Sweden

Nuclear-weapon-free state

Voted in favour of adopting TPNW

Has not yet joined TPNW

Sweden participated in the negotiation of the treaty at the United Nations in New York in 2017 and voted in favour of its adoption. However, in explaining its vote, it said that the final treaty text “does not meet all the expectations we had”.

In July 2019, the then-minister for foreign affairs of Sweden, Margot Wallström, announced that Sweden would “refrain from signing or pursuing ratification of the [treaty] at the present time”, but indicated that it might reassess its position in 2020.

A public opinion poll conducted by Sifo in December 2019 found that 8 out of 10 Swedes want the government to sign the treaty.

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The foreign minister’s announcement followed the release of a government report in January 2019 examining the possibility of Sweden’s accession to the treaty. The report was widely criticised by civil society groups and scholars from various academic fields.

In August 2017, following Sweden’s vote at the United Nations in support of the adoption of the treaty, the then-secretary of defence of the United States, James Mattis, wrote to his Swedish counterpart, Peter Hultqvist, warning that Sweden’s accession to the treaty would “adversely affect defence cooperation” between the two countries.

Sweden abstained from voting on a UN General Assembly resolution in 2019 that welcomed the adoption of the treaty and called upon “all states that have not yet done so to sign, ratify, accept, approve, or accede to the treaty at the earliest possible date”.

It also said: “We warmly welcome the fact that at last we have a treaty prohibiting nuclear weapons, the only weapon of mass destruction not prohibited until now. Though nuclear weapons are not likely to disappear soon, we are convinced that the norm against the use and possession of nuclear weapons will be strengthened by this treaty.”

In its opening statement to the negotiating conference, Sweden said that “in a deteriorating security environment, as we are witnessing today, every opportunity to seek progress in nuclear disarmament must be seized”.

In 2016, Sweden voted in favour of 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.”

Prior to the adoption of the treaty in 2017, nuclear weapons were the only weapons of mass destruction not subject to a comprehensive, globally applicable treaty prohibition. Sweden supported calls in the UN General Assembly fill this “legal gap”.

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These are the Swedish elected representatives that support and promote the TPNW:

 

→ Ulla Andersson

→ Nooshi Dadgostar

→ Lorena Delgado

→ Åsa Eriksson

→ Ali Esbati

→ Ida Gabrielsson

→ Hanna Gunnarsson

→ Tony Haddou

→ Johanna Haraldsson

→ Christina Höj Larsen

→ Jens Holm

→ Momodou Malcolm Jallow

→ Lotta Johnsson Fornarve

→ Amineh Kakabeveh

→ Ida Karkiainen

→ Maj Karlsson

→ Sara Karlsson

→ Birger Lahti

→ Hillevi Larsson

→ Laila Naraghi

→ Yasmine Posio Nilsson

→ Daniel Riazat

→ Karin Ragsjo

→ Elin Segerlind

→ Jonas Sjostedt

→ Håkan Svenneling

→ Mia Sydow Mölleby

→ Ilona Waldau

→ Jon Thorbjörnson

→ Olle Thorell

→ Jessica Thunander

→ Lorentz Tovatt

→ Vasiliki Tsouplaki

→ Ciczie Wiedby

→ Linda Snecker

→ Jessica Wetterling

→ Andreas Lennkvist Manriquez

 

Sweden European Parliament

 

→ Max Andersson MEP

→ Malin Björk MEP

→ Jakob Dalunde MEP

→ Soraya Post MEP

→ Bodil Valero MEP

 

Sweden Local Legislators

 

→ Helsingborg Municipality

→ Ingrid Mattiasson Saarinen

 

Svalöv Municipality

 

→ Marika Jardert

→ Eva Inhammar