Angola

Nuclear-weapon-free state

Has signed the TPNW

Has not yet ratified the TPNW

Signed: 27 September 2018

 

Summary

Angola has signed but not yet ratified the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. It participated in the negotiation of the treaty at the United Nations in New York in 2017 and voted in favour of its adoption.

 

Signature

Manuel Domingos Augusto, the then-minister of external relations of Angola, signed the treaty on 27 September 2018.


Manuel Domingos Augusto, the then-minister of external relations of Angola, signed the treaty on 27 September 2018. Photo: UN OLA

 

Universalisation

Angola has promoted universal adherence to the treaty, including by co-sponsoring a UN General Assembly resolution in 2019 that called upon all states to sign, ratify, or accede to the treaty “at the earliest possible date”.

Angola described the opening for signature of the treaty in September 2017 as a “clear illustration” of the commitment of many states “to contribute greatly to the total eradication of nuclear weapons” and to “international peace and security”.

 

Pre-negotiations

In 2016, Angola was an additional co-sponsor of the UN General Assembly resolution that established the formal mandate for states to commence the negotiations in 2017 on “a legally binding instrument to prohibit nuclear weapons, leading towards their total elimination”.

Angola was among 127 states that endorsed a “humanitarian pledge” in 2015–16 to cooperate “in efforts to stigmatise, prohibit, and eliminate nuclear weapons”. The pledge was instrumental in building momentum and support for convening the negotiations.

 

Other information

Angola is a state party to the 1996 Treaty of Pelindaba, which established Africa as a nuclear-weapon-free zone.

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