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Barbados

State with nuclear-free security policy

Barbados did not cast a vote on the adoption of the TPNW at the UN Diplomatic Conference in 2017 and has not yet adhered to the Treaty, but has consistently voted in favour of the UN General Assembly resolutions on the TPNW in 2018, 2019, and 2020. Barbados maintains policies and practices that are compliant with all of the prohibitions in Article 1 of the Treaty, and can therefore sign and ratify it without making changes to existing practices or policies.

TPNW status
Not signed, not ratified, not acceded
Compatibility with prohibitions in TPNW Article 1(1)
Art 1(1)(a) Develop, produce, manufacture, acquire Compatible
Test Compatible
Possess or stockpile Compatible
Art 1(1)(b) Transfer Compatible
Art 1(1)(c) Receive transfer or control Compatible
Art 1(1)(d) Use Compatible
Threaten to use Compatible
Art 1(1)(e) Assist, encourage or induce Compatible
Art 1(1)(f) Seek or receive assistance Compatible
Art 1(1)(g) Allow stationing, installation, deployment Compatible
TPNW voting and participation
Vote on negotiation mandate (A/RES/71/258) Voted yes
Participated in treaty negotiations (% women) Yes (75%)
Vote on adoption of treaty text Did not vote
Last vote on UNGA resolution Voted yes
Fissile material
Fissile material production facilities No
Highly enriched uranium stocks No
Plutonium stocks (military/civilian) No/No
Related treaties and regimes
Party to the NPT Yes
Party to a NWFZ Yes (Tlatelolco)
Ratified the CTBT Yes
Party to the PTBT No
Member of the CD No (Observer)
IAEA CSA in force Yes
IAEA AP in force No
Party to the CWC Yes
Party to the BWC Yes

Latest developments

Barbados has consistently voted in favour of the UN General Assembly resolutions on the TPNW in 2018, 2019, and 2020. As a member of CARICOM, Barbados aligned itself with the group's statement in First Committee of the 2020 UN General Assembly, which highlighted the TPNW and called 'for the denuclearization of all areas of the world.' See: bit.ly/2UN9K3n.

Recommendations

  • Barbados should urgently sign and ratify the TPNW, and encourage other states to adhere to the Treaty.
  • Barbados should conclude and bring into force an Additional Protocol (AP) with the IAEA.
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