Nauru

Nuclear-weapon-free state

Has joined the TPNW

Signed: 22 November 2019

Ratified: 23 October 2020

 

Summary

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

 

Signature and ratification

Marlene Moses, the permanent representative of Nauru to the United Nations, signed the treaty on 22 November 2019. The country’s instrument of ratification was deposited with the UN secretary-general on 23 October 2020.

In a statement delivered on the occasion of its ratification, Nauru said that it “supports and recognises the important role the treaty plays in achieving its goal towards total elimination of nuclear weapons”. It called on “other countries to complete all steps for treaty ratification as soon as possible”.

Nauru was the equal 48th state to ratify or accede to the treaty.

Marlene Moses, the permanent representative of Nauru to the United Nations, signs the treaty in New York on 22 November 2019. Photo: UNOLA

 

Universalisation

Nauru has promoted universal adherence to the treaty, including by co-sponsoring and 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”.

 

Treaty negotiations

Nauru participated in the negotiation of the treaty at the United Nations in New York in 2017 but was absent for the vote on its adoption.

In 2016, Nauru 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

Nauru 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.

Nauru, together with Fiji, Palau, Samoa, and Tuvalu, submitted a working paper to a UN working group in Geneva in 2016 in which it argued that “the debate should no longer be about whether a global ban on nuclear weapons is necessary, but rather how we can achieve it and what provisions it should contain”.

The five Pacific island states commented that the lived experience of nuclear weapons in the Pacific, where more than 300 atomic and hydrogen bombs were tested, has motivated them to work for a treaty-based ban.

Nuclear-weapon-free state

Has joined the TPNW

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Signed: 22 November 2019

Ratified: 23 October 2020

 

Summary

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

 

Signature and ratification

Marlene Moses, the permanent representative of Nauru to the United Nations, signed the treaty on 22 November 2019. The country’s instrument of ratification was deposited with the UN secretary-general on 23 October 2020.

In a statement delivered on the occasion of its ratification, Nauru said that it “supports and recognises the important role the treaty plays in achieving its goal towards total elimination of nuclear weapons”. It called on “other countries to complete all steps for treaty ratification as soon as possible”.

Nauru was the equal 48th state to ratify or accede to the treaty.

Marlene Moses, the permanent representative of Nauru to the United Nations, signs the treaty in New York on 22 November 2019. Photo: UNOLA

 

Universalisation

Nauru has promoted universal adherence to the treaty, including by co-sponsoring and 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”.

 

Treaty negotiations

Nauru participated in the negotiation of the treaty at the United Nations in New York in 2017 but was absent for the vote on its adoption.

In 2016, Nauru 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

Nauru 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.

Nauru, together with Fiji, Palau, Samoa, and Tuvalu, submitted a working paper to a UN working group in Geneva in 2016 in which it argued that “the debate should no longer be about whether a global ban on nuclear weapons is necessary, but rather how we can achieve it and what provisions it should contain”.

The five Pacific island states commented that the lived experience of nuclear weapons in the Pacific, where more than 300 atomic and hydrogen bombs were tested, has motivated them to work for a treaty-based ban.

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