The Second Meeting of States Parties to the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW) concluded at the United Nations Headquarters (UNHQ) in New York on Friday, December 1. Over the course of one week, states parties to the treaty, as well as observing states, a vibrant and engaged civil society – including members of affected communities and scores of youth advocates – all participated in the superb plenary sessions, 65 events, and countless formal and informal discussions. To learn about Nuclear Age Peace Foundation (NAPF) events, see HERE. To read and watch our statement in the plenary session on humanitarian consequences of nuclear weapons, see HERE.

The meeting represents an exciting milestone in a quest for a world free of nuclear weapons. Under the able leadership of President Juan Ramón de la Fuente Ramirez of Mexico, the meeting produced a declaration entitled, Our Commitment to Upholding the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons and Averting Their Catastrophic Consequences. The declaration brilliantly outlines the many reasons why elimination of nuclear weapons is an existential imperative for humanity, the progress made thus far, and the steps remaining on this critical path. You can read the declaration HERE and below.

At this meeting, the Permanent Representative of the Republic of Kazakhstan to the United Nations, Akan Rakhmatullin, was elected as President of the Third Meeting of States Parties to the TPNW (3MSP), which will take place at the UNHQ in New York, March 3-7, 2025. Also at this meeting, the Republic of Kiribati and the Republic of Kazakhstan were elected to serve as the Co-Coordinators of the Informal Working Group on Articles 6 and 7 (on victim assistance and environmental remediation). NAPF is proud to work closely with both Kiribati and Kazakhstan and to support this critical work during the upcoming intersessional period.