Democratic Republic of Congo

Nuclear-weapon-free state

Voted in favour of adopting TPNW

Has signed TPNW, but not yet ratified

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

Leonard She Okitundu, the then-minister for foreign affairs of the DRC, signed the treaty on 20 September 2017. The government announced in October 2018 that it is “currently working on its ratification”.

The DRC participated in the negotiation of the treaty at the United Nations in New York in 2017 and voted in favour of its adoption.


The DRC 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 DRC was a co-sponsor of the UN General Assembly resolution that 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 DRC 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 DRC is a signatory to the 1996 Treaty of Pelindaba, which established Africa as a nuclear-weapon-free zone.


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  • Congolese Campaign to Ban Landmines

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  • Congolese Physicians for Peace

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  • CRISPAL-Afrique

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  • CPS-AVIP
  • Femmes des Medias Pour la Justice au Congo
  • Standing Green "SG"

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  • FONDATION ALAIN LUBAMBA (FAL)

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  • WOMEN CONCERN

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