Dominican Republic

Nuclear-weapon-free state

Has joined the TPNW

SIGNED

7 June 2018

RATIFIED

22 September 2022

IN FORCE

 

 

Status

The Dominican Republic has signed and ratified the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW), and is legally bound by it from 21 December 2022.

 

Signature and ratification

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

The vice-minister of multilateral foreign policy of the Dominican Republic, Rubén Arturo Silié Valdez, deposited the country’s instrument of ratification with the UN secretary-general on 22 September 2022.

The senate of the Dominican Republic approved ratification of the TPNW on 6 April 2022 and the chamber of deputies on 13 July 2022. In 2020, the constitutional tribunal declared the treaty to be consistent with the nation’s constitution.

The Dominican Republic was the equal 67th state to ratify or accede to the TPNW.

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

The foreign affairs committee of the chamber of deputies examines the TPNW in 2022. Photo: Chamber of Deputies

Rubén Arturo Silié Valdez, a vice-minister for foreign affairsdeposits the instrument of ratification in 2022. Photo: UNOLA

 

Implementation

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.

 

Meetings of states parties

The Dominican Republic attended as an observer the first meeting of states parties to the TPNW, held in Vienna in June 2022. “Our foreign ministry is following up actively on the ratification process,” it said. “It is currently at the stage of approval by the national congress.”

 

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 joined the TPNW

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SIGNED

7 June 2018

RATIFIED

22 September 2022

IN FORCE

 

 

Status

The Dominican Republic has signed and ratified the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW), and is legally bound by it from 21 December 2022.

 

Signature and ratification

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

The vice-minister of multilateral foreign policy of the Dominican Republic, Rubén Arturo Silié Valdez, deposited the country’s instrument of ratification with the UN secretary-general on 22 September 2022.

The senate of the Dominican Republic approved ratification of the TPNW on 6 April 2022 and the chamber of deputies on 13 July 2022. In 2020, the constitutional tribunal declared the treaty to be consistent with the nation’s constitution.

The Dominican Republic was the equal 67th state to ratify or accede to the TPNW.

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

The foreign affairs committee of the chamber of deputies examines the TPNW in 2022. Photo: Chamber of Deputies

Rubén Arturo Silié Valdez, a vice-minister for foreign affairsdeposits the instrument of ratification in 2022. Photo: UNOLA

 

Implementation

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.

 

Meetings of states parties

The Dominican Republic attended as an observer the first meeting of states parties to the TPNW, held in Vienna in June 2022. “Our foreign ministry is following up actively on the ratification process,” it said. “It is currently at the stage of approval by the national congress.”

 

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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