Namibia

Nuclear-weapon-free state

Has joined the TPNW

Signed: 8 December 2017

Ratified: 20 March 2020

 

Summary

Namibia has signed and ratified the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. It was among the original 50 states parties to the treaty when it entered into force on 22 January 2021.

 

Signature and ratification

Neville Gertze, the permanent representative of Namibia to the United Nations, signed the treaty on 8 December 2017. The country’s instrument of ratification was deposited with the UN secretary-general on 20 March 2020.

Gertze said that he hoped that Namibia’s ratification would encourage more [UN] member states to come on board, that we can in this way make our contribution towards a world that is much safer, and that we can do away with these illegal weapons.

Namibia was the 36th state to ratify or accede to the treaty.

Neville Gertze, the permanent representative of Namibia to the United Nations, signs the treaty in New York on 8 December 2017. Photo: UNOLA

 

Implementation

In accordance with Article 2 of the treaty, Namibia submitted a declaration to the UN secretary-general on 21 February 2021 confirming that it does not own, possess, or control nuclear weapons, has never done so, and does not host any other state’s nuclear weapons on its territory.

Namibia has promoted universal adherence to the treaty, 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”.

In a statement to the United Nations in October 2020, Namibia applauded those member states that have ratified the treaty and urged others to do the same.

 

Treaty negotiations

Namibia participated in the negotiation of the treaty at the United Nations in New York in 2017 and was among 122 states that voted in favour of its adoption.

In 2016, Namibia 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

Namibia 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 negotiations.

Nuclear-weapon-free state

Has joined the TPNW

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Signed: 8 December 2017

Ratified: 20 March 2020

 

Summary

Namibia has signed and ratified the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. It was among the original 50 states parties to the treaty when it entered into force on 22 January 2021.

 

Signature and ratification

Neville Gertze, the permanent representative of Namibia to the United Nations, signed the treaty on 8 December 2017. The country’s instrument of ratification was deposited with the UN secretary-general on 20 March 2020.

Gertze said that he hoped that Namibia’s ratification would encourage more [UN] member states to come on board, that we can in this way make our contribution towards a world that is much safer, and that we can do away with these illegal weapons.

Namibia was the 36th state to ratify or accede to the treaty.

Neville Gertze, the permanent representative of Namibia to the United Nations, signs the treaty in New York on 8 December 2017. Photo: UNOLA

 

Implementation

In accordance with Article 2 of the treaty, Namibia submitted a declaration to the UN secretary-general on 21 February 2021 confirming that it does not own, possess, or control nuclear weapons, has never done so, and does not host any other state’s nuclear weapons on its territory.

Namibia has promoted universal adherence to the treaty, 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”.

In a statement to the United Nations in October 2020, Namibia applauded those member states that have ratified the treaty and urged others to do the same.

 

Treaty negotiations

Namibia participated in the negotiation of the treaty at the United Nations in New York in 2017 and was among 122 states that voted in favour of its adoption.

In 2016, Namibia 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

Namibia 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 negotiations.

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