the end of this year. In this regard, I would like to once again call upon all NAM Member States to support this resolution.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank all NAM Member and Observer States for their valuable and active contribution in the work of the NAM Working Group on Disarmament.

 

I thank you, Mr. Chairman.

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