Papua New Guinea

Nuclear-weapon-free state

Has not yet joined the TPNW

Summary

Papua New Guinea has not yet signed or ratified the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. However, it participated in the negotiation of the treaty at the United Nations in New York in 2017 and voted in favour of its adoption.

 

Universalisation

Papua New Guinea has promoted universal adherence to the treaty, including by voting in favour of an annual UN General Assembly resolution that calls upon all states to sign, ratify, or accede to the treaty “at the earliest possible date”.

 

Treaty negotiations

In its opening statement to the negotiating conference for the treaty in 2017, Papua New Guinea said that the treaty is “inspired by our collective moral and ethical obligations” and that “this conference must pave the way for a new world order”.

Papua New Guinea submitted a working paper to the conference with detailed suggestions for preambular paragraphs and operative provisions of the treaty.

 

Before the negotiations

In 2016, Papua New Guinea was an additional 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”.

Papua New Guinea 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 not yet joined the TPNW

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Summary

Papua New Guinea has not yet signed or ratified the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. However, it participated in the negotiation of the treaty at the United Nations in New York in 2017 and voted in favour of its adoption.

 

Universalisation

Papua New Guinea has promoted universal adherence to the treaty, including by voting in favour of an annual UN General Assembly resolution that calls upon all states to sign, ratify, or accede to the treaty “at the earliest possible date”.

 

Treaty negotiations

In its opening statement to the negotiating conference for the treaty in 2017, Papua New Guinea said that the treaty is “inspired by our collective moral and ethical obligations” and that “this conference must pave the way for a new world order”.

Papua New Guinea submitted a working paper to the conference with detailed suggestions for preambular paragraphs and operative provisions of the treaty.

 

Before the negotiations

In 2016, Papua New Guinea was an additional 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”.

Papua New Guinea 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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