Ethiopia

Nuclear-weapon-free state

Has not yet joined the TPNW

Summary

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

 

National position

Ethiopia 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 2020, Ethiopia said that it has “fully supported the treaty and we look forward to ratifying it”. In 2019, it hailed the adoption of the treaty as “an important milestone towards achieving the goal of a world without nuclear weapons”.

Ethiopian campaigners and government officials meet in Addis Ababa to celebrate the treaty’s entry into force on 22 January 2021. Photo: SRaRO

 

Treaty negotiations

Ethiopia 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, Ethiopia said that “concrete actions to attain and maintain a world without nuclear weapons” are “critically urgent” and expressed dismay “that these deadly and destructive weapons are being further modernised and upgraded”.

In 2016, Ethiopia 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

Ethiopia 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.

In June 2012, an African regional roundtable meeting was held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, to share perspectives on the need for a global ban on nuclear weapons.

Nuclear-weapon-free state

Has not yet joined the TPNW

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Summary

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

 

National position

Ethiopia 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 2020, Ethiopia said that it has “fully supported the treaty and we look forward to ratifying it”. In 2019, it hailed the adoption of the treaty as “an important milestone towards achieving the goal of a world without nuclear weapons”.

Ethiopian campaigners and government officials meet in Addis Ababa to celebrate the treaty’s entry into force on 22 January 2021. Photo: SRaRO

 

Treaty negotiations

Ethiopia 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, Ethiopia said that “concrete actions to attain and maintain a world without nuclear weapons” are “critically urgent” and expressed dismay “that these deadly and destructive weapons are being further modernised and upgraded”.

In 2016, Ethiopia 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

Ethiopia 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.

In June 2012, an African regional roundtable meeting was held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, to share perspectives on the need for a global ban on nuclear weapons.

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