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Canadian project in support of FMCT





By its resolution 71/259 of 23 December 2016, the UN General Assembly requested the Secretary-General to establish a “high-level fissile material cut-off treaty (FMCT) expert preparatory group […] to consider and make recommendations on substantial elements of a future non-discriminatory, multilateral and internationally and effectively verifiable treaty banning the production of fissile material for nuclear weapons or other nuclear explosive devices, on the basis of CD/1299 and the mandate contained therein”.

Pursuant to operative para 3 of the same resolution, the Chair of the high-level FMCT expert preparatory group, Ms. Heidi Hulan of Canada, Ambassador to the Republic of Austria and Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the International Organizations in Vienna, was requested to organize informal, open-ended consultative meetings, so that all Member States can engage in interactive discussions and share their views, which the Chair shall convey to the high-level FMCT expert preparatory group for consideration.

In support of the above broad consultative and inclusive process, Canada also initiated an outreach and support project for States in Africa, Asia-Pacific, Latin America and the Caribbean regions to participate in the high-level FMCT expert preparatory group consultative process. This project aimed at promoting active cooperation at a regional level to compliment the high-level FMCT expert preparatory group consultations. The main objectives of the project included facilitating dialogue at regional level, enhancing knowledge and understanding on the FMCT substance and process, and broadening and strengthening the participation of all States in future negotiations on FMCT.

Under this project, a series of workshops were organized to promote knowledge and information sharing within regions, as well as across regions. The workshops consisted of technical briefings by relevant international experts on issues related to the FMCT process, presentations on the possible elements of a future FMCT, as well as discussions on the implications and relevance of a future FMCT and its negotiation on existing regional arrangements.

The project was implemented by the United Nations Office for Disarmament, Geneva Branch, and UNODA’s regional centres: the United Nations Regional Centre for Peace and Disarmament (UNREC) in Lome, Togo, the United Nations Regional Centre for Peace, Disarmament and Development in Asia and the Pacific (UNRCPD) in Kathmandu, Nepal, and United Nations Regional Centre for Peace, Disarmament and Development in Latin America and the Caribbean (UNLIREC) in Lima, Peru.