On 19 and 20 June, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Guyana and the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN), in partnership with the SGI, convened a Caribbean Regional Forum on the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons to take stock of the Treaty from a regional perspective, and to canvas progress for the early signature and ratification by all countries in the region. The Forum was attended by representatives from 10 countries out of the 14 CARICOM member states, as well as those from civil society and the International Committee of the Red Cross.
At the Forum, participants exchanged their views on various topics, including the scope of the Treaty, its relevance to the region, how the Treaty relates to other disarmament treaties, and procedures for becoming a state party. Government representatives at the Forum reiterated their commitment to work toward the early entry into force of the TPNW. The Forum concluded successfully with the adoption of the Georgetown Statement.
The Forum was addressed by Mr. Carl B. Greenidge, Foreign Secretary of Guyana, as well as Dr. Karen Cummings, Foreign Minister of Guyana.
Anna Ikeda of SGI actively took part in the Forum through moderating and speaking at sessions, as well as supporting logistical and organizational aspects. Hayley Ramsay-Jones of SGI also took part in the preparations toward the Forum, including helping draft a briefing paper on the TPNW’s relevance in the region and developing a paper titled “A Social Injustice–Race, Gender and Nuclear Weapons,” which were distributed at the Forum along with other materials.
SGI has been working as an ICAN partner toward the early entry into force of the TPNW, particularly promoting the Treaty among the Caribbean nations through organizing regional meetings with permanent missions in New York and Geneva. As part of such efforts, the SGI partnered with ICAN for the actualization of this Forum.