Participants in the International Partnership for Nuclear Disarmament Verification (IPNDV) will discuss the initiative’s progress and future plans, in addressing the technical challenges involved in verifying nuclear disarmament, at a side event of the United Nations First Committee session. Speakers include:
- Ms. Anita Friedt, Acting Assistant Secretary of State for Arms Control, Verification, and Compliance of the U.S. Department of State
- Mr. Andrew Bieniawski, Vice President for Material Security and Minimization, Nuclear Threat Initiative (NTI)
- Ambassador Eva Walder, Sweden
- Ambassador Matthew Rowland, United Kingdom
- Ambassador Nobushige Takamizawa, Japan
- Ambassador Martín García Moritán, Argentina.
Friday’s discussion, hosted by the United States, will highlight the work completed during the IPNDV’s first phase, which focused on verifying the dismantlement of a nuclear weapon. Speakers will also address the plans for the IPNDV’s second phase, which will be launched at the Partnership’s fifth Plenary, in November 2017, and be hosted by Argentina’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Worship in Buenos Aires.
The IPNDV is an ongoing initiative that includes more than 25 countries with and without nuclear weapons. The Partnership was launched by the U.S. Department of State in cooperation with NTI. Together, the Partners are identifying challenges associated with nuclear disarmament verification and developing potential procedures and technologies to address these challenges.
Read the U.S. Department of State’s media note here.