April 27, 2020


New Products Highlight Ongoing Commitment and Contributions to Nuclear Disarmament Verification

Today, the IPNDV is releasing new analytical and multi-media content outlining its work in developing and testing procedures and technologies for future nuclear disarmament verification.

The release comes as the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), widely considered the cornerstone of the international nuclear non-proliferation regime and an essential foundation for the pursuit of nuclear disarmament, marks its 50th anniversary. Today, April 27th, was scheduled as the start of the treaty’s 2020 Review Conference and would have seen NPT Parties come together to review progress on nuclear non-proliferation, disarmament, and peaceful uses of nuclear energy. The Review Conference was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Starting today, and throughout this week, the IPNDV is releasing new content to highlight important contributions made by the Partners in support of nuclear disarmament verification. Among those contributions:

  • The partners have determined that multilateral monitored nuclear disarmament verification—while challenging—is possible.
  • The IPNDV has developed verification processes and furthered technical innovation useful to future nuclear disarmament.
  • By including countries with and without nuclear weapons, the IPNDV has built trust, diversified a global capacity, and developed a common language that has created a dedicated community of diplomatic, technical, and policy experts on nuclear disarmament verification.
  • The IPNDV website offers an extensive resource base, with more than 50 analytical reports and 300 other resources.

In addition to the full summary report of IPNDV work completed in Phase II, Moving from Paper to Practice in Nuclear Disarmament Verification the new content includes:

  • A new four-minute “About IPNDV” video, featuring partners from around the world
  • Eight new analytical reports and activity summaries from the Partnership’s three technical working groups
  • Posters (PDF format) showcasing work being done on nuclear disarmament verification by experts around the world, in and out of IPNDV
  • A statement on the work of the IPNDV from Lisa E. Gordon-Hagerty, Under Secretary for Nuclear Security of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and Administrator of the National Nuclear Security Administration
  • Six one-minute “Voices of IPNDV” videos featuring IPNDV participants answering specific questions about the Partnership.

Following two multi-year phases that have brought together more than 25 countries with and without nuclear weapons, the IPNDV is entering a third phase which will include additional hands-on activities. These will consist of scenario-based discussions, practical exercises and technology demonstrations to develop, test, evaluate, and refine verification approaches and concepts as the Partnership looks toward the 2025 NPT Review Conference.

Follow Twitter this week for more on IPNDV as we continue to publicize this important work (@StateISN, @NNSANews, @NTI_WMD).


The IPNDV is a public-private partnership between the U.S. Department of State and the Nuclear Threat Initiative involving more than 25 countries with and without nuclear weapons. Together, the Partners are identifying challenges associated with nuclear disarmament verification, and developing potential procedures and technologies to address those challenges.