Attending as an observer the First Meeting of States Parties to the TPNW (1MSP) in Vienna in June 2022, DR Congo said: ‘Deterrence is a false guarantee of security that keeps the world in the balance of terror … Nuclear disarmament is an emergency and is becoming a necessity for our security.' 1
At the Tenth Review Conference of the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT) in August 2022, DR Congo welcomed the ‘historic adoption’ of the TPNW in 2017 and its entry into force in 2021, as well as the success of its 1MSP. It said that the Treaty ‘has greatly contributed to the search for the achievement of our common objective, which is a world without nuclear weapons’.2
In the First Committee of the UN General Assembly in October 2022, DR Congo said that it considers the TPNW to complement and reinforce the NPT, and encouraged ‘states which have not yet done so to accede to this instrument, because it constitutes an important step towards a world free of nuclear weapons and, if we are sincere in our quest for disarmament, we have a collective responsibility to ensure its universalisation’.3
- DR Congo should continue to encourage other states to adhere to the TPNW.
- DR Congo should ensure that all the TPNW obligations are implemented domestically, through legal, administrative, and other necessary measures.