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Guyana

Guyana 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]

SIGNATURE
20 Sep 2017
DEPOSIT WITH UNSG
20 Sep 2017 (Ratification)
ENTRY INTO FORCE
22 Jan 2021
DECLARATION
Received 21 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 Voted yes
2020 UNGA resolution on TPNW Voted yes
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 50%
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 Yes (Original)
Additional Protocol No
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 No
Ratified the CTBT Yes
Party to the NPT Yes
Party to a NWFZ Yes (Tlatelolco)
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 President of Guyana, Mohamed Irfaan Ali, said: 'The entry into force of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW) on 22 January 2021 was a watershed moment for the disarmament agenda. There is now a legally binding international agreement that comprehensively prohibits the development, testing, manufacturing, production, acquisition, possession, stockpiling, use, or threat of use of nuclear weapons under any circumstances. We have now closed the legal gap which previously existed in the international disarmament regime. Guyana is proud to have contributed to this historic achievement. While the entry into force of the TPNW is a step in the right direction, its intended legal effect is undermined when one considers that no nuclear-weapon state has signed, let alone ratified, the Treaty.'2

Recommendations

  • Guyana should continue to encourage other states to adhere to the TPNW.
  • Guyana should ensure that all the TPNW obligations are implemented domestically, through legal, administrative, and other necessary measures.
  • Guyana should conclude and bring into force an Additional Protocol with the IAEA, and upgrade to a Modified Small Quantities Protocol.
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