Kenya

Nuclear-weapon-free state

Has not yet joined the TPNW

Summary

Kenya has not yet signed or ratified the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW).

 

National position

In an address to the United Nations in September 2017, the then-cabinet secretary for foreign affairs of Kenya, Amina Mohamed, welcomed the “historic adoption” of the TPNW, which “gives us renewed hope that it is possible, if we work together, to rid the world of nuclear weapons”.

Kenya has promoted universal adherence to the TPNW, including by 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”.

Kenyan parliamentarians attend a workshop in Nairobi in March 2021 to learn about the TPNW and the impacts of nuclear weapons. Photo: ACRL

Government officials and members of civil society discuss the TPNW at a meeting in Kenya in September 2021. Photo: ACRL

 

Treaty negotiations

Kenya participated in the negotiation of the TPNW at the United Nations in New York in 2017 and was among 122 states that voted in favour of its adoption.

In 2016, Kenya 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

Kenya 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 not yet joined the TPNW

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Summary

Kenya has not yet signed or ratified the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW).

 

National position

In an address to the United Nations in September 2017, the then-cabinet secretary for foreign affairs of Kenya, Amina Mohamed, welcomed the “historic adoption” of the TPNW, which “gives us renewed hope that it is possible, if we work together, to rid the world of nuclear weapons”.

Kenya has promoted universal adherence to the TPNW, including by 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”.

Kenyan parliamentarians attend a workshop in Nairobi in March 2021 to learn about the TPNW and the impacts of nuclear weapons. Photo: ACRL

Government officials and members of civil society discuss the TPNW at a meeting in Kenya in September 2021. Photo: ACRL

 

Treaty negotiations

Kenya participated in the negotiation of the TPNW at the United Nations in New York in 2017 and was among 122 states that voted in favour of its adoption.

In 2016, Kenya 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

Kenya 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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Africa Peace Forum

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African Council of Religious Leaders - Religions for Peace (ACRL-RfP)

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Inter-Religious Council of Kenya

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Kenya Association of Physicians and Medical Workers for Social Responsibility

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Kenya Pastoralist Journalist Network

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  • Inter-Religious Council of Kenya

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  • Kenya Association of Physicians and Medical Workers for Social Responsibility

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  • Kenya Pastoralist Journalist Network

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