In the First Committee of the 2020 UN General Assembly, the Bahamas stated that '[a]s a committed party to the Treaty of Tlatelolco, which established Latin America and the Caribbean as the First Nuclear-Weapon-Free Zone, we understand that it is important not only to lead by example, but to also build on achievements made. The Bahamas, therefore, has been encouraged by the signatures and ratifications, several of which represent Caribbean States, of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, and hopes to be in a position to join on to the Treaty, following the completion of internal review.'2
The Bahamas 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.
- The Bahamas should urgently adhere to the TPNW.
- The Bahamas should conclude and bring into force an Additional Protocol with the IAEA.