Seychelles

Nuclear-weapon-free state

Has signed the TPNW

Has ratified the TPNW

SIGNED

26 September 2018

RATIFIED

9 July 2021

IN FORCE

7 October 2021

 

Status

Seychelles has signed and ratified the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW), and has been legally bound by it since 7 October 2021.

 

Signature and ratification

Danny Faure, the then-president of Seychelles, signed the TPNW at a high-level ceremony in New York on 26 September 2018. The cabinet of Seychelles approved ratification of the treaty on 1 July 2020, and the national assembly unanimously approved it on 30 June 2021. Seychelles deposited its instrument of ratification with the UN secretary-general on 9 July 2021.

In introducing the parliamentary motion to approve the ratification, the leader of government business, Bernard Georges, said: “Seychelles has always been vulnerable to nuclear weapons. Ever since the island of Diego Garcia became a military base, Seychelles has been at the centre of nuclear weapons and, with numerous other military bases being set up in the region, we are surrounded by a nuclear presence.”

Danny Faure, the then-president of Seychelles, signs the TPNW in 2018. Photo: ICAN

Members of the national assembly of Seychelles unanimously approve ratification of the TPNW in 2021. Photo: National Assembly

 

Implementation

In accordance with Article 2 of the TPNW, Seychelles submitted a declaration to the UN secretary-general on 3 March 2022 confirming that it does not own, possess, or control nuclear weapons, has never done so, and does not host any other state’s nuclear weapons on its territory.

Per Article 12, Seychelles has promoted universal adherence to the TPNW, including by co-sponsoring and consistently voting in favour of a UN General Assembly resolution since 2018 that calls upon all states to sign, ratify, or accede to the treaty “at the earliest possible date”.

 

TPNW negotiations

Seychelles participated in the negotiation of the TPNW at the United Nations in New York in 2017 and was among 122 states that voted in favour of its adoption.

In 2016, Seychelles was absent for the vote on the UN General Assembly resolution that established the formal mandate for states to commence negotiations on “a legally binding instrument to prohibit nuclear weapons, leading towards their total elimination”.

 

Before the negotiations

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 TPNW negotiations.

Nuclear-weapon-free state

Has signed the TPNW

Has ratified the TPNW

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SIGNED

26 September 2018

RATIFIED

9 July 2021

IN FORCE

7 October 2021

 

Status

Seychelles has signed and ratified the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW), and has been legally bound by it since 7 October 2021.

 

Signature and ratification

Danny Faure, the then-president of Seychelles, signed the TPNW at a high-level ceremony in New York on 26 September 2018. The cabinet of Seychelles approved ratification of the treaty on 1 July 2020, and the national assembly unanimously approved it on 30 June 2021. Seychelles deposited its instrument of ratification with the UN secretary-general on 9 July 2021.

In introducing the parliamentary motion to approve the ratification, the leader of government business, Bernard Georges, said: “Seychelles has always been vulnerable to nuclear weapons. Ever since the island of Diego Garcia became a military base, Seychelles has been at the centre of nuclear weapons and, with numerous other military bases being set up in the region, we are surrounded by a nuclear presence.”

Danny Faure, the then-president of Seychelles, signs the TPNW in 2018. Photo: ICAN

Members of the national assembly of Seychelles unanimously approve ratification of the TPNW in 2021. Photo: National Assembly

 

Implementation

In accordance with Article 2 of the TPNW, Seychelles submitted a declaration to the UN secretary-general on 3 March 2022 confirming that it does not own, possess, or control nuclear weapons, has never done so, and does not host any other state’s nuclear weapons on its territory.

Per Article 12, Seychelles has promoted universal adherence to the TPNW, including by co-sponsoring and consistently voting in favour of a UN General Assembly resolution since 2018 that calls upon all states to sign, ratify, or accede to the treaty “at the earliest possible date”.

 

TPNW negotiations

Seychelles participated in the negotiation of the TPNW at the United Nations in New York in 2017 and was among 122 states that voted in favour of its adoption.

In 2016, Seychelles was absent for the vote on the UN General Assembly resolution that established the formal mandate for states to commence negotiations on “a legally binding instrument to prohibit nuclear weapons, leading towards their total elimination”.

 

Before the negotiations

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 TPNW negotiations.

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