Malawi

Nuclear-weapon-free state

Has signed the TPNW

Has not yet ratified the TPNW

SIGNED

20 September 2017

RATIFIED

 

IN FORCE

 

 

Status

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

 

Signature

Emmanuel Fabiano, the then-minister of foreign affairs of Malawi, signed the TPNW at a high-level ceremony in New York when it opened for signature on 20 September 2017. The government announced in 2018 that it intends to ratify the treaty “as soon as possible”.

In 2021, as part of the universal periodic review conducted by the UN Human Rights Council, Malawi accepted a recommendation to ratify the TPNW.

Emmanuel Fabiano, the then-minister of foreign affairs of Malawi, signs the TPNW in 2017. Photo: ICAN

 

Universalisation

Malawi 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

Malawi 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, Malawi 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

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 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

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

 

Signature

Emmanuel Fabiano, the then-minister of foreign affairs of Malawi, signed the TPNW at a high-level ceremony in New York when it opened for signature on 20 September 2017. The government announced in 2018 that it intends to ratify the treaty “as soon as possible”.

In 2021, as part of the universal periodic review conducted by the UN Human Rights Council, Malawi accepted a recommendation to ratify the TPNW.

Emmanuel Fabiano, the then-minister of foreign affairs of Malawi, signs the TPNW in 2017. Photo: ICAN

 

Universalisation

Malawi 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

Malawi 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, Malawi 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

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 TPNW negotiations.

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