Zimbabwe

Nuclear-weapon-free state

Has signed the TPNW

Has not yet ratified the TPNW

SIGNED

4 December 2020

RATIFIED

 

IN FORCE

 

 

Status

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

 

Signature

Frederick Musiiwa Makamure Shava, the then-permanent representative of Zimbabwe to the United Nations, signed the TPNW in New York on 4 December 2020.

In October 2023, the president of Zimbabwe, Emmerson Mnangagwa, announced that the TPNW would be tabled in parliament for ratification during its first session. He described Zimbabwe’s ratification of the TPNW as part of its effort to strengthen cooperation with the international community.

He also noted that the TPNW seeks to complement the 1968 Non-Proliferation Treaty.

 

Universalisation

Zimbabwe has promoted universal adherence to the TPNW, 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”.

Zimbabwe addresses a regional seminar on the universalisation of the TPNW in Pretoria, South Africa, in 2023. Photo: ICAN

 

TPNW negotiations

Zimbabwe 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, Zimbabwe 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

Zimbabwe 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 signed the TPNW

Has not yet ratified the TPNW

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SIGNED

4 December 2020

RATIFIED

 

IN FORCE

 

 

Status

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

 

Signature

Frederick Musiiwa Makamure Shava, the then-permanent representative of Zimbabwe to the United Nations, signed the TPNW in New York on 4 December 2020.

In October 2023, the president of Zimbabwe, Emmerson Mnangagwa, announced that the TPNW would be tabled in parliament for ratification during its first session. He described Zimbabwe’s ratification of the TPNW as part of its effort to strengthen cooperation with the international community.

He also noted that the TPNW seeks to complement the 1968 Non-Proliferation Treaty.

 

Universalisation

Zimbabwe has promoted universal adherence to the TPNW, 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”.

Zimbabwe addresses a regional seminar on the universalisation of the TPNW in Pretoria, South Africa, in 2023. Photo: ICAN

 

TPNW negotiations

Zimbabwe 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, Zimbabwe 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

Zimbabwe 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.

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