On 12 and 15 June 2023, SIPRI took part in the 12th Consultative Meeting of the European Union Non-Proliferation and Disarmament Consortium (EUNPDC). The Consultative Meeting, which is funded by the EU, was organized by the Foundation for Strategic Research and gathered representatives of the EU, its member states and think tanks.
The annual consultative meetings address short- and mid-term challenges for the EU in the fields of non-proliferation and disarmament, in particular weapons of mass destruction (WMD) and their delivery vehicles, conventional weapons including small arms and light weapons (SALW), as well as new types of weapons and delivery systems.
On 12 June, Dr Wilfred Wan, Programme Director for SIPRI’s WMD Programme, chaired a session on ‘War in Ukraine, Military Alliances and the Nuclear Non-proliferation Regime’. Vladislav Chernavskikh, SIPRI Research Assistant, also participated in the event.
Later, on 15 June, Giovanna Maletta, Senior Researcher and Acting Programme Director for SIPRI’s Dual-Use and Arms Trade Control Programme, chaired a session on ‘EU Efforts to Combat Diversion and Illicit Trafficking of SALW and Other Conventional Weapons’. Lauriane Héau, SIPRI Research Assistant, was a speaker in the session.
About the EU Non-Proliferation and Disarmament Consortium
The EUNPDC forms the core of a wider European network of non-proliferation and disarmament think tanks that the Consortium is responsible for promoting and coordinating. The EUNPDC is managed jointly by six institutes: the Foundation for Strategic Research, the Peace Research Institute Frankfurt, the International Affairs Institute, the International Institute for Strategic Studies, the Vienna Center for Disarmament and Non-Proliferation and SIPRI.
The EUNPDC aims to encourage discussion on measures to combat the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction and their delivery systems within civil society—particularly among experts, researchers and academics in the EU and third countries. The scope of activities also covers issues related to conventional weapons, including SALW. For more information about the Consortium click here.