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State of Palestine

State with nuclear-free security policy

Palestine 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 (22 Mar 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) N/A
Participated in treaty negotiations (% women) Yes (60%)
Vote on adoption of treaty text Voted yes
Last vote on UNGA resolution N/A
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 No
Ratified the CTBT No
Party to the PTBT No
Member of the CD No
IAEA CSA in force No (Signed 2019)
IAEA AP in force No
Party to the CWC Yes
Party to the BWC Yes

Latest developments

In First Committee of the 2020 UN General Assembly, Palestine remarked: 'The exceptional status enjoyed by nuclear weapons compared to other weapons of mass destruction can no longer be justified, nor can the Non-Proliferation Treaty or its indefinite extension be interpreted as allowing indefinite possession of nuclear weapons. Nuclear disarmament is one of the three pillars of the NPT and we reject the interpretation of this treaty as giving legitimacy in any way to the possession of nuclear weapons. The State of Palestine is thus proud to have participated in the elaboration of the historic Treaty on the prohibition of nuclear weapons and to have been among the first to ratify it, having thus joined all conventions prohibiting weapons of mass destruction. We look forward to the early entry into force of this treaty.' See: bit.ly/3frQi5Z.

Recommendations

  • Palestine should encourage other states to adhere to the TPNW.
  • Palestine should ensure that all the TPNW obligations are implemented domestically, through legal, administrative and other necessary measures.
  • Palestine should bring into force its Comprehensive Safeguards Agreement (CSA) with the IAEA and conclude and bring into force an Additional Protocol (AP). Palestine should also sign and ratify the CTBT.
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