Seychelles

Nuclear-weapon-free state

Has signed the TPNW

Has not yet ratified the TPNW

Signed: 26 September 2018

 

Summary

Seychelles has signed but not yet ratified the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. 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

Danny Faure, the then-president of Seychelles, signed the treaty at a high-level ceremony on 26 September 2018. The cabinet of Seychelles approved ratification of the treaty on 1 July 2020 but the ratification process has not yet been completed.

 

Universalisation

Seychelles 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”.

 

Pre-negotiations

In 2016, Seychelles was absent for the vote on 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”.

Seychelles 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

Seychelles is a state party to the 1996 Treaty of Pelindaba, which established Africa as a nuclear-weapon-free zone.

 

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