Morocco

Nuclear-weapon-free state

Voted in favour of adopting TPNW

Has not yet joined TPNW

Summary

Morocco has not yet signed or ratified the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. However, it 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”.

 

Universalisation

Morocco has promoted universal adherence to the treaty, including by voting in favour of an annual UN General Assembly resolution that calls upon all states to sign, ratify, or accede to the treaty “at the earliest possible date”.

 

Negotiations

In its opening statement to the negotiating conference for the treaty in 2017, 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”.

 

Pre-negotiations

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”.

 

Other information

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

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