Dominica

Nuclear-weapon-free state

Has joined the TPNW

Signed: 26 September 2019

Ratified: 18 October 2019

 

Summary

Dominica has signed and ratified the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons.

 

Signature and ratification

Francine Baron, the minister of foreign affairs of Dominica, signed the treaty at a high-level ceremony on 26 September 2019. The country’s instrument of ratification was deposited with the UN secretary-general on 18 October 2019.

Dominica was the 33rd state to ratify or accede to the treaty.

Francine Baron, the minister of foreign affairs of Dominica, signs the treaty in New York on 26 September 2019. Photo: ICAN

 

Universalisation

Dominica voted in favour of a UN General Assembly resolution in 2018 that welcomed the adoption of the treaty and called upon “all states that have not yet done so to sign, ratify, accept, approve, or accede to the treaty at the earliest possible date”.

 

Treaty negotiations

Dominica 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, Dominica 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

Dominica 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 joined the TPNW

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Signed: 26 September 2019

Ratified: 18 October 2019

 

Summary

Dominica has signed and ratified the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons.

 

Signature and ratification

Francine Baron, the minister of foreign affairs of Dominica, signed the treaty at a high-level ceremony on 26 September 2019. The country’s instrument of ratification was deposited with the UN secretary-general on 18 October 2019.

Dominica was the 33rd state to ratify or accede to the treaty.

Francine Baron, the minister of foreign affairs of Dominica, signs the treaty in New York on 26 September 2019. Photo: ICAN

 

Universalisation

Dominica voted in favour of a UN General Assembly resolution in 2018 that welcomed the adoption of the treaty and called upon “all states that have not yet done so to sign, ratify, accept, approve, or accede to the treaty at the earliest possible date”.

 

Treaty negotiations

Dominica 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, Dominica 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

Dominica 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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