The Gambia

Nuclear-weapon-free state

Has joined the TPNW

Signed: 20 September 2017

Ratified: 26 September 2018

 

Summary

The Gambia has signed and ratified the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. It was among the original 50 states parties to the treaty when it entered into force on 22 January 2021.

 

Signature and ratification

Adama Barrow, the president of the Gambia, signed the treaty when it opened for signature on 20 September 2017. Mamadou Tangara, the minister of foreign affairs of the Gambia, deposited the country’s instrument of ratification with the UN secretary-general on 26 September 2018.

The Gambia was the 16th state overall to ratify or accede to the treaty, and the first state in Africa to do so.

Adama Barrow, the president of the Gambia, signs the treaty in New York on 20 September 2017. Photo: UNOLA

Mamadou Tangara, the minister of foreign affairs of the Gambia, deposits the instrument of ratification on 26 September 2018. Photo: ICAN

 

Implementation

The Gambia has promoted universal adherence to the treaty, including by co-sponsoring and 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”.

 

Treaty negotiations

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

In 2016, the Gambia voted in the first committee of the UN General Assembly in favour of a draft resolution that ultimately 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”.

 

Before the negotiations

The Gambia 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 joined the TPNW

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Signed: 20 September 2017

Ratified: 26 September 2018

 

Summary

The Gambia has signed and ratified the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. It was among the original 50 states parties to the treaty when it entered into force on 22 January 2021.

 

Signature and ratification

Adama Barrow, the president of the Gambia, signed the treaty when it opened for signature on 20 September 2017. Mamadou Tangara, the minister of foreign affairs of the Gambia, deposited the country’s instrument of ratification with the UN secretary-general on 26 September 2018.

The Gambia was the 16th state overall to ratify or accede to the treaty, and the first state in Africa to do so.

Adama Barrow, the president of the Gambia, signs the treaty in New York on 20 September 2017. Photo: UNOLA

Mamadou Tangara, the minister of foreign affairs of the Gambia, deposits the instrument of ratification on 26 September 2018. Photo: ICAN

 

Implementation

The Gambia has promoted universal adherence to the treaty, including by co-sponsoring and 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”.

 

Treaty negotiations

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

In 2016, the Gambia voted in the first committee of the UN General Assembly in favour of a draft resolution that ultimately 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”.

 

Before the negotiations

The Gambia 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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Youth Center for Peace and Development

Child and Environmental Development Association

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