Benin

Nuclear-weapon-free state

Has joined the TPNW

Signed: 26 September 2018

Ratified: 11 December 2020

 

Summary

Benin has signed and ratified the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons.

 

Signature and ratification

Hervé Dadjedji Djokpé, the secretary-general of the ministry of foreign affairs of Benin, signed the treaty on 26 September 2018.

The country’s instrument of ratification was deposited with the UN secretary-general on 11 December 2020. The national assembly passed a law in October 2020 authorising the ratification.

Benin was the 51st state to ratify or accede to the treaty.

Hervé Dadjedji Djokpé, the secretary-general of the foreign ministry of Benin, signs the treaty in New York on 26 September 2018. Photo: UNOLA

 

Universalisation 

Benin has promoted universal adherence to the treaty, including by 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”.

 

Treaty negotiations

Benin 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, Benin was absent for the vote on 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

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.

Nuclear-weapon-free state

Has joined the TPNW

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Signed: 26 September 2018

Ratified: 11 December 2020

 

Summary

Benin has signed and ratified the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons.

 

Signature and ratification

Hervé Dadjedji Djokpé, the secretary-general of the ministry of foreign affairs of Benin, signed the treaty on 26 September 2018.

The country’s instrument of ratification was deposited with the UN secretary-general on 11 December 2020. The national assembly passed a law in October 2020 authorising the ratification.

Benin was the 51st state to ratify or accede to the treaty.

Hervé Dadjedji Djokpé, the secretary-general of the foreign ministry of Benin, signs the treaty in New York on 26 September 2018. Photo: UNOLA

 

Universalisation 

Benin has promoted universal adherence to the treaty, including by 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”.

 

Treaty negotiations

Benin 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, Benin was absent for the vote on 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

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.

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