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Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty Turns 50

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Fifty years ago today, the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons [NPT] entered into force. As a critical part of the rules-based international order, the NPT continues to promote international peace and security by limiting the spread of the world’s most destructive weapons.

The NPT was opened for signature on July 1, 1968, and came into force on March 5, 1970. It remains the only global treaty that advances nuclear disarmament, limits the spread of nuclear weapons and recognizes the inalienable right to use nuclear energy for peaceful purposes.

Since its entry into force, Canada’s commitment to the NPT has been unwavering. The Treaty has been instrumental in facilitating cooperation on the peaceful uses of nuclear technology.

In keeping with today’s challenges, Canada advocates for an inclusive approach to advancing the goals of the NPT.  In this regard, we are committed to continue engaging with youth and promoting the full, equal and meaningful participation of women in all aspects of disarmament and non-proliferation. Youth and women can be a positive force for change and have the right to an active voice on issues that impact their safety and security. The Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Foreign Affairs

Canada will continue to promote the NPT’s universalization, including through participation in the upcoming 2020 NPT Review Conference.