TPNW Coordination Committee meeting to take forward the implementation work
Amid an unbearable climate of nuclear threats, the States Parties to the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW) met during the First Committee of the United Nations General Assembly in New York to prepare the course for the implementation of the historic Vienna Action Plan. The first meeting of the state parties in June 2022.
The Coordinating Committee consists of the following members:
- Austria and Mexico as chair of the previous and forthcoming meeting of the States Parties;
- Article 4 Mexico and New Zealand as co-chairs of the Informal Working Group;
- Kazakhstan and Kiribati as co-chair of the Articles 6 and 7 Informal Working Group on Victim Aid, Environmental Remediation and International Cooperation and Assistance;
- Malaysia and South Africa as Co-Chair of the Article 12 Working Group on Universalisation;
- Ireland and Thailand as facilitators of work to promote the complementarity of the TPNW with other treaties;
- Appointed Chile as a Gender Focal Point; And
- The International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) participate as observers.
Members of the Coordination Committee provided updated information on the implementation work so far and shared plans for upcoming informal working group meetings by the end of the year. Major progress reported include the following.
Malaysia and South Africa reported their work in coordination with ICAN to organize a TPNW signing ceremony during the United Nations General Assembly, resulting in five new signings and two new ratifications, as well as those organized by South Africa on the margins of nuclear A meeting also took place. About TPNW Non-proliferation Treaty Review Conference with the African Group in coordination with AFCONE, ICRC and ICAN.
Verification and scientific advice
In accordance with the Vienna Action Plan, States Parties submit nominations to the Scientific Advisory Group, which the States have decided to form at the first meeting of the States Parties. The group should be formed soon and begin its work to advise the states on the scientific and technical tasks of the treaty. This new body will make a significant contribution to research and advice on nuclear disarmament verification and other key aspects of the treaty.
Victim Support and Environmental Remedies
Kazakhstan and Kiribati reported on their progress to advance action on victim aid, environmental remediation and international cooperation and assistance. The first working group meeting was convened in October to plan action for the coming year and was broadly inclusive and open to civil society and affected communities.
NPT review conference also expressiveness Ongoing work in this area, including through the draft Outcome Document, which was welcomed in paragraph 125, focused on communities and the therapeutic environment affected by nuclear weapons use and testing, in general, and urged states to take these efforts. invited to join.
Ambassador Juan Manuel Gómez-Robledo made a statement on behalf of the TPNW States Parties at the 10th Review Conference of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty Review Conference. Photo: ICAN.
Ireland and Thailand reported on the progress of the States Parties to promoting the complementarity of the TPNW with other treaties during the NPT Review Conference – where the States agreed to a joint statement Condemned nuclear threats and expressed its commitment to nuclear disarmament.
Despite being adopted at the NPT review conference, the same formulation regarding the TPNW was used in the annual Japanese UNGA resolution showing how the TPNW is being integrated into the UN disarmament machinery as a complementary tool.
The language of the Vienna Action Plan on Gender significantly influenced and improved the discussion on gender and disarmament at the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty Review Conference in August 2022.
For the first time in the history of the NPT, and echo of the Vienna Action Plan, draft result document Recognized the importance of equal, full and meaningful participation and leadership of both women and men in the implementation and review of the NPT and called for further integration of a gender perspective in all aspects related to the implementation of the Treaty, and called upon the States Parties to be eminent. with this joint statement The NPT was presented on Gender, Diversity and Inclusion, including the TPNW’s gender focal point Chile, as well as parties from several other TPNW states.
The Coordinating Committee will continue to meet regularly in the form of informal working groups to ensure the full implementation of the Vienna Action Plan. Particularly in this time of uncertainty and nuclear risk, it is more important than ever that the international community mobilize behind a multilateral action plan to achieve nuclear disarmament.
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