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MALAYSIA WELCOMES THE FIFTIETH RATIFICATION TO THE TREATY ON THE
PROHIBITION OF NUCLEAR WEAPONS
Malaysia welcomes the 50th ratification to the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW). With 50 ratifications, and pursuant to Article 15 of the treaty, the TPNW will come into force on 22 January 2021.
The TPNW is a legally binding international instrument to comprehensively prohibit nuclear weapons. The TPNW was adopted at the UN on 7 July 2017, and seeks to ban all activities related to nuclear weapons, including its development, testing, manufacturing, acquisition, possession, stockpiling, use and stationing. The Treaty will make nuclear weapons illegal under international law.
The Honourable Dato’ Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein, Minister of Foreign Affairs, had signed Malaysia’s instrument of ratification to the TPNW on 30 September 2020, making Malaysia the 46th State Party to the Treaty. At the signing ceremony, he pledged Malaysia’s support and unwavering commitment to realise the long-overdue goal of a world free of nuclear weapons.Subsequent to Malaysia’s ratification, Tuvalu, Jamaica, and Nauru ratified the TPNW, with Honduras being the 50th and latest country to ratify the Treaty on 24 October 2020.
Malaysia congratulates all State Parties to the TPNW and encourages other countries to expedite their ratifications or accessions to the Treaty.
Malaysia believes that with the pending entry into force of the TPNW, the goal of nuclear disarmament will be further advanced. Malaysia encourages Nuclear Weapons and Nucleararmed States to recognise that the continued existence of nuclear weapons is a risk to all countries, and that the elimination of these weapons is necessary for our collective security.
Malaysia reaffirms its unwavering commitment towards nuclear disarmament and will continue to work closely with other partners to attain a world free of the threat of nuclear weapons.
27 October 2020