Turkmenistan

Nuclear-weapon-free state

Has not yet joined the TPNW

Summary

Turkmenistan has not yet signed or ratified the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW).

 

National position

Turkmenistan has promoted universal adherence to the TPNW, 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”.

In correspondence with ICAN in February 2021, the Permanent Mission of Turkmenistan to the United Nations said: “The issue of accession to the TPNW is under the consideration of the government of Turkmenistan.”

 

TPNW negotiations

Turkmenistan did not participate in the negotiation of the TPNW at the United Nations in New York in 2017 and thus did not vote on its adoption.

In 2016, Turkmenistan voted in the first committee of the UN General Assembly in favour of a draft resolution that ultimately 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

Prior to the adoption of the TPNW in 2017, nuclear weapons were the only weapons of mass destruction not subject to a comprehensive, globally applicable treaty prohibition. Turkmenistan supported calls in the UN General Assembly fill this “legal gap”.

Nuclear-weapon-free state

Has not yet joined the TPNW

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Summary

Turkmenistan has not yet signed or ratified the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW).

 

National position

Turkmenistan has promoted universal adherence to the TPNW, 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”.

In correspondence with ICAN in February 2021, the Permanent Mission of Turkmenistan to the United Nations said: “The issue of accession to the TPNW is under the consideration of the government of Turkmenistan.”

 

TPNW negotiations

Turkmenistan did not participate in the negotiation of the TPNW at the United Nations in New York in 2017 and thus did not vote on its adoption.

In 2016, Turkmenistan voted in the first committee of the UN General Assembly in favour of a draft resolution that ultimately 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

Prior to the adoption of the TPNW in 2017, nuclear weapons were the only weapons of mass destruction not subject to a comprehensive, globally applicable treaty prohibition. Turkmenistan supported calls in the UN General Assembly fill this “legal gap”.

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