Disarmament Insight


Wednesday, 29 April 2015

NPT Review Conference: Nuclear Disarmament

UNIDIR and ILPI have produced five new briefing papers that analyse aspects of the 2015 NPT Review Conference, and the initiative on the humanitarian impact of nuclear weapons. These papers can be accessed by clicking on the images below. 

They will also be available in hard copy in New York. These papers are intended to assist readers in understanding the NPT's work over the next few weeks, and to help delegations in their efforts.

In addition to producing these papers, UNIDIR and ILPI will provide comments and analysis on our joint blog www.effectivemeasures.org throughout the Review Conference.

A range of initiatives is required to achieve a nuclear-weapon-free world
By John Borrie, Tim Caughley and Nick Ritchie
Underlying the challenges for the next five-yearly review conference of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) in April and May 2015, which include lack of progress both on nuclear disarmament and the convening of a Middle East regional conference on a weapons of mass destruction (WMD)-free zone, NPT members have quite diverse priorities. 
States have different roles to play to complete the nuclear disarmament puzzle
By Torbjørn Graff Hugo
A focus on building blocks invites an analysis of roles and responsibilities for the achievement and maintenance of a world without nuclear weapons. 
Options for multilateral nuclear disarmament and implementation of NPT article VI
By Tim Caughley
Recent public concern about the humanitarian consequences of nuclear weapons has helped to sharpen the focus on measures by which the international community could progressively achieve the eventual elimination of these arms. 
Framing a political consensus on the unacceptability of nuclear weapons
By Nobuo Hayashi
The absence of a specific ban on nuclear weapons under today’s international law mirrors our moral ambivalence about them. 

Paper 2 will be a focus of our joint side event at UNHQ in New York on 8 May.    
Expectations are building for the need for nuclear disarmament progress
By Nick Ritchie
Decisive multilateral progress toward a nuclear-weapon-free world led by the nuclear-armed states has not been forthcoming since the end of the Cold War, as many once expected.

Tim Caughley
Resident Senior Fellow UNIDIR