Ecuador

Nuclear-weapon-free state

Has joined the TPNW

Signed: 20 September 2017

Ratified: 25 September 2019

 

Summary

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

 

Signature and ratification

Lenin Moreno Garcés, the president of Ecuador, signed the treaty when it opened for signature on 20 September 2017. In an address to the UN General Assembly, he called on “all countries to subscribe to this historic international instrument”.

José Valencia, the minister for foreign affairs of Ecuador, deposited the country’s instrument of ratification with the UN secretary-general on 25 September 2019.

Ecuador was the 27th state to ratify or accede to the treaty.

Lenin Moreno Garcés, the president of Ecuador, signs the treaty in New York on 20 September 2017. Photo: UNOLA

José Valencia, the minister for foreign affairs of Ecuador, deposits the instrument of ratification on 25 September 2019. Photo: UNOLA

 

Universalisation

Ecuador has promoted universal adherence to the treaty, 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 United Nations in October 2019, Ecuador said that the “best tribute” that states can pay to the victims of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki is to sign and ratify the treaty. 

 

Treaty negotiations

Ecuador participated in the negotiation of the treaty 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, Ecuador said that “the prohibition and elimination of nuclear weapons has been a constant priority [for Ecuador] for more than seven decades”.

In 2016, Ecuador 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

Ecuador 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: 20 September 2017

Ratified: 25 September 2019

 

Summary

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

 

Signature and ratification

Lenin Moreno Garcés, the president of Ecuador, signed the treaty when it opened for signature on 20 September 2017. In an address to the UN General Assembly, he called on “all countries to subscribe to this historic international instrument”.

José Valencia, the minister for foreign affairs of Ecuador, deposited the country’s instrument of ratification with the UN secretary-general on 25 September 2019.

Ecuador was the 27th state to ratify or accede to the treaty.

Lenin Moreno Garcés, the president of Ecuador, signs the treaty in New York on 20 September 2017. Photo: UNOLA

José Valencia, the minister for foreign affairs of Ecuador, deposits the instrument of ratification on 25 September 2019. Photo: UNOLA

 

Universalisation

Ecuador has promoted universal adherence to the treaty, 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 United Nations in October 2019, Ecuador said that the “best tribute” that states can pay to the victims of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki is to sign and ratify the treaty. 

 

Treaty negotiations

Ecuador participated in the negotiation of the treaty 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, Ecuador said that “the prohibition and elimination of nuclear weapons has been a constant priority [for Ecuador] for more than seven decades”.

In 2016, Ecuador 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

Ecuador 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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