States Parties to Treaty on Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons to adopt action plan

Delegates attending a meeting of a UN treaty banning nuclear weapons are expected to adopt an action plan with the goal of abolishing nuclear arms.

The first meeting of States Parties to the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons opened in the Austrian capital of Vienna on Tuesday.

The delegates are wrapping up their three-day talks on Thursday by adopting the Vienna Action Plan.

The draft plan is made up of 50 concrete actions, including one to increase the number of states parties to the treaty. It also says that a group of experts will be launched to study risks posed by nuclear weapons and their adverse effects on humanity.

The draft calls for efforts to provide assistance and relief for people affected by nuclear arms and testing.

It refers to the treaty's connection with the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty which commits nuclear weapons states to nuclear disarmament.

The draft says that the two treaties will complement each other, and a coordinator will be assigned.

The first meeting of states parties is also expected to issue a statement calling for international action on achieving a world free of nuclear weapons amid growing concerns Russia could use nuclear weapons in its invasion of Ukraine.