New York– On October 24, 2020, Honduras became the 50th country to ratify the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW). With this 50th ratification, the treaty will enter into force on January 22, 2021, at which time it will become illegal to possess, use, and threaten to use nuclear weapons.
Jaimaica and Nauru have also recently ratified the treaty. A complete list of countries that have signed and/or ratified the treaty can be found at https://www.icanw.org/signature_and_ratification_status.
The TPNW opened for signature on September 20, 2017 at the UN headquarters in New York. Article One of the treaty prohibits states parties from developing, testing, producing, manufacturing, transferring, possessing, stockpiling, using or threatening to use nuclear weapons, or allowing nuclear weapons to be stationed on their territory. It also prohibits them from assisting, encouraging or inducing anyone to engage in any of these activities.