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.

 

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.

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

 

Universalisation

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”.

 

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.

 

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.

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

 

Universalisation

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”.

 

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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