GA Plenary session on revitalization of the Conference on Disarmament

28 Jul

As requested by a group of like-minded states, the President of the GA, Joseph Deiss from Switzerland, held a plenary session as a follow-up to last September’s High-level meeting (HLM) on revitalization of the Conference on Disarmament (CD) towards pursuing multilateral negotiations. The CD is based in Geneva and has been deadlocked for about 15-years without being able to agree to a formal program of work because everything must be adopted by consensus. The CD is supposed to be the body that negotiates all multilateral disarmament treaties, as it was successful in producing the Chemical Weapons Convention and the Biological Weapons Convention. However, it is stuck now on a possible Fissile Materials Cut-Off Treaty (FMCT). Some delegates are requesting that the negotiations be taken outside the CD, while others are adamant that the only body for negotiating is the CD. It is an interesting and important disarmament debate.

I encourage you to check RCW’s site for country statements.

 

-Katherine

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