Benin

Nuclear-weapon-free state

Voted in favour of adopting TPNW

Has signed the TPNW, but not yet ratified


Benin has signed but not yet ratified the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons.

Hervé Dadjedji Djokpé, the secretary-general of the ministry of foreign affairs of Benin, signed the treaty at a high-level ceremony on 26 September 2018. Benin has not yet ratified the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons.

Benin participated in the negotiation of the treaty at the United Nations in New York in 2017 and voted in favour of its adoption. 

Benin has promoted universal adherence to the treaty, including by co-sponsoring a UN General Assembly resolution in 2019 that calls upon all states to sign, ratify, or accede to the treaty “at the earliest possible date”.

In 2016, Benin was absent for the vote on 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”.

Benin 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.

Benin is a state party to the 1996 Treaty of Pelindaba, which established Africa as a nuclear-weapon-free zone.


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