Jakarta, 11 July 2023 (TDI):  Dr. Kao Kim Hourn, Secretary-General of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), provided a briefing to the Southeast Asia Nuclear-Weapon-Free Zone (SEANWFZ) Commission regarding the ongoing advancements in the implementation of the SEANWFZ Treaty Plan of Action (2023-2027).

The briefing took place during the 56th ASEAN Ministerial Meeting (AMM) and Related Meetings in Jakarta, Indonesia.

Dr. Kao Kim Hourn highlighted the significant progress achieved since the commencement of the Treaty Plan of Action.

The implementation efforts have been focused on strengthening regional cooperation, enhancing nuclear safety and security measures, and promoting peaceful uses of nuclear energy among ASEAN member states.

The Secretary-General expressed his satisfaction with the level of commitment and engagement demonstrated by ASEAN member states in the implementation process. He commended the SEANWFZ Commission’s and its partner organizations’ efforts to facilitate coordination and provide technical support.

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In conclusion, Dr. Kao Kim Hourn’s briefing emphasized the ongoing commitment of ASEAN member states to the SEANWFZ Treaty and the significant strides made in implementing the Treaty Plan of Action. With continued dedication and collaboration, the region can ensure a secure and peaceful future free from the threat of nuclear weapons.

SEANWFZ Commission

The SEANWFZ Commission plays a vital role in monitoring and evaluating progress and promoting the SEANWFZ Treaty within and outside the region.

It serves as a platform for dialogue, exchange of information, and capacity-building initiatives related to nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation.


The ASEAN member states signed the Treaty of Southeast Asia Nuclear-Weapon-Free Zone (SEANWFZ Treaty) in December 1995, also known as the Bangkok Treaty. This treaty is a commitment to keep Southeast Asia free from nuclear weapons and other weapons of mass destruction.

It emphasizes the importance of the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT) in preventing nuclear weapon proliferation and promoting global peace and security.

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The SEANWFZ Treaty establishes a Nuclear-Weapon-Free Zone in Southeast Asia, joining the five existing zones in Latin America, the Caribbean, the South Pacific, Africa, and Central Asia.