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  • Samoa

    Nuclear-weapon-free state

    Has signed the TPNW

    Has ratified the TPNW


    Samoa has signed and ratified the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons.

    Tuila’epa Sailele Malielegaoi, the prime minister and minister for foreign affairs of Samoa, signed the treaty on 20 September 2019. He deposited the country’s instrument of ratification with the UN secretary-general on 26 September 2018.

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


    In an address to the United Nations following the signing ceremony in September 2017, Malielegaoi said that Samoa had signed the treaty because “we wanted to demonstrate unequivocally our aspiration to have a world without nuclear weapons”.

    He also said that “[t]he conventional narrative that the possession of nuclear weapons will act as [a] deterrent to make the world a safer place to live is not borne out by the current realities” – referring in particular to tensions on the Korean peninsula.

    Samoa 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 a statement to the United Nations in September 2019, Malielegaoi said that “each new signature and ratification of the treaty ban will strengthen global norms against these weapons of terror and move us closer to a nuclear-weapon-free world”.

    In 2016, Samoa was a co-sponsor 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”.

    Samoa 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.

    Samoa, together with Fiji, Nauru, Palau, and Tuvalu, submitted a working paper to a UN working group in Geneva in 2016 in which they argued that “the debate should no longer be about whether a global ban on nuclear weapons is necessary, but rather how we can achieve it and what provisions it should contain”.

    The five Pacific island states commented that the lived experience of nuclear weapons in the Pacific, where more than 300 atomic and hydrogen bombs were tested, has motivated them to work for a treaty-based ban.

    Samoa is a state party to the 1985 Treaty of Rarotonga, which established the South Pacific as a nuclear-weapon-free zone.



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  • Leaders voice support for nuclear ban treaty

    During the general debate of the 72nd session of the UN General Assembly from 19 to 25 September in New York, presidents, prime ministers and foreign ministers from all regions of the world spoke in favour of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, which opened for signature on 20 September. Here are some of the highlights.

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  • 19 States Party & 69 signatories: the Nuclear Ban Treaty gains support at record pace

    At a high-level ceremony in New York on 26 September coordinated by ICAN and a cross-regional group of governments, a group of states marked the International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons in a very special way: by signing and ratifying the UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. With 9 new signatories and 4 new ratifications, the Nuclear Ban Treaty now has 69 signatories and 19 States party. It has also set a record pace for the speed with which it is moving towards becoming law, compared to other treaties on weapons of mass destruction, such as the conventions on chemical and biological weapons, and nuclear testing and proliferation. The treaty will enter into force when 50 countries have signed and ratified, or acceded to, it.

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