This working paper, submitted by MPI to the United Nations Open Ended Working Group on Taking Forward Multilateral Nuclear Disarmament Negotiations (OEWG), calls for a Nuclear Disarmament Summit (or series of Summits) similar to the Nuclear Security Summits. The Summits could elevate the political traction for nuclear disarmament, and provide a forum for the adoption of a range of disarmament measures.
This MPI working paper proposes that governments negotiate a framework agreement on nuclear disarmament, similar to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change. Such an agreement would outline a range of measures to achieve nuclear disarmament, and a process for achieving these, but would leave the details for subsequent negotiations. MPI presented this working paper to the Open Ended Working Group on Taking Forward Multilateral Nuclear Disarmament Negotiations (OEWG).
Representatives of 22 governments joined MPI experts and PNND representatives at this roundtable forum, co-hosted by the Canadian Mission to the UN in Geneva. Forum participants considered Issues and proposals for taking forward nuclear disarmament, with a focus on initiatives in the OEWG and the Conference on Disarmament.
Twenty-two governments joined MPI experts and PNND representatives at a round-table forum in Geneva to discuss diplomatic approaches to nuclear-related conflicts, and proposals for multilateral nuclear disarmament. The Forum considered ways in which non-nuclear and nuclear-reliant countries could act in response to the humanitarian initiative in order to fill the legal gap to establish a nuclear-weapon-free world.
The Forum focused on proposals to start multilateral nuclear disarmament negotiations and the forums in which these could take place. The discussions were guided by the MPI Briefing Paper: A Beacon of Hope
This briefing paper summarises the current situation regarding nuclear threats and policies, and calls for the commencement of a diplomatic process to achieve a nuclear-weapon-free world. The paper explores different options including a ban treaty, nuclear weapons convention, framework agreement or framework of separate instruments. The paper also considers the range of multilateral forums which could be utilised to facilitate the negotiation and adoption of agreements, including the NPT Review Process, Conference on Disarmament, a revived UN OEWG and/or the UN High Level Conference on Nuclear Disarmament.
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.