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Lao People's Democratic Republic

Lao PDR 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
21 Sep 2017
DEPOSIT WITH UNSG
26 Sep 2019 (Ratification)
ENTRY INTO FORCE
22 Jan 2021
DECLARATION
Received 2 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 0%
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 (Modified)
Additional Protocol No (Signed 2014)
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 (Bangkok)
Member of the CD No

Latest developments

In the First Committee of the 2021 UN General Assembly, Lao PDR said that it 'welcomes the entry into force of a historic agreement on the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons', describing it as 'a significant milestone to further strengthen the global norms against nuclear weapons'. It added that it is 'looking forward to continuing its constructive engagement in the forthcoming First Meeting of State Parties to the [TPNW]'.2

In another statement in the First Committe, Lao PDR said that 'we should increase our efforts for raising public awareness and promoting education on the danger of nuclear weapons and other weapons of mass destruction to help realising the Treaty’s objective'.3

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 with the IAEA, and upgrade to a Modified Small Quantities Protocol.
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