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PIR Center Participates in the 2015 NPT Review Conference

28.04.2015

NEW YORK, APRIL 28, 2015. PIR PRESS – “I am glad to greet you on the occasion of the opening of the Conference. The agenda of the meeting includes a range of issues related to the implementation of the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons, which has been a cornerstone of the international security system for more than four decades, ensuring strategic parity and global stability. […] I hope that all the NPT States Parties will reiterate at the Conference their readiness to strictly fulfill their commitments under the Treaty. This will certainly represent an important factor in enhancing peace, security and stability on the entire planet”, – President of Russia, Vladimir Putin.

On April 27, 2015, the ninth Review Conference of the Parties to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT) started at UN Headquarters in New York. During the next four weeks, representatives of the member states will discuss the implementation of the NPT in the spheres of nuclear nonproliferation, disarmament and peaceful uses of nuclear energy. The conference is scheduled to conclude with the adoption of the Final Document that would guide the efforts of the international community for the next five years. However, with the lack of consensus the parties may fail to come up with the Final Document as it happened in 2005.   

On April 27, 2015 the agenda of the conference was adopted, Amb. Taous Feroukhi from Algeria was confirmed as the President of the Review Conference. Israel, absent for a long time, returned as an observer to the conference. Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations Jan Eliasson and IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano addressed the delegates. Heads of the delegations of the Russian Federation and China informed the conference of ratification of the Protocol to the Central Asian Nuclear Weapons-Free Zone by their respective countries.   

Speaking at the Conference Director of the Russian Foreign Ministry’s Department for Nuclear Non-Proliferation and Arms Control, Mikhail Ulyanov presented the letter of the Russian President Vladimir Putin. The President wished participants of the conference fruitful work: “I am glad to greet you on the occasion of the opening of the Conference. The agenda of the meeting includes a range of issues related to the implementation of the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons, which has been a cornerstone of the international security system for more than four decades, ensuring strategic parity and global stability. […]I hope that all the NPT States Parties will reiterate at the Conference their readiness to strictly fulfill their commitments under the Treaty. This will certainly represent an important factor in enhancing peace, security and stability on the entire planet”.   

Full text of Amb. Ulyanov’s speech is available (in Russian) at the Russian Foreign Ministry website.

PIR Center actively participates in the work of the NPT Review Conference. Special Advisor to PIR Center Vladimir Orlov is in New York as part of the Russian delegation. PIR Center’s Director Albert Zulkharneev and “Russia and Nuclear Nonproliferation” Program Director Andrey Baklitskiy represent Russian expert community.

PIR Center’s Director is scheduled to speak at event «Action 22-Disarmament and Nonproliferation Education – a Tool for Advancement of the NPT» that will take place on May 4, 2015 from 13:15 to 14:45 at Baha’i Center.

On May 20, 2015, PIR Center will hold a seminar “From Words to Actions: Nuclear Nonproliferation and Disarmament from 2010 to 2015 and beyond”. The seminar will take place from 13:15 to 14:45 in the conference room D at the UN Headquarters.

You can follow the Review Conference in real time through our Twitter account: https://twitter.com/pir_center or those of Vladimir Orlov https://twitter.com/orlov_pircenter and Andrey Baklitskiy https://twitter.com/baklitskiy. The key issues of the conference will be highlighted in our e-publications: PIR PRESS News and Yaderny Kontrol.

For all the questions regarding PIR Center’s participation in the 2015 NPT Review Conference, please contact “Russia and Nuclear Nonproliferation” Program Director Andrey Baklitskiy by e-mail: baklitsky@pircenter.org, phone: +1 (609) 401 39 98    

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