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A World Without Nuclear Weapons

Negative Security Assurances as Practical Steps toward the Final Goal of Global Zero

Since the adoption of the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) in 1968, nuclear-weapon states have been offering non-nuclear weapon states assurances that they would not use or threaten to use nuclear weapons against them under certain conditions. The UN Security Council took note of those ‘negative security assurances’ in 1995 when the NPT was extended indefinitely. Since then, nuclear-weapon free zone treaties have included legally binding ‘negative security assurances’ but the Conference on Disarmament (CD) has been unable to agree on a commonly acceptable formula. Can the newly adopted Treaty Prohibiting Nuclear Weapons stimulate negotiations to that end as yet another practical, interim step towards a nuclear-weapon free world? At the initiative of and in partnership with the German Delegation to the CD, the GCSP will host a public discussion among experts on this important topic.

Moderator: Mr Marc Finaud, Senior Programme Advisor, GCSP

Keynote Speech: Amb Susanne Baumann, German Deputy Federal Commissioner for Disarmament, Arms Control and Non-proliferation


  • Mr Paul Ingram, Executive Director, British-American Security Information Council (BASIC): who will present a background paper to introduce the discussion
  • Mr Łukasz Kułesa, Research Director, European Leadership Network (ELN)
  • Dr Harald Müller, Associate Fellow, Peace Research Institute Frankfurt (PRIF)

There will be a light lunch served before the discussion, at 12:00.

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