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Fact Sheet
Bureau of International Security and Nonproliferation
Washington, DC
February 4, 2008

Hague Code of Conduct Against Ballistic Missile Proliferation

The Hague Code of Conduct Against Ballistic Missile Proliferation (HCOC) was formally brought into effect on November 25, 2002, at a Launching Conference hosted by the Netherlands at The Hague. The U.S. actively participated in the conference and is one of 93 original Subscribing States to the HCOC (formerly known as the International Code of Conduct Against Ballistic Missile Proliferation - ICOC). As of February 2008, 128 countries have subscribed to the HCOC.

The HCOC is aimed at bolstering efforts to curb ballistic missile proliferation worldwide and to further delegitimize such proliferation. The HCOC consists of a set of general principles, modest commitments, and limited confidence-building measures. It is intended to supplement, not supplant, the Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR), and is administered collectively by all of the Subscribing States.

Although there is no formal Secretariat or implementing organization, Austria serves as the Immediate Central Contact (ICC) for the HCOC. Annual meetings are held in Vienna, where Subscribing States discuss implementation issues, including pre-launch notifications and annual declarations on space and ballistic missile policies, and the continued universalization of the HCOC.


HCOC List of Subscribing States (as of February 2008)

  1. Afghanistan
  2. Albania
  3. Andorra
  4. Argentina
  5. Armenia
  6. Australia
  7. Austria
  8. Azerbaijan
  9. Belarus
  10. Belgium
  11. Benin
  12. Bosnia and Herzegovina
  13. Bulgaria
  14. Burkina Faso
  15. Burundi
  16. Cambodia
  17. Cameroon
  18. Canada
  19. Cape Verde
  20. Chad
  21. Chile
  22. Colombia
  23. Comoros
  24. Cook Islands
  25. Costa Rica
  26. Croatia
  27. Cyprus
  28. Czech Republic
  29. Denmark
  30. Dominican Republic
  31. Ecuador
  32. El Salvador
  33. Eritrea
  34. Estonia
  35. Ethiopia
  36. Fiji
  37. Finland
  38. France
  39. Gabon
  40. Gambia
  41. Georgia
  42. Germany
  43. Ghana
  44. Greece
  45. Guatemala
  46. Guinea
  47. Guinea-Bissau
  48. Guyana
  49. Haiti
  50. Holy See
  51. Honduras
  52. Hungary
  53. Iceland
  54. Ireland
  55. Italy
  56. Japan
  57. Jordan
  58. Kazakhstan
  59. Kenya
  60. Kiribati
  61. Latvia
  62. Liberia
  63. Libyan Arab Jamahiriya
  64. Liechtenstein
  65. Lithuania
  66. Luxembourg
  67. Madagascar
  68. Malawi
  69. Mali
  70. Malta
  71. Marshall Islands
  72. Mauritania
  73. Federated States of Micronesia
  74. Moldova
  75. Monaco
  76. Mongolia
  77. Montenegro
  78. Morocco
  79. Mozambique
  80. Netherlands
  81. New Zealand
  82. Nicaragua
  83. Niger
  84. Nigeria
  85. Norway
  86. Palau
  87. Panama
  88. Papua New Guinea
  89. Paraguay
  90. Peru
  91. Philippines
  92. Poland
  93. Portugal
  94. Republic of Korea
  95. Republic of Macedonia
  96. Romania
  97. Russian Federation
  98. Rwanda
  99. San Marino
  100. Senegal
  101. Serbia
  102. Seychelles
  103. Sierra Leone
  104. Slovakia
  105. Slovenia
  106. South Africa
  107. Spain
  108. Sudan
  109. Suriname
  110. Sweden
  111. Switzerland
  112. Tajikistan
  113. Tanzania
  114. Timor-Leste
  115. Tonga
  116. Tunisia
  117. Turkey
  118. Turkmenistan
  119. Tuvalu
  120. Uganda
  121. Ukraine
  122. United Kingdom
  123. United States
  124. Uruguay
  125. Uzbekistan
  126. Vanuatu
  127. Venezuela
  128. Zambia


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