NPT Stakeholders Meet in New York

April 28, 2022

Utilizing the gathering of the United Nations Disarmament Commission (UNDC), the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies hosted a working lunch for representatives from over 30 Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) State parties and senior United Nations and other stakeholders on 8 April 2022 in New York City. The luncheon, also attended by Review Conference President-designate Gustavo Zlauvinen and United Nations High Representative Izumi Nakamitsu, followed the decades long tradition by CNS of convening events to promote informal, candid dialogues among NPT governmental representatives in preparation for NPT Review Conference and Preparatory Committee meetings. The working lunch offered the opportunity for the President-designate and NPT diplomats to brainstorm on how to ensure constructive debates at the 10th NPT Review Conference and to facilitate a meaningful outcome.

The impact of recent international developments on the process and the outcome of the Review Conference was a main feature of discussion at the lunch. Particularly high on the agenda was the expected impact of the Russian invasion of Ukraine on the Conference dynamics, and on the wider nuclear nonproliferation and arms control regime. Also discussed was the impact of the First Conference of State parties to the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, the future of the JCPOA, and the possibility of another nuclear test by North Korea.

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