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Source: Government of India

Mr. President

India is pleased to participate in this High-Level Plenary meeting to commemorate and promote the International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons.

India reiterates its long-standing and unwavering commitment to universal, verifiable and non-discriminatory nuclear disarmament leading to the complete elimination of nuclear weapons, in line with the Final Document of the First Special Session of the UN General Assembly on disarmament (SSOD-1).

Mr. President

India’s approach to Nuclear Disarmament is encapsulated in our Working Paper submitted to the UNGA First Committee in 2006 and to the Conference on Disarmament in 2007 (CD/1816). We believe that nuclear disarmament can be achieved through a step-by-step process underwritten by a universal commitment and an agreed multilateral framework. India remains convinced of the need for meaningful dialogue among all States possessing nuclear weapons, for building trust and confidence.

India’s annual resolution in the UNGA on the “Convention on the Prohibition of the Use of Nuclear Weapons” tabled since 1982, enjoys wide support and reaffirms that any use of nuclear weapons would be a violation of the UN Charter and a crime against humanity.

Mindful of the catastrophic consequences of unintentional or accidental use of nuclear weapons, India has since 1998 tabled an annual resolution in the UNGA on ‘Reducing Nuclear Danger’ that calls for immediate and urgent steps to reduce the risks of unintentional and accidental use of nuclear weapons, including through de-alerting and de-targeting.

Mr. President

India accords high priority to the Conference on Disarmament as the world’s single multilateral disarmament negotiating forum and supports the commencement of negotiations on a Comprehensive Nuclear Weapons Convention at the CD. Without prejudice to the priority attached to nuclear disarmament, India remains committed to the immediate commencement of negotiations on a Fissile Material Cut-off Treaty in the CD on the basis of CD/1299 and the mandate contained therein. India espouses the policy of “No First Use” against nuclear weapon states and non-use against non-nuclear weapon states. India is a key partner in global efforts towards disarmament and strengthening the non-proliferation order.

Mr. President

We hope that this event today would bring further focus of the international community on the need to mobilize global will towards a nuclear weapons free world.

Mahatma Gandhi, whose birth anniversary we celebrate today had said, “Whatever you do will be insignificant, but it is very important that you do it.” It is in this spirit that India is ready to work with other States towards the achievement of the noble goal of world free of nuclear weapons.

Thank you.

New Delhi
October 03, 2020