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Malawi's Office of the President and Cabinet said in December 2021 that the government had approved ratification of the TPNW, and that the Permanent Mission of Malawi to the UN would soon deposit the instrument of ratification with the UN Secretary-General.[1]

20 Sep 2017
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 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 Yes
Ratified the CTBT Yes
Party to the NPT Yes
Party to a NWFZ Yes (Pelindaba)
Member of the CD No

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As part of the Universal Periodic Review conducted by the Human Rights Council, Malawi accepted a recommendation in 2021 to ratify the TPNW.2

In the First Committee of the 2021 UN General Assembly, Malawi associated itself with a statement by the African Group which said: 'Given the slow progress and frustration that has characterized nuclear disarmament for so many years, the TPNW marks a watershed in the drive to rid the world of nuclear weapons. [...] It is our hope that the nuclear weapon states and those under the so-called nuclear umbrella would seize this opportunity to sign and ratify the treaty as well as pursue the goal of a nuclear weapon free world'.3

In the First Committee of the 2019 UN General Assembly, Malawi said that it supports all nuclear disarmament initiatives, including the NPT, the TPNW, CTBT, and the Pelindaba Treaty. Malawi also urged states to stop paying lip service to disarmament, and encouraged them to 'use multilateral diplomacy to implement these agreements so we can achieve our disarmament agenda.'4


  • Malawi should urgently ratify the TPNW.

1) Communications from the Office of the President and Cabinet to ICAN, 13 December 2021

2) A/HRC/46/7



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