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Vanuatu

Vanuatu participated in a virtual Pacific Roundtable hosted by New Zealand on 7 December 2021 to prepare for the First Meeting of States Parties to the TPNW.[1]

SIGNATURE
20 Sep 2017
DEPOSIT WITH UNSG
26 Sep 2018 (Ratification)
ENTRY INTO FORCE
22 Jan 2021
DECLARATION
Received 17 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 50%
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 (Modified)
Additional Protocol Yes
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 No
Ratified the CTBT Yes
Party to the NPT Yes
Party to a NWFZ Yes (Rarotonga)
Member of the CD No

Latest developments

In the 2021 Universal Periodic Review conducted by the Human Rights Council, Vanuatu made recommendations to a number of states that they sign and ratify the TPNW.

Vanuatu associated itself with a statement by the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) in the First Committee of the 2021 UN General Assembly, which said: 'NAM’s state parties to the TPNW are fully committed to its implementation and look forward to the first meeting of state of parties'. The statement also reiterated NAM's 'concern at the threat to humanity posed by the continued existence of nuclear weapons as well as the lack of progress shown by nuclear-weapon states in eliminating their nuclear weapons'.2

Recommendations

  • Vanuatu should continue to encourage other states to adhere to the TPNW.
  • Vanuatu should ensure that all the TPNW obligations are implemented domestically, through legal, administrative, and other necessary measures.
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