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Spain calls for continuation of moving towards nuclear disarmament at meeting of Stockholm Initiative

Minister González Laya explored with her counterparts how to contribute to a positive outcome at the Review Conference on the Treaty on the Non-proliferation of Nuclear Weapons, a key event in 2021 to move towards nuclear disarmament.

06/01/2021
The Minister for Foreign Affairs, European Union and Cooperation, Arancha González Laya, met by video-conference with the other 15 ministers from countries participating in the Stockholm Initiative to study actions that strengthen the regime of the Treaty on the Non-proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT). 

At this event, the participants approved a roadmap for the coming months and renewed their commitment to the goals agreed at the preliminary meetings held in Stockholm and Berlin. Minister González Laya offered to hold a meeting in Madrid in late spring or early summer to take stock and coordinate the actions to be undertaken in the final stage prior to the Review Conference to be held in August 2021.

The meeting was co-chaired from Amman (Jordan) by the Jordanian host minister, Ayman Safadi, and his counterparts from Sweden, Anne Linde, and Germany, Heiko Maas, and was attended by the 16 States that are members of the Stockholm Initiative: Germany, Argentina, Canada, South Korea, Spain, Ethiopia, Finland, Indonesia, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Norway, New Zealand, the Netherlands, Sweden and Switzerland.

The NPT, a key piece of the international non-proliferation and control of nuclear weapons architecture, will hold its tenth Review Conference in August, at which State parties will negotiate new measures that contribute to achieving a world without nuclear weapons under an international verification regime. Originally scheduled for 2020, the year in which the NPT celebrated its 50th anniversary, the Review Conference had to be postponed due to the pandemic.

The Stockholm Initiative came up in 2019 to unite the efforts of 16 countries that were convinced of the need to move forward on nuclear disarmament from a realistic and pragmatic perspective, taking into account the current geopolitical context and different existing sensitivities. Four ministerial meetings have taken place within this framework to agree on specific actions with the aim of providing a boost to the Review Conference of the NPT.

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