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Taking Forward Multilateral Nuclear Disarmament Negotiations

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. The group submitted the following report on its work to the General Assembly at its sixty-eighth session, which was also transmitted to the Conference on Disarmament and the Disarmament Commission:

The General Assembly, in its resolution A/RES/68/46 of 5 December 2013, noted with satisfaction that the Open-ended Working Group, which met during 2013 as a step towards taking forward multilateral nuclear disarmament negotiations, engaged in discussions in an open, constructive, transparent and interactive manner to address various issues related to nuclear disarmament and welcomed its report reflecting the discussions and proposals made during its deliberations to take forward multilateral nuclear disarmament negotiations for the achievement and maintenance of a world without nuclear weapons.

Furthermore, by operative paragraphs 6 to 8 of resolution A/RES/68/46, the General Assembly:

“6. Call[ed] upon all Member States, international organizations and civil society to continue to enrich the discussions on how to take forward multilateral nuclear disarmament negotiations in the United Nations bodies in which disarmament and peace and security are addressed, taking into account the report of the Working Group and the proposals contained therein;

7. Encourage[ed] Member States, international organizations and civil society to take into account the report A/68/514 of the Working Group [to develop proposals to take forward multilateral nuclear disarmament negotiations for the achievement and maintenance of a world without nuclear weapons, established by the General Assembly by its resolution 67/56] and the proposals contained therein in the discussions in other forums in which humanitarian, health, human rights, environmental and development affairs are addressed;

8. Request]ed] the Secretary-General to seek the views of Member States on how to take forward multilateral nuclear disarmament negotiations, including on steps that Member States have already taken to that end, and to submit a report on that subject to the General Assembly at its sixty-ninth session.“

Against this background, a note verbale by the Secretary-General was circulated on 20 February 2014 seeking the views of the Member States, as follows:

The views of the Member States should be provided in hard copy and electronically, in Microsoft Word format by 1 June 2014 so as to facilitate the issuance of the report in time for consideration by the General Assembly. The views of the Member States should be provided to the following e-mail address: oewg-ndn@unog.ch

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