Bahamas

Nuclear-weapon-free state

Has not yet joined the TPNW

Summary

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

 

National position

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

 

Treaty negotiations

The Bahamas 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, 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 negotiations.

Nuclear-weapon-free state

Has not yet joined the TPNW

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Summary

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

 

National position

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

 

Treaty negotiations

The Bahamas 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, 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 negotiations.

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