Morocco

Nuclear-weapon-free state

Has not yet joined the TPNW

Summary

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

 

National position

Morocco has promoted universal adherence to the TPNW, including by 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”.

In a statement to the UN General Assembly in September 2021, Morocco described the adoption of the TPNW as “a major step in the evolution of the international disarmament and non-proliferation regime”.

 

TPNW negotiations

Morocco 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 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”.

Following the treaty’s adoption, Morocco welcomed the new agreement as “a landmark step towards the total elimination of these weapons and towards a more reassuring future”.

In 2016, Morocco abstained from voting on 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

Prior to the adoption of the TPNW 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”.

Nuclear-weapon-free state

Has not yet joined the TPNW

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Summary

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

 

National position

Morocco has promoted universal adherence to the TPNW, including by 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”.

In a statement to the UN General Assembly in September 2021, Morocco described the adoption of the TPNW as “a major step in the evolution of the international disarmament and non-proliferation regime”.

 

TPNW negotiations

Morocco 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 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”.

Following the treaty’s adoption, Morocco welcomed the new agreement as “a landmark step towards the total elimination of these weapons and towards a more reassuring future”.

In 2016, Morocco abstained from voting on 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

Prior to the adoption of the TPNW 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”.

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