Saint Kitts & Nevis

Nuclear-weapon-free state

Has signed the TPNW

Has ratified the TPNW

Signed: 26 September 2019

Ratified: 9 August 2020

 

Summary

Saint Kitts and Nevis signed the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons on 26 September 2019 and ratified it on 9 August 2020. 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

Mark Brantley, the minister of foreign affairs of Saint Kitts and Nevis, signed the treaty at a high-level ceremony in New York. The country’s instrument of ratification was deposited with the UN secretary-general on the 75th anniversary of the US atomic bombing of Nagasaki.

Mr. Brantley remarked: “The bombing of Nagasaki was the apogee of human cruelty and inhumanity. As a small nation committed to global peace, Saint Kitts Nevis can see no useful purpose for nuclear armaments in today’s world. May all nations work towards peace and mutual respect for all mankind.”

 

Universalisation

Saint Kitts and Nevis has promoted universal adherence to the treaty, including by co-sponsoring a UN General Assembly resolution in 2019 that called upon all states to sign, ratify, or accede to the treaty “at the earliest possible date”.

 

Pre-negotiations

In 2016, Saint Kitts and Nevis voted in favour 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”.

Saint Kitts and Nevis 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.

 

Other information

Saint Kitts and Nevis 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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