Hiroshima: An international panel on nuclear non-proliferation and disarmament opened a meeting on Sunday in Hiroshima, the world's first city to suffer an atomic bombing, seeking ways to bring about a world without nuclear weapons.
During the three-day conference, the International Commission on Nuclear Non-proliferation and Disarmament is expected to discuss concrete measures for reducing the number of nuclear weapons and restricting their use.
In a draft report obtained by Kyodo News, the panel targeted reducing the number of existing nuclear warheads in the world from more than 20,000 to 1,000 or fewer by 2025 and to make every nuclear state commit to the no-first-use doctrine by that year.
The doctrine is a pledge by a nuclear power not to use nuclear weapons unless it or its allies come under nuclear attack.
The commission is co-chaired by former Japanese Foreign Minister Yoriko Kawaguchi and former Australian foreign minister Gareth Evans.
It plans to unveil a final report in early January on a roadmap to the ultimate goal of a world free of nuclear weapons, which was proposed by US President Barack Obama in April in Prague. The next Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty review conference is slated for May in New York.
First Published: Sunday, October 18, 2009, 12:41