VERTIC participates in 5th Consultative Meeting of the EU Non-Proliferation Consortium

Scott Spence, Programme Director for National Implementation, participated in the Fifth Consultative Meeting of the EU Non-Proliferation Consortium during 7-8 July in Brussels. The event took place during a period of significant developments in non-proliferation and disarmament including: the recent Open Consultations on UN Security Council Resolution 1540; the OPCW-UN Joint Investigative Mechanism into alleged use of chemical weapons in Syria; the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action on Iran; the upcoming 8th Review Conference of the Biological Weapons Convention; increased sanctions on DPRK officials and renewed concern about their missile testing; an upcoming IAEA conference on nuclear security in the wake of the now concluded Nuclear Security Summit process from 2010 through 2016; and, of course, the numerous terrorist attacks throughout the world including in Brussels in March.

The Meeting had an ambitious agenda starting with opening remarks from Joëlle Jennie, Director for Security Policy and Conflict Prevention in the European External Action Service. This was followed by sessions during Day 1 on EU support for preventing proliferation of biological, chemical radiological and nuclear weapons, including by non-State actors; a mid-term assessment of the Comprehensive Review of UNSCR 1540 and implications and options for the EU; the way ahead for the Arms Trade Treaty; increasing accountability of transfers of small arms and light weapons with end-user controls and identification of diversion; and assessing the high-level review of UN sanctions and how the EU can proceed with its own non-proliferation sanctions.

Mr Spence’s statement during the second panel on the way forward with UNSCR 1540, through the end of the 1540 Committee’s current mandate in 2021, is available here.

On Day 2, the participants heard from speakers on EU priorities for and contributions to the upcoming 8th BWC Review Conference; recent developments in the field of nuclear disarmament; and the EU role in non-proliferation diplomacy with Iran and the DPRK.

The implications of Brexit informed many of the discussions. Nevertheless, a shared sense of responsibility and optimism for continued co-operation across the non-proliferation and disarmament organisations and officials represented at the Meeting, counting those from the Continent and the UK, was evident throughout the Meeting.

VERTIC thanks the funder of the event, the European Union, without whose support our participation would not have been possible. We also thank the hosts for organising this important meeting: the Peace Research Institute Frankfurt (PRIF), Fondation pour la Recherche Stratégique, IISS and SIPRI.

For more about the National Implementation Measures (NIM) Programme, please click here or contact the Programme Director, Scott Spence.


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