Green Cross International joined UNFOLD ZERO and Parliamentarians for Nuclear Non-proliferation and Disarmament (PNND) in hosting a consultation of arms control experts and disarmament activists discussing how to reduce nuclear risks and support nuclear disarmament in the new political environment.
The meeting, part of a series of consultations in Geneva, Vienna, New York, Washington, London and other centres, was opened with presentations by Paul Walker, environmental security programme Director of Green Cross International and Alyn Ware, PNND Global Coordinator.
It focused on possibilities for progress provided by upcoming multilateral processes, including United Nations negotiations on a treaty to ban nuclear weapons, the resumption of the Non-Proliferation Treaty review cycle and the 2018 UN High Level Conference on Nuclear Disarmament.
The nuclear ban treaty negotiations, which start in March this year, have attracted considerable interest, especially as it seems quite possible that the treaty could be concluded within a year. However, the USA and other nuclear-armed States are unlikely to join the ban treaty negotiations, and will not be bound by the treaty if they do not join.
The NPT review cycle is important, as the NPT contains a treaty obligation to achieve nuclear disarmament. However, the 2017 meeting is only a preparatory meeting for the full review conference in 2020. And many agreements from previous NPT review conferences go un-implemented.