Cambodia

Nuclear-weapon-free state

Has joined the TPNW

Signed: 9 January 2019

Ratified: 22 January 2021

 

Summary

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

 

Signature

Sovann Ke, the permanent representative of Cambodia to the United Nations, signed the treaty on 9 January 2019, and the country’s instrument of ratification was deposited with the UN secretary-general on 22 January 2021, the day of the treaty’s general entry into force. The national assembly and senate had unanimously approved the ratification in November 2020.

Sovann Ke, the permanent representative of Cambodia to the United Nations, signs the treaty in New York on 9 January 2019. Photo: UNOLA

The national assembly of Cambodia unanimously approves a law in November 2020 to enable the country’s ratification of the treaty.

 

Implementation

Cambodia 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”.

In October 2019, Cambodia described the adoption of the treaty as “an important milestone in [the] nuclear disarmament regime”.

 

Treaty negotiations

Cambodia 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 its opening statement to the negotiating conference, it stressed that “the ultimate goal of the instrument is to make it become universalised” so that it achieves “our final objective of a world without nuclear weapons”.

In 2016, Cambodia 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

Cambodia 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: 9 January 2019

Ratified: 22 January 2021

 

Summary

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

 

Signature

Sovann Ke, the permanent representative of Cambodia to the United Nations, signed the treaty on 9 January 2019, and the country’s instrument of ratification was deposited with the UN secretary-general on 22 January 2021, the day of the treaty’s general entry into force. The national assembly and senate had unanimously approved the ratification in November 2020.

Sovann Ke, the permanent representative of Cambodia to the United Nations, signs the treaty in New York on 9 January 2019. Photo: UNOLA

The national assembly of Cambodia unanimously approves a law in November 2020 to enable the country’s ratification of the treaty.

 

Implementation

Cambodia 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”.

In October 2019, Cambodia described the adoption of the treaty as “an important milestone in [the] nuclear disarmament regime”.

 

Treaty negotiations

Cambodia 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 its opening statement to the negotiating conference, it stressed that “the ultimate goal of the instrument is to make it become universalised” so that it achieves “our final objective of a world without nuclear weapons”.

In 2016, Cambodia 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

Cambodia 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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