Cabo Verde

Nuclear-weapon-free state

Voted in favour of adopting TPNW

Has signed TPNW, but not yet ratified

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

Luis Filipe Lopes Tavares, the minister for foreign affairs of Cabo Verde, signed the treaty when it opened for signature on 20 September 2017. 

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


Cabo Verde 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, Cabo Verde was an additional co-sponsor of 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”.

Cabo Verde 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.

Cabo Verde is a signatory to the 1996 Treaty of Pelindaba, which established Africa as a nuclear-weapon-free zone.


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