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Renouncing Nuclear Weapons: Lessons Learned

A Conversation with the Belarus Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs

The Permanent Mission of the Republic of Belarus to the United Nations Office and other international organizations in Geneva and the Geneva Centre for Security Policy (GCSP) have the pleasure to invite you to the event on “Renouncing Nuclear Weapons: A Conversation with the Belarus Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs” at the GCSP on Wednesday, 1 March 2017 from 13.00 to 14.00


Some twenty years ago, on 26 November 1996, the Republic of Belarus completed the withdrawal of nuclear weapons from its territory, thereby fulfilling the commitments made in the Lisbon Protocol of 23 May 1992. The voluntary renunciation of nuclear weapons by three newly independent countries of the former Soviet Union, supported and guaranteed by the Russian Federation, the United States, the United Kingdom, as well as France and China, significantly strengthened the nuclear non-proliferation regime based on the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), thus making an important step towards the ultimate goal of nuclear disarmament. In the current context of the international disarmament fora it is relevant to look back and find out whether the lessons of the past can help progress on making the world safer.  

Goals of the Event

  • To discuss the historical aspects of the renunciation of nuclear weapons by Belarus and other countries;
  • To assess the effects of a decision to withdraw nuclear weapons on the security, stability and sustainable development on the country and region;
  • To have a brainstorming discussion on the feasibility of a further nuclear disarmament process, and its conditions.

 A light networking cocktail, courtesy of the Belarus Mission, will follow the discussion.

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Geneva Centre for Security Policy, Maison de la Paix

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CH - 1211 Geneva 1

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