Canada reaffirms ongoing support for Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons

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June 9, 2020 - Ottawa, Ontario - Global Affairs Canada

On behalf of the Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Rob Oliphant, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister, today reaffirmed Canada’s commitment to nuclear non-proliferation and disarmament during a virtual meeting of foreign ministers of the Stockholm Initiative for Nuclear Disarmament.

Hosted by Germany and Sweden, participants at today’s meeting advocated for pragmatic measures that would advance nuclear disarmament under the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons Treaty (NPT). 

Canada will continue to promote concrete efforts, such as empowerment of youth advocates and more meaningful engagement of women in disarmament decision-making, to help achieve a world free of nuclear weapons.

Quotes

“Canada has a strong history of leadership on nuclear non-proliferation and disarmament, and is committed to working together with its partners to enhance international security by strengthening multilateralism and the rules-based international order.”

- Rob Oliphant, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Foreign Affairs

Quick facts

  • Launched by Sweden in June 2019, the Stockholm Initiative for Nuclear Disarmament consists of 16 non-nuclear weapon states and aims to promote concrete actions that would advance nuclear non-proliferation and disarmament ahead of the upcoming Review Conference of the Parties to the NPT.

  • The NPT, which came into force 50 years ago, is the cornerstone of the global non-proliferation and disarmament architecture.

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