Barbados

Nuclear-weapon-free state

Has signed the TPNW

Has not yet ratified the TPNW

SIGNED

22 September 2022

RATIFIED

 

IN FORCE

 

 

Status

Barbados has signed but not yet ratified the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW).

 

Signature

Jerome Xavier Walcott, the minister for foreign affairs and foreign trade of Barbados, signed the TPNW at a high-level ceremony in New York on 22 September 2022. 

Jerome Walcott, the minister of foreign affairs of Barbados, signs the TPNW in 2022. Photo: Darren Ornitz

 

Universalisation

Barbados 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”.

 

TPNW negotiations

Barbados participated in the negotiation of the TPNW at the United Nations in New York in 2017 but was absent for the vote on its adoption.

In 2016, Barbados 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

Barbados 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 signed the TPNW

Has not yet ratified the TPNW

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SIGNED

22 September 2022

RATIFIED

 

IN FORCE

 

 

Status

Barbados has signed but not yet ratified the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW).

 

Signature

Jerome Xavier Walcott, the minister for foreign affairs and foreign trade of Barbados, signed the TPNW at a high-level ceremony in New York on 22 September 2022. 

Jerome Walcott, the minister of foreign affairs of Barbados, signs the TPNW in 2022. Photo: Darren Ornitz

 

Universalisation

Barbados 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”.

 

TPNW negotiations

Barbados participated in the negotiation of the TPNW at the United Nations in New York in 2017 but was absent for the vote on its adoption.

In 2016, Barbados 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

Barbados 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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