During the inaugural visit of Federal Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle to Japan in January disarmament and nonproliferation were highlighted as a focus of cooperation. After talks with his counterpart, Mr OKADA Katsuya , Westerwelle emphasized, that “we want to make our joint contribution towards ensuring that this decade is a decade of disarmament – not a decade of armament.” The Kawaguchi-Evans Report of December last year also made important suggestions to this goal.
The Review Conference of the Nonproliferation Treaty (NPT) will meet in New York in May 2010. The future of nuclear arms control is at stakes, if the NPT cannot be strengthened and the conflicts about the nuclear programs in Iran and North-Korea cannot be solved.
In view of the acute challenge and explosive nature of the problem, we are planning to substantially contribute to the discussion by organizing an experts’ conference and a public panel discussion of Japanese and German decision makers and experts in the run-up of the Review Conference.
We invite you to the public panel discussion on
Strengthening the Global Non-Proliferation Regime for a Global Zero: Multilateral Arrangements for a Pluralistic World
on March 9, 2010, from 9:30 am until 12 noon
at the National Center of Sciences Building, 2-1-2 Hitotsubashi, Chiyoda-ku
Rolf Fücks, President, Heinrich Böll Foundation
Oliver Meier, International Arms Control Association
Gudrun Wacker, German Institute for International and Security Affairs (SWP)
Ambassador ABE Nobuyasu , Center for the Promotion of Disarmament and Non-Proliferation, Japan Institute of International Affairs
FUKUYAMA Tetsuro , State Secretary for Foreign Affairs (tbc)
Chair: AKIYAMA Nobumasa, Hitotsubashi University
During this public panel discussion, key challenges to the existing nuclear world order and chances for a Global Zero will be presented alongside results of the expert conference the day earlier:
• How can the Non-Proliferation Treaty be strengthened at its upcoming Review Conference in New York?
• How can we strengthen the nuclear non-proliferation regime to protect the world from nuclear anarchy?
• How can states, such as North Korea and Iran, be diverted from the nuclear paths?
• How can we prevent non-state actors, such as terrorists from gaining access to materials that can be used for making nuclear weapons?
Conference languages are English and Japanese with simultaneous interpretation.
Unfortunately the number of seats is limited. We therefore ask for your registration by March 3, 2010 with:
Yuko Tomita (research assistant)
Center for the Promotion of Disarmament and Non-Proliferation
Japan Institute of International Affairs
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