Niue

Nuclear-weapon-free state

Has joined the TPNW

Acceded: 6 August 2020

 

Summary

Niue has acceded to 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.

 

Accession

Niues instrument of accession was deposited with the UN secretary-general on 6 August 2020, the 75th anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima.

Dalton Tagelagi, the premier and minister of external affairs of Niue, said: “Niue is honoured to accede to the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, drawing us closer to witnessing this very significant treaty enter into force.”

He also remarked that the “catastrophic impacts” of nuclear testing in the Pacific region are still being felt today, and urged more states to “join us in this united commitment to enter this treaty into force in the near future and eliminate nuclear weapons”.

“Niue shares deep concern at the disastrous humanitarian consequences of nuclear weapons and today we join together in celebrating the significant contributions we have made in bringing an end to the era of nuclear weapons,” he said.

Niue was the equal 41st state to ratify or accede to the treaty.

 

Implementation

In accordance with Article 2 of the treaty, Niue submitted a declaration to the UN secretary-general on 17 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.

 

Treaty negotiations

Niue was not able to participate in the negotiation of the treaty at the United Nations in New York in 2017, as the rules of procedure limited participation to UN member states and UN observer states. As such, it did not vote on the adoption of the treaty.

 

Before the negotiations

Niue 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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Acceded: 6 August 2020

 

Summary

Niue has acceded to 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.

 

Accession

Niues instrument of accession was deposited with the UN secretary-general on 6 August 2020, the 75th anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima.

Dalton Tagelagi, the premier and minister of external affairs of Niue, said: “Niue is honoured to accede to the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, drawing us closer to witnessing this very significant treaty enter into force.”

He also remarked that the “catastrophic impacts” of nuclear testing in the Pacific region are still being felt today, and urged more states to “join us in this united commitment to enter this treaty into force in the near future and eliminate nuclear weapons”.

“Niue shares deep concern at the disastrous humanitarian consequences of nuclear weapons and today we join together in celebrating the significant contributions we have made in bringing an end to the era of nuclear weapons,” he said.

Niue was the equal 41st state to ratify or accede to the treaty.

 

Implementation

In accordance with Article 2 of the treaty, Niue submitted a declaration to the UN secretary-general on 17 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.

 

Treaty negotiations

Niue was not able to participate in the negotiation of the treaty at the United Nations in New York in 2017, as the rules of procedure limited participation to UN member states and UN observer states. As such, it did not vote on the adoption of the treaty.

 

Before the negotiations

Niue 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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