In the First Committee of the 2021 UN General Assembly, Trinidad and Tobago said that it 'has noted, with much concern, the modernization and acceleration of the accumulation of nuclear and other arsenals by some States. An unchecked nuclear arms race could potentially put the world, either through miscalculation or through pre-meditation, on a certain path to catastrophic human and environmental consequences. The evidence suggests that contrary to the conventional wisdom, deterrence, in fact, breathes escalation. We remain convinced that the total elimination of nuclear weapons and other weapons of mass destruction offers the only effective guarantee of international peace and security. [...] Along with the international community, we welcomed the entry into force of the Treaty to Prohibit Nuclear Weapons earlier this year and we look forward to the First Meeting of States Parties in 2022.'2
Trinidad and Tobago was 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
- Trinidad and Tobago should continue to encourage other states to adhere to the TPNW.
- Trinidad and Tobago should ensure that all the TPNW obligations are implemented domestically, through legal, administrative, and other necessary measures.
- Trinidad and Tobago should conclude and bring into force an Additional Protocol with the IAEA, and upgrade to a Modified Small Quantities Protocol.