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Lesotho

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 Lesotho, Matšepo Ramakoae, hailed the TPNW’s entry into force as an 'important milestone' and 'the pinnacle of worldwide movement to draw attention to the catastrophic humanitarian consequences of the use of nuclear weapons'.[1]

SIGNATURE
26 Sep 2019
DEPOSIT WITH UNSG
6 Jun 2020 (Ratification)
ENTRY INTO FORCE
22 Jan 2021
DECLARATION
Received 18 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 75%
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 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 No
Ratified the CTBT Yes
Party to the NPT Yes
Party to a NWFZ Yes (Pelindaba)
Member of the CD No

Latest developments

Speaking in the First Committee of the 2021 UN General Assembly, Lesotho said: 'The disarmament and international security landscape has seen some progress recently with the ratification and subsequent entry into force of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW). However, there is still more that needs to be done particularly by nuclear weapon states in the area of nuclear disarmament.'2

Lesotho 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'.3

Recommendations

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