Egypt

Nuclear-weapon-free state

Has not yet joined the TPNW

Summary

Egypt has not yet signed or ratified the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons.

 

National position

Egypt has promoted universal adherence to the treaty, including by 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 September 2017, Egypt described the adoption of the “landmark treaty prohibiting nuclear weapons” as a remarkable development and a clear sign “that the circumstances have changed on the international stage”.

The ministry of foreign affairs of Egypt indicated in December 2020 that the matter of signing and ratifying the treaty “is subject to an ongoing internal review and assessment by the Egyptian government”.

 

Treaty negotiations

Egypt 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, Egypt said that the treaty should “formalize the categorical rejection of the possession and use of nuclear weapons” and “solidify the international denunciation of nuclear weapons”.

In its closing statement, Egypt said: “Global challenges require global partnership, and making the world a safer place requires collectivism, rather than detachment; compromise, rather than dissent; and leadership, rather than inaction.”

In 2016, Egypt 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

Egypt 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 not yet joined the TPNW

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Summary

Egypt has not yet signed or ratified the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons.

 

National position

Egypt has promoted universal adherence to the treaty, including by 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 September 2017, Egypt described the adoption of the “landmark treaty prohibiting nuclear weapons” as a remarkable development and a clear sign “that the circumstances have changed on the international stage”.

The ministry of foreign affairs of Egypt indicated in December 2020 that the matter of signing and ratifying the treaty “is subject to an ongoing internal review and assessment by the Egyptian government”.

 

Treaty negotiations

Egypt 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, Egypt said that the treaty should “formalize the categorical rejection of the possession and use of nuclear weapons” and “solidify the international denunciation of nuclear weapons”.

In its closing statement, Egypt said: “Global challenges require global partnership, and making the world a safer place requires collectivism, rather than detachment; compromise, rather than dissent; and leadership, rather than inaction.”

In 2016, Egypt 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

Egypt 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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