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State with nuclear-free security policy

Botswana is a state party to the TPNW from 22 January 2021 and is in compliance with all of the prohibitions in Article 1 of the Treaty.

TPNW status
Signed (26 Sep 2019) and ratified (15 Jul 2020)
Compliance with prohibitions in TPNW Article 1(1)
Art 1(1)(a) Develop, produce, manufacture, acquire Compliant
Test Compliant
Possess or stockpile Compliant
Art 1(1)(b) Transfer Compliant
Art 1(1)(c) Receive transfer or control Compliant
Art 1(1)(d) Use Compliant
Threaten to use Compliant
Art 1(1)(e) Assist, encourage or induce Compliant
Art 1(1)(f) Seek or receive assistance Compliant
Art 1(1)(g) Allow stationing, installation, deployment Compliant
TPNW voting and participation
Vote on negotiation mandate (A/RES/71/258) Voted yes
Participated in treaty negotiations (% women) Yes (25%)
Vote on adoption of treaty text Voted yes
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 (Pelindaba)
Ratified the CTBT Yes
Party to the PTBT Yes
Member of the CD No
IAEA CSA in force Yes
IAEA AP in force Yes
Party to the CWC Yes
Party to the BWC Yes

Latest developments

Botswana was the 40th state to ratify the TPNW, coinciding with the 11th anniversary of the establishment of the African nuclear-weapon-free zone. In a statement on the occasion, Botswana called on 'all other peace-loving nations to collectively join hands and contribute to this noble endeavor for the prohibition of all nuclear weapons.' Speaking in First Committee of the 2020 UN General Assembly, Botswana said 'we are concerned by the slow pace with which nuclear weapon states are implementing the nuclear disarmament agenda. We encourage nuclear weapon states to recommit to nuclear disarmament and work towards total elimination of these weapons.' See:,


  • Botswana should continue to encourage other states to adhere to the TPNW.
  • Botswana should ensure that all the TPNW obligations are implemented domestically, through legal, administrative, and other necessary measures.
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