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NWC Reset: Frameworks for a Nuclear-Weapon-Free World
January 20 @ 8:00 am - 9:30 am CET
Engaging nuclear armed and allied states in nuclar disarmament through a nuclear weapons convention or similar framework for nuclear disarmament. A side event of the 10th NPT Review Conference.
Session 2: Timed for participants from Asia/Pacific (and early risers in Europe/Africa)
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Over a decade has passed since the nuclear-armed states reaffirmed their disarmament obligations in the 2010 Review Conference Final Document. More than four years have passed since over 122 nuclear weapons free countries negotiated the TPNW. But the nuclear-armed states are not doing their part. There are no negotiations for disarmament or even far-reaching arms control among the nuclear-armed states in progress or even on the horizon. With tensions growing among nuclear armed states and a new arms race accelerating, the need to envision how the elimination of nuclear weapons could be achieved is more urgent than ever.
Against this background, with the nuclear-armed states firm in their refusal to engage with the TPNW and with the danger of nuclear war on the rise, a reconsideration of the Model Nuclear Weapons Convention, circulated by the UN Secretary-General in 2007, is in order. Consideration of the elements that nuclear-armed states might need to negotiate helps to make “the key issues that must be overcome to achieve lasting global nuclear disarmament” concrete—or to reveal where those key issues lie elsewhere than in the legal and technical requisites for disarmament. Those elements are relevant whatever path is chosen to elimination, whether it be a nuclear weapons convention; a framework of instruments; or the TPNW, bolstered by protocols or related instruments.
This webinar will provide an overview of the Model Nuclear Weapons Convention, its history, and its relevance today. The panelists also will discuss how developments over the last quarter century, from the emergence of a new, multi-polar arms race to new weapons technologies of strategic significance, affect issues addressed by the Model Convention.
The event will include the release of a Discussion Paper for the NPT entitled Building the framework for a nuclear-weapon-free world.
The webinar will be held in two sessions:
- Session 1: January 19. 1:30 – 3pm Eastern Time USA. Timed to suit participants from the Americas/Europe/Africa/Middle East
- Session 2: January 20. 8am Central European Time. Timed to suit participants in Asia and the Pacific (and early risers in Europe and Africa)