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MPI Briefing Paper
September 2014

As the 70th anniversary of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki nears, as modernization of their nuclear systems by all states possessing nuclear arsenals continues, as the "catastrophic humanitarian consequences" of the use of nuclear weapons becomes better understood, as the risk of use of even one of the 16,300 existing nuclear weapons grows through accident or miscalculation, as regional turmoil boils over spawning new networks of insurgents and terrorists, as the international debate about the elimination of nuclear weapons limps along – it is imperative to start a comprehensive process leading to the enactment of a legal framework for the prohibition and elimination of nuclear weapons. The time has come for the international community to work directly on the establishment of a nuclear weapons-free world.

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Framework Forum brief

Building a Framework for a Nuclear Weapons-Free World: Laying out the Map

MPI Briefing Paper
April 2012

This MPI brief lays out the purpose and design of the newly inaugurated "Framework Forum" series: to help re-define the structure of a secure world without nuclear weapons and the means through which it can be built.

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MPI Brief Law

A Global Law to Ban Nuclear Weapons

MPI Briefing Paper
November 2011

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MPI Brief Geneva

From Aspiration to Reality: Nuclear Disarmament after the 2010 NPT Review Conference

Final report of the Geneva Consultation

Geneva, Switzerland
September 14-15, 2010

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The Humanitarian Imperative for Nuclear Disarmament

Briefing Paper for the Middle Powers Initiative/Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs Conference, From Aspiration to Reality: Nuclear Disarmament after the NPT Review

Geneva, Switzerland
September 14-15, 2010

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The Atlanta Consultation III: Fulfilling the NPT

Final Report of the Carter Center Consultation
January 21-22, 2010

» Read the report
» Read the Recommendations
» Read the Executive Summary
» Links to transcripts
» Photo gallery

A Global Undertaking: Realizing the Disarmament Promise of the NPT

Briefing paper for the Atlanta Consultation III: Fulfilling the NPT, January 21-22, 2010

From President Barack Obama’s Prague speech to the UN Security Council Summit, 2009 was an extraordinary year of commitments at the highest levels to the objective of a world free of nuclear weapons. This year, 2010, must be the year for action, for setting in motion irreversible processes to achieve that objective. Middle powers must capitalize on the mo-mentum at this spring’s pivotal Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) Review Conference.

This MPI Briefing Paper is intended to inform the January 2010 Consultation in Atlanta sponsored by MPI and the Carter Center in anticipation of the Review Conference. In this paper, MPI offers several practical and substantive recommendations.

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Making Good on the Promises: From the Security Council Summit to the 2010 NPT Review

Briefing paper, October 2009

In both national and international deliberations, there are now a series of extraordinary openings to advance the nuclear disarmament agenda. This paper lays out MPI’s analysis of these events and recommends a number of practical and effective steps middle power governments can take to help continue to build the momentum for a nuclear weapon-free world.

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(also available in Japanese)

The Berlin Article VI Forum:
The Imperatives and Openings for a Nuclear Weapon-Free World

Report of the Sixth Meeting
January 29-30, 2009

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An executive summary report is also available

A Global Public Good of the Highest Order

Briefing paper for the Sixth Meeting of the Article VI Forum

Berlin, Germany
January 29-30, 2009

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The Dublin Article VI Forum:
NPT Pathfinder to a Nuclear Weapons-Free World

Summary report of the consultation held in Dublin, Ireland, on March 28-29, 2008

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Back from the Margins: The Centrality of Nuclear Disarmament

Briefing Paper for the Fifth Meeting of the Article VI Forum

Dublin, Ireland
March 26-28, 2008

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Visible Intent: NATO's Responsibility to Nuclear Disarmament

MPI Briefing Paper, January 2008

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Canada and Nuclear Disarmament: Analysis of Canada's Votes in the UN Disarmament Committee 2007

by Hon. Douglas Roche, O.C. and Jim Wurst

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The Vienna NPT PrepCom: Report on a Loosened Deadlock

by Jim Wurst, MPI Program Director

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Towards 2010: Priorities for NPT Consensus

MPI Paper for the 2007 Preparatory Committee, Vienna, April 2007

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The Article VI Forum: Forging a New Consensus for the NPT

Report of the Fourth Meeting

March 29-30, 2007

» Read full report, "The Article VI Forum, Forging a New Consensus for the NPT" (1.86 MB)
» Executive Summary only
» Briefing Paper
» Click here for more resources, including texts of speeches, from the fourth A6F

The Article VI Forum: Responding to the Challenges to the NPT

A Consultation of Like-Minded States and Special Dialogue with Nuclear Weapon States

