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Framework Forum Roundtable: Reviving Nuclear Threat Reduction and Disarmament

through the NPT, Conference on Disarmament and UN High-Level Conference on Nuclear Disarmament

Co-sponsored by the Basel Peace Office, Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung, Geneva Centre for Security Policy, Middle Powers Initiative, Parliamentarians for Nuclear Non-proliferation and Disarmament and World Future Council

On 25 January 2018, the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists moved the hands of the ‘Doomsday Clock’ to 2 Minutes to Midnight, reflecting the lack of progress on nuclear disarmament and the increased threat of conflicts escalating to the actual use of nuclear weapons. The promise of progress from the successful 2010 Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) Review Conference has all but disappeared, with the commitments not being implemented and States Parties to the NPT failing to agree on a final document in 2015. Since then, we have seen an increasing division between non-nuclear States and nuclear-reliant States on approaches to nuclear disarmament.

These developments have implications for the forthcoming Preparatory Committee Meeting of 2020 NPT Review Conference and for the NPT Review Conference itself. These new developments also have bearing on the UN High-Level Conference on Nuclear Disarmament, scheduled to be held on 14-16 May 2018 and the decision by the Conference on Disarmament (CD) on 16 February 2018 to resume substantive disarmament work after two decades of inaction. Furthermore, as announced by the UN Secretary-General, a review of security and disarmament in order to shape a UN disarmament agenda is planned for release in April or May 2018.

In advance of these events the above sponsors have decided to organize a Framework Forum Roundtable in Geneva to review the issues and propose action.

Programme

13.15 – 14.30: Lunch Session: Towards a Useful and Effective UN High-Level Conference

Key issues: What initiatives can be advanced at the UN High-Level Conference (HLC)? How can the HLC support the NPT, CD and diplomatic processes such as the North Korea/USA summit? How can governments be encouraged to participate at the highest level? How can parliamentarians and civil society support and promote the HLC?

Welcome: Hubert René Schillinger, Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung, Geneva

Speakers:  Marc Finaud, Geneva Centre for Security Policy;

Marzhan Nurzhan, Parliamentarians for Nuclear Non-proliferation and Disarmament, 2000 Youth Network

14.45 – 15.45: Session 2: How to Bridge the Security v. Disarmament Divide?

Key issues: How is the role of deterrence changing in the future? The balance between conventional and nuclear arms in providing security? Regional approaches to disarmament?

Chair: Ambassador Michael Biontino, Permanent Representative to the Conference on Disarmament (Germany)

Speakers: Paul Ingram (UK), British American Security Information Council;

Oliver Meier (Germany). Institute for International and Security Issues  

Louise Doswald-Beck, former Professor of International Law at the Graduate Institute Geneva

16.15 – 17.00: Session 3: Reviving the NPT and Conference on Disarmament: Measures and Processes to Ensure Success

Key issues: What disarmament measures can be taken forward at the 2018 NPT PrepCom and in the Conference on Disarmament? How can we ensure adoption and implementation of key measures? Reform needs in a shorter and longer term? 

Chair: Ambassador A L A Azeez, Permanent Representative of Sri Lanka to the UN in Geneva (Sri Lanka)

Speakers: Sico van der Meer, Clingendal Institute, the Netherlands. How the make the NPT RevCom in 2020 a success?

Tarja Cronberg,Chair Middle Powers Initiative, SIPRI Stockholm. Long-term reform needs for the NPT survival?

Concluding Comments: Alyn Ware, Parliamentarians for Nuclear Non-proliferation and Disarmament

 The lunch session will take place in a restaurant, address will be communicated to you after registration.

Only 28 seats available, on a first-come-first-served basis.

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Location

GCSP, Maison de la paix, Chemin Eugène Rigot, 1202 Geneva

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