The Foundation for Security and Development in Africa (FOSDA) has Urged the Government of Ghana to ratify the United Nations Treaty Prohibiting nuclear weapons (TPNW) within shortest possible time as part of the country’s commitment to global peace and security.
Mrs. Theodora Williams Anti, the Programmes Manager of the Organisation made this call at a meeting of key stakeholders to deliberate on a roadmap for Ghana’s ratification. She said ‘Ghana’s ratification of the TPNW was even more important now that the treaty is in force, to strengthen the international norm against Nuclear Weapons for their complete elimination and a safer world.’
The multi-stakeholder meeting was organised by FOSDA in partnership with the Ghana National Commission on Small Arms and Light Weapons and with the support of the International Campaign to Abolish nuclear weapons (ICAN) on Tuesday, 6th July, 2021, in Accra. The objective was to develop a roadmap to facilitate Ghana’s speedy ratification of the Treaty, which Ghana already signed in 2017.
The Executive Secretary of the Small Arms Commission, Mr. Jones Applerh, in his opening statement reiterated the importance and urgency for Ghana to ratify the Treaty. According to him, the Treaty is consistent with Ghana’s longstanding commitment to nuclear disarmament. Ghana has been against the development and acquisition of nuclear weapons because of the existential threat it poses to the human race.
The Representative of ICAN at the meeting Celine Nahory indicated that ‘by ratifying the Treaty, Ghana will convey total and universal rejection of nuclear weapons and would also transform the regional norm of the Pelindaba Treaty to a global one.’
She further stated that Ghana has already made a legal undertaking to never acquire nuclear weapons and never assist other states in manufacturing nuclear weapons.
The representative of the Ghana Red Cross Society at the meeting, Mr. Mahama Saladin also reiterated the dangers associated with nuclear weapons stressing that the Red Cross Society does not have the capacity to save people from the impact of nuclear weapons in case of any detonation anywhere in the world. It is therefore incumbent on states to work toward their total elimination.
Dr. Ayo Amaale, the Country Director of WILPF in Ghana also called on Ghana to ratify the TPNW in the shortest time possible.
The workshop was attended by representatives from Ministry of the Interior, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration, Ministry of Defence, Ministry of Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation, Ghana Armed Forces, Ghana Atomic Energy Commission, Nuclear Regulatory Authority, National Security Council, The Ghana Red Cross Society of Ghana, ICAN- Nigeria, Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom- Ghana (WILPF) Ghana.
The TPNW entered into force on 22nd January 2021 upon ratification by 50 states. Currently a total of 54 states have ratified the treaty globally. Twenty-nine (29) African States have signed the TPNW and Eight (8) have ratified it.