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 Philippines said: 'In addition to the NPT, the cornerstone of the global nuclear nonproliferation regime, the Philippines takes pride in being the 53rd country to ratify the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW). The treaty represents efforts towards the universalization of global norms against nuclear weapons and is in line with the Philippine Constitution and the Bangkok Treaty. It also fulfills the goal set out in the NPT and delegitimizes, once and for all, the use of nuclear weapons.'2
The Philippines was also one of the co-sponsors of the 2021 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'.3
- The Philippines should continue to encourage other states to adhere to the TPNW.
- The Philippines should ensure that all the TPNW obligations are implemented domestically, through legal, administrative, and other necessary measures.