Foreign Minister Don Pramudwinai, representing the Thai government, signed and presented the Instrument of Ratification to the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW) at a ceremony, held at the United Nations in New York on 20 September 2017.
The Foreign Minister joined other world leaders from 50 countries in signing the Treaty. Thailand also deposited the Instrument of Ratification at the ceremony, being one of the first 3 states to do so, along with the Holy See and Guyana. Once 50 such instruments have been deposited, the Treaty will enter into force.
According to a report from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons prohibits the development, testing, production, stockpiling, stationing, transfer, use and threat of use of nuclear weapons, as well as assistance and encouragement to the prohibited activities.
The large number of signatures on this day is a remarkable show of support for the first legally binding international agreement to comprehensively prohibit nuclear weapons and to hopefully pave way towards their total elimination.
In his statement at the General Debate of the 72nd Session of the United Nations General Assembly at the United Nations Headquarters in New York on 22 September 2017, Foreign Minister Don Pramudwinai said that Thailand is proud to be among the first countries to deposit the Instrument of Ratification to the Nuclear Weapons Ban Treaty.
"We wish to call on others to do the same. By doing so, we are sending out our message to our children and grandchildren that we do care,” he said.