Palestine

Nuclear-weapon free state

Has signed the TPNW

Has ratified the TPNW

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

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

Palestine participated in the negotiation of the treaty at the United Nations in New York in 2017 and 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 “is proud to have participated in and actively contributed to the elaboration of the landmark and historic treaty”.

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.