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An overview of United Nations member states’ positions on multilateral disarmament processes


This report is produced by the Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) Project of the International Law and Policy Institute. It is intended as a tool for diplomats, think-tanks, researchers, civil society organizations, and indeed anyone interested in humanitarian disarmament. The report is motivated by the need for an accurate and methodical mapping of how the primary players on the international stage—the members and observers of the United Nations—approach the issue of WMDs in the context of humanitarian disarmament. Which states tend to be part of disarmament initiatives to move the agenda forward? Is South Africa party to the Emergency Assistance Convention? And how many states supported the last joint statement of the Humanitarian Initiative? The report draws from a total of 268 indicators, and is intended to provide a basic gauge of the political interest and positions of UN member states in the issue of disarmament. The main section of this report lists all the 193 UN member states, as well as observer states. For each state, we have made a short summary of the main findings and provided some key political and geographical information.

We strive to make this report as accessible and easy to use as possible. The key test of its quality, however, is whether the content is both useful and relevant for the practitioners and/or scholars interested in WMDs and humanitarian disarmament. To that end, ILPI’s WMD Project welcomes both suggestions on indicators and information that ought to be included or excluded. The report is exclusively built on publicly available sources, and all sources are listed. We strongly encourage and invite anyone interested in this topic to peer-review and verify our data. This is the 10th edition of the report. The first edition was published in December 2012.

The WMD Project builds on ILPI’s Nuclear Weapons Project, which started in September 2011 with the aim of shaping and informing the debate on how to eliminate nuclear weapons, through analysis, networking and outreach.

WMD Project
Oslo, December 2016

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