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Taking Forward Multilateral Nuclear Disarmament Negotiations


The General Assembly of the United Nations adopted on 7 December 2015 resolution A/RES/70/33, as follows:

Pursuant to the above resolution, the General Assembly decided to convene an Open-ended Working Group to:

(i) substantively address concrete effective legal measures, legal provisions and norms that would need to be concluded to attain and maintain a world without nuclear weapons; and

(ii) also substantively address recommendations on other measures that could contribute to taking forward multilateral nuclear disarmament negotiations, including but not limited to
  • transparency measures related to the risks associated with existing nuclear weapons;
  • measures to reduce and eliminate the risk of accidental, mistaken, unauthorized or intentional nuclear weapon detonations; and
  • additional measures to increase awareness and understanding of the complexity of and interrelationship between the wide range of humanitarian consequences that would result from any nuclear detonation.

The indicative timetable for the meetings of the group is as follows:
  • February 22 to 26;
  • May 2 to 4 and 9 to 13;
  • three days in August

The group is a subsidiary body of the General Assembly and will work under its rules of procedure, applied mutatis mutandis in light of our mandate as contained in resolution 70/33, as follows:

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