Benin

Nuclear-weapon-free state

Has signed the TPNW

Has not yet ratified the TPNW


Signed: 26 September 2018

 

Summary

Benin has signed but not yet ratified the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. It participated in the negotiation of the treaty at the United Nations in New York in 2017 and voted in favour of its adoption.

 

Signature and ratification

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.

The national assembly of Benin passed a law in October 2020 authorising ratification of the treaty. The instrument of ratification must now be deposited with the UN secretary-general.

Hervé Dadjedji Djokpé, the secretary-general of the ministry of foreign affairs of Benin, signs the treaty at a high-level ceremony on 26 September 2018.

 

Universalisation 

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

 

Pre-negotiations

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.

 

Other information

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

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