Voting on UN resolution for nuclear ban treaty

December 23, 2016

On 23 December 2016, the UN General Assembly adopted a historic resolution to convene negotiations in 2017 on a treaty prohibiting nuclear weapons. The voting result was 113 nations in favour and 35 against, with 13 abstentions.

Earlier, the First Committee of the General Assembly, which deals with disarmament and international security matters, had adopted a draft of the same resolution (see voting result). The explanations of vote listed below were provided in the First Committee.

Several of the states that voted yes in the First Committee were absent for the General Assembly vote, presumably due to the late hour of the vote, when a number of government missions had already closed for Christmas.

 

UN MEMBER STATE YES NO ABSTAIN EXPLANATION
Afghanistan Yes - - Absent in FC
Albania Yes** - - No in FC
Algeria Yes - - -
Andorra - No - -
Angola* Yes - - -
Antigua & Barbuda
Yes - - -
Argentina Yes - - Explanation
Armenia - - Abstain -
Australia - No - Explanation
Austria* Yes - - -
Azerbaijan Yes - - -
Bahamas* Yes - - -
Bahrain Yes - - -
Bangladesh Yes - - -
Barbados Yes - - -
Belarus - - Abstain -
Belgium - No - Explanation
Belize* - - - Yes in FC
Benin - - - -
Bhutan Yes - - -
Bolivia Yes - - -
Bosnia & Herzegovina
- No - -
Botswana Yes - - -
Brazil* Yes - - -
Brunei Darussalam
Yes - - -
Bulgaria - No - Explanation
Burkina Faso
Yes - - -
Burundi* - - - Yes in FC
Cabo Verde*
Yes - - -
Cambodia Yes - - -
Cameroon - - - Yes in FC
Canada - No - Explanation
Central African Republic
- - - Yes in FC
Chad Yes - - -
Chile* Yes - - -
China - - Abstain -
Colombia Yes - - -
Comoros Yes** - - -
Congo
Yes - - -
Costa Rica*
Yes - - -
Cote d’Ivoire
Yes - - -
Croatia - No - -
Cuba Yes - - -
Cyprus Yes - - -
Czech Republic
- No - Explanation
DPRK (North Korea)
- - - Yes in FC
DRC (Congo)*
- - - Yes in FC
Denmark - No - Explanation
Djibouti Yes - - Absent in FC
Dominica - - - Yes in FC
Dominican Republic* Yes - - -
Ecuador* Yes - - -
Egypt* Yes - - -
El Salvador* Yes - - -
Equatorial Guinea Yes - - -
Eritrea Yes - - -
Estonia Yes** - - No in FC
Ethiopia Yes - - -
Fiji* Yes - - -
Finland - - Abstain Explanation
France - No - Explanation
Gabon Yes - - -
Gambia - - - Yes in FC
Georgia - - - -
Germany - No - Explanation
Ghana Yes - - -
Greece - No - Explanation
Grenada* - - - Yes in FC
Guatemala* Yes - - -
Guinea - - - Yes in FC
Guinea-Bissau* - - - Yes in FC
Guyana Yes - - Abstain in FC
Haiti - - - -
Honduras* Yes - - Absent in FC
Hungary - No - Explanation
Iceland - No - Explanation
India - - Abstain Explanation
Indonesia* Yes - - -
Iran Yes - - Explanation
Iraq Yes - - -
Ireland* Yes - - -
Israel - No - -
Italy Yes** - - No in FC
Jamaica* Yes - - -
Japan - No - Explanation
Jordan Yes - - -
Kazakhstan Yes - - -
Kenya* Yes - - -
Kiribati Yes - - -
Kuwait Yes - - -
Kyrgyzstan - - - Abstain in FC
Lao PDR
Yes - - -
Latvia - No - Explanation
Lebanon Yes - - -
Lesotho Yes - - -
Liberia* - - - -
Libya* Yes - - -
Liechtenstein* Yes - - -
Lithuania - No - Explanation
