On 14 March 2018, with the support of the Permanent Mission of Germany to the Conference on Disarmament, the GCSP organised a new workshop on “Negative Security Assurances to Strengthen Global Non-Proliferation and as Practical Steps towards the Final Goal of a World without Nuclear Weapons”.
This restricted workshop gathered some 40 representatives from Member States of the Conference on Disarmament (including nuclear-armed states) and civil society. It was opened by Ambassador Michael Biontino, Permanent Representative of Germany, who expressed the hope that in-depth dialogue could take place to bridge gaps between nuclear-weapon states and non-nuclear weapon states and contribute to a successful Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) Review Conference in 2020.
GCSP’s expert Marc Finaud then presented a background paper mapping the existing ‘negative security assurances’ (both unilateral and legally binding in protocols to nuclear-weapon free zones), noting recent developments, and proposing possible alternatives to solve current differences. Other speakers included: Robert Einhorn (Brookings Institution), Angela Kane (Vienna Center for Disarmament and Non-Proliferation), and Paul Ingram (British-American Security Information Council).
Among the points discussed were the following:
A report of this workshop will be presented to a side event during the next session of the Preparatory Committee of the NPT Review Conference in Geneva on 24 April 2018.