Sudan

Nuclear-weapon free state

Has signed the TPNW

Has not yet ratified the TPNW

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

The permanent representative of Sudan to the United Nations, Omer Mohamed Ahmed Siddig, signed the treaty on 22 July 2020.

Sudan participated in the negotiation of the treaty at the United Nations in New York in 2017 and voted in favour of its adoption.

In a statement to the United Nations in October 2018, Sudan indicated that it supports the treaty and looks forward to signing and ratifying it “very soon”.

Sudan 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”.

In 2016, Sudan abstained from voting 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”.

Sudan 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.

Sudan is a signatory to the 1996 Treaty of Pelindaba, which established Africa as a nuclear-weapon-free zone.

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