SIPRI, together with Hiroshima Prefecture and the United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research (UNIDIR), hosted a side event, ‘Identifying concrete steps to move forward nuclear disarmament’, at the 2018 Preparatory Committee for the 2020 Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) Review Conference in Geneva.
The event, held on 25 April, featured welcoming remarks from Hidehiko Yuzaki, Governor of Hiroshima Prefecture, and Renata Dwan, Director of UNIDIR, followed by presentations of two new papers from UNIDIR and SIPRI.
Dr Sibylle Bauer, Director of the SIPRI Arms Control, Disarmament and Non-Proliferation Programme, presented the working paper, ‘Setting the Stage for Progress Towards Nuclear Disarmament’, which identifies practical steps that can be taken to strengthen the NPT’s disarmament pillar and revitalize global disarmament efforts.
About the Conference
The Preparatory Committee for the 2020 Review Conference of the Parties to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT) is scheduled to hold its second session from 23 April to 4 May 2018 at the United Nations Office in Geneva. This is the second of three planned sessions that will be held prior to the 2020 Review Conference.
The Preparatory Committee, open to all States parties to the Treaty, is responsible for addressing substantive and procedural issues related to the Treaty and the forthcoming Review Conference. The Chair-designate of the second session is Ambassador Adam Bugaiski of Poland.
The NPT entered into force in 1970 and was extended indefinitely in 1995. The Treaty is regarded as the cornerstone of the global nuclear non-proliferation regime and an essential foundation for the pursuit of nuclear disarmament. It was designed to prevent the spread of nuclear weapons, to further the goals of nuclear disarmament and general and complete disarmament, and to promote cooperation in the peaceful uses of nuclear energy.
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