Multilateral Verification of Nuclear Disarmament

In 2017, VERTIC started the implementation of a still in course multi-year project in support of the development and strengthening of practical and effective nuclear disarmament verification (NDV) measures for the achievement and maintenance of a world without nuclear weapons. The project focuses on engaging Argentina/Brazil, Kazakhstan and South Africa with the aim to analyse the potential involvement of these states in verification activities through the establishment of a national or regional node/hub for nuclear disarmament verification.

The project also considers how the work of the 2018/2019 and 2021/2022 Group of Governmental Experts (GGE) to consider the role of verification in advancing nuclear disarmament established respectively by UN General Assembly Resolutions 71/67 and 74/50 can be taken forward.

Beside these short term and clearly identified objectives, the project has the long term capacity-building and educational goal of creating a new generation of nuclear experts in regions of the Global South that could support consultations and negotiations in appropriate international fora. Ensuring education in the field of nuclear disarmament verification can also be seen complementary to Goal 4 of the 2030 UN Agenda for Sustainable Development as advancing nuclear verification techniques and tools is essential in moving towards nuclear weapons reductions and their ultimate elimination, a goal enshrined in the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT).

Partners

  • University of Witwatersrand (South Africa)
  • NPS Global (Argentina-Brazil)
  • ISTC (Kazakhstan)

In-country activities

South Africa

  • One in person workshop in Pretoria with governmental, academic and NGOs representatives;
  • One in person meeting with former South African Nuclear Weapons Experts with the aim to develop a ‘Disarmament Course’ to be offered to universities in South Africa to raise awareness and attention on the topic;
  • Five online workshops with governmental, regional organizations, academic and NGOs representatives.
  • Outreach activities with students and young experts.

Argentina/Brazil

  • One in person workshop in Buenos Aires with governmental, regional organizations, academic and NGOs representatives;
  • Four online workshops with governmental, regional organizations, academic and NGOs representatives
  • Outreach activities with students and young experts.

Kazakhstan

  • Two two-day online workshops with governmental, regional organizations, academic and NGOs representatives;
  • Outreach activities with students and young experts.

All regions

  • The hosting of a final tripartite conference with representatives from the regions and high level key note speakers.

Other partners

  • The co-hosting of side events on NDV with the United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs (UNODA) during the UN First Committee on Disarmament NPT PrepCom.

Project research activities

  • Seventeen regionally sourced papers identifying opportunities and challenges for each region to contribute to NDV and to establishing a national/regional hub;
  • The issue of the Brief ‘Encouraging Education in the Field of Nuclear Disarmament Verification’ published by VERTIC.
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