Facilitating the Participation of Asian States in the High-Level Fissile Material Cut-off Treaty Expert Preparatory Group Consultative Process

Start Date: Mar 27 2018
End Date: Mar 28 2018
Location: Bangkok, Thailand
Meeting Hosted By: UNRCPD, UNODA
Meeting Supported By: Government of Canada

PRESS RELEASE

Kathmandu, 26 March 2018 (UN Regional Centre for Peace and Disarmament in Asia and the Pacific) – The United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs, through its Regional Centre for Peace and Disarmament in Asia and the Pacific is organizing a workshop to engage Member States of Asia in the high-level fissile material cut-off treaty expert preparatory group consultative process. The workshop will be held from 27 to 28 March in Bangkok, Thailand.

Fissile materials, such as highly enriched uranium and plutonium, are a key component for the production of nuclear weapons. An international treaty banning the production of fissile material for nuclear weapons or other nuclear explosive devices will strengthen nuclear non-proliferation and facilitate further nuclear disarmament. Pursuant to the United Nations General Assembly resolution, the Secretary-General established in 2017 a High-Level FMCT Expert Preparatory Group β€œto consider and make recommendations on substantial elements of a future non-discriminatory, multilateral and internationally and effectively verifiable treaty banning the production of fissile material for nuclear weapons or other nuclear explosive devices.”

The goal of the two-day meeting is to facilitate dialogue among States of Asia on the implications of a future treaty, develop a sense of ownership of the issue and its relationship with already existing global and regional instruments in the field of nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation. It will also provide a forum for interaction with members of the High-Level FMCT Expert Preparatory Group and sharing knowledge and information on issues relevant to banning the production of fissile material. Experts will brief participants on the possible elements of a treaty banning the production of fissile material and provide insights on the respective work of the Conference on Disarmament, the 2014-2015 Group of Governmental Experts and the High-Level FMCT Expert Preparatory Group.

The workshop is made possible with the financial support by the Government of Canada.

For further information, please contact Mr. Yuriy Kryvonos, Director of the United Nations Regional Centre for Peace and Disarmament in Asia and the Pacific, at info@unrcpd.org.