Uzbekistan

Nuclear-weapon-free state

Has not yet joined the TPNW

Summary

Uzbekistan has not yet signed or ratified the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. It did not formally participate in the negotiation of the treaty at the United Nations in New York in 2017 and thus did not vote on its adoption.

 

Universalisation

Uzbekistan 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, Uzbekistan abstained from voting on 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”.

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

 

Other information

Uzbekistan is a state party to the 2006 Treaty of Semipalatinsk, which established Central Asia as a nuclear-weapon-free zone.