Central African Republic

Nuclear-weapon-free state

Has signed the TPNW

Has not yet ratified the TPNW

Signed: 20 September 2017

 

Summary

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

 

Signature

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”.

Faustin Archange Touadera, the president of the CAR, signs the treaty in New York on 20 September 2017. Photo: ICAN

 

Universalisation

The CAR 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

The CAR 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.

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 negotiations on “a legally binding instrument to prohibit nuclear weapons, leading towards their total elimination”.

 

Before the negotiations

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.

Nuclear-weapon-free state

Has signed the TPNW

Has not yet ratified the TPNW

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Signed: 20 September 2017

 

Summary

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

 

Signature

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”.

Faustin Archange Touadera, the president of the CAR, signs the treaty in New York on 20 September 2017. Photo: ICAN

 

Universalisation

The CAR 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

The CAR 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.

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 negotiations on “a legally binding instrument to prohibit nuclear weapons, leading towards their total elimination”.

 

Before the negotiations

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.

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