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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 Foreign Minister of Jamaica, Kamina Johnson Smith, said: ''We must, [...] through education, challenge the view that the possession of nuclear weapons is a viable security strategy. We must cease the manufacturing and modernisation of nuclear weapons, destroy existing stockpiles and universalise the TPNW, the NPT and the CTBT.'

8 Dec 2017
23 Oct 2020 (Ratification)
22 Jan 2021
Received 19 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 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 No
Additional Protocol Yes
Fissile material production facilities No
Highly enriched uranium stocks Cleared
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 (Tlatelolco)
Member of the CD No

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Johnson Smith also said: 'Jamaica was honoured to be the 48th ratifying state to bring the treaty across the line to meet the 50th State requirement, and we look forward to working in earnest at the First Meeting of State Parties scheduled for March 2022, to ensure the full and effective implementation of the treaty.'1

In the First Committee of the 2021 UN General Assembly, Jamaica welcomed the entry into force of the TPNW, and said: 'Although there is evidence that the support for the Treaty is rising, Jamaica remains concerned with the strong opposition to the Treaty. Notwithstanding, we call on all member states that have neither signed nor ratified the agreement to consider doing so as their action would signify their commitment to disarmament and non-proliferation efforts and to regional and international peace and security.'2

Jamaica was also 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'.3


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