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Lao People's Democratic Republic

State with nuclear-free security policy

Lao PDR 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 (21 Sep 2017) and ratified (26 Sep 2019)
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 (0%)
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 (Bangkok)
Ratified the CTBT Yes
Party to the PTBT Yes
Member of the CD No
IAEA CSA in force Yes
IAEA AP in force No (Signed 2014)
Party to the CWC Yes
Party to the BWC Yes

Latest developments

In First Committee of the 2020 UN General Assembly, Lao PDR highlighted its ratification in 2019 of the TPNW and said it 'welcomes those states which have already submitted their instrument of ratification and accession of TPNW. In this regard, we call upon other states that have not yet done so, to join the Treaty in order to facilitate an early entry into force of the Treaty, so that it can further contribute to the realization of making our world free from nuclear weapons.' See: bit.ly/3l6MRD2.

Recommendations

  • Lao PDR should continue to encourage other states to adhere to the TPNW.
  • Lao PDR should ensure that all the TPNW obligations are implemented domestically, through legal, administrative, and other necessary measures.
  • Lao PDR should bring into force its Additional Protocol (AP) with the IAEA.
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