Uganda

Nuclear-weapon-free state

Voted in favour of adopting TPNW

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Summary

Uganda has not yet signed or ratified the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. However, it participated in the negotiation of the treaty at the United Nations in New York in 2017 and voted in favour of its adoption.

 

Universalisation

Uganda has promoted universal adherence to the treaty, including by voting in favour of an annual UN General Assembly resolution that calls upon all states to sign, ratify, or accede to the treaty “at the earliest possible date”.

 

Pre-negotiations

In 2016, Uganda voted in favour 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”.

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 negotiations.

 

Other information

Uganda is a signatory to the 1996 Treaty of Pelindaba, which established Africa as a nuclear-weapon-free zone.

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