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Taking Forward Multilateral Nuclear Disarmament Negotiations in 2013



The General Assembly of the United Nations established by resolution A/RES/67/56 an Open-ended Working Group to develop proposals to take forward multilateral nuclear disarmament negotiations for the achievement and maintenance of a world without nuclear weapons. The group met in Geneva in 2013 between March and August with the active contribution of international organizations and the civil society, as follows:

1. The organizational meeting of the open-ended working group took place on 14 March 2013 in the Palais des nations, United Nations Office at Geneva.

The following materials were circulated for consideration by the organizational meeting of the Group:

The group elected by acclamation Ambassador Manuel Dengo of Costa Rica as Chairperson of the Open-ended working group and agreed on the applicable rules of procedure and the modalities for the participation of civil society in the proceedings of the group.

2. The first set of substantive meetings of the open-ended working group were during the weeks of 14 and 20 May 2013.

Based on his informal consultations, the Chairperson circulated a letter, dated 23 April 2013, suggesting ideas and topics to be addressed by the Open-ended working group.

To see the letter, please click here.

To see the timetable of the meetings of the group in May, please click here.

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Panel I, part I: Multilateral Treaty Based Obligations and Commitments

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Ms. Theresa Hitchens, Director of UNIDIRtextaudio
Ms. Beatrice Fihn, Reaching Critical Willtextaudio
Mr. Ward Wilson, Senior fellow, James Martin Centertextaudio
H.E. Perter Woolcott, Permanent representative of Australia, Moderatortextaudio

Panel I, part II: Towards a world free of nuclear weapons

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Ms. Gaukhar Mukhatzhanova,
Senior Research Associate, James Martin Centre
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Ms. Gioconda Ubeda, Secretary-General of OPANAL.textaudio
Mr. Paul Wilson, Deputy Permanent representative of Australia, Moderatortextaudio

Panel II: Other initiatives and proposals

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Mr. Jarmo Sareva, Director, UNODA Geneva Branchtextaudio
Mr. Thomas Nash, Article 36textaudio
H.E. Elissa Golberg, Permanent Representative of Canada, Moderatortextaudio

Panel III: Lessons learned: Transparency, confidence building and verification

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Mr. Anders Persbo, Executive Director, VERTICtextaudio
Mr. Pavel Podvig, Programme Lead, Weapons of Mass Destruction Programme, UNIDIRpresentationaudio
Mr. Jean Pascal Zanders, Senior Research Fellow, EUISSpresentationaudio
Mr. Marc Versteder, Deputy Permanent representative of the Netherlands, Moderatortextaudio

Topic IV: Perspectives on the necessary framework to achieve and maintain a nuclear weapons free world

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Dr. Rebecca Johnson, Director, Acronym Institute for Disarmament Diplomacytextaudio
H.E. Anthony Andanje, Deputy Permanent Representative of Kenya, Moderatortextaudio

Panel V: International Law relevant to the use of nuclear weapons

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H.E Dell Higgie, Permanent Representative of New Zealand, Moderatortext
Prof. Andrew Clapham. Director, Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rightstextaudio
Prof. Louise Doswald-Beck, former Head of Legal Division, ICRCtextaudio
H.E Dell Higgie, Permanent Representative of New Zealand, Moderatortextaudio

Panel VI: Approaching nuclear disarmament from different angles

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Dr. Patricia Lewis, Research Director, International Security, Chatham Housetextaudio
Dr. John Borrie, Senior Researcher and Policy Advisor, UNIDIRtextaudio
Mr. Neil Buhne, Head of geneva Liaison Office, BCPR, UNDPtextaudio
H.E. Urs Schmid, Permanent Representative of Switzerland to the Conference on Disarmament, Moderatortextaudio

Topic VII: Roles and Responsabilities for nuclear disarmament

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Mr. Tarik Rauf, Consultanttextaudio
H.E. Antonio Guerriero, permanent Representative of Brazil to the Conference on Disarmament, Moderatortextaudio

Panel VIII: The Role of parliamentarians in advancing nuclear disarmament

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Mr. Martin Chungong, Deputy Secretary-General, IPUtextaudio
The Honorable Saber Chowdhury, President of IPU Committee on Peace and International Securitytextaudio
Baroness Sue Miller, House of Lords, UK Parliamenttextaudio
Mr. Alyn Ware, Global Coordinator, parliamenmts for Nuclear Non-Proliferation and Disarmamenttextaudio
H.E. Ulises Canchola, Deputy Permanent Representative of Mexico, Moderatortextaudio

Note: The summaries by the moderators represent their respective personal reflections and have no special status.



3. The second substantive meting of the open-ended working group was held on 27 June 2013. In his letter, dated 20 June 2013, the Chairperson indicated that the main goal of the June meeting of the group would be to collect proposals and ideas on taking forward multilateral nuclear disarmament negotiations that would serve as a basis for the consultations in the Group during its last meetings in 19-30 August 2013.

In particular, the Chairperson indicated his intention to prepare and table a listing of ideas, recommendations, conclusions and proposals drawn from the presentations, statements and interventions made during the 14-24 May meetings of the group. This listing will be made under his own responsibility and initiative in order to assist all delegations in their preparations for the meetings in August.

The Chairperson also reiterated his invitation to all delegations to consider preparing and submitting papers containing their views, ideas and proposals on taking forward multilateral nuclear disarmament negotiations.

4, The third set of substantive meetings of the open-ended working group were held from 19 to 30 August 2013. On the last day, the Group adopted the following report on its work which was submitted to the to the General Assembly at its sixty-eighth session, and was also transmitted to the Conference on Disarmament and the Disarmament Commission:


Documentation and resource materials
  • To see the paper by UNIDIR on "The Treatment of the Issue of Nuclear Disarmament in Relevant Forums Established by the United Nations", please click here.
  • To see a compilation of UN General Assembly documents relevant to nuclear disarmament, please click here.
  • To see a compilation of UN Disarmament Commission statements relevant to nuclear disarmament, please click here.
  • To see a compilation of Conference of Disarmament documents relevant to nuclear disarmament, please click here.
  • To see a compilation of Non-Proliferation Treaty documents relevant to nuclear disarmament, please click here.

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