Marking the International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons on 26 September 2022, the Maldives said that it is ‘unfortunate’ that more states have not yet ratified or acceded to the TPNW, adding that it is proud to be among those that have done so.
|TPNW Article 1(1) prohibitions: Compliance in 2022|
|(a)||Develop, produce, manufacture, acquire||Compliant|
|Possess or stockpile||Compliant|
|(c)||Receive transfer or control||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|
|UNGA resolution on TPNW (latest vote)||Voted yes (2022)|
|Participated in 1MSP (2022)||No|
|1MSP delegation size (% women)||N/A|
|Adoption of TPNW (7 July 2017)||Did not vote*|
|Participated in TPNW negotiations (2017)||Yes|
|Negotiation mandate (A/RES/71/258)||Voted yes|
|Other weapons of mass destruction (WMD) treaties|
|Party to an NWFZ||No|
|Party to the NPT||Yes (Ratified 1970)|
|Ratified the CTBT||Yes (Ratified 2000)|
|Party to the BWC||Yes (Acceded 1993)|
|Party to the CWC||Yes (Ratified 1994)|
|IAEA safeguards and fissile material|
|TPNW Art 3(2) deadline||N/A|
|Small Quantities Protocol||Yes (Modified)|
|Enrichment facilities/reprocessing plants||No|
In the First Committee of the UN General Assembly in October 2022, the Maldives welcomed the TPNW’s entry into force and the convening of its First Meeting of States Parties (1MSP), ‘where the Vienna declaration and action plan had been successfully adopted’.2
The Maldives was one of the co-sponsors for the 2022 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
In January 2022, in accordance with its Article 12 obligation to promote universal adherence to the TPNW, the Maldives recommended that Lithuania ratify the TPNW as part of the UN Human Rights Council's Universal Periodic Review.4
- The Maldives should continue to encourage other states to adhere to the TPNW.
- The Maldives should ensure that all the TPNW obligations are implemented domestically, through legal, administrative, and other necessary measures.
- The Maldives should conclude and bring into force an Additional Protocol with the IAEA.
* After the vote on the TPNW on 7 July 2017, the Maldives informed the Secretariat that it had intended to vote in favour (A/72/206, note 2)