In an online meeting following Namibia’s ratification of the TPNW, the permanent representative of Namibia to the United Nations, Ambassador Neville Gertze, stressed that all nations must do their utmost to ensure that no one else ever suffers as the people of Hiroshima and Nagasaki suffered in 1945. He added: 'I really hope that, on this occasion of Namibia’s joining, we can encourage more [UN] member states to come on board, that we can in this way make our contribution towards a world that is much safer, and that we can do away with these illegal weapons.' In First Committee of the 2020 UN General Assembly, Namibia highlighted that it has ratified the TPNW and called it a 'landmark Treaty'. It also said: 'This is a show of our commitment to the non-proliferation, disarmament and the irreversible and verifiable elimination of nuclear weapons. We applaud those Member States that have ratified the TPNW in the course of this year and urge other Member States to ratify the TPNW'. Finally, Namibia said that it, once again, renewed its call 'for the Nuclear-weapon States to fully comply with their legal obligations and unequivocal undertakings to accomplish the total elimination of nuclear weapons in a transparent, irreversible and in a verifiable manner.' See: bit.ly/2JXy1S4, bit.ly/2IUuy6Z.
- Namibia should continue to encourage other states to adhere to the TPNW.
- Namibia should ensure that all the TPNW obligations are implemented domestically, through legal, administrative, and other necessary measures.
- Namibia should also adhere to the BWC.