Nuclear Issues at the United Nations: What’s Next?
Member states of the United Nations may seek to breathe new life into the nuclear agenda as they convene for the 71st General Assembly and First Committee meetings this Fall. The Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty, negotiated more than twenty years ago, still awaits ratification in key states, including the United States. Although the media and Congress have focused heavily on the CTBT resolution, other nuclear issues are also in play. Widespread impatience with the slow pace of bilateral (U.S.-Russian) nuclear arms control, with the lack of negotiations on a so-called “fissban” -- a treaty to stop producing fissile material for nuclear weapons – and with P-5 responses to the humanitarian impact of nuclear weapons initiative may play out in efforts to get the General Assembly more involved in nuclear disarmament mechanisms.
Please join the Proliferation Prevention Program for a panel of experts to discuss nuclear issues at the UN. We will also be distributing our new report on a workshop exploring new paradigms for a fissile material production cutoff treaty (“fissban”).
Former Canadian ambassador to the Conference on Disarmament
Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Arms Control and Nonproliferation at National Security Council
Arms Control Association
Anita E. Friedt
Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary in the U.S. Department of State’s Arms Control, Verification and Compliance Bureau
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