Paraguay

Nuclear-weapon free state

Has signed the TPNW

Has ratified the TPNW

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

Eladio Ramón Loizaga Lezcano, the then-minister for foreign affairs of Paraguay, signed the treaty when it opened for signature on 20 September 2017. The government
announced in October 2018 that its legislative review for ratification of the treaty was under way, with the congress giving its approval in November 2019. On 23 January 2020, Paraguay submitted its instrument of ratification, becoming the 35th state party to the treaty. 

Paraguay participated in the negotiation of the treaty at the United Nations in New York in 2017 and voted in favour of its adoption.

In an address to the United Nations on the day of the signing ceremony in September 2017, the then-president of Paraguay, Horacio Cartes, said: “In Paraguay, a constitutional provision bans weapons of mass destruction. Consequently, our country commends the recent adoption of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons.”

Paraguay 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”.

Paraguay participated in the negotiation of the treaty at the United Nations in New York in 2017 and voted in favour of its adoption.

In 2016, Paraguay 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”.

Paraguay 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.

Paraguay is a state party to the 1967 Treaty of Tlatelolco, which established Latin America and the Caribbean as a nuclear-weapon-free zone.

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