Palestine

Nuclear-weapon-free state

Has joined the TPNW

Signed: 20 September 2017

Ratified: 22 March 2018

 

Summary

Palestine has signed and ratified 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.

 

Signature and ratification

Riad Al-Malki, the then-minister of foreign affairs of Palestine, signed the treaty when it opened for signature on 20 September 2017. The country’s instrument of ratification was deposited with the UN secretary-general on 22 March 2018.

Palestine was the sixth state to ratify or accede to the treaty.

Riad Al-Malki, the then-minister of foreign affairs of Palestine, signs the treaty in New York on 20 September 2017. Photo: ICAN

 

Implementation

In accordance with Article 2 of the treaty, Palestine submitted a declaration to the UN secretary-general on 21 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.

It noted, however, that Palestine remains a state under occupation, and the occupying power [Israel] bears full and sole responsibility for any actions in relation to its unlawful nuclear programme undertaken in the Occupied Palestinian Territory ....

 

Treaty negotiations

Palestine participated in the negotiation of the treaty at the United Nations in New York in 2017 and was among 122 states that voted in favour of its adoption.

In its opening statement to the negotiating conference, Palestine observed: “We are the first species to ever develop the instruments of its own extinction. But doomsday is not inevitable and the power of collective will should never be underestimated.”

Palestine said in October 2019 that it was “proud to have participated in and actively contributed to the elaboration of the landmark and historic treaty”.

 

Before the negotiations

Palestine 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

[HIGHLIGHTS]

Signed: 20 September 2017

Ratified: 22 March 2018

 

Summary

Palestine has signed and ratified 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.

 

Signature and ratification

Riad Al-Malki, the then-minister of foreign affairs of Palestine, signed the treaty when it opened for signature on 20 September 2017. The country’s instrument of ratification was deposited with the UN secretary-general on 22 March 2018.

Palestine was the sixth state to ratify or accede to the treaty.

Riad Al-Malki, the then-minister of foreign affairs of Palestine, signs the treaty in New York on 20 September 2017. Photo: ICAN

 

Implementation

In accordance with Article 2 of the treaty, Palestine submitted a declaration to the UN secretary-general on 21 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.

It noted, however, that Palestine remains a state under occupation, and the occupying power [Israel] bears full and sole responsibility for any actions in relation to its unlawful nuclear programme undertaken in the Occupied Palestinian Territory ....

 

Treaty negotiations

Palestine participated in the negotiation of the treaty at the United Nations in New York in 2017 and was among 122 states that voted in favour of its adoption.

In its opening statement to the negotiating conference, Palestine observed: “We are the first species to ever develop the instruments of its own extinction. But doomsday is not inevitable and the power of collective will should never be underestimated.”

Palestine said in October 2019 that it was “proud to have participated in and actively contributed to the elaboration of the landmark and historic treaty”.

 

Before the negotiations

Palestine 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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Palestinian Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War 

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