Report of the Third Meeting

Ottawa, Canada
September 28-29, 2006

» Final Report (3 MB)
» Executive Summary only
» Briefing Paper
» Remarks by Foreign Minister Peter MacKay
» Remarks by Dr. Hans Blix


Gaining Confidence in Nuclear Disarmament Steps

Final Report of the second meeting of the Article VI Forum

The Hague, The Netherlands

March 2-3, 2006

» Final Report (1.5 MB)
» Briefing Paper
» Remarks by Hon. Douglas Roche, O.C.
» Remarks by Amb. Hans Corell
» Remarks by Dr. Tariq Rauf
» Remarks by Amb. Robert Grey, Jr.
» Remarks by Mr. Paul Wilke
» Remarks by Dr. John Burroughs

Fulfilling the NPT Bargain: The Role of Middle Powers

Briefing Paper

A Middle Powers Initiative Briefing Paper

June 2006

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28 States Participate: Inaugural Article VI Forum

The Middle Powers Initiative was honored to inaugurate the "Article VI Forum" at the United Nations on October 3, 2005. The Forum will continue its work of advancing the imperative to uphold the core bargain of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty relating to the proliferation of nuclear weapons and ensuring steady progress toward their global elimination.

United Nations, New York

October 3, 2005

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Deadly Deadlock

A Political Analysis of the Seventh
Review Conference of the Non-Proliferation Treaty
New York, May 2-27, 2005

By Hon. Douglas Roche, O.C.

June 2005

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Nuclear Disarmament & Non-Proliferation:
A Balanced Approach

Final Report of "Atlanta Consultation II: On the Future of the NPT"

The Carter Center

January 26-28, 2005

» Final Report (3MB)
» Executive Summary and Recommendations only
» Press Release
» Remarks by President Jimmy Carter
» Remarks by Hon. Nobuyasu Abe (United Nations)
» Remarks by Ambassador Sergio Duarte (President-designate, NPT RevCon)
» Remarks by Peter Goosen (South Africa)
» Remarks by Hon. Marian Hobbs (New Zealand)
» Remarks by Alaa Issa (Egypt)
» Remarks by Daryl Kimball (Arms Control Association)
» Remarks by Ambassador Paul Meyer (Canada)
» Remarks by Congressman John Spratt (United States)
» Remarks by Alyn Ware (PNND / IALANA)

Building A Nuclear Weapons-Free Future

Briefing Paper for "Atlanta Consultation II: On the Future of the NPT"

A Middle Powers Initiative Briefing Paper

January 2005

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Re-nuclearization or Disarmament: A Fateful Choice for Humanity

A Political Analysis of the Third Preparatory Committee for the 2005 Review Conference of the Non-Proliferation Treaty

By Hon. Douglas Roche, O.C.

May 2004

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Building Bridges: What Middle Power Countries Should Do To Strengthen the NPT

A Middle Powers Initiative Policy Brief

April 2004

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Building Bridges: The Non-Proliferation Treaty and Canada's Nuclear Weapons Policies

A Policy Paper for the Government of Canada
Prepared by the Canadian Pugwash Group and the Middle Powers Initiative

March 2004

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» Roundtable presentation by Tariq Rauf
» Roundtable presentation by Alyn Ware
» Roundtable presentation by Erika Simpson
» Photo Gallery
» Press Release
» Event Report

On NATO Nuclear Policy

An MPI Policy Brief

September 2003

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Ritualistic Façade: Report and Assessment of the Non-Proliferation Treaty Preparatory Committee Meeting

By Hon. Douglas Roche, O.C.
Chairman, Middle Powers Initiative

Geneva, April 28-May 9, 2003

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Advancing the NPT 13 Practical Steps

An MPI Policy Brief

April 2003

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Priorities for Preserving the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty in the New Strategic Context

An MPI Policy Brief

August 2002

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Towards NPT 2004: An Action Plan for the 13 Steps

An MPI Policy Brief
by Tariq Rauf


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A Bridge to a Nuclear Weapon-Free World Can and Must Be Built

MPI Report 2000

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Report from the Atlanta Consultation on the Future of the Non-Proliferation Treaty

January 26-27, 2000

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A Fast Track to Zero Nuclear Weapons: The Middle Powers Initiative and the New Agenda Coalition
by Robert Green

The Middle Powers Initiative is a network of international citizen organizations working to encourage the nuclear weapon states and their influential allies to move rapidly to eliminate nuclear weapons via practical steps including a Nuclear Weapons Convention. The New Agenda Coalition is a group of middle-ranking nations whose governments have also called for the early elimination of nuclear weapons via similar steps. The work of MPI and NAC at the United Nations and elsewhere is described, and their impact on NATO nuclear weapons policy discussed.

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