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. It was among the original 50 states parties to the treaty when it entered into force on 22 January 2021.

 

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

 

Implementation

In accordance with Article 2 of the treaty, Dominica submitted a declaration to the UN secretary-general on 26 April 2021 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.

Dominica has promoted universal adherence to the treaty, including by 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”.

 

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. It was among the original 50 states parties to the treaty when it entered into force on 22 January 2021.

 

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

 

Implementation

In accordance with Article 2 of the treaty, Dominica submitted a declaration to the UN secretary-general on 26 April 2021 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.

Dominica has promoted universal adherence to the treaty, including by 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”.

 

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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