RP hosts 2-day world meet on nuclear disarmament
Manila (1 February) -- On February 1-2, more than 50 experts from all over the world will converge in Manila for a two-day workshop on nuclear disarmament.
The workshop is a preparatory activity in connection with the 2010 Review Conference of the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT) in New York in May, which will be chaired by the Philippines.
The Manila workshop which is being conducted in cooperation with Norway and Austria, will be attended by representatives of 37 Non-Proliferation Treaty state parties, including the United States, Russia, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Egypt, Cuba and Iran, six international organizations, and six global nongovernmental organizations.
Among the expected participants are Ambassador Sergio Duarte, United Nations High Representative for Disarmament Affairs; United States Ambassador Susan Burke, special representative of US President Barack Obama to the NPT; and British Ambassador John Duncan, arms control and disarmament envoy of the United Kingdom.
Among the issues which will be tackled in the workshop are: the implications of the follow-on agreement to the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty between Washington and Moscow; an action plan on nuclear disarmament; the entry into force of the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty; negotiations on a treaty banning the production of fissile material for nuclear weapons; strengthening of safeguards; and the nuclear program of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea and other areas.
The participants are also expected to push for the declaration of a nuclear-free zone in the troubled Middle East.
The Non-Proliferation Treaty, which came into force in 1970, was designed to prevent the spread of nuclear weapons and weapons technology. It also aims to advance nuclear disarmament and to promote cooperation in the peaceful uses of nuclear energy.
The NPT stipulates that a conference be held every five years to review its implementation. (PIA 8) [top]