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Visions for the 2018 UN High Level Conference on Nuclear Disarmament

Roundtable discussion between governments, disarmament experts and NGO representatives

In 2013, the UN General Assembly resolution adopted a resolution (submitted by the Non-Aligned Movement) which established the International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons and decided to hold a High-Level Conference on Nuclear Disarmament no later than 2018.

Recent UN High-Level Conferences have had considerable success, adopting the Sustainable Development Goals (2015), Paris Agreement on Climate Change (2016), New York Declaration on Refugees and Migrants (2016) and the 14-Point Action Plan to Protect the Oceans (2017).

Parliaments and civil society are already active in promoting the 2018 UNHLC on Nuclear Disarmament. This includes questions in national parliaments and a resolution adopted by the 56 member-parliaments of the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe urging all OSCE governments to participate in the UNHLC at the highest level, and to adopt nuclear-risk reduction and disarmament measures at the conference.

This roundtable event will provide an opportunity for governments, disarmament experts and civil society representatives to put forward and discuss visions for the 2018 UNHLC on Nuclear Disarmament and how to ensure its success. 

For a background food-for-thought paper, see The Ban Treaty, NPT and the 2018 UN High Level Conference.


Chair: Mr Marc Finaud, Geneva Centre for Security Policy

Introductory speakers will include:

  • Mr Alyn Ware, PNND Global Coordinator, UNFOLD ZERO Co-founder
  • H.E. Mr Mohsen Naziri Asl, Permanent Representative of Iran to the UN in Geneva
  • H.E. Dr Matthew Rowland, Permanent Representative of the United Kingdom to the Conference on Disarmament in Geneva
  • H.E. Mr Rob Gabrielse, Permanent Representative of the Netherlands to the Conference on Disarmament


The roundtable will be in English and will be conducted according to Chatham House rule (including for the opening presentations).

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