The following Security Council press statement was issued today by Council President Christoph Heusgen (Germany):
Today, the Security Council convened under the chairmanship of the Foreign Minister of Germany, Heiko Maas. The high‑level meeting in support of the Non‑Proliferation Treaty (NPT) one year ahead of the 2020 Review Conference was introduced by International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Director General Yukiya Amano and the United Nations Under‑Secretary‑General and High Representative for Disarmament Affairs, Izumi Nakamitsu.
The members of the Security Council reaffirmed their commitment to advance the goals of the NPT as the cornerstone of the nuclear non‑proliferation regime and the foundation for the pursuit of nuclear disarmament and the peaceful uses of nuclear energy. They underscored the viability and the mutually reinforcing character of all the commitments taken under the treaty, the need for its full implementation and the importance of achieving universal adherence to the treaty.
The members of the Security Council concurred that the 2020 NPT Review Conference, which marks the fiftieth anniversary of the entry into force of the NPT, provided an opportunity for the NPT States parties to unambiguously reaffirm their commitment to this landmark treaty, to commemorate its historic achievements and, by further advancing its goals, strengthen the nuclear disarmament and non‑proliferation regime. The members of the Security Council expressed their readiness to work together and join efforts to achieve a successful outcome at the 2020 NPT Review Conference.