Eritrea

Nuclear-weapon-free state

Has not yet joined the TPNW

Summary

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

 

National position

Eritrea has promoted universal adherence to the treaty, including by voting in favour of an annual UN General Assembly resolution 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 2020, it said that “Eritrea supports the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons”, describing it as one of a number of “critical steps to complete denuclearisation”.

In October 2019, it said that ratification of this “landmark” treaty will help achieve “a world free of nuclear arms”.

 

Treaty negotiations

Eritrea 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 2016, Eritrea voted in favour of 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

Eritrea 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

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

 

National position

Eritrea has promoted universal adherence to the treaty, including by voting in favour of an annual UN General Assembly resolution 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 2020, it said that “Eritrea supports the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons”, describing it as one of a number of “critical steps to complete denuclearisation”.

In October 2019, it said that ratification of this “landmark” treaty will help achieve “a world free of nuclear arms”.

 

Treaty negotiations

Eritrea 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 2016, Eritrea voted in favour of 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

Eritrea 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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