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The Foreign Minister of Malta, Evarist Bartolo, said in the Conference on Disarmament on 22 February 2021 that the TPNW has 'strengthened the global norm against the worst weapons of mass destruction', and it is 'our duty to promote the benefits of such treaty, help fight misconceptions about it, and ensure that its obligations are adhered to'.[1]

25 Aug 2020
21 Sep 2020 (Ratification)
22 Jan 2021
Received 27 Jan 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
2020 UNGA resolution on TPNW
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 33%
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 No
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 No
Member of the CD No (Observer)

Latest developments

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, Foreign Minister Bartolo said: 'Malta was one of the first countries to sign and ratify the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. As this Treaty has now entered into force, we urge all States to accede to this important Treaty, which would send a strong political signal against the production, stockpiling, and use of nuclear weapons. We hope that increased universalisation of this important Treaty will create the necessary momentum to embark on serious disarmament talks which have been stalled for too long.'2

The Foreign Minister participated in a webinar hosted by ICAN, Mayors for Peace, and Nuclear Free Local Authorities on 21 October to talk about the First Meeting of States Parties to the TPNW and strategy to encourage more states to support the Treaty.3

Malta 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'.4


  • Malta should continue to 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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