Guinea-Bissau

Nuclear-weapon-free state

Has signed the TPNW

Has not yet ratified the TPNW

Signed: 26 September 2018

 

Summary

Guinea-Bissau has signed but not yet ratified the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons.

 

Signature

João Ribeiro Butiam Có, the then-minister for foreign affairs of Guinea-Bissau, signed the treaty at a high-level ceremony on 26 September 2018, and the National People’s Assembly of Guinea-Bissau approved ratification of the treaty on 8 June 2021.

João Ribeiro Butiam Có, the then-minister of foreign affairs of Guinea-Bissau, signs the treaty in New York on 26 September 2018. Photo: UNOLA

 

Universalisation

Guinea-Bissau 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

While Guinea-Bissau did not formally participate in the negotiation of the treaty at the United Nations in New York in 2017, it was among 122 states that voted in favour of its adoption.

In 2016, Guinea-Bissau 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

Guinea-Bissau 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: 26 September 2018

 

Summary

Guinea-Bissau has signed but not yet ratified the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons.

 

Signature

João Ribeiro Butiam Có, the then-minister for foreign affairs of Guinea-Bissau, signed the treaty at a high-level ceremony on 26 September 2018, and the National People’s Assembly of Guinea-Bissau approved ratification of the treaty on 8 June 2021.

João Ribeiro Butiam Có, the then-minister of foreign affairs of Guinea-Bissau, signs the treaty in New York on 26 September 2018. Photo: UNOLA

 

Universalisation

Guinea-Bissau 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

While Guinea-Bissau did not formally participate in the negotiation of the treaty at the United Nations in New York in 2017, it was among 122 states that voted in favour of its adoption.

In 2016, Guinea-Bissau 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

Guinea-Bissau 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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