Laos

Nuclear-weapon-free state

Has joined the TPNW

Signed: 21 September 2017

Ratified: 26 September 2019

 

Summary

Laos has signed and ratified the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. It was among the original 50 states parties to the treaty when it entered into force on 22 January 2021.

 

Signature and ratification

Saleumxay Kommsith, the minister of foreign affairs of Laos, signed the treaty on 21 September 2017. He deposited the country’s instrument of ratification with the UN secretary-general on 26 September 2019.

Laos was the equal 28th state to ratify or accede to the treaty.

Saleumxay Kommsith, the minister of foreign affairs of Laos, signs the treaty in New York on 21 September 2017. Photo: UNOLA

Kommsith deposits the instrument of ratification on 26 September 2019. Photo: ICAN

 

Implementation

In accordance with Article 2 of the treaty, Laos submitted a declaration to the UN secretary-general on 2 February 2021 confirming that it does not own, possess, or control nuclear weapons, has never done so, and does not host any other state’s nuclear weapons on its territory.

Laos 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”.

In a statement to the United Nations in October 2020, Laos urged states to join the treaty to “further contribute to the realisation of making our world free from nuclear weapons”.

 

Treaty negotiations

Laos 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, Laos said that “this conference is timely and important, as we believe that it will help to pave the way toward a complete nuclear disarmament”.

In 2016, Laos voted in favour of 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

Prior to the adoption of the treaty in 2017, nuclear weapons were the only weapons of mass destruction not subject to a comprehensive, globally applicable treaty prohibition. Laos supported calls in the UN General Assembly fill this “legal gap”.

Nuclear-weapon-free state

Has joined the TPNW

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Signed: 21 September 2017

Ratified: 26 September 2019

 

Summary

Laos has signed and ratified the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. It was among the original 50 states parties to the treaty when it entered into force on 22 January 2021.

 

Signature and ratification

Saleumxay Kommsith, the minister of foreign affairs of Laos, signed the treaty on 21 September 2017. He deposited the country’s instrument of ratification with the UN secretary-general on 26 September 2019.

Laos was the equal 28th state to ratify or accede to the treaty.

Saleumxay Kommsith, the minister of foreign affairs of Laos, signs the treaty in New York on 21 September 2017. Photo: UNOLA

Kommsith deposits the instrument of ratification on 26 September 2019. Photo: ICAN

 

Implementation

In accordance with Article 2 of the treaty, Laos submitted a declaration to the UN secretary-general on 2 February 2021 confirming that it does not own, possess, or control nuclear weapons, has never done so, and does not host any other state’s nuclear weapons on its territory.

Laos 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”.

In a statement to the United Nations in October 2020, Laos urged states to join the treaty to “further contribute to the realisation of making our world free from nuclear weapons”.

 

Treaty negotiations

Laos 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, Laos said that “this conference is timely and important, as we believe that it will help to pave the way toward a complete nuclear disarmament”.

In 2016, Laos voted in favour of 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

Prior to the adoption of the treaty in 2017, nuclear weapons were the only weapons of mass destruction not subject to a comprehensive, globally applicable treaty prohibition. Laos supported calls in the UN General Assembly fill this “legal gap”.

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