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Malta

State with nuclear-free security policy

Malta 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 (25 Aug 2020) and ratified (21 Sept 2020)
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 (33%)
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 No
Ratified the CTBT Yes
Party to the PTBT Yes
Member of the CD No (Observer)
IAEA CSA in force Yes
IAEA AP in force Yes
Party to the CWC Yes
Party to the BWC Yes

Latest developments

When Malta ratified the TPNW on 21 September 2020, the Ministry for Foreign and European Affairs issued a press release that said: 'Amongst other things, the treaty has the ambition to achieve a world free of nuclear weapons which is also a guiding principle of Malta’s foreign policy. The ratification of this treaty stands in testimony to Malta’s unwavering commitment to nuclear non-proliferation and global disarmament that remain crucial to securing a safer future for all and for future generations.' At the 2020 UN General Assembly's High-Level Plenary Meeting to Commemorate and Promote the International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons, Malta highlighted its recent signature and ratification of the TPNW and said: 'Malta has taken this political decision to clearly signal that it is in favour of the total elimination of nuclear weapons and that it shares the view of many other countries, which like it, believe that the total elimination of nuclear weapons remains the only absolute guarantee against their use.' See: bit.ly/33L8l2s, bit.ly/3nNSPub.

Recommendations

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