Angola

Nuclear-weapon-free state

Voted in favour of adopting TPNW

Has signed TPNW, not yet ratified

Angola has signed but not yet ratified the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons.

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

Angola participated in the negotiation of the treaty at the United Nations in New York in 2017 and voted in favour of its adoption.


Angola has said that the initial high-level signing ceremony for the treaty in September 2017 was 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”.

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

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.

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

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

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