Benin was the first state to ratify the TPNW after the Treaty reached the required 50 ratifications or accessions to enter into force. It was also the first francophone African state to ratify the Treaty. As a member of the African Group in the UN, Benin aligned itself with the group's statement at the 2020 UN General Assembly's High-Level Plenary Meeting to Commemorate and Promote the International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons, which welcomed the adoption of the TPNW and stated that the Treaty does not undermine the NPT but complements and strengthens it. The statement also called on all states, especially nuclear-armed and umbrella states, to sign and ratify the TPNW, and to consider the catastrophic humanitarian, environmental, and economic impacts of nuclear weapons and to dismantle and renounce these weapons of mass destruction. See: bit.ly/3oqz0JC, bit.ly/33PzL75, bit.ly/337TlLD, bit.ly/2UG2lmC.
- Benin should encourage other states to adhere to the TPNW.