Denmark

Nuclear-weapon endorser

Has not yet joined the TPNW

Summary

Denmark has not yet signed or ratified the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. It supports the retention and potential use of nuclear weapons on its behalf, as indicated by its endorsement of various alliance statements of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO), of which it is a member.

 

National position

Denmark has voted against an annual UN General Assembly resolution that welcomes the adoption of the treaty and calls upon all states to sign, ratify, or accede to it “at the earliest possible date”.

In July 2020, the minister of foreign affairs of Denmark, Jeppe Kofod, said: “In order to preserve peace, NATO will need to remain a nuclear alliance as long as nuclear weapons exist.”

 

Political developments

Three former Danish foreign ministers – Mogens Lykketoft, Holger K. Nielsen and Kjeld Olesen – signed an open letter in September 2020 calling on current leaders to “show courage and boldness – and join the treaty”.

 

Public opinion

A public opinion poll conducted by YouGov in November 2020 found that 78 per cent of Danes believe that their country should join the treaty, with just 7 per cent opposed to joining. Furthermore, 65 per cent believe that Denmark should be among the first NATO states to join, even if it faced pressure from allies not to do so.

 

Treaty negotiations

Denmark did not participate in the negotiation of the treaty at the United Nations in New York in 2017 and thus did not vote on its adoption. On the opening day of the negotiating conference, it joined the United States and several other states in protesting the treaty-making process.

In 2016, Denmark voted against 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”.

In a document sent to NATO members ahead of the vote, the United States “strongly encourage[d]” members, including Denmark, to vote against the resolution, “not to merely abstain”. In addition, it said that, if the treaty negotiations do commence, allies and partners should “refrain from joining them”.

Nuclear-weapon endorser

Has not yet joined the TPNW

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Summary

Denmark has not yet signed or ratified the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. It supports the retention and potential use of nuclear weapons on its behalf, as indicated by its endorsement of various alliance statements of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO), of which it is a member.

 

National position

Denmark has voted against an annual UN General Assembly resolution that welcomes the adoption of the treaty and calls upon all states to sign, ratify, or accede to it “at the earliest possible date”.

In July 2020, the minister of foreign affairs of Denmark, Jeppe Kofod, said: “In order to preserve peace, NATO will need to remain a nuclear alliance as long as nuclear weapons exist.”

 

Political developments

Three former Danish foreign ministers – Mogens Lykketoft, Holger K. Nielsen and Kjeld Olesen – signed an open letter in September 2020 calling on current leaders to “show courage and boldness – and join the treaty”.

 

Public opinion

A public opinion poll conducted by YouGov in November 2020 found that 78 per cent of Danes believe that their country should join the treaty, with just 7 per cent opposed to joining. Furthermore, 65 per cent believe that Denmark should be among the first NATO states to join, even if it faced pressure from allies not to do so.

 

Treaty negotiations

Denmark did not participate in the negotiation of the treaty at the United Nations in New York in 2017 and thus did not vote on its adoption. On the opening day of the negotiating conference, it joined the United States and several other states in protesting the treaty-making process.

In 2016, Denmark voted against 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”.

In a document sent to NATO members ahead of the vote, the United States “strongly encourage[d]” members, including Denmark, to vote against the resolution, “not to merely abstain”. In addition, it said that, if the treaty negotiations do commence, allies and partners should “refrain from joining them”.

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Danish Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War

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CRAS Ensemble 

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International Federation of Medical Students' Associations

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Fredsministerium

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Århus mod Krig og Terror (Århus City against War and Terrorism)

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FredsVagten ved Christiansborg

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NOAH Friends of the Earth Denmark

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Kvindernes Internationale liga for Fred og Frihed (WILPF)

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Aldig Mere Krig (War No More)

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