On Wednesday, Philippines signed a new treaty prohibiting nuclear weapons. Philippines is now among 121 countries to sign the first legally binding international agreement.
Philippine Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano was the one who signed the treaty on behalf of the Philippines.
“The world will only be safe if we eliminate all weapons of mass destruction,” Cayetano said.
The treaty was first adopted by 122 countries at the United Nations in July following negotiations lead by Austria, Mexico, Brazil, New Zealand, and South Africa.
Meanwhile, Bayani Mercado, the Foreign Affairs Assistant Secretary of the Office of United Nations and Other International Organizations remains confident about the affirmation of the universal need for a world free from nuclear weapons.
“The treaty acknowledged global geopolitical dynamics that call for the elimination of nuclear weapons before these weapons could annihilate humanity,” he said.
The treaty also allows states to provide and receive assistance from other states.