At the Tenth Review Conference of the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT) in August 2022, Malta said: ‘We strongly believe in the benefits of this humanitarian-led initiative – which complements the NPT. … The TPNW strengthens the global norm against these weapons and fills a legal gap as the first outright prohibition on nuclear weapons.’2 In a closing statement to the NPT Review Conference, Malta and 64 other TPNW supporters urged ‘all states committed to attain and maintain a world without nuclear weapons to join the TPNW without delay’.3
Marking the International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons on 26 September 2022, Malta noted that it was among the first 50 states to ratify the TPNW – enabling its entry into force – and ‘continues to advocate for the universalisation of the TPNW and calls, on this occasion, on states that have not yet done so to accede to this important Treaty for nuclear disarmament.’4
Malta was one of the co-sponsors for the 2022 UN General Assembly resolution on the TPNW, which called upon ‘all States that have not yet done so to sign, ratify, accept, approve or accede to the Treaty at the earliest possible date.'5
- Malta should continue to encourage other states to adhere to the TPNW.
- Malta should ensure that all the TPNW obligations are implemented domestically, through legal, administrative, and other necessary measures.