Zambia

Nuclear-weapon-free state

Has signed the TPNW

Has not yet ratified the TPNW

Signed: 26 September 2019

 

Summary

Zambia has signed but not yet ratified the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons.

 

Signature

Joseph Malanji, the minister of foreign affairs of Zambia, signed the treaty at a high-level ceremony on 26 September 2019.

Joseph Malanji, the minister of foreign affairs of Zambia, signs the treaty in New York on 26 September 2019. Photo: ICAN

 

Universalisation

Zambia 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”.

In October 2019, it appealed “to those who have not signed yet to do so and finally ratify for the treaty to come into force after reaching the required ratification threshold”.

 

Treaty negotiations

Zambia participated in the negotiation of the treaty at the United Nations in New York in 2017 but was absent for the vote on its adoption.

In an address to the United Nations in September 2017, the president of Zambia, Edgar Chagwa Lungu, congratulated all those “who worked so hard” to achieve the treaty. He said that Zambia looked forward “to witnessing its coming into effect”.

In 2016, Zambia 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

Zambia 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.

Nuclear-weapon-free state

Has signed the TPNW

Has not yet ratified the TPNW

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Signed: 26 September 2019

 

Summary

Zambia has signed but not yet ratified the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons.

 

Signature

Joseph Malanji, the minister of foreign affairs of Zambia, signed the treaty at a high-level ceremony on 26 September 2019.

Joseph Malanji, the minister of foreign affairs of Zambia, signs the treaty in New York on 26 September 2019. Photo: ICAN

 

Universalisation

Zambia 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”.

In October 2019, it appealed “to those who have not signed yet to do so and finally ratify for the treaty to come into force after reaching the required ratification threshold”.

 

Treaty negotiations

Zambia participated in the negotiation of the treaty at the United Nations in New York in 2017 but was absent for the vote on its adoption.

In an address to the United Nations in September 2017, the president of Zambia, Edgar Chagwa Lungu, congratulated all those “who worked so hard” to achieve the treaty. He said that Zambia looked forward “to witnessing its coming into effect”.

In 2016, Zambia 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

Zambia 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.

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