Mauritania

Nuclear-weapon-free state

Has not yet joined the TPNW

Status

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

 

National position

In a statement to the United Nations in October 2020, Mauritania said that the TPNW “makes a sizeable contribution to working towards our common goal [of a nuclear-weapon-free world] and is undeniably an historical step”.

Mauritania 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”.

 

Meetings of states parties

Mauritania attended as an observer the first meeting of states parties to the TPNW, held in Vienna in June 2022.

 

TPNW negotiations

Mauritania 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, Mauritania 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

Mauritania 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 not yet joined the TPNW

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Status

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

 

National position

In a statement to the United Nations in October 2020, Mauritania said that the TPNW “makes a sizeable contribution to working towards our common goal [of a nuclear-weapon-free world] and is undeniably an historical step”.

Mauritania 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”.

 

Meetings of states parties

Mauritania attended as an observer the first meeting of states parties to the TPNW, held in Vienna in June 2022.

 

TPNW negotiations

Mauritania 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, Mauritania 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

Mauritania 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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