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Samoa

State with nuclear-free security policy

Samoa 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 (20 Sept 2017) and ratified (26 Sept 2018)
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) Did not vote
Participated in treaty negotiations (% women) Yes (60%)
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 (Rarotonga)
Ratified the CTBT Yes
Party to the PTBT Yes
Member of the CD No
IAEA CSA in force Yes
IAEA AP in force No
Party to the CWC Yes
Party to the BWC Yes

Latest developments

In 2019, Samoa’s Prime Minister, Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi, said in the UN that his country had signed and rapidly ratified the TPNW to underscore its commitment to the NPT goals. He also said that the Treaty's 'success over time will depend on the commitment of each and every UN member state. Each new signature and ratification of the treaty ban will strengthen global norms against these weapons of terror and move us closer to a nuclear-weapon-free world. And the only guarantee humankind has against the use and the threat of use of nuclear weapons is through the non-possession and total elimination of all nuclear weapons.' See: bit.ly/2obi545.

Recommendations

  • Samoa should continue to encourage other states to adhere to the TPNW.
  • Samoa should ensure that all the TPNW obligations are implemented domestically, through legal, administrative and other necessary measures.
  • Samoa should conclude and bring into force an Additional Protocol (AP) with the IAEA.
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