Dominican Republic

Nuclear-weapon-free state

Has signed the TPNW

Has not yet ratified the TPNW

Signed: 7 June 2018

 

Summary

The Dominican Republic has signed but not yet ratified the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW).

 

Signature

Miguel Vargas, the then-minister of foreign affairs of the Dominican Republic, signed the TPNW on 7 June 2018.

In 2019, the Dominican Republic announced that the TPNW is now before the congress for ratification. As a step towards ratifying the treaty, the constitutional tribunal declared the treaty to be consistent with the nation’s constitution in 2020.

Miguel Vargas, the then-minister of foreign affairs of the Dominican Republic, signs the TPNW in New York on 7 June 2018. Photo: UNOLA

 

Universalisation

The Dominican Republic has promoted universal adherence to the TPNW, including by co-sponsoring and consistently 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”.

In a statement to the UN General Assembly in September 2021, the Dominican Republic welcomed the TPNW’s entry into force and called upon all states have have not yet done so to adhere to the treaty.

 

TPNW negotiations

The Dominican Republic participated in the negotiation of the TPNW at the United Nations in New York in 2017 and was among 122 states that voted in favour of its adoption.

In its opening statement to the negotiating conference, the Dominican Republic said that the “historical starting point” for the adoption of measures to prohibit and eliminate nuclear weapons should be the inter-generational human suffering caused by such weapons.

In 2016, the Dominican Republic co-sponsored 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”.

 

Before the negotiations

The Dominican Republic 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 signed the TPNW

Has not yet ratified the TPNW

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Signed: 7 June 2018

 

Summary

The Dominican Republic has signed but not yet ratified the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW).

 

Signature

Miguel Vargas, the then-minister of foreign affairs of the Dominican Republic, signed the TPNW on 7 June 2018.

In 2019, the Dominican Republic announced that the TPNW is now before the congress for ratification. As a step towards ratifying the treaty, the constitutional tribunal declared the treaty to be consistent with the nation’s constitution in 2020.

Miguel Vargas, the then-minister of foreign affairs of the Dominican Republic, signs the TPNW in New York on 7 June 2018. Photo: UNOLA

 

Universalisation

The Dominican Republic has promoted universal adherence to the TPNW, including by co-sponsoring and consistently 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”.

In a statement to the UN General Assembly in September 2021, the Dominican Republic welcomed the TPNW’s entry into force and called upon all states have have not yet done so to adhere to the treaty.

 

TPNW negotiations

The Dominican Republic participated in the negotiation of the TPNW at the United Nations in New York in 2017 and was among 122 states that voted in favour of its adoption.

In its opening statement to the negotiating conference, the Dominican Republic said that the “historical starting point” for the adoption of measures to prohibit and eliminate nuclear weapons should be the inter-generational human suffering caused by such weapons.

In 2016, the Dominican Republic co-sponsored 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”.

 

Before the negotiations

The Dominican Republic 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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