Sierra Leone

Nuclear-weapon-free state

Has signed the TPNW

Has not yet ratified the TPNW

SIGNED

22 September 2022

RATIFIED

 

IN FORCE

 

 

Status

Sierra Leone has signed but not yet ratified the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW).

 

Signature

David J. Francis, the minister for foreign affairs and international cooperation of Sierra Leone, signed the TPNW at a high-level ceremony in New York on 22 September 2022.

In January 2024, it was tabled in the parliament for ratification.

David J. Francis, the minister of foreign affairs of Sierra Leone, signs the TPNW in 2022. Photo: Darren Ornitz

 

Universalisation

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

In a statement to the United Nations in September 2022, Sierra Leone called on all UN member states that have not done so to sign and ratify the TPNW, stressing the “urgent need to make concrete and systematic progress towards this end”.

ICAN discusses the TPNW with Anthony Brewah, Sierra Leone’s attorney-general and minister of justice, in Geneva in 2021. Photo: Sierra Leone MFA

 

TPNW negotiations

Sierra Leone 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, Sierra Leone co-sponsored 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

Sierra Leone 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 not yet ratified the TPNW

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SIGNED

22 September 2022

RATIFIED

 

IN FORCE

 

 

Status

Sierra Leone has signed but not yet ratified the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW).

 

Signature

David J. Francis, the minister for foreign affairs and international cooperation of Sierra Leone, signed the TPNW at a high-level ceremony in New York on 22 September 2022.

In January 2024, it was tabled in the parliament for ratification.

David J. Francis, the minister of foreign affairs of Sierra Leone, signs the TPNW in 2022. Photo: Darren Ornitz

 

Universalisation

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

In a statement to the United Nations in September 2022, Sierra Leone called on all UN member states that have not done so to sign and ratify the TPNW, stressing the “urgent need to make concrete and systematic progress towards this end”.

ICAN discusses the TPNW with Anthony Brewah, Sierra Leone’s attorney-general and minister of justice, in Geneva in 2021. Photo: Sierra Leone MFA

 

TPNW negotiations

Sierra Leone 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, Sierra Leone co-sponsored 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

Sierra Leone 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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