Namibia

Nuclear-weapon-free state

Has signed the TPNW

Has ratified the TPNW

Namibia has signed and ratified the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons.

Neville Gertze, the permanent representative of Namibia to the United Nations, signed the treaty on 8 December 2017. The instrument of ratification was deposited on 20 March 2020. 

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

Namibia has promoted universal adherence to the treaty, including by co-sponsoring a UN General Assembly resolution in 2019 that calls upon all states to sign, ratify, or accede to the treaty “at the earliest possible date”.

In 2016, Namibia was a co-sponsor of 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”.

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.

Namibia is a state party to the 1996 Treaty of Pelindaba, which established Africa as a nuclear-weapon-free zone.

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