Voted in favour of adopting TPNW
Has signed TPNW, but not yet ratified
Malawi has signed but not yet ratified the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons.
Emmanuel Fabiano, the then-minister for foreign affairs of Malawi, signed the treaty on 20 September 2017. The government announced in October 2018 that it intends to ratify the treaty “as soon as possible”.
Malawi participated in the negotiation of the treaty at the United Nations in New York in 2017 and voted in favour of its adoption.
Malawi has promoted universal adherence to the treaty, including by co-sponsoring a UN General Assembly resolution in 2019 that calls upon all states to sign, ratify, or accede to the treaty “at the earliest possible date”.
In 2016, Malawi was a co-sponsor of 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”.
Malawi 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.
Malawi is a state party to the 1996 Treaty of Pelindaba, which established Africa as a nuclear-weapon-free zone.
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