Justice Minister Andrew Little will travel to Berlin tomorrow to represent New Zealand at a high-level summit on nuclear disarmament.
This year, the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) celebrates 50 years since it entered into force.
“New Zealand’s proud record and leadership on nuclear disarmament is unwavering, so it’s important we are present at this summit,” Andrew Little said.
“We will be one of only 16 countries in Berlin exploring ways to resolve the deadlock on nuclear disarmament.
“50 years is a significant milestone for the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, but it has not lived up to our hopes for progressing nuclear disarmament and progress to full nuclear disarmament has stalled
The 16 countries attending the Berlin meeting are identifying ‘stepping stones’ – steps to help retain the credibility of the NPT by spurring momentum toward a nuclear-weapon free world.
“I am pleased New Zealand is being represented at this important meeting and I look forward to joining other Ministers in suggesting a set of realistic stepping stones towards nuclear disarmament.
“I represented New Zealand at the Stockholm 16 in 2019, where I reaffirmed New Zealand’s proud history of nuclear disarmament. This summit reinforces that commitment,” Andrew Little said.
Andrew Little will also meet the German State Secretary for Foreign Affairs and a number of German counterparts in his justice portfolio to discuss criminal justice reform and combatting violent extremism.
“Germany is one of New Zealand’s most important international relationships and was an early supporter of the Christchurch Call. As close, like-minded partners, there is good potential to work more closely together.”