Government officials indicated in November 2021 that Senegal's Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Defence, and Ministry of the Interior were engaged in consultations on the TPNW. In June 2022, Senegal attended as an observer the First Meeting of States Parties to the TPNW (1MSP) in Vienna. It was also one of the co-sponsors for the 2022 UN General Assembly resolution on the TPNW.
|TPNW Article 1(1) prohibitions: Compatibility in 2022|
|(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||Compatible|
|(f)||Seek or receive assistance||Compatible|
|(g)||Allow stationing, installation, deployment||Compatible|
|TPNW voting and participation|
|UNGA resolution on TPNW (latest vote)||Voted yes (2022)|
|Participated in 1MSP (2022)||Observer|
|1MSP delegation size (% women)||1 (0%)|
|Adoption of TPNW (7 July 2017)||Voted yes|
|Participated in TPNW negotiations (2017)||Yes|
|Negotiation mandate (A/RES/71/258)||Voted yes|
|Other weapons of mass destruction (WMD) treaties|
|Party to an NWFZ||Yes (Ratified 2006, Pelindaba)|
|Party to the NPT||Yes (Ratified 1970)|
|Ratified the CTBT||Yes (Ratified 1999)|
|Party to the BWC||Yes (Ratified 1975)|
|Party to the CWC||Yes (Ratified 1998)|
|IAEA safeguards and fissile material|
|TPNW Art 3(2) deadline||N/A|
|Small Quantities Protocol||Yes (Modified)|
|Enrichment facilities/reprocessing plants||No|
Senegal maintains policies and practices that are compatible with all of the prohibitions in Article 1 of the TPNW, and can therefore sign and ratify or accede to the Treaty without the need for a change in conduct.
In the First Committee of the UN General Assembly in October 2022, Senegal welcomed the TPNW’s entry into force and the convening of its 1MSP. ‘This Treaty reinforces the nuclear disarmament pillar of the NPT and deserves the support of the entire international community,’ it said.2
At the Tenth Review Conference of the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT) in August 2022, Senegal said that nuclear weapons ‘continue to place the world in the permanent threat of a nuclear catastrophe’. ‘To achieve the objective of nuclear disarmament,’ it added, ‘the states in possession of these arsenals must put an end to their modernisation.’3
- Senegal should urgently adhere to the TPNW.
1) Communications from the Permanent Mission of Senegal to the UN to ICAN, 2 November 2021.