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Vladimir Orlov participated in the session of the UN Secretary General’s Advisory Board on Disarmament Matters

10.07.2015

NEW YORK, JULY 10, 2015. PIR PRESS – “We were all distressed that the NPT Review Conference in May failed to reach a consensus outcome. As I told participants, this is regrettable – and worrying. The Conference was also unable to forge a common vision for the creation of a Middle East zone free of nuclear weapons and all other weapons of mass destruction. I repeat my appeal to all States in the region and others with influence to renew their efforts to establish such a zone. I will do everything I can to advance this goal. I look to this Board for recommendations on what more we can do”, – the Secretary-General of the United Nations Ban Ki-moon.

On June 29 – July 1, 2015 the sixty-fourth session of the UN Secretary General’s Advisory Board on Disarmament Matters took place in New York, the U.S. Vladimir Orlov, Board member, and PIR Center Founder and Special Advisor, took part in the work of the session.

The participants discussed the role of arms control, conflict prevention and resolution, new proliferation challenges by non-State actors, and humanitarian impact of nuclear weapons.

Experts from Australia, Argentina, China, France, Ghana, Hungary, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Pakistan, Philippines, Republic of Korea, Russia, the USA, Spain and Switzerland took part in the work of the Council. The Secretary-General of the United Nations Ban Ki-moon took part at the Council session.

The Secretary-General, elaborating on the outcome of the 2015 NPT Review Conference, highlighted “We were all distressed that the NPT Review Conference in May failed to reach a consensus outcome. As I told participants, this is regrettable – and worrying. The Conference was also unable to forge a common vision for the creation of a Middle East zone free of nuclear weapons and all other weapons of mass destruction. I repeat my appeal to all States in the region and others with influence to renew their efforts to establish such a zone. I will do everything I can to advance this goal. I look to this Board for recommendations on what more we can do”.

The full text of the statement of the Secretary-General of the United Nations is available at the UN official web site.

The PIR Center recommendations on the WMD-Free Zone in the Middle East are contained in the non-governmental White Paper «Ten Steps towards a Weapons of Mass Destruction-Free Zone in the Middle East»

The sixty-fifth session of the UN Secretary General’s Advisory Board on Disarmament Matters takes place on January 27-29, 2016, Geneva.  

For questions regarding the PIR Center “Nuclear Nonproliferation and Russia” program, please contact the Program Director, Andrey Baklitskiy by phone +7 (495) 987 19 15 or email at baklitsky at pircenter.org

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