Antigua and Barbuda

Nuclear-weapon-free state

Has joined the TPNW

Signed: 26 September 2018

Ratified: 25 November 2019

 

Summary

Antigua and Barbuda has signed and ratified the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. It was among the original 50 states parties to the treaty when it entered into force on 22 January 2021.

 

Signature and ratification

E. P. Chet Greene, the minister of foreign affairs of Antigua and Barbuda, signed the treaty at a high-level ceremony on 26 September 2018.

Walton Webson, the permanent representative of Antigua and Barbuda to the United Nations, deposited the country’s instrument of ratification with the UN secretary-general on 25 November 2019.

Antigua and Barbuda was the 34th state to ratify or accede to the treaty.

E. P. Chet Greene, the minister of foreign affairs of Antigua and Barbuda, signs the treaty in New York on 26 September 2018. Photo: ICAN

Walton Webson, the permanent representative of Antigua and Barbuda to the United Nations, deposits the instrument of ratification on 25 November 2019. Photo: UNOLA

 

Implementation

In accordance with Article 2 of the treaty, Antigua and Barbuda submitted a declaration to the UN secretary-general on 19 February 2021 confirming that it does not own, possess, or control nuclear weapons, has never done so, and does not host any other state’s nuclear weapons on its territory.

Antigua and Barbuda has promoted universal adherence to the treaty, including by co-sponsoring and consistently voting in favour of an annual UN General Assembly resolution since 2018 that calls upon all states to sign, ratify, or accede to the treaty “at the earliest possible date”.

In a statement to the first committee of the UN General Assembly in October 2020, Antigua and Barbuda said that it was proud to have ratified the treaty and would “continue to urge all [UN] member states to do the same”.

 

Treaty negotiations

Antigua and Barbuda participated in the negotiation of the treaty at the United Nations in New York in 2017 and was among 122 states that voted in favour of its adoption.

In 2016, Antigua and Barbuda voted in favour of the UN General Assembly resolution that established the formal mandate for states to commence negotiations on “a legally binding instrument to prohibit nuclear weapons, leading towards their total elimination”.

 

Before the negotiations

Antigua and Barbuda 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.

Nuclear-weapon-free state

Has joined the TPNW

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Signed: 26 September 2018

Ratified: 25 November 2019

 

Summary

Antigua and Barbuda has signed and ratified the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. It was among the original 50 states parties to the treaty when it entered into force on 22 January 2021.

 

Signature and ratification

E. P. Chet Greene, the minister of foreign affairs of Antigua and Barbuda, signed the treaty at a high-level ceremony on 26 September 2018.

Walton Webson, the permanent representative of Antigua and Barbuda to the United Nations, deposited the country’s instrument of ratification with the UN secretary-general on 25 November 2019.

Antigua and Barbuda was the 34th state to ratify or accede to the treaty.

E. P. Chet Greene, the minister of foreign affairs of Antigua and Barbuda, signs the treaty in New York on 26 September 2018. Photo: ICAN

Walton Webson, the permanent representative of Antigua and Barbuda to the United Nations, deposits the instrument of ratification on 25 November 2019. Photo: UNOLA

 

Implementation

In accordance with Article 2 of the treaty, Antigua and Barbuda submitted a declaration to the UN secretary-general on 19 February 2021 confirming that it does not own, possess, or control nuclear weapons, has never done so, and does not host any other state’s nuclear weapons on its territory.

Antigua and Barbuda has promoted universal adherence to the treaty, including by co-sponsoring and consistently voting in favour of an annual UN General Assembly resolution since 2018 that calls upon all states to sign, ratify, or accede to the treaty “at the earliest possible date”.

In a statement to the first committee of the UN General Assembly in October 2020, Antigua and Barbuda said that it was proud to have ratified the treaty and would “continue to urge all [UN] member states to do the same”.

 

Treaty negotiations

Antigua and Barbuda participated in the negotiation of the treaty at the United Nations in New York in 2017 and was among 122 states that voted in favour of its adoption.

In 2016, Antigua and Barbuda voted in favour of the UN General Assembly resolution that established the formal mandate for states to commence negotiations on “a legally binding instrument to prohibit nuclear weapons, leading towards their total elimination”.

 

Before the negotiations

Antigua and Barbuda 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.

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