Libya

Nuclear-weapon-free state

Has signed the TPNW

Has not yet ratified the TPNW

SIGNED

20 September 2017

RATIFIED

 

IN FORCE

 

 

Status

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

 

Signature

Mohamed Taha Siala, the minister of foreign affairs of Libya, signed the TPNW at a high-level ceremony in New York when it opened for signature on 20 September 2017.

In a statement to the United Nations following the signing, Libya said that “the international community has moved in the right direction by agreeing on a legally binding treaty for the prohibition of nuclear weapons”.

Mohamed Taha Siala, the minister of foreign affairs of Libya, signs the TPNW in 2017. Photo: ICAN

 

Universalisation

Libya has promoted universal adherence to the TPNW, 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”.

 

TPNW negotiations

Libya participated in the negotiation of the TPNW at the United Nations in New York in 2017 but was absent for the vote on its adoption.

In its opening statement to the negotiating conference, Libya said that the successful conclusion of a treaty prohibiting nuclear weapons would have a “profound impact on our efforts to promote nuclear disarmament”.

In 2016, Libya 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

Libya 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 TPNW negotiations.

Nuclear-weapon-free state

Has signed the TPNW

Has not yet ratified the TPNW

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SIGNED

20 September 2017

RATIFIED

 

IN FORCE

 

 

Status

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

 

Signature

Mohamed Taha Siala, the minister of foreign affairs of Libya, signed the TPNW at a high-level ceremony in New York when it opened for signature on 20 September 2017.

In a statement to the United Nations following the signing, Libya said that “the international community has moved in the right direction by agreeing on a legally binding treaty for the prohibition of nuclear weapons”.

Mohamed Taha Siala, the minister of foreign affairs of Libya, signs the TPNW in 2017. Photo: ICAN

 

Universalisation

Libya has promoted universal adherence to the TPNW, 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”.

 

TPNW negotiations

Libya participated in the negotiation of the TPNW at the United Nations in New York in 2017 but was absent for the vote on its adoption.

In its opening statement to the negotiating conference, Libya said that the successful conclusion of a treaty prohibiting nuclear weapons would have a “profound impact on our efforts to promote nuclear disarmament”.

In 2016, Libya 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

Libya 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 TPNW negotiations.

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