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Botswana was one of the co-sponsors of the 2021 UN General Assembly resolution on the TPNW, which called 'upon all States that have not yet done so to sign, ratify, accept, approve or accede to the Treaty at the earliest possible date'.[1]

26 Sep 2019
15 Jul 2020 (Ratification)
22 Jan 2021
Received 8 Feb 2021
TPNW Article 1(1) prohibitions: Compliance in 2021
(a) Develop, produce, manufacture, acquire Compliant
Test Compliant
Possess or stockpile Compliant
(b) Transfer Compliant
(c) Receive transfer or control Compliant
(d) Use Compliant
Threaten to use Compliant
(e) Assist, encourage or induce Compliant
(f) Seek or receive assistance Compliant
(g) Allow stationing, installation, deployment Compliant
TPNW voting and participation
2021 UNGA resolution on TPNW
2020 UNGA resolution on TPNW
2019 UNGA resolution on TPNW Voted yes
2018 UNGA resolution on TPNW Voted yes
Participated in TPNW negotiations Yes
Share of women in TPNW negotiations 25%
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 No
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 Yes (Pelindaba)
Member of the CD No

Latest developments

In a statement to the 2021 UN General Assembly's High-Level Plenary Meeting to Commemorate and Promote the International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons, the Defence Minister of Botswana, Thomas Kagiso Mmusi, described the TPNW as 'a necessary foundation as well as a stimulus for future further steps towards the total elimination of nuclear weapons'.2

In the First Committee of the 2021 UN General Assembly, Botswana said: 'Botswana welcomes the entry into force of the TPNW, which is a clear commitment to a world free of nuclear weapons and to multilateral disarmament. We further encourage those member states who have not yet signed and ratified to do so without further delay.'3

Botswana ratified the TPNW on the 11th anniversary of the establishment of the African NWFZ. 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.'4


  • 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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