Morocco

Nuclear-weapon-free state

Voted in favour of adopting TPNW

Has not yet joined TPNW

Morocco has not yet signed or ratified the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons.

Morocco participated in the negotiation of the treaty at the United Nations in New York in 2017 and voted in favour of its adoption.

In a statement to the United Nations in September 2017, Morocco described the adoption of the treaty as “a landmark step towards the total elimination of these weapons and towards a more reassuring future”.

Morocco voted in favour of a UN General Assembly resolution in 2019 that welcomed the adoption of the treaty and called upon “all states that have not yet done so to sign, ratify, accept, approve, or accede to the treaty at the earliest possible date”.

In its opening statement to the negotiating conference, Morocco said that this “historic process”, if successful, “would undeniably contribute to the building of confidence and the strengthening of regional and international peace and security”.

In 2016, Morocco abstained from voting on 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”.

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. Morocco supported calls in the UN General Assembly fill this “legal gap”.

Morocco is a signatory to the 1996 Treaty of Pelindaba, which established Africa as a nuclear-weapon-free zone.

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