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South Sudan

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in February 2020 that South Sudan supports the TPNW and the goal of abolishing nuclear weapons and intends to become a State party 'in due course'.[1]

SIGNATURE
DEPOSIT WITH UNSG
ENTRY INTO FORCE
DECLARATION
TPNW Article 1(1) prohibitions: Compatibility in 2021
(a) Develop, produce, manufacture, acquire Compatible
Test Compatible
Possess or stockpile Compatible
(b) Transfer Compatible
(c) Receive transfer or control Compatible
(d) Use 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
2021 UNGA resolution on TPNW Voted yes
2020 UNGA resolution on TPNW Did not vote
2019 UNGA resolution on TPNW Did not vote
2018 UNGA resolution on TPNW Did not vote
Participated in TPNW negotiations Yes
Share of women in TPNW negotiations No data available
Vote on adoption of treaty text Did not vote
Adoption of TPNW (7 July 2017) Did not vote
IAEA safeguards and fissile material
Safeguards Agreement No
TPNW Art 3(2) deadline N/A
Small Quantities Protocol No
Additional Protocol No
Fissile material production facilities No
Highly enriched uranium stocks No
Plutonium stocks (mil/civ) No/No
Related treaties and regimes
Party to the BWC No
Party to the CWC No
Party to the PTBT No
Ratified the CTBT No
Party to the NPT No
Party to a NWFZ No (Pelindaba)
Member of the CD No

Latest developments

South Sudan participated in the TPNW negotiations in 2017, but did not cast a vote on the adoption of the Treaty. In 2021, it voted in favour of the annual UN General Assembly resolution on the TPNW for the first time. In previous years, it had not cast a vote.

South Sudan 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.

Recommendations

  • South Sudan should urgently adhere to the TPNW.
  • South Sudan should conclude and bring into force a Comprehensive Safeguards Agreement and an Additional Protocol with the IAEA. South Sudan should also adhere to the NPT, the CTBT, the BWC, and the CWC.

1) Meeting between the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of South Sudan and ICAN in Geneva, 27 February 2020.

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