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Afghanistan

It is believed that Afghanistan has considered accession to the TPNW. With the change of government, it is likely that this process has stalled. Afghanistan voted in favour of the adoption of the TPNW in 2017 and voted in favour of the annual UN General Assembly resolutions on the TPNW in 2019, 2020, and 2021.

SIGNATURE
DEPOSIT WITH UNSG
ENTRY INTO FORCE
DECLARATION
TPNW Article 1(1) prohibitions: Compatibility in 2021
(a) Develop, produce, manufacture, acquire Compatible
Test Compatible
Possess or stockpile Compatible
(b) Transfer Compatible
(c) Receive transfer or control Compatible
(d) Use Compatible
Threaten to use Compatible
(e) Assist, encourage or induce Compatible
(f) Seek or receive assistance Compatible
(g) Allow stationing, installation, deployment Compatible
TPNW voting and participation
2021 UNGA resolution on TPNW Voted yes
2020 UNGA resolution on TPNW Voted yes
2019 UNGA resolution on TPNW Voted yes
2018 UNGA resolution on TPNW Did not vote
Participated in TPNW negotiations Yes
Share of women in TPNW negotiations 0%
Vote on adoption of treaty text Voted yes
Adoption of TPNW (7 July 2017) Voted yes
IAEA safeguards and fissile material
Safeguards Agreement Yes
TPNW Art 3(2) deadline N/A
Small Quantities Protocol Yes (Modified)
Additional Protocol Yes
Fissile material production facilities No
Highly enriched uranium stocks No
Plutonium stocks (mil/civ) No/No
Related treaties and regimes
Party to the BWC Yes
Party to the CWC Yes
Party to the PTBT Yes
Ratified the CTBT Yes
Party to the NPT Yes
Party to a NWFZ No
Member of the CD No

Latest developments

Afghanistan maintains policies and practices that are compatible with all of the prohibitions in Article 1 of the TPNW, and can therefore sign and ratify or accede to the Treaty without the need for a change in conduct.

In the First Committee of the 2020 UN General Assembly, Afghnistan said: 'The situation of nuclear disarmament remains at an impase and a source of great concern in the context of international peace and security. A new focus and commitment is needed on the part of the international community to reverse the trend and pave the ground for the decrease and total elimination of nuclear weaons and weapons of mass destruction.'1

Recommendations

  • Afghanistan should urgently adhere to the TPNW.
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