Trinidad and Tobago

Nuclear-weapon-free state

Has joined the TPNW

Signed: 26 September 2019

Ratified: 26 September 2019

 

Summary

Trinidad and Tobago has signed and ratified the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. It was among the original 50 states parties to the treaty when it entered into force on 22 January 2021.

 

Signature and ratification

Denis Moses, the then-minister of foreign affairs of Trinidad and Tobago, signed the treaty at a high-level ceremony on 26 September 2019 and deposited the country’s instrument of ratification with the UN secretary-general on the same day.

Addressing the United Nations, Moses said that the treaty provides “an option for immediate action on nuclear disarmament, which is necessary in this challenging international security environment”.

Trinidad and Tobago was the equal 28th state to ratify or accede to the treaty.

Denis Moses, the then-minister of foreign affairs of Trinidad and Tobago, signs the treaty in New York on 26 September 2019. Photo: ICAN

Moses deposits the instrument of ratification on 26 September 2019. Photo: ICAN

 

Implementation

In accordance with Article 2 of the treaty, Trinidad and Tobago submitted a declaration to the UN secretary-general on 19 February 2021 confirming that it does not own, possess, or control nuclear weapons, has never done so, and does not host any other state’s nuclear weapons on its territory.

Per Article 12, Trinidad and Tobago has promoted universal adherence to the treaty, including by co-sponsoring and 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

Trinidad and Tobago 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, Trinidad and Tobago said that “we stand on the precipice of history as we seek to shatter the chronic stalemate that has existed in the field of nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation for far too long”.

In its closing statement, it said that it was “pleased to stand with the majority of [UN] member states today – on the right side of history and on the right side of humanity”.

In an address to the United Nations following the treatys opening for signature in September 2017, Moses said that the “treaty is particularly significant as it is the first multilateral legally binding instrument for nuclear disarmament to have been negotiated in 20 years”.

In 2016, Trinidad and Tobago co-sponsored 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

Trinidad and Tobago 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 joined the TPNW

[HIGHLIGHTS]

Signed: 26 September 2019

Ratified: 26 September 2019

 

Summary

Trinidad and Tobago has signed and ratified the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. It was among the original 50 states parties to the treaty when it entered into force on 22 January 2021.

 

Signature and ratification

Denis Moses, the then-minister of foreign affairs of Trinidad and Tobago, signed the treaty at a high-level ceremony on 26 September 2019 and deposited the country’s instrument of ratification with the UN secretary-general on the same day.

Addressing the United Nations, Moses said that the treaty provides “an option for immediate action on nuclear disarmament, which is necessary in this challenging international security environment”.

Trinidad and Tobago was the equal 28th state to ratify or accede to the treaty.

Denis Moses, the then-minister of foreign affairs of Trinidad and Tobago, signs the treaty in New York on 26 September 2019. Photo: ICAN

Moses deposits the instrument of ratification on 26 September 2019. Photo: ICAN

 

Implementation

In accordance with Article 2 of the treaty, Trinidad and Tobago submitted a declaration to the UN secretary-general on 19 February 2021 confirming that it does not own, possess, or control nuclear weapons, has never done so, and does not host any other state’s nuclear weapons on its territory.

Per Article 12, Trinidad and Tobago has promoted universal adherence to the treaty, including by co-sponsoring and 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

Trinidad and Tobago 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, Trinidad and Tobago said that “we stand on the precipice of history as we seek to shatter the chronic stalemate that has existed in the field of nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation for far too long”.

In its closing statement, it said that it was “pleased to stand with the majority of [UN] member states today – on the right side of history and on the right side of humanity”.

In an address to the United Nations following the treatys opening for signature in September 2017, Moses said that the “treaty is particularly significant as it is the first multilateral legally binding instrument for nuclear disarmament to have been negotiated in 20 years”.

In 2016, Trinidad and Tobago co-sponsored 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

Trinidad and Tobago 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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