Nuclear-weapon endorser

Did not participate in TPNW negotiations

Has not yet joined TPNW

Iceland supports the retention and potential use of nuclear weapons on its behalf, as indicated by its endorsement of various alliance statements of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO), of which it is a member.

Iceland has not yet signed or ratified the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. It did not participate in the negotiation of the treaty at the United Nations in New York in 2017 and thus did not vote on its adoption.

The prime minister of Iceland, Katrín Jakobsdóttir, has pledged to work for her country’s signature and ratification of the treaty. She made this commitment in September 2017, prior to assuming the office of prime minister.

The former Icelandic prime minister Jóhanna Sigurðardóttir and former foreign ministers Ingibjörg Sólrún Gísladóttir and Össur Skarphéðinsson were among the signatories to an open letter in September 2020 calling on current leaders to “show courage and boldness – and join the treaty”.

In February 2018, a group of Icelandic parliamentarians proposed a motion that the parliament of Iceland “resolves to entrust the government with ensuring that Iceland accedes to the United Nations Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons”. The matter was referred to the foreign affairs committee of the parliament.

In a submission to the committee, the ministry of foreign affairs of Iceland indicated that it does not support the treaty. A number of organisations, including the Icelandic Red Cross, made submissions in support of the motion. It remains on the parliamentary agenda.

Iceland voted against a UN General Assembly resolution in 2019 that welcomed the adoption of the treaty and called upon “all states that have not yet done so to sign, ratify, accept, approve, or accede to the treaty at the earliest possible date”.

In 2016, Iceland voted against the UN General Assembly resolution that 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”.

In a “non-paper” sent to NATO members ahead of the vote, the United States “strongly encourage[d]” members, including Iceland, to vote against the resolution, “not to merely abstain”. In addition, it said that, if the treaty negotiations do commence, allies and partners should "refrain from joining them”.

In the past, Iceland had called for intensified efforts to outlaw nuclear weapons in light of their unacceptable humanitarian consequences.

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Ágúst Ólafur Ágústsson
Albertína Friðbjörg Elíasdóttir
Andrés Ingi Jónsson
Ari Trausti Guðmundsson
Ásta Guðrún Helgadóttir*
Birgitta Jónsdóttir*
Björn Leví Gunnarsson
Bjarkey Olsen Gunnarsdóttir
Einar Brynjólfsson*
Eva Pandora Baldursdóttir*
Gunnar Hrafn Jónsson*
Guðjón S. Brjánsson
Guðmundur Andri Thorsson
Halla Signý Kristjánsdóttir
Halldóra Mogensen
Helga Vala Helgadóttir
Helgi Hrafn Gunnarsson
Inga Sæland
Katrín Jakobsdóttir
Kolbeinn Óttarsson Proppé
Lilja Rafney Magnúsdóttir
Logi Einarsson
Nichole Leigh Mosty
Oddný G. Harðardóttir
Ólafur Þór Gunnarsson
Rósa Björk Brynjólfsdóttir
Smári McCarthy
Steingrímur J. Sigfússon
Steinunn Þóra Árnadóttir
Svandís Svavarsdóttir
Þórhildur Sunna Ævarsdóttir

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