Review Conference of the Parties to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons
In light of the situation related to the COVID-19 pandemic, States Parties have decided to postpone the 2020 Review Conference of the Parties to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons to a later date, as soon as the circumstances permit, but no later than April 2021. Information on the new dates of the Review Conference will be posted in due course.
Video-message by the President-designate of the 2020 NPT Review Conference H.E. Ambassador Gustavo Zlauvinen, 27 April 2020
Video-message by the Under-Secretary-General and High Representative for Disarmament Affairs Ms. Izumi Nakamitsu, 27 April 2020
Note Verbale on Documentation for the NPT Review Conference
Letter from the President-designate to all States Parties regarding the postponement of the NPT Review Conference
A Message from the President-designate
The NPT is a landmark international treaty whose objective is to prevent the spread of nuclear weapons and weapons technology, to promote co-operation in the peaceful uses of nuclear energy and to further the goal of achieving nuclear disarmament and general and complete disarmament. The NPT represents the only binding commitment in a multilateral treaty to the goal of disarmament by the nuclear-weapon States.
Opened for signature in 1968, the Treaty entered into force in 1970. Since its entry into force, the NPT has been the cornerstone of global nuclear non-proliferation regime. 191 States parties have joined the Treaty, including the five nuclear-weapon States, making the NPT the most widely adhered to multilateral disarmament agreement.
The Treaty, particularly article VIII, paragraph 3, envisages a review of the operation of the Treaty every five years, a provision which was reaffirmed by the States parties at the 1995 NPT Review and Extension Conference and the 2000 NPT Review Conference.
Links to Important Documents
|Information for States parties, observer States and intergovernmental organizations||NPT/CONF.2020/INF/1|
|Information for participation by non-governmental organizations||NPT/CONF.2020/INF/2|
|Final report of the Preparatory Committee for the 2020 Review Conference of the Parties|
to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons
|Election of the President and other officers (Decision by the Preparatory Committee|
for the 2020 Review Conference of the Parties to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation
of Nuclear Weapons)
|Decision by the Preparatory Committee for the 2020 Review Conference of the Parties |
to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons on the dates and venue
for the 2020 Review Conference
|Information on Background Documentation (Annex VI of the Final report of the Preparatory|
Committee for the 2020 Review Conference of the Parties to the Treaty on the
Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons)