Nuclear-weapon free state
Participated in TPNW negotiations
Has signed TPNW, but not yet ratified
Zambia has signed but not yet ratified the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons.
Joseph Malanji, the minister for foreign affairs of Zambia, signed the treaty at a high-level ceremony on 26 September 2019.
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”.
Zambia has promoted universal adherence to the treaty, including by co-sponsoring a UN General Assembly resolution in 2019 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”.
In 2016, Zambia was a co-sponsor 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”.
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.
Zambia is a state party to the 1996 Treaty of Pelindaba, which established Africa as a nuclear-weapon-free zone.
H.E. Mr. Joseph Malanji, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Zambia, signs the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons on 26 September 2019.
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