Palau

Nuclear-weapon-free state

Has signed the TPNW

Has ratified the TPNW

Signed: 20 September 2017

Ratified: 3 May 2018

 

Summary

Palau has signed and ratified the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. It participated in the negotiation of the treaty at the United Nations in New York in 2017 and voted in favour of its adoption.

 

Signature and ratification

Tommy Esang Remengesau Jr, the president of Palau, signed the treaty when it opened for signature on 20 September 2017. In an address to the United Nations following the signing ceremony, Remengesau said that “we must take seriously the long-term need to ban nuclear weapons”, and “a good place to start is the accession to the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons”.

Palau’s instrument of ratification was deposited with the UN secretary-general on 3 May 2018. It became the first nation in the Pacific to ratify the treaty.

 

Universalisation

Palau 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 October 2020, Remengesau described the treaty as “a sign of what is possible when we are committed to dialogue, solidarity and peaceful cooperation” and urged all other UN member states to join it.

 

Pre-negotiations

In 2016, Palau 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”.

Palau 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.

Palau, together with Fiji, Nauru, Samoa, and Tuvalu, submitted a working paper to a UN working group in Geneva in 2016 in which they 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 signed the TPNW

Has ratified the TPNW

[HIGHLIGHTS]

Signed: 20 September 2017

Ratified: 3 May 2018

 

Summary

Palau has signed and ratified the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. It participated in the negotiation of the treaty at the United Nations in New York in 2017 and voted in favour of its adoption.

 

Signature and ratification

Tommy Esang Remengesau Jr, the president of Palau, signed the treaty when it opened for signature on 20 September 2017. In an address to the United Nations following the signing ceremony, Remengesau said that “we must take seriously the long-term need to ban nuclear weapons”, and “a good place to start is the accession to the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons”.

Palau’s instrument of ratification was deposited with the UN secretary-general on 3 May 2018. It became the first nation in the Pacific to ratify the treaty.

 

Universalisation

Palau 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 October 2020, Remengesau described the treaty as “a sign of what is possible when we are committed to dialogue, solidarity and peaceful cooperation” and urged all other UN member states to join it.

 

Pre-negotiations

In 2016, Palau 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”.

Palau 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.

Palau, together with Fiji, Nauru, Samoa, and Tuvalu, submitted a working paper to a UN working group in Geneva in 2016 in which they 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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Nuclear-weapon-free state

Has signed the TPNW

Has ratified the TPNW

[HIGHLIGHTS]

Signed: 20 September 2017

Ratified: 3 May 2018

 

Summary

Palau has signed and ratified the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. It participated in the negotiation of the treaty at the United Nations in New York in 2017 and voted in favour of its adoption.

 

Signature and ratification

Tommy Esang Remengesau Jr, the president of Palau, signed the treaty when it opened for signature on 20 September 2017. In an address to the United Nations following the signing ceremony, Remengesau said that “we must take seriously the long-term need to ban nuclear weapons”, and “a good place to start is the accession to the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons”.

Palau’s instrument of ratification was deposited with the UN secretary-general on 3 May 2018. It became the first nation in the Pacific to ratify the treaty.

 

Universalisation

Palau 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 October 2020, Remengesau described the treaty as “a sign of what is possible when we are committed to dialogue, solidarity and peaceful cooperation” and urged all other UN member states to join it.

 

Pre-negotiations

In 2016, Palau 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”.

Palau 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.

Palau, together with Fiji, Nauru, Samoa, and Tuvalu, submitted a working paper to a UN working group in Geneva in 2016 in which they 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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  • Nuclear-weapon-free state

    Has signed the TPNW

    Has ratified the TPNW

    [HIGHLIGHTS]

    Signed: 20 September 2017

    Ratified: 3 May 2018

     

    Summary

    Palau has signed and ratified the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. It participated in the negotiation of the treaty at the United Nations in New York in 2017 and voted in favour of its adoption.

     

    Signature and ratification

    Tommy Esang Remengesau Jr, the president of Palau, signed the treaty when it opened for signature on 20 September 2017. In an address to the United Nations following the signing ceremony, Remengesau said that “we must take seriously the long-term need to ban nuclear weapons”, and “a good place to start is the accession to the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons”.

    Palau’s instrument of ratification was deposited with the UN secretary-general on 3 May 2018. It became the first nation in the Pacific to ratify the treaty.

     

    Universalisation

    Palau 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 October 2020, Remengesau described the treaty as “a sign of what is possible when we are committed to dialogue, solidarity and peaceful cooperation” and urged all other UN member states to join it.

     

    Pre-negotiations

    In 2016, Palau 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”.

    Palau 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.

    Palau, together with Fiji, Nauru, Samoa, and Tuvalu, submitted a working paper to a UN working group in Geneva in 2016 in which they 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.