Equatorial Guinea

Nuclear-weapon-free state

Voted in favour of adopting TPNW

Has not yet joined TPNW

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

Equatorial Guinea participated in the negotiation of the treaty at the United Nations in New York in 2017 and voted in favour of its adoption.

Equatorial Guinea has promoted universal adherence to the treaty, including by co-sponsoring a UN General Assembly resolution in 2019 that calls upon all states to sign, ratify, or accede to the treaty “at the earliest possible date”.

In its opening statement to the negotiating conference, Equatorial Guinea said that “nuclear weapons pose a direct and constant threat to all of humanity”, and this conference offers us a “unique and vital opportunity” to eliminate such weapons.

In 2016, Equatorial Guinea voted in favour of the UN General Assembly resolution that established the formal mandate for states to commence the negotiations in 2017 on “a legally binding instrument to prohibit nuclear weapons, leading towards their total elimination”.

Prior to the adoption of the treaty in 2017, nuclear weapons were the only weapons of mass destruction not subject to a comprehensive, globally applicable treaty prohibition. Equatorial Guinea supported calls in the UN General Assembly fill this “legal gap”.

Equatorial Guinea is a state party to the 1996 Treaty of Pelindaba, which established Africa as a nuclear-weapon-free zone.


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