PH Promotes Bridge-Building at NPDI Ministerial Meeting on Nuclear Disarmament and Non-Proliferation  

 Usec CDS in NPDI


Foreign Affairs Undersecretary Carlos D. Sorreta articulates PH views on geopolitical developments related to nuclear disarmament, at the 11th Ministerial Meeting of the NPDI on 01 August 2022 at the sidelines of the 10th NPT Review Conference in New York. Behind Usec. Sorreta are members of the Philippine delegation: Assistant Secretary Kira Christianne D. Azucena (rightmost), Ambassador Maria Teresa T. Almojuela (middle) and Disarmament Expert Jonelle John S. Domingo (leftmost). (Photo from New York PM)


UNITED NATIONS, NEW YORK, 05 August 2022 - Foreign Affairs Undersecretary for Multilateral Affairs and International Economic Relations Carlos D. Sorretta renewed the Philippines’ commitment to work with Member-States of the Non-Proliferation and Disarmament Initiative (NPDI) to build bridges towards the successful outcome of the 10th Review Conference of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) .

Undersecretary Sorreta joined Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock, Dutch Vice Foreign Minister Matthijs van der Plas and other senior officials from NPDI members in discussing ways to help promote progress in the implementation of the three NPT pillars — nuclear disarmament, nuclear non-proliferation, and peaceful uses of nuclear energy — during the 11th Ministerial Meeting of the NPDI on 01 August 2022 at the sidelines of the 10th NPT Review Conference in New York.

The NPDI issued a joint statement that reaffirms the group’s commitment to a successful outcome of the Tenth NPT Review Conference of the Treaty and the full implementation of this Treaty.

The joint statement expressed concern over “the current rapid deterioration of the international security environment.” It added that the “agreements and norms that have previously contributed to international security and which have been undermined or terminated need to be reinvigorated to address the threats to international security.

The statement also said that “nuclear-weapon States bear a special responsibility for reaching that objective by implementing the obligations and commitments under Article VI of the Treaty, by taking effective measures and concrete steps relating to the cessation of the nuclear arms race and to nuclear disarmament.”

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The NPDI is a cross-regional group of NPT States Parties that has submitted detailed recommendations to the Review Conference being held in New York to agree on measures to strengthen the landmark treaty. NPDI is composed of Australia, Canada, Chile, Germany, Japan, Mexico, the Netherlands, Nigeria, Philippines, Poland, Turkey, and the United Arab Emirates.

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