Tuvalu

Nuclear-weapon-free state

Has joined the TPNW

Signed: 20 September 2017

Ratified: 12 October 2020

 

Summary

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

 

Signature and ratification

Enele Sopoaga, the then-prime minister of Tuvalu, signed the treaty when it opened for signature on 20 September 2017.

In an address to the United Nations following the signing ceremony, he said: “It is our fervent hope that nuclear weapons and other weapons of mass destruction … are totally banned and prohibited worldwide by the UN.”

Tuvalu was the 47th nation to ratify or accede to the treaty.

Enele Sopoaga, the then-prime minister of Tuvalu, signs the treaty in New York on 20 September 2017. Photo: ICAN

 

Universalisation

Tuvalu 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

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

In 2016, Tuvalu 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

Tuvalu 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.

Tuvalu, together with Fiji, Nauru, Palau, and Samoa, submitted a working paper to a UN working group in Geneva in 2016 in which it argued that “the debate should no longer be about whether a global ban on nuclear weapons is necessary, but rather how we can achieve it and what provisions it should contain”.

The five Pacific island states commented that the lived experience of nuclear weapons in the Pacific, where more than 300 atomic and hydrogen bombs were tested, has motivated them to work for a treaty-based ban.

Nuclear-weapon-free state

Has joined the TPNW

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Signed: 20 September 2017

Ratified: 12 October 2020

 

Summary

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

 

Signature and ratification

Enele Sopoaga, the then-prime minister of Tuvalu, signed the treaty when it opened for signature on 20 September 2017.

In an address to the United Nations following the signing ceremony, he said: “It is our fervent hope that nuclear weapons and other weapons of mass destruction … are totally banned and prohibited worldwide by the UN.”

Tuvalu was the 47th nation to ratify or accede to the treaty.

Enele Sopoaga, the then-prime minister of Tuvalu, signs the treaty in New York on 20 September 2017. Photo: ICAN

 

Universalisation

Tuvalu 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

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

In 2016, Tuvalu 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

Tuvalu 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.

Tuvalu, together with Fiji, Nauru, Palau, and Samoa, submitted a working paper to a UN working group in Geneva in 2016 in which it argued that “the debate should no longer be about whether a global ban on nuclear weapons is necessary, but rather how we can achieve it and what provisions it should contain”.

The five Pacific island states commented that the lived experience of nuclear weapons in the Pacific, where more than 300 atomic and hydrogen bombs were tested, has motivated them to work for a treaty-based ban.

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