Singapore

Nuclear-weapon-free state

Has not yet joined the TPNW

Summary

Singapore has not yet signed or ratified the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons.

 

National position

Singapore has consistently abstained from voting on an annual UN General Assembly resolution since 2018 that welcomes the adoption of the treaty and calls upon all states to sign, ratify, or accede to it “at the earliest possible date”.

In a statement to the United Nations in October 2019, Singapore said that the treaty and other instruments relating to nuclear weapons provide “the international community with multiple pathways to a nuclear-weapon-free world”.

 

Treaty negotiations

Singapore participated in the negotiation of the treaty at the United Nations in New York in 2017 and was the only state to abstain from voting on its adoption. It said that a number of its suggestions had not been reflected in the final text.

In 2016, Singapore voted in favour of 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”.

During a summit in Singapore in 2018 on the denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula, ICAN campaigners brief the press about the treaty. Photo: ICAN

 

Before the negotiations

Singapore 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.

Nuclear-weapon-free state

Has not yet joined the TPNW

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Summary

Singapore has not yet signed or ratified the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons.

 

National position

Singapore has consistently abstained from voting on an annual UN General Assembly resolution since 2018 that welcomes the adoption of the treaty and calls upon all states to sign, ratify, or accede to it “at the earliest possible date”.

In a statement to the United Nations in October 2019, Singapore said that the treaty and other instruments relating to nuclear weapons provide “the international community with multiple pathways to a nuclear-weapon-free world”.

 

Treaty negotiations

Singapore participated in the negotiation of the treaty at the United Nations in New York in 2017 and was the only state to abstain from voting on its adoption. It said that a number of its suggestions had not been reflected in the final text.

In 2016, Singapore voted in favour of 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”.

During a summit in Singapore in 2018 on the denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula, ICAN campaigners brief the press about the treaty. Photo: ICAN

 

Before the negotiations

Singapore 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.

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