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A World Without Nuclear Weapons

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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 in New York 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 Robert Einhorn, Senior Fellow, Brookings Institution, Washington D.C.
  • Dr Togzhan Kassenova, Associate, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, Washington D.C.


German House, 871 UN Plaza (1st Ave., between 48th and 49th St.), New York

A light lunch will be served from 13:00.

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