In a statement to the 2021 UN General Assembly's High-Level Plenary Meeting to Commemorate and Promote the International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons, the President of Guyana, Mohamed Irfaan Ali, said: 'The entry into force of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW) on 22 January 2021 was a watershed moment for the disarmament agenda. There is now a legally binding international agreement that comprehensively prohibits the development, testing, manufacturing, production, acquisition, possession, stockpiling, use, or threat of use of nuclear weapons under any circumstances. We have now closed the legal gap which previously existed in the international disarmament regime. Guyana is proud to have contributed to this historic achievement. While the entry into force of the TPNW is a step in the right direction, its intended legal effect is undermined when one considers that no nuclear-weapon state has signed, let alone ratified, the Treaty.'2
- Guyana should continue to encourage other states to adhere to the TPNW.
- Guyana should ensure that all the TPNW obligations are implemented domestically, through legal, administrative, and other necessary measures.
- Guyana should conclude and bring into force an Additional Protocol with the IAEA, and upgrade to a Modified Small Quantities Protocol.