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Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons

International relations

Susan Templeman MP will attend as an observer the first Meeting of State Parties to the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW) on 21-23 June in Vienna.

Australia’s attendance as an observer will provide insights into how States Parties intend to address serious questions about the Treaty, including:

  • the adequacy of the TPNW’s verification and enforcement regime
  • interaction with the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT), which the Australian Government considers to be the cornerstone of the international disarmament and non-proliferation regime
  • how States Parties will work to achieve universal support, especially that of nuclear-weapon states.

Australia is not a party to the TPNW and our attendance as an observer does not represent a decision to join the Treaty.

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