Guatemala

Nuclear-weapon-free state

Has signed the TPNW

Has not yet ratified the TPNW

Signed: 20 September 2017

 

Summary

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

 

Signature

Sandra Erica Jovel Polanco, the then-minister of foreign affairs of Guatemala, signed the treaty when it opened for signature on 20 September 2017.

Addressing the United Nations ahead of the signing ceremony, the then-president of Guatemala, Jimmy Morales, described the treaty as “an important step towards a world free of nuclear weapons” and said that “collective security can only be achieved through the prohibition and total elimination of nuclear weapons”.

In a statement to the United Nations in October 2020, the government said that it is “currently in the internal final phase of ratification” of the treaty. The matter is before the congress.

Sandra Erica Jovel Polanco, the then-minister of foreign affairs of Guatemala, signs the treaty in New York on 20 September 2017. Photo: UNOLA

 

Universalisation

Guatemala 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

Guatemala 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, Guatemala expressed strong support for the “historic process”, which “is the result of tireless efforts and unwavering political will on the part of a growing majority of states”.

In its closing statement, it celebrated the fact that, after years of inaction in the field of nuclear disarmament, “today we have good news”.

In 2016, Guatemala 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

Guatemala 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

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

 

Signature

Sandra Erica Jovel Polanco, the then-minister of foreign affairs of Guatemala, signed the treaty when it opened for signature on 20 September 2017.

Addressing the United Nations ahead of the signing ceremony, the then-president of Guatemala, Jimmy Morales, described the treaty as “an important step towards a world free of nuclear weapons” and said that “collective security can only be achieved through the prohibition and total elimination of nuclear weapons”.

In a statement to the United Nations in October 2020, the government said that it is “currently in the internal final phase of ratification” of the treaty. The matter is before the congress.

Sandra Erica Jovel Polanco, the then-minister of foreign affairs of Guatemala, signs the treaty in New York on 20 September 2017. Photo: UNOLA

 

Universalisation

Guatemala 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

Guatemala 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, Guatemala expressed strong support for the “historic process”, which “is the result of tireless efforts and unwavering political will on the part of a growing majority of states”.

In its closing statement, it celebrated the fact that, after years of inaction in the field of nuclear disarmament, “today we have good news”.

In 2016, Guatemala 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

Guatemala 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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Association of Guatemalan Physicians and Scientists for the Prevention of War 

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EPCAT

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