Colombia

Nuclear-weapon-free state

Has signed the TPNW

Has not yet ratified the TPNW

Signed: 3 August 2018

 

Summary

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

 

Signature

Francisco González, the then-deputy permanent representative of Colombia to the United Nations, signed the treaty on 3 August 2018.

In March 2020, the ministry of foreign affairs indicated that “the internal legislative process leading to [Colombia’s] eventual ratification is pending”.

 

Universalisation

Colombia 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 a statement to the United Nations in 2018, Colombia said that “the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons is a milestone in the history of nuclear disarmament, and its application will contribute in a substantive manner to international peace and security”.

 

Treaty negotiations

Colombia 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 a working paper submitted to the negotiating conference, Colombia proposed principles, objectives, and preambular elements for the treaty.

In its closing statement to the negotiating conference, it said that the treaty represented a “significant advance for the nuclear non-proliferation and disarmament regime”.

In 2016, Colombia 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

Colombia 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: 3 August 2018

 

Summary

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

 

Signature

Francisco González, the then-deputy permanent representative of Colombia to the United Nations, signed the treaty on 3 August 2018.

In March 2020, the ministry of foreign affairs indicated that “the internal legislative process leading to [Colombia’s] eventual ratification is pending”.

 

Universalisation

Colombia 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 a statement to the United Nations in 2018, Colombia said that “the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons is a milestone in the history of nuclear disarmament, and its application will contribute in a substantive manner to international peace and security”.

 

Treaty negotiations

Colombia 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 a working paper submitted to the negotiating conference, Colombia proposed principles, objectives, and preambular elements for the treaty.

In its closing statement to the negotiating conference, it said that the treaty represented a “significant advance for the nuclear non-proliferation and disarmament regime”.

In 2016, Colombia 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

Colombia 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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