Afghanistan voted in favour of the UN General Assembly resolutions on the TPNW in 2019 and 2020. In First Committee of the 2020 UN General Assembly, Afghanistan said: 'The situation of nuclear disarmament remains at an impasse and a source of great concern in the context of international peace and security. A new focus and commitment is needed on the part of international community to reverse the trend and pave the ground for the decrease and total elimination of nuclear weapons and weapons of mass destruction.' As a member of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM), Afghanistan also aligned itself with the group's statement in First Committee in 2020, which said: 'NAM welcomes multilateral efforts towards nuclear disarmament and the total elimination of nuclear weapons. Moreover, NAM takes note of the adoption of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons on 7 July 2017. It is hoped that, when entered into force, the Treaty would contribute to furthering the agreed global objective of total elimination of nuclear weapons.' See: bit.ly/2INXAVj, bit.ly/3kSkWGC.
- Afghanistan should urgently sign and ratify the TPNW, and encourage other states to adhere to the Treaty.