Uganda

Nuclear-weapon-free state

Has not yet joined the TPNW

Status

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

 

National position

Uganda has promoted universal adherence to the TPNW, 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 UN General Assembly in 2021, Uganda welcomed the adoption of the “landmark” TPNW, which it said complements other international instruments, such as the Non-Proliferation Treaty of 1968.

In October 2021, a motion urging the government to sign and ratify the TPNW was submitted to the parliament. It was referred to the parliament’s foreign affairs committee for review.

In November 2021, the Uganda Human Rights Commission submitted a report to the parliament recommending that Uganda become a state party to the TPNW.

The foreign affairs committee of the Ugandan parliament discusses the TPNW in 2021. Photo: NEMA

 

TPNW negotiations

Uganda participated in the negotiation of the TPNW at the United Nations in New York in 2017 and was among 122 states that voted in favour of its adoption.

In 2016, Uganda 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

Uganda 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 TPNW negotiations.

Nuclear-weapon-free state

Has not yet joined the TPNW

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Status

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

 

National position

Uganda has promoted universal adherence to the TPNW, 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 UN General Assembly in 2021, Uganda welcomed the adoption of the “landmark” TPNW, which it said complements other international instruments, such as the Non-Proliferation Treaty of 1968.

In October 2021, a motion urging the government to sign and ratify the TPNW was submitted to the parliament. It was referred to the parliament’s foreign affairs committee for review.

In November 2021, the Uganda Human Rights Commission submitted a report to the parliament recommending that Uganda become a state party to the TPNW.

The foreign affairs committee of the Ugandan parliament discusses the TPNW in 2021. Photo: NEMA

 

TPNW negotiations

Uganda participated in the negotiation of the TPNW at the United Nations in New York in 2017 and was among 122 states that voted in favour of its adoption.

In 2016, Uganda 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

Uganda 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 TPNW negotiations.

[PARTNERS]

Holistic Operations for Rural Development

Ugandan Association of Medical Workers for Health and Environmental Concerns

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Uganda Landmine Survivors Association (ULSA)

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FACILITATION FOR INTEGRATED COMMUNITY RURAL DEVELOPMENT (FICRD)

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Rafusai Charity Organization

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  • Holistic Operations for Rural Development
  • Ugandan Association of Medical Workers for Health and Environmental Concerns

    website

  • Uganda Landmine Survivors Association (ULSA)

    website

  • FACILITATION FOR INTEGRATED COMMUNITY RURAL DEVELOPMENT (FICRD)

    website

  • Rafusai Charity Organization