Timor-Leste

Nuclear-weapon-free state

Has signed the TPNW

Has not yet ratified the TPNW

Signed: 26 September 2018

 

Summary

Timor-Leste has signed but not yet ratified the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons.

 

Signature

Dionisio Da Costa Babo Soares, the then-minister of foreign affairs of Timor-Leste, signed the treaty at a high-level ceremony on 26 September 2018.

Adaljíza Magno, the current minister of foreign affairs, announced in October 2020 that Timor-Leste is working to conclude its internal procedures for ratification of the treaty.

Dionisio Da Costa Babo Soares, the then-minister of foreign affairs of Timor-Leste, signs the treaty in New York on 26 September 2018. Photo: ICAN

 

Universalisation

Timor-Leste 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”.

In a statement to the United Nations in October 2019, Timor-Leste said that it views the treaty “as an important international norm for peace, our collective security, and preservation of human life”.

 

Treaty negotiations

Timor-Leste 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 2016, Timor-Leste 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

Timor-Leste 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 2018

 

Summary

Timor-Leste has signed but not yet ratified the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons.

 

Signature

Dionisio Da Costa Babo Soares, the then-minister of foreign affairs of Timor-Leste, signed the treaty at a high-level ceremony on 26 September 2018.

Adaljíza Magno, the current minister of foreign affairs, announced in October 2020 that Timor-Leste is working to conclude its internal procedures for ratification of the treaty.

Dionisio Da Costa Babo Soares, the then-minister of foreign affairs of Timor-Leste, signs the treaty in New York on 26 September 2018. Photo: ICAN

 

Universalisation

Timor-Leste 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”.

In a statement to the United Nations in October 2019, Timor-Leste said that it views the treaty “as an important international norm for peace, our collective security, and preservation of human life”.

 

Treaty negotiations

Timor-Leste 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 2016, Timor-Leste 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

Timor-Leste 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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