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PH Renews Call for Nuclear Disarmament

The Philippines has echoed calls from the international community to renew efforts towards nuclear disarmament in the face of challenges confronting the global security environment.

Ambassador Maria Cleofe Natividad, Philippine Permanent Representative to the United Nations and the International Atomic Energy Agency in Vienna, made the call at the 2nd Preparatory Committee meeting for the 2020 Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT) Review Conference in Geneva, Switzerland.

The meeting, which began on April 23 and ended today,  was in preparation for the 2020 Review Conference on the NPT in New York in 2020. The review conference will coincide with the 50th anniversary of the treaty.

The NPT holds a review every five years to check if states parties are meeting their obligations to implement the three pillars of the treaty – nuclear disarmament, nuclear non-proliferation, and the peaceful uses of nuclear energy.

In her speech, Natividad, head of the Philippine delegation, said the country’s commitment “should deepen, not shake, the resolve of NPT states parties to implement their obligations under the NPT.

The Philippines has stressed the need for the NPT state parties to achieve significant gains in implementing the treaty.

Natividad also assured the government’s commitment to work with other delegations on “a substantive review and an ambitious, forward-looking process.”

The success in the NPT process, she said, would establish the value of multilateralism in pursuing disarmament and global security.

Natividad likewise spoke of the Philippines’ commitment to the NPT, and the goal of a nuclear-free world.

The Philippines was one of the first countries to sign the Treaty Prohibiting Nuclear Weapons, which was meant to strengthen the NPT pillars on nuclear disarmament,  in New York in September 2017.

As a state party to the Treaty on the South East Asia Nuclear Weapons Free Zone, the Philippines recognizes the role that nuclear weapons free zones play in global disarmament and non-proliferation framework.

Nuclear weapons must be eliminated, according to the delegates, because they pose a grave threat to international peace and security. #