Canada reaffirms support to advance nuclear disarmament
January 6, 2021 - Ottawa, Ontario - Global Affairs Canada
On behalf of the Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Rob Oliphant, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Foreign Affairs, today reaffirmed Canada’s unwavering support for advancing nuclear non-proliferation and disarmament during the third meeting of foreign ministers of the Stockholm Initiative for Nuclear Disarmament.
Co-hosted by Jordan, Germany and Sweden, the meeting brought together international partners advocating for action-oriented steps on nuclear disarmament. Participants called on all nuclear weapon states to show leadership in advancing nuclear disarmament and to take meaningful steps to implement all commitments under the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT).
“Canada is committed to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons and its part in achieving a safer and more peaceful world. Now is the time to make a concerted effort, working with like-minded partners, to advance our shared nuclear non-proliferation and disarmament objectives. We are committed to achieving a world free of nuclear weapons.”
- Rob Oliphant, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Foreign Affairs
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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