Niger

Nuclear-weapon-free state

Has signed the TPNW

Has not yet ratified the TPNW

SIGNED

9 December 2020

RATIFIED

 

IN FORCE

 

 

Status

Niger has signed but not yet ratified the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW).

 

Signature

Abdou Abarry, the permanent representative of Niger to the United Nations, signed the TPNW in New York on 9 December 2020.

 

Universalisation

Niger has promoted universal adherence to the TPNW, including by 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”.

 

Meetings of states parties

Niger attended as an observer the first meeting of states parties to the TPNW, held in Vienna in June 2022. It announced that ratification of the treaty by Niger “is progressing and certainly high up the agenda”.

 

TPNW negotiations

Niger did not formally participate in the negotiation of the TPNW at the United Nations in New York in 2017 and thus did not vote on its adoption.

In 2016, Niger voted in favour of 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

Niger 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 TPNW negotiations.

Nuclear-weapon-free state

Has signed the TPNW

Has not yet ratified the TPNW

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SIGNED

9 December 2020

RATIFIED

 

IN FORCE

 

 

Status

Niger has signed but not yet ratified the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW).

 

Signature

Abdou Abarry, the permanent representative of Niger to the United Nations, signed the TPNW in New York on 9 December 2020.

 

Universalisation

Niger has promoted universal adherence to the TPNW, including by 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”.

 

Meetings of states parties

Niger attended as an observer the first meeting of states parties to the TPNW, held in Vienna in June 2022. It announced that ratification of the treaty by Niger “is progressing and certainly high up the agenda”.

 

TPNW negotiations

Niger did not formally participate in the negotiation of the TPNW at the United Nations in New York in 2017 and thus did not vote on its adoption.

In 2016, Niger voted in favour of 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

Niger 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 TPNW negotiations.

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