Trinidad and Tobago

Nuclear-weapon free state

Has signed the TPNW

Has ratified the TPNW

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

Denis Moses, the minister for 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.

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

Trinidad and Tobago 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 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”.

Trinidad and Tobago 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 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 2016, Trinidad and Tobago was an additional 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”.

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.

Trinidad and Tobago is a state party to the 1967 Treaty of Tlatelolco, which established Latin America and the Caribbean as a nuclear-weapon-free zone.

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