5 permanent members of the UN Security Council meet for the first time in Paris and establish the P5 consultative process on nuclear disarmament
Russia ratifies the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty (CTBT). The treaty still has not entered into force.
France stops highly enriched uranium production for nuclear weapons.


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Blog entries: NPT Review Conference


The UN General Assembly First Committee (GA1) is one of the primary platforms for deliberations on nuclear nonproliferation and disarmament issues. It considers all disarmament and international security matters within the scope of the UN Charter or relating to the powers and functions of any other organ of the United Nations. From 4 October to 4 November 2021, the 76th Session of the UN GA First Committee on Disarmament and International Security took place. By observing the results of the Committee’s work, we can have more insight into the activeness of states in nonproliferation field, the distribution of power and influence among different states, and general support of UN Member States to different nonproliferation issues.


Gauging the challenges to overcome at the NPT RevCon in January 2022, it is clear that the disarmament pillar will be difficult. This is not unlike at previous RevCons, but this time also the non-proliferation pillar will be the fore for differing views, especially regarding Australia’s purchase of US nuclear-propelled submarines. In the peaceful nuclear activities pillar, the attempts to "green-wash“ nuclear energy production will be countered by many countries that point to the non-sustainable nature of nuclear energy production, its long-term effects, and the risks inherent in it.


It’s done, finally, Ambassador Gustavo Zlauvinen (President-designate) has confirmed that the Tenth Review Conference of the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT), will convene at the United Nations in New York from January 4 to 28, 2022.

While Ambassador Zlauvinen deserves full plaudits for his dedication and persistence in finally securing agreement on the dates, in the meantime his labours at the upcoming review conference may have become even more challenging.


In preparation for the 2020 NPT Review Conference, one inevitably has to face a question: how to reinvigorate the review process, taking into account both the 1995 decision on strengthening of the review process and a quarter-century experience in between 1995 and now. 


The 51st anniversary of the Treaty of Tlatelolco is seeing yet another nuclear disarmament move in Latin America. Out of the five countries that have ratified the Treaty for the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW), three belong to Latin America and the Caribbean. While the region is taking the lead in promoting a nuclear-weapon-free world, it is necessary to reconcile nuclear and non-nuclear states in the 2020 NPT review cycle and find common ground on practical steps towards nuclear disarmament.