Tanzania

Nuclear-weapon-free state

Has signed the TPNW

Has not yet ratified the TPNW

Signed: 26 September 2019

 

Summary

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

 

Signature

Palamagamba Kabudi, the minister of foreign affairs of Tanzania, signed the treaty at a high-level ceremony on 26 September 2019.

He remarked that “the treaty is important, not only because it complements existing international instruments on nuclear weapons, but also because it places those weapons on the same legal footing as other weapons of mass destruction”.

Tanzania announced in October 2019 that its domestic process for ratifying the treaty is under way.

Palamagamba Kabudi, the minister of foreign affairs of Tanzania, signs the treaty in New York on 26 September 2019. Photo: ICAN

 

Universalisation

Tanzania has promoted universal adherence to the treaty, including by 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”.

 

Treaty negotiations

Tanzania participated in the negotiation of the treaty at the United Nations in New York in 2017 and was among 122 states that voted in favour of its adoption.

In its opening statement to the negotiating conference, Tanzania said that the use of nuclear technology “in weapon systems remains the worst nightmare to all of us” and poses “a great security risk to the entire humanity”.

In September 2017, Augustine Mahiga, the then-minister of foreign affairs of Tanzania, said: “Tanzania commends the recent adoption of the nuclear ban treaty, which puts nuclear weapons on the same legal ground as other weapons of mass destruction.” He added that “[w]e should all support this treaty”.

In 2016, Tanzania 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”.

 

Before the negotiations

Tanzania 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 signed the TPNW

Has not yet ratified the TPNW

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Signed: 26 September 2019

 

Summary

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

 

Signature

Palamagamba Kabudi, the minister of foreign affairs of Tanzania, signed the treaty at a high-level ceremony on 26 September 2019.

He remarked that “the treaty is important, not only because it complements existing international instruments on nuclear weapons, but also because it places those weapons on the same legal footing as other weapons of mass destruction”.

Tanzania announced in October 2019 that its domestic process for ratifying the treaty is under way.

Palamagamba Kabudi, the minister of foreign affairs of Tanzania, signs the treaty in New York on 26 September 2019. Photo: ICAN

 

Universalisation

Tanzania has promoted universal adherence to the treaty, including by 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”.

 

Treaty negotiations

Tanzania participated in the negotiation of the treaty at the United Nations in New York in 2017 and was among 122 states that voted in favour of its adoption.

In its opening statement to the negotiating conference, Tanzania said that the use of nuclear technology “in weapon systems remains the worst nightmare to all of us” and poses “a great security risk to the entire humanity”.

In September 2017, Augustine Mahiga, the then-minister of foreign affairs of Tanzania, said: “Tanzania commends the recent adoption of the nuclear ban treaty, which puts nuclear weapons on the same legal ground as other weapons of mass destruction.” He added that “[w]e should all support this treaty”.

In 2016, Tanzania 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”.

 

Before the negotiations

Tanzania 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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