Minister of Foreign Affairs, Dato' Sri Anifah Haji Aman, signed, on behalf of Malaysia, the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons on 20 September 2017 at the United Nations (UN) Headquarters in New York. The signing took place during the United Nations Treaty Event held at the margins of the ongoing 72nd Session of the UN General Assembly.

Malaysia joins other states in signing this Treaty, which sends a strong political message that nuclear weapons are categorically unacceptable, and calls for their complete and total elimination as soon as possible.

This Treaty is legally sound, feasible to implement, and strengthens the global norms against nuclear weapons. The Treaty is inclusive, with pathways open for other states to become a Party in the future. It is hoped that the political and legal impact of this Treaty on nuclear disarmament will provide the much needed direction for further initiatives aimed at the elimination of nuclear weapons and the maintenance of a world free of nuclear weapons.

The Treaty was the outcome of the United Nations Conference to Negotiate a Legally Binding Instrument to Prohibit Nuclear Weapons Leading Towards Their Total Elimination, held from 27 until 31 March and 15 June until 7 July 2017 in New York. The Conference was attended by United Nations Member States and representatives of civil society organisations.

Malaysia played a constructive role throughout the negotiations on the Treaty, including working with other States to further refine the language of Articles 5 to 7 of the Treaty on National Implementation, Victim Assistance and Environmental Remediation, and International Cooperation and Assistance. Malaysia had also suggested several constructive amendments to further strengthen provisions under Article 11 (Settlement of Disputes) and Article 18 (Relationship with other agreements) of the Treaty.

By signing this Treaty, Malaysia reaffirms its unwavering commitment and support for the longstanding principle of general and complete disarmament, in particular nuclear disarmament and measures towards achieving a nuclear weapons-free world. It is our hope that other States will also sign this Treaty, and that all will work together towards its entry into force, which is when 50 States submit their instrument of ratification.

Source: Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Malaysia