29 May 2015
Disarmament is part and parcel of international peace and security which contributes to a country’s stability, growth and development and the well-being of their people. Lasting peace requires political will to go in parallel with trust and confidence-building measures, as well as promotion of dialogue among all actors and strengthening of global cooperation.
Thailand is fully committed to the disarmament and non-proliferation of all types of weapon of mass destruction. Thailand engages in the Conference on Disarmament through the Informal Group of Observer States (IGOS), of which we are one of the founding members, with the hope for the Conference to be more inclusive and transparent and to move forward multilateral disarmament negotiations in order to be able to timely address and respond to today’s security challenges.
Further efforts are strengthened at regional level, through our proactive support within the framework of the Treaty on Southeast Asia Nuclear Weapon Free Zone (SEANWFZ), the establishment of the ASEAN Network of Nuclear Regulatory Bodies (ASEANTOM) and the collaboration with the UN Regional Centre for Peace and Disarmament in Asia and the Pacific (UNRCPD).
At national level, as a member of the Victim Assistance Committee of the Anti-personnel Mine Ban Convention, Thailand continues to make progress on mine clearance and foster efforts with relevant national agencies to ensure that persons with disabilities who are mine victims are reintegrated into society and have access to health, education, and employment. Thailand also advocates the strengthening of confidence building measures under the Chemical Weapons Convention and Biological Weapons Convention, as well as in preventing and eradicating illicit trade in conventional arms and their diversion to commit transnational crime.