Humanitarian Pledge

Humanitarian Pledge

Stigmatize, prohibit and eliminate nuclear weapons

Nuclear weapons are the only weapons of mass destruction not yet explicitly prohibited under international law. The Humanitarian Pledge is a commitment by nations to fill this unacceptable “legal gap”. It offers a platform from which they can – and must – launch negotiations on a treaty banning nuclear weapons.

The Pledge was issued on 9 December 2014 at the conclusion of the Vienna Conference on the Humanitarian Impact of Nuclear Weapons, attended by 158 nations. This important document provides governments with the opportunity to move beyond fact-based discussions on the effects of nuclear weapons to the start of treaty negotiations.

Outlawing nuclear weapons is not a radical proposition: it enjoys widespread support among nations, and is the logical and necessary course of action in light of the indiscriminate and catastrophic effects of any use of these weapons. ICAN is calling on all nations to endorse the Pledge and join negotiations for a ban.

On 7 December 2015, the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Pledge in the form of Resolution 70/48. Of the 168 nations that cast a vote, 139 (83%) were in favour. The full voting result is available here.

The following 127 nations have formally endorsed the Pledge:

  1. Afghanistan
  2. Algeria
  3. Andorra
  4. Angola
  5. Antigua and Barbuda
  6. Argentina
  7. Austria
  8. Bahamas
  9. Bahrain
  10. Barbados
  11. Belize
  12. Benin
  13. Bolivia
  14. Botswana
  15. Brazil
  16. Brunei
  17. Burkina Faso
  18. Burundi
  19. Cabo Verde
  20. Cambodia
  21. Central African Republic
  22. Chad
  23. Chile
  24. Colombia
  25. Comoros
  26. Congo, Democratic Republic of
  27. Congo, Republic of
  28. Cook Islands
  29. Costa Rica
  30. Côte d’Ivoire
  31. Cuba
  32. Cyprus
  33. Djibouti
  34. Dominica
  35. Dominican Republic
  36. Ecuador
  37. Egypt
  38. El Salvador
  39. Eritrea
  40. Ethiopia
  41. Fiji
  42. Gambia
  43. Ghana
  44. Grenada
  45. Guatemala
  46. Guinea
  47. Guinea-Bissau
  48. Guyana
  49. Haiti
  50. Honduras
  51. Indonesia
  52. Iran
  53. Iraq
  54. Ireland
  55. Jamaica
  56. Jordan
  57. Kazakhstan
  58. Kenya
  59. Kiribati
  60. Kuwait
  61. Kyrgyzstan
  62. Lebanon
  63. Lesotho
  64. Liberia
  65. Libya
  66. Liechtenstein
  67. Macedonia
  68. Madagascar
  69. Malawi
  70. Malaysia
  71. Malta
  72. Mali
  73. Marshall Islands
  74. Mauritania
  75. Mauritius
  76. Mexico
  77. Mongolia
  78. Namibia
  79. Nauru
  80. Nicaragua
  81. Niger
  82. Nigeria
  83. Niue
  84. Oman
  85. Palau
  86. Palestine
  87. Panama
  88. Papua New Guinea
  89. Paraguay
  90. Peru
  91. Philippines
  92. Qatar
  93. St Kitts and Nevis
  94. St Lucia
  95. St Vincent and the Grenadines
  96. Samoa
  97. San Marino
  98. São Tomé and Príncipe
  99. Saudi Arabia
  100. Senegal
  101. Serbia
  102. Seychelles
  103. Sierra Leone
  104. Singapore
  105. Somalia
  106. South Africa
  107. Sri Lanka
  108. Sudan
  109. Suriname
  110. Swaziland
  111. Tajikistan
  112. Tanzania
  113. Thailand
  114. Timor-Leste
  115. Togo
  116. Trinidad and Tobago
  117. Tunisia
  118. Tuvalu
  119. Uganda
  120. United Arab Emirates
  121. Uruguay
  122. Vanuatu
  123. Venezuela
  124. Viet Nam
  125. Yemen
  126. Zambia
  127. Zimbabwe
Latest endorsers: Algeria, Mali, Gambia, Oman, Sudan, Cambodia

 

In addition, the following 22 nations voted in favour of the Pledge resolution:

  1. Armenia
  2. Azerbaijan
  3. Bangladesh
  4. Belarus
  5. Cameroon
  6. Equatorial Guinea
  7. Gabon
  8. Laos
  9. Maldives
  10. Morocco
  11. Mozambique
  12. Myanmar
  13. Nepal
  14. New Zealand
  15. Rwanda
  16. Solomon Islands
  17. Sweden
  18. Switzerland
  19. Syria
  20. Tonga
  21. Turkmenistan
  22. Uzbekistan
Last updated: 10 March 2016

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