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Trinidad and Tobago

In a statement to the 2021 UN General Assembly's High-Level Plenary Meeting to Commemorate and Promote the International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons, the Foreign Minister of Trinidad and Tobago, Amery Browne, encouraged states that have not yet done so to sign and ratify the TPNW, and he implored states to work together 'towards removing the threat of nuclear obliteration'.[1]

SIGNATURE
26 Sep 2019
DEPOSIT WITH UNSG
26 Sep 2019 (Ratification)
ENTRY INTO FORCE
22 Jan 2021
DECLARATION
Received 19 Feb 2021
TPNW Article 1(1) prohibitions: Compliance in 2021
(a) Develop, produce, manufacture, acquire Compliant
Test Compliant
Possess or stockpile Compliant
(b) Transfer Compliant
(c) Receive transfer or control Compliant
(d) Use Compliant
Threaten to use Compliant
(e) Assist, encourage or induce Compliant
(f) Seek or receive assistance Compliant
(g) Allow stationing, installation, deployment Compliant
TPNW voting and participation
2021 UNGA resolution on TPNW Voted yes
2020 UNGA resolution on TPNW Voted yes
2019 UNGA resolution on TPNW Voted yes
2018 UNGA resolution on TPNW Voted yes
Participated in TPNW negotiations Yes
Share of women in TPNW negotiations 75%
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 Yes (Original)
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 Yes
Party to the CWC Yes
Party to the PTBT Yes
Ratified the CTBT Yes
Party to the NPT Yes
Party to a NWFZ Yes (Tlatelolco)
Member of the CD No

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In the First Committee of the 2021 UN General Assembly, Trinidad and Tobago said that it 'has noted, with much concern, the modernization and acceleration of the accumulation of nuclear and other arsenals by some States. An unchecked nuclear arms race could potentially put the world, either through miscalculation or through pre-meditation, on a certain path to catastrophic human and environmental consequences. The evidence suggests that contrary to the conventional wisdom, deterrence, in fact, breathes escalation. We remain convinced that the total elimination of nuclear weapons and other weapons of mass destruction offers the only effective guarantee of international peace and security. [...] Along with the international community, we welcomed the entry into force of the Treaty to Prohibit Nuclear Weapons earlier this year and we look forward to the First Meeting of States Parties in 2022.'2

Trinidad and Tobago was one of the co-sponsors of the 2021 UN General Assembly resolution on the TPNW, which called 'upon all States that have not yet done so to sign, ratify, accept, approve or accede to the Treaty at the earliest possible date'.3

Recommendations

  • Trinidad and Tobago should continue to encourage other states to adhere to the TPNW.
  • Trinidad and Tobago should ensure that all the TPNW obligations are implemented domestically, through legal, administrative, and other necessary measures.
  • Trinidad and Tobago should conclude and bring into force an Additional Protocol with the IAEA, and upgrade to a Modified Small Quantities Protocol.
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