Ghana

Nuclear-weapon-free state

Has signed the TPNW

Has not yet ratified the TPNW

Signed: 20 September 2017

 

Summary

Ghana has signed but not yet ratified the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons.

 

Signature

Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey, the minister of foreign affairs of Ghana, signed the treaty when it opened for signature on 20 September 2017.

In a statement to the United Nations in 2019, the government announced that it is “well advanced towards its early ratification” of the treaty. It said in October 2020 that “the ratification process is still under way”.

Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey, the minister of foreign affairs of Ghana, signs the treaty in New York on 20 September 2017. Photo: UNOLA

Government officials, parliamentarians, and members of civil society participate in a workshop in Accra in July 2021 to promote ratification of the treaty. Source: Ghana MFA

 

Universalisation

Ghana 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”.

Ghana has said that the treaty “provides a universally agreed path to the total elimination of nuclear weapons” and “has revived the disarmament debate”.

 

Treaty negotiations

Ghana 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, Ghana described the treaty-making process as “long overdue” and “a genuine and timely opportunity to break the impasse and to make real progress towards a world free of nuclear weapons”.

In 2016, Ghana 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

Ghana 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 signed the TPNW

Has not yet ratified the TPNW

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Signed: 20 September 2017

 

Summary

Ghana has signed but not yet ratified the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons.

 

Signature

Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey, the minister of foreign affairs of Ghana, signed the treaty when it opened for signature on 20 September 2017.

In a statement to the United Nations in 2019, the government announced that it is “well advanced towards its early ratification” of the treaty. It said in October 2020 that “the ratification process is still under way”.

Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey, the minister of foreign affairs of Ghana, signs the treaty in New York on 20 September 2017. Photo: UNOLA

Government officials, parliamentarians, and members of civil society participate in a workshop in Accra in July 2021 to promote ratification of the treaty. Source: Ghana MFA

 

Universalisation

Ghana 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”.

Ghana has said that the treaty “provides a universally agreed path to the total elimination of nuclear weapons” and “has revived the disarmament debate”.

 

Treaty negotiations

Ghana 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, Ghana described the treaty-making process as “long overdue” and “a genuine and timely opportunity to break the impasse and to make real progress towards a world free of nuclear weapons”.

In 2016, Ghana 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

Ghana 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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