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Namibia

State with nuclear-free security policy

Namibia 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 (8 Dec 2017) and ratified (20 Mar 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 (20%)
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 Yes (Pelindaba)
Ratified the CTBT Yes
Party to the PTBT No
Member of the CD No
IAEA CSA in force Yes
IAEA AP in force Yes
Party to the CWC Yes
Party to the BWC No

Latest developments

In an online meeting following Namibia’s ratification of the TPNW, the permanent representative of Namibia to the United Nations, Ambassador Neville Gertze, stressed that all nations must do their utmost to ensure that no one else ever suffers as the people of Hiroshima and Nagasaki suffered in 1945. He added: 'I really hope that, on this occasion of Namibia’s joining, we can encourage more [UN] member states to come on board, that we can in this way make our contribution towards a world that is much safer, and that we can do away with these illegal weapons.' In First Committee of the 2020 UN General Assembly, Namibia highlighted that it has ratified the TPNW and called it a 'landmark Treaty'. It also said: 'This is a show of our commitment to the non-proliferation, disarmament and the irreversible and verifiable elimination of nuclear weapons. We applaud those Member States that have ratified the TPNW in the course of this year and urge other Member States to ratify the TPNW'. Finally, Namibia said that it, once again, renewed its call 'for the Nuclear-weapon States to fully comply with their legal obligations and unequivocal undertakings to accomplish the total elimination of nuclear weapons in a transparent, irreversible and in a verifiable manner.' See: bit.ly/2JXy1S4, bit.ly/2IUuy6Z.

Recommendations

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