Press release by co-hosts of 4th Ministerial Meeting of Stockholm Initiative for Nuclear Disarmament

​Today, upon an invitation from the Ministers for Foreign Affairs, Arancha González Laya, Ann Linde and Heiko Maas, the 4th Ministerial Meeting of the Stockholm Initiative for Nuclear Disarmament was held in Madrid, which gathered together 16 countries from different geographic origins: Germany, Argentina, Canada, South Korea, Spain, Finland, Indonesia, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Norway, New Zealand, the Netherlands, Sweden and Switzerland.​


The Stockholm Initiative, set up in 2019, seeks to strengthen the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT), promote nuclear disarmament and achieve a world free of nuclear weapons. Last year in Berlin, the Initiative presented 22 specific proposals (“Stepping Stones”) to revitalise and promote efforts towards nuclear disarmament.

Today, the ministers analysed the current state of the nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation regime, and revised the priorities for strengthening the NPT and moving towards its targets and goals, including new reductions in nuclear arsenals.

The Stockholm Initiative ministers renewed their call for all States that possess nuclear weapons to show leadership, address and reduce nuclear risks and promote nuclear disarmament through the adoption of significant measures to meet the commitments taken on under the NPT. They also expressed their satisfaction at the extension in February of the New START and the planned resumption of dialogue on strategic stability between the United States and Russia. They welcomed with satisfaction the statement made by the two presidents that a nuclear war cannot be won and that they should never be released. The ministers also indicated that these measures correspond to proposals made by the Stockholm Initiative and called for additional measures to be adopted.

After reviewing the current state of global disarmament efforts, the Stockholm Initiative ministers focused on their contributions to the upcoming NPT Review Conference, reiterating their full support for its President-designate, Ambassador Gustavo Zlauvinen. The ministers took stock of the work carried out since the Ministerial Meeting in Amman in January, and expressed their satisfaction at the adoption of a new working document of the Stockholm Initiative on reducing nuclear risks, promoted by Switzerland. They also took note of the growing number of alignments between the State Parties to the NPT, through the “Stepping stones for advancing nuclear disarmament”, and called for more synergies within the NPT community.

The ministers addressed and discussed several specific topics related to the NPT, including, among others, support for the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT), the start of negotiations on the Fissile Material Cut-off Treaty (FMCT) and the verification of nuclear disarmament, the establishment of a Nuclear Weapon-Free Zone, and of other Weapons of Mass Destruction and their vector systems in the Middle East, pursuant to Resolution 1995 and the Review Conference of the NPT of 2010; the entry into force of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW); and their commitment to regional proliferation challenges, including the perspectives for preserving and strengthening the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) on Iran.

Lastly, the ministers adopted a new roadmap for the coming months. They agreed to strengthen the outreach to and dialogue with other State Parties to the NPT, groups and initiatives in the field of nuclear disarmament, maintain high-level contact with those States that possess nuclear weapons, and make a new effort to gather the opinions of young people and civil society. The ministers decided to meet again before the Review Conference of the NPT to continue their joint efforts towards a world free of nuclear weapons.



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