CNS Sends Representatives to the 2012 NPT PrepCom; Experts Available for Comment

Updated: April 20, 2012

A number of CNS experts and students will attend the first session of the PrepCom for the 2015 RevCon of the Parties to the NPT as observers.

Monterey, CA – A number of CNS experts and students from the Monterey Institute of International Studies will attend the first session of the Preparatory Committee (PrepCom) for the 2015 Review Conference of the Parties to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT) as observers.

The PrepCom, which will be held from 30 April to 11 May 2012 in Vienna, Austria, is the first of three sessions that will be held prior to the 2015 Review Conference.


The purpose of the PrepCom is to prepare for the Review Conference by addressing procedural issues and facilitating discussion among States about substantive matters with a view to making recommendations to the Review Conference.

The first PrepCom in a review cycle provides an important opportunity for the NPT States Parties both to look backward to what has been done since the previous Review Conference, and to look forward to the new review cycle and set the tone for the upcoming PrepComs and Review Conference.

Unparalleled Experience

CNS has unparalleled experience with the NPT review process, as many CNS experts have participated in past Review Conferences and Preparatory Committees, published widely on the challenges to the NPT, and are regarded as among the leading international specialists on the subject. The Center will maintain a webpage during the PrepCom that will contain up-to-the minute information via social networking tools, as well as more substantive analysis in the form of blog entries.

More Information

The Center, together with King’s College London’s Centre for Science and Security Studies (CSSS), also issues annual editions of the NPT Briefing Book, available online.

“I hope that States participating at the 2012 PrepCom will look at what progress has been made on implementing the 2010 Action Plan, particularly the commitments by nuclear-weapon-states with regard to disarmament. Another important aspect of the Action Plan is the decision relating to the full implementation of the 1995 Middle East Resolution, in particular the convening of a Conference in 2012 on the establishment of a Middle East Zone free of nuclear weapons and all other WMD.”

—Aruni Wijewardane, Director of CNS’s International Organizations and Nonproliferation Program

Comments Are Closed