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The Philippines' Foreign Ministry held an event on 19 May 2021 to commemorate entry into force of the TPNW for the Philippines. President Rodrigo Duterte hailed the ratification as a milestone and reiterated his country's commitment to work with others to achieve a nuclear-weapon-free world for 'peace, security, and the survival of all humanity'.[1]

20 Sep 2017
18 Feb 2021 (Ratification)
19 May 2021
Received 17 Jun 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 53%
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 Cleared
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 Yes (Bangkok)
Member of the CD No (Observer)

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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, the Philippines said: 'In addition to the NPT, the cornerstone of the global nuclear nonproliferation regime, the Philippines takes pride in being the 53rd country to ratify the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW). The treaty represents efforts towards the universalization of global norms against nuclear weapons and is in line with the Philippine Constitution and the Bangkok Treaty. It also fulfills the goal set out in the NPT and delegitimizes, once and for all, the use of nuclear weapons.'2

The Philippines was also 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'.3


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