Eswatini

Nuclear-weapon-free state

Has not yet joined the TPNW

Summary

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

 

National position

Eswatini 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 October 2019, Eswatini welcomed the “historical adoption” of this “landmark treaty”, stressing that it complements and strengthens the nuclear non-proliferation regime.

In 2018, it announced that it was involved in internal processes to become a state party to the treaty soon.

 

Treaty negotiations

Eswatini participated in the negotiation of the treaty at the United Nations in New York in 2017 but was absent for the vote on its adoption.

In 2016, Eswatini 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

Eswatini 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

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

 

National position

Eswatini 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 October 2019, Eswatini welcomed the “historical adoption” of this “landmark treaty”, stressing that it complements and strengthens the nuclear non-proliferation regime.

In 2018, it announced that it was involved in internal processes to become a state party to the treaty soon.

 

Treaty negotiations

Eswatini participated in the negotiation of the treaty at the United Nations in New York in 2017 but was absent for the vote on its adoption.

In 2016, Eswatini 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

Eswatini 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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