Central African Republic

Nuclear-weapon-free state

Did not participate in TPNW negotiations

Has signed TPNW, but not yet ratified

The Central African Republic has signed but not yet ratified the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons.

Faustin Archange Touadera, the president of the CAR, signed the treaty when it opened for signature on 20 September 2017. The government announced in October 2018 that “the internal procedure for ratifying the [treaty] is in progress”.

The Central African Republic did not formally participate in the negotiation of the treaty at the United Nations in New York in 2017 and thus did not vote on its adoption.


The CAR 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, the CAR voted in the first committee of the UN General Assembly in favour of a draft resolution that ultimately 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”.

The CAR 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.

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


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