Pugwash NPT Roundtable Discussion in Milan

Pugwash NPT Roundtable Discussion in Milan – Friday 29 January 2010

On 29 January 2010, Pugwash and the Universtiy of Milan hosted a conference in Milan entitled “Nuclear Disarmament and Non-Proliferation: What role might Europe play in light of the upcoming NPT Review Conference”. Over 40 participents from 13 countries attended including former defence and foreign ministers, current and former international disarmament diplomats and other scientific and policy experts. Des Browne from the Top Level Group attended.

Among the topics discussed were:

The Status of and Prospects for Disarmament in the Near-Term;

Deemphasizing Nuclear Weapons: Reducing Their Military and Political Role;

Eliminating Weapons of Mass Destruction from Critical Areas: The Case of the Middle East;

and Enhancing the Role of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) In Avoiding Proliferation.

From these fruitful discussions came several recommendations, such as:

Reinforce the (political and legal) commitments to nuclear disarmament: Drastically reduce the number of nuclear weapons;

Promote nuclear disarmament by involving the states that are not party to the NPT;

Make progress in the establishment of a zone free of  WMD’s  in the Middle East and particularly of a nuclear weapons-free zone;

Stregthen the IAEA and international monitoring and control regime;

and ensure the right of all member-states to develop nuclear activities for civilian purposes.

To view the recommendations click here.