Bahamas

Nuclear-weapon-free state

Has not yet joined the TPNW

Status

The Bahamas has not yet signed or ratified the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW).

 

National position

The Bahamas has promoted universal adherence to the TPNW, 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 United Nations in 2020, the Bahamas said that it has been encouraged by the signatures and ratifications of the TPNW “and hopes to be in a position to join on to the treaty, following the completion of [an] internal review”.

 

TPNW negotiations

The Bahamas participated in the negotiation of the TPNW at the United Nations in New York in 2017 and was among 122 states that voted in favour of its adoption.

In 2016, the Bahamas co-sponsored 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

The Bahamas 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 TPNW negotiations.

Nuclear-weapon-free state

Has not yet joined the TPNW

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Status

The Bahamas has not yet signed or ratified the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW).

 

National position

The Bahamas has promoted universal adherence to the TPNW, 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 United Nations in 2020, the Bahamas said that it has been encouraged by the signatures and ratifications of the TPNW “and hopes to be in a position to join on to the treaty, following the completion of [an] internal review”.

 

TPNW negotiations

The Bahamas participated in the negotiation of the TPNW at the United Nations in New York in 2017 and was among 122 states that voted in favour of its adoption.

In 2016, the Bahamas co-sponsored 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

The Bahamas 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 TPNW negotiations.

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