September 2001, terrorist attacks in the United States had highlighted the difficulty of managing the consequences of states operating outside the international norms and the dangers posed by non-state actors that could exploit the vulnerabilities of modern societies by using unconventional means to inflict unprecedented harm.
It was six years ago this month that President Obama gave his landmark speech in Prague stating the U.S. commitment to seek the “peace and security of a world without nuclear weapons.” The NPT is central to the President’s nuclear agenda and to global efforts to achieve the peace and security of a world without nuclear weapons.
The benefits derived from nuclear disarmament are not limited to just one country and we know that nuclear weapon states do not have a monopoly on creative ideas. Addressing these challenges, and finding solutions, the NPT process and approach would facilitate a way for all NPT parties, without distinction to their nuclear or non-nuclear weapon status, to advance disarmament objectives of the Non-Proliferation Treaty.
- How Do You Create the Tools to Verify a World Without Nuclear Weapons? Assistant Secretary Frank A. Rose tells us: how and why the United States created a new public-private venture called the International Partnership for Nuclear Disarmament Verification or IPNDV.
The NPT focus is now on achievable and verifiable measures that all interested parties – nuclear states and non-nuclear states alike – can trust. The Treaty allows for the Parties to gather every five years to review its operation, as well as holding Preparatory Committee meeting during each of the three years preceding a RevCon.
The 2015 NPT RevCon will take place at the United Nations in New York from April 27-May 22. The U.S. looks forward to a constructive Review Conference, and pledge to work with others to reaffirm and strengthen the NPT as a critical element of our common security.
- The NPT has been one of the most successful nuclear treaties in history.
Upcoming event ahead NPT2015 RevCon efforts.
SIPRI Seminar 16 April 2015 in Stockholm: on Nuclear Disarmament – how do we achieve progress? . Keynote Speaker Foreign Minister Margot Wallström.