SECOND MEETING OF STATES PARTIES TO THE TREATY ON THE PROHIBITION OF NUCLEAR WEAPONS
Australia will be represented as an observer, by Ms Susan Templeman MP, at the second Meeting of States Parties to the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW) in New York.
The Government’s decision to again observe the Meeting of States Parties illustrates Australia’s renewed commitment to a world without nuclear weapons.
Although Australia is not a State Party to the TPNW, we share this goal with parties to the Treaty and are engaging constructively to identify realistic pathways for nuclear disarmament and to reduce the risks posed by nuclear weapons.
Australia is considering the TPNW systematically and methodically as part of our ambitious agenda to advance nuclear non-proliferation and disarmament.
Australia’s attendance at the Meeting will provide insights into how States Parties intend to address questions about the Treaty, including:
- the adequacy of the TPNW’s verification and enforcement regime;
- the TPNW’s interaction with the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT) which the Australian Government considers to be the cornerstone of the international disarmament and non-proliferation regime; and
- how States Parties will work to achieve universal support for the TPNW, especially that of nuclear weapons states.