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Sweden voted in favour of adopting the TPNW at the UN Diplomatic Conference in 2017 and abstained on the annual UN General Assembly resolutions on the Treaty until 2021, but changed to a no vote in 2022.

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 Not compatible
(f) Seek or receive assistance Compatible
(g) Allow stationing, installation, deployment Compatible
TPNW voting and participation
2021 UNGA resolution on TPNW
2020 UNGA resolution on TPNW
2019 UNGA resolution on TPNW Abstained
2018 UNGA resolution on TPNW Abstained
Participated in TPNW negotiations Yes
Share of women in TPNW negotiations 45%
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 (Annex 2 state)
Party to the NPT Yes
Party to a NWFZ No
Member of the CD Yes

Latest developments

Sweden 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 February 2021, the Foreign Minister of Sweden, Ann Linde, informed the Swedish parliament that Sweden would attend the First Meeting of States Parties to the TPNW in 2022 as an observer.1 In November 2021, the governing Swedish Social Democratic Party adopted a platform in which it stated unequivocally that 'the goal is that Sweden will join' the TPNW.2 This followed the tabling of 48 motions in favour of Sweden's accesion to the TPNW and a public appeal by one hundred prominent members of the party.3 In July 2019, the Swedish government announced that it would 'refrain from signing or pursuing ratification of the TPNW at the present time.'4 It has also indicated that Sweden might reassess its position following the NPT review conference, which is scheduled for 2022.

Sweden has launched the Stockholm Initiative, which is aimed at unlocking disarmament diplomacy through constructive engagement and a 'stepping stones' approach.


  • Sweden should urgently adhere to the TPNW.
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