Guinea

Nuclear-weapon-free state

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Summary

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

 

Universalisation

Guinea has promoted universal adherence to the treaty, including by co-sponsoring an annual UN General Assembly resolution that calls upon all states to sign, ratify, or accede to the treaty “at the earliest possible date”.

 

Pre-negotiations

In 2016, Guinea 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”.

Guinea 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.

 

Other information

Guinea is a state party to the 1996 Treaty of Pelindaba, which established Africa as a nuclear-weapon-free zone.


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