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MALAYSIA WELCOMES THE ENTRY INTO FORCE OF THE TREATY ON THE PROHIBITION OF NUCLEAR WEAPONS
Malaysia welcomes the entry into force of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW) today. The Treaty is the first legally binding international instrument to comprehensively prohibit nuclear weapons, and comes into force after obtaining its 50th ratification on 24 October 2020.
The TPNW, adopted at the United Nations (UN) on 7 July 2017, prohibits all activities related to nuclear weapons, including its development, testing, manufacturing, acquisition, possession, stockpiling, use and stationing. It further reinforces the norm that nuclear weapons are unacceptable, should not be used, should not be threatened to be used and need to be discarded and destroyed as soon as possible.
Malaysia played a leading role in the processes leading up to the adoption of TPNW by the UN General Assembly in 2017. Malaysia signed the TPNW as soon as it was opened for signature on 20 September 2017 and ratified the Treaty two years later on 30 September 2020, making Malaysia the 46th State Party to the TPNW.
Malaysia congratulates all State Parties to the TPNW and encourages other countries to expedite their accession to the Treaty.
Malaysia believes that the TPNW is legally sound, feasible to implement and creates the legal norm that nuclear weapons are categorically unacceptable. With its entry into force, the global norms against nuclear weapons will be further strengthened. Malaysia hopes that the Treaty will change the nuclear disarmament discourse from one dominated by the nuclear weapons and nuclear-armed States, to one which is more democratic, equitable and where all States have an equal voice.
Malaysia is committed to adopt the necessary measures to implement its obligations under the TPNW and will work closely with other States to ensure that there remains strong global momentum towards nuclear disarmament. Malaysia will also continue to engage with civil society in promoting nuclear disarmament awareness, education and discourse, in particular on the TPNW.
Malaysia reaffirms its resolute commitment towards nuclear disarmament and will continue to work closely with other partners to realise the long-overdue goal of a world free of the threat of nuclear weapons.
22 January 2021