Cook Islands

Nuclear-weapon-free state

Has acceded to the TPNW

ACCEDED

4 September 2018

IN FORCE

22 January 2021

 

Status

The Cook Islands has acceded to the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW). It was among the original 50 states parties to the treaty when it entered into force on 22 January 2021.

 

Accession

Siai Taylor, a foreign affairs officer at the ministry of foreign affairs of the Cook Islands, deposited the country’s instrument of accession for the TPNW with the UN secretary-general on 4 September 2018.

In a statement to the leaders’ meeting of the Pacific Islands Forum days after acceding to the TPNW, Henry Puna, the then-prime minister of the Cook Islands, called on all other states to join the treaty at the earliest opportunity.

He described the TPNW as “an extension of the foresight” shown by Pacific island leaders more than three decades earlier when they signed the South Pacific Nuclear Free Zone Treaty in Rarotonga, the Cook Islands, in 1985.

He said: “We in the Pacific are all too aware the cataclysmic effects of nuclear weapons. To this day, some of our people are still suffering the devastating effects of nuclear testing carried out in our region more than 30 years ago.”

The Cook Islands was the 15th state to ratify or accede to the TPNW.

Siai Taylor, an officer at the foreign ministry of the Cook Islands, deposits the country’s instrument of accession in 2018. Credit: UNOLA

 

Implementation

In accordance with Article 2 of the TPNW, the Cook Islands submitted a declaration to the UN secretary-general on 4 September 2018 confirming that it does not own, possess, or control nuclear weapons, has never done so, and does not host any other state’s nuclear weapons on its territory.

 

TPNW negotiations

The Cook Islands was not able to participate in the negotiation of the TPNW at the United Nations in New York in 2017, as the rules of procedure limited participation to UN member states and UN observer states. As such, it did not vote on the adoption of the treaty.

 

Before the negotiations

The Cook Islands 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 TPNW negotiations.

Nuclear-weapon-free state

Has acceded to the TPNW

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ACCEDED

4 September 2018

IN FORCE

22 January 2021

 

Status

The Cook Islands has acceded to the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW). It was among the original 50 states parties to the treaty when it entered into force on 22 January 2021.

 

Accession

Siai Taylor, a foreign affairs officer at the ministry of foreign affairs of the Cook Islands, deposited the country’s instrument of accession for the TPNW with the UN secretary-general on 4 September 2018.

In a statement to the leaders’ meeting of the Pacific Islands Forum days after acceding to the TPNW, Henry Puna, the then-prime minister of the Cook Islands, called on all other states to join the treaty at the earliest opportunity.

He described the TPNW as “an extension of the foresight” shown by Pacific island leaders more than three decades earlier when they signed the South Pacific Nuclear Free Zone Treaty in Rarotonga, the Cook Islands, in 1985.

He said: “We in the Pacific are all too aware the cataclysmic effects of nuclear weapons. To this day, some of our people are still suffering the devastating effects of nuclear testing carried out in our region more than 30 years ago.”

The Cook Islands was the 15th state to ratify or accede to the TPNW.

Siai Taylor, an officer at the foreign ministry of the Cook Islands, deposits the country’s instrument of accession in 2018. Credit: UNOLA

 

Implementation

In accordance with Article 2 of the TPNW, the Cook Islands submitted a declaration to the UN secretary-general on 4 September 2018 confirming that it does not own, possess, or control nuclear weapons, has never done so, and does not host any other state’s nuclear weapons on its territory.

 

TPNW negotiations

The Cook Islands was not able to participate in the negotiation of the TPNW at the United Nations in New York in 2017, as the rules of procedure limited participation to UN member states and UN observer states. As such, it did not vote on the adoption of the treaty.

 

Before the negotiations

The Cook Islands 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 TPNW negotiations.

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