|TPNW Article 1(1) prohibitions: Compatibility in 2021|
|(a)||Develop, produce, manufacture, acquire||Compatible|
|Possess or stockpile||Compatible|
|(c)||Receive transfer or control||Compatible|
|Threaten to use||Compatible|
|(e)||Assist, encourage or induce||Not compatible|
|(f)||Seek or receive assistance||Compatible|
|(g)||Allow stationing, installation, deployment||Compatible|
|IAEA safeguards and fissile material|
|TPNW Art 3(2) deadline||N/A|
|Small Quantities Protocol||No|
|Fissile material production facilities||No|
|Highly enriched uranium stocks||1–10 kg|
|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 (Annex 2 state)|
|Party to the NPT||Yes|
|Party to a NWFZ||No|
|Member of the CD||Yes|
On 13 October 2021, Norway's newly elected Labour-led government published a coalition agreement committing Norway to participate as an observer in the First Meeting of States Parties to the TPNW in 2022. It was the first member of NATO to make such a commitment.1 Six of the nine political parties in Norway's parliament have adopted party programmes that say that Norway should sign and ratify the TPNW, while a seventh party has said that it should be a goal for Norway and other NATO states to do so.
Two former Norwegian prime ministers (Kjell Magne Bondevik, Thorbjørn Jagland), two former foreign ministers (Bjørn Tore Godal, Knut Vollebæk), and two former defence ministers (Eldbjørg Løwer, Anne-Grete Strøm Erichsen) were among the signatories to an open letter in September 2020 calling on current leaders in umbrella states to 'show courage and boldness' and join the TPNW.2
Norway’s capital, Oslo, and 39 other Norwegian cities have endorsed ICAN's Cities Appeal. Polling in 2021 showed high levels of support for the TPNW in Norway.3
Norway may sign and ratify the TPNW, but will have to make changes to its policies and practices to become compliant.
- Norway should ensure that nuclear weapons do not have a role in its national defence plans and security policies. It should renounce the possession and potential use of nuclear weapons on its behalf, for instance through a declaratory statement, and refrain from endorsing future alliance statements in support of weapons of mass destruction.
- Norway should urgently adhere to the TPNW. Until it is in a position to do so, it should welcome the TPNW as a valuable component in the global disarmament and non-proliferation architecture, work with the Treaty's states parties on practical steps towards disarmament, and attend the meetings of states parties as an observer.