Nuclear Disarmament and Non-Proliferation
10th Ministerial Meeting of the Non-proliferation and Disarmament Initiative
November 23, 2019
- On Saturday, November 23, commencing at 4:15 p.m. (Japan time) for approximately 60 minutes, the 10th Ministerial Meeting of the Non-proliferation and Disarmament Initiative (NPDI) (the 10th NPDI Ministerial Meeting) was held in Nagoya City, Aichi-prefecture, Japan. Mr. MOTEGI Toshimitsu, Minister for Foreign Affairs, attended from Japan and co-chaired the meeting with Senator the Hon. Marise Payne, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Australia.
- At the outset, Foreign Minister Motegi and Foreign Minister Payne echoed that it is imperative for the NPDI to discuss and show its high-level commitments to the importance of upholding and strengthening the NPT regime as well as of other concrete measures such as transparency, towards the NPT Review Conference in 2020, marking the 50th anniversary of the NPT’s entry-into force and the 10th anniversary of the establishment of the NPDI.
- At the end of the meeting, the NPDI adopted the NPDI Joint Ministerial Statement(PDF) to demonstrate NPDI’s commitment to the importance of upholding and strengthening the NPT regime. The NPDI also reaffirmed its continued close cooperation among its member States towards the 2020 NPT Review Conference.
[Reference 1] What is the NPDI?
The NPDI is a cross-regional group of non-nuclear weapon States, which was established in 2010 under the initiative of Japan and Australia, in order to contribute to the steady implementation of the Final Document adopted at the 2020 NPT Review Conference in May 2010. The Members include Japan, Australia, Canada, Chile, Germany, Mexico, the Netherlands, Nigeria, the Philippines, Poland, Turkey, the United Arab Emirates. The 9th Ministerial Meeting was held in September 2017.
[Reference 2] Who participated in the 10th NPDI Ministerial Meeting at the Ministerial Level?
Foreign Minister Motegi (Japan) (Co-Chair and Host), Foreign Minister Payne (Australia) (Co-Chair and NPDI Coordinator), Foreign Minister Ribera (Chile), Foreign Minister Maas (Germany), and Foreign Minister Blok (the Netherlands)