Luxembourg - No - Explanation
Madagascar Yes - - -
Malawi* - - - Yes in FC
Malaysia* Yes - - -
Maldives Yes - - -
Mali - - Abstain -
Malta* Yes - - -
Marshall Islands* Yes - - -
Mauritania* Yes - - -
Mauritius Yes - - -
Mexico* Yes - - -
Micronesia (FSM) - No - -
Monaco - No - -
Mongolia Yes - - Absent in FC
Montenegro - No - Explanation
Morocco - - Abstain Explanation
Mozambique Yes - - -
Myanmar Yes - - -
Namibia* Yes - - -
Nauru* -
- - Yes in FC
Nepal Yes - - -
Netherlands - - Abstain Explanation
New Zealand*
Yes - - -
Nicaragua - - Abstain -
Niger Yes - - -
Nigeria* Yes - - -
Norway - No - Explanation
Oman Yes - - -
Pakistan - - Abstain Explanation
Palau* Yes - - -
Panama* Yes - - -
Papua New Guinea* Yes - - -
Paraguay* Yes - - -
Peru* Yes - - -
Philippines* Yes - - -
Poland - No - Explanation
Portugal - No - Explanation
Qatar Yes - - -
Republic of Korea - No - Explanation
Republic of Moldova - - - -
Romania - No - Explanation
Russia - No - Explanation
Rwanda - - - Yes in FC
St Kitts & Nevis Yes - - -
St Lucia* Yes - - -
St Vincent & Grenadines* Yes - - -
Samoa* - - - Yes in FC
San Marino* Yes - - -
Sao Tome & Principe - - - -
Saudi Arabia Yes - - -
Senegal Yes - - Absent in FC
Serbia - No - -
Seychelles - - - -
Sierra Leone* Yes - - -
Singapore Yes - - -
Slovakia - No - Explanation
Slovenia - No - Explanation
Solomon Islands - - - Yes in FC
Somalia - - - Yes in FC
South Africa* Yes - - -
South Sudan - - - -
Spain - No - Explanation
Sri Lanka* Yes - - -
Sudan - - Abstain -
Suriname Yes - - -
Swaziland* - - - Yes in FC
Sweden Yes - - Explanation
Switzerland - - Abstain Explanation
Syria - - - -
Tajikistan Yes - - Absent in FC
Thailand* Yes - - -
TFYR Macedonia Yes - - -
Timor-Leste Yes - - -
Togo Yes - - -
Tonga Yes - - -
Trinidad & Tobago* Yes - - -
Tunisia Yes - - -
Turkey - No - Explanation
Turkmenistan - - - Yes in FC
Tuvalu* - - - Yes in FC
Uganda Yes - - -
Ukraine - - - -
United Arab Emirates Yes - - -
United Kingdom - No - -
UR Tanzania Yes - - -
United States - No - Explanation
Uruguay* Yes - - -
Uzbekistan - - Abstain -
Vanuatu Yes - - Abstain in FC
Venezuela* Yes - - -
Viet Nam* Yes - - -
Yemen Yes - - -
Zambia* - - - Yes in FC
Zimbabwe Yes - - -
TOTAL 113 35 13 -
* Co-sponsor of the resolution.
** Albania, Estonia and Italy subsequently informed the UN secretariat that they had intended to vote no; the Comoros informed the secretariat that it had intended to abstain.
 
List of 57 co-sponsors:
 
Angola, Austria, Bahamas, Belize, Brazil, Burundi, Cabo Verde, Chile, Costa Rica, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Fiji, Grenada, Guatemala, Guinea-Bissau, Honduras, Indonesia, Ireland, Jamaica, Kenya, Liberia, Libya, Liechtenstein, Malawi, Malaysia, Malta, Marshall Islands, Mauritania, Mexico, Namibia, Nauru, New Zealand, Nigeria, Palau, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, San Marino, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Swaziland, Thailand, Trinidad and Tobago, Tuvalu, Uruguay, Venezuela, Viet Nam, Zambia.



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