Burkina Faso

Nuclear-weapon-free state

Has signed the TPNW

Has not yet ratified the TPNW

SIGNED

22 September 2022

RATIFIED

 

IN FORCE

 

 

Status

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

 

Signature

Olivia Ragnaghnewendé Rouamba, the minister of foreign affairs and regional cooperation of Burkina Faso, signed the TPNW at a high-level ceremony in New York on 22 September 2022.

Nuclear weapons “constitute a threat to the survival of all humanity because of their humanitarian consequences”, she said.

Olivia Ragnaghnewendé Rouamba, the minister of foreign affairs of Burkina Faso, signs the TPNW in 2022. Photo: Darren Ornitz

 

Universalisation

Burkina Faso has promoted universal adherence to the TPNW, including by co-sponsoring 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”.

In a statement to the United Nations in 2018, it said that the adoption of the TPNW makes it possible “to complete the legal architecture for disarmament”. In 2019, it welcomed the growing number of states that have signed and ratified the treaty, and noted that it complements the Non-Proliferation Treaty of 1968.

In September 2021, it hailed the TPNW’s entry into force as “a great victory for all the peoples of the world and a very significant event in the history of humanity”.

Campaigners hold a meeting in the capital, Ouagadougou, in April 2021 to promote Burkina Faso’s adherence to the TPNW. Photo: WILPF Burkina Faso

 

Meetings of states parties

Burkina Faso attended as an observer the first meeting of states parties to the TPNW, held in Vienna in June 2022. “Burkina Faso’s support for the TPNW is unwavering,” it said. “We commit ourselves to make all necessary steps to join it as soon as possible.”

 

TPNW negotiations

Burkina Faso it participated in the negotiation of the TPNW at the United Nations in New York in 2017 and was among 122 states that voted in favour of its adoption.

In 2016, Burkina Faso 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

Burkina Faso 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

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

 

Signature

Olivia Ragnaghnewendé Rouamba, the minister of foreign affairs and regional cooperation of Burkina Faso, signed the TPNW at a high-level ceremony in New York on 22 September 2022.

Nuclear weapons “constitute a threat to the survival of all humanity because of their humanitarian consequences”, she said.

Olivia Ragnaghnewendé Rouamba, the minister of foreign affairs of Burkina Faso, signs the TPNW in 2022. Photo: Darren Ornitz

 

Universalisation

Burkina Faso has promoted universal adherence to the TPNW, including by co-sponsoring 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”.

In a statement to the United Nations in 2018, it said that the adoption of the TPNW makes it possible “to complete the legal architecture for disarmament”. In 2019, it welcomed the growing number of states that have signed and ratified the treaty, and noted that it complements the Non-Proliferation Treaty of 1968.

In September 2021, it hailed the TPNW’s entry into force as “a great victory for all the peoples of the world and a very significant event in the history of humanity”.

Campaigners hold a meeting in the capital, Ouagadougou, in April 2021 to promote Burkina Faso’s adherence to the TPNW. Photo: WILPF Burkina Faso

 

Meetings of states parties

Burkina Faso attended as an observer the first meeting of states parties to the TPNW, held in Vienna in June 2022. “Burkina Faso’s support for the TPNW is unwavering,” it said. “We commit ourselves to make all necessary steps to join it as soon as possible.”

 

TPNW negotiations

Burkina Faso it participated in the negotiation of the TPNW at the United Nations in New York in 2017 and was among 122 states that voted in favour of its adoption.

In 2016, Burkina Faso 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

Burkina Faso 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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