In the First Committee of the 2021 UN General Assembly, the Holy See welcomed the entry into force of the TPNW as a loud and clear reaffirmation of 'the illegality of these immoral weapons of war'. It added: 'The movement that led to the drafting of the Treaty is itself encouraging and surely represents the aspiration of millions of men and women everywhere for a world free of nuclear weapons. The large number of States that voted in 2017 to adopt the Treaty, as well as the growing number of States that have ratified it, is a positive indicator that one day nuclear weapons will at last be confined to the history books.'1
Also in the First Committe, the Holy See said that the TPNW 'has established a legal prohibition on nuclear weapon possession, and will in due course be a basis for the nuclear-weapon-possessing states to become parties upon eliminating their programs. [...] For now, the current parties to the Treaty can work to develop the procedures that will be necessary for the verification authority or authorities established by the Treaty reliably to assure that the relevant nuclear weapons programs have indeed been eliminated.'2
- The Holy See should continue to encourage other states to adhere to the TPNW.
- The Holy See should ensure that all the TPNW obligations are implemented domestically, through legal, administrative, and other necessary measures.