Belgium

Nuclear-weapon endorser: hosts nuclear weapons on its territory

20 U.S. nuclear weapons hosted

Did not participate in TPNW negotiations

Has not yet joined TPNW

Belgium is one of the five NATO states to host U.S. nuclear weapons as part of NATO's nuclear sharing agreement. The Belgian air force is assigned approximately 20 B61 nuclear bombs, which are deployed at Kleine Brogel Air Base.

Belgium has not yet signed or ratified the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. It did not participate in the negotiation of the treaty at the United Nations in New York in 2017 and thus did not vote on its adoption. 

A public opinion poll conducted by YouGov in April 2019 found that 64 per cent of Belgians believe that their government should sign the treaty, with 17 per cent opposed to signing and 19 per cent undecided.

Four former prime ministers and foreign ministers of Belgium – namely, Willy Claes, Erik Derycke, Yves Leterme and Guy Verhofstadt – were among the signatories to an open letter in September 2020 calling on current leaders to “show courage and boldness – and join the treaty”.

In September 2018, more than 150 Belgian mayors signed a letter to the Belgian government and parliament calling for Belgium’s signature and ratification of the treaty.

Belgium voted against a UN General Assembly resolution in 2018 that welcomed the adoption of the treaty and called upon “all states that have not yet done so to sign, ratify, accept, approve, or accede to the treaty at the earliest possible date”.

In 2016, Belgium voted against 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”.

In a “non-paper” sent to NATO members ahead of the vote, the United States “strongly encourage[d]” members, including Belgium, to vote against the resolution, “not to merely abstain”. In addition, it said that, if the treaty negotiations do commence, allies and partners should "refrain from joining them”.

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ICAN Parliamentary Pledge

These are the Belgian elected representatives that support and promote the TPNW:

 

Belgian Parliament

→ Stéphanse Crusnière MP

→ Alain Top MP

→ Dirk Van der Maelen MP

 

Flemish Parliament

→ Johan Danen MP

→ Tine Soens MP

 

Belgium European Parliament

→ José Inácio Faria MEP

→ Philippe Lamberts MEP

→ Bart Staes MEP

→ Kathleen Van Brempt MEP

 

ICAN Cities Appeal

These are the cities and towns in Belgium speaking out in support of the TPNW:

 

Amay
Andenne
Anzegem
Awans
Bastogne
Beernem
Beringen
Boechout
Bonheiden
Borsbeek
Bouillon
Braives
Bredene
Brugge
Damme
De Panne
Deerlijk
Deinze
Ecaussinnes
Essen
Gent
Hamont-Achel
Engis
Estinnes
Hannut
Herk-de-Stad
Herne
Holsbeek 
Havelange
Herzele
Houthulst
Huldenberg
Ichtegem
Ittre
Kampenhout
Kasterlee
Kontich
Lanaken
Leuven
Machelen-Diegem
Maldegem
Mechelen
Menen
Nazareth
Nieuwerkerken
Opwijk
Mesen
Nivelles
Oudenaarde
Oudsbergen
Oud-Turnhout
Perwez
Plombières
Retie
Ramillies
Ruiselede
Sivry-Rance
Tessenderlo
Thuin
Tielt
Turnhout
Wetteren
Wezembeek-Oppem
Ypres
Zottegem

 

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