Why a WMDFZ in the Middle East is Important!
In 1995, the state parties to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty called for “the establishment of an effectively verifiable Middle East zone free of weapons of mass destruction, nuclear, chemical and biological, and their delivery systems”. This proposal for a Weapons of Mass Destruction- Free Zone (WMDFZ) in the Middle East gathered broad international support and was subsequently mentioned in various resolutions by the UN GA and the Security Council.
Recent Events in the International Community
At the 2010 NPT Review Conference, parties to the NPT agreed on several steps to be taken to implement a WMDFZ in the Middle East by convening a conference on the establishment of a WMDFZ in the Middle in Helsinki. However, in late November, the US Department of State and the Foreign Ministry of Finland respectively informed the international community that the 2012 Conference on the Establishment a WMDFZ in the Middle East would be cancelled.
Why it matters?
A WMDFZ in the Middle East would oblige states not to possess, acquire, test, manufacture or use any nuclear, chemical and biological weapon, as well as their delivery systems. Thus, although the 2012 Conference on the Establishment of a WMDFZ has been cancelled, it is important for young people to learn about the issue and become involved in the discussions.
In response to the cancellation of the 2012 Conference on the Establishment of a WMDFZ in the Middle East, we will be hosting an informal discussion at (venue) on (date). The speaker will be Ms. Mayra Castro, a former student from the University of Geneva. She will be discussing youth perspectives on the subject.
Students for Nuclear Disarmament
Who we are
Students for Nuclear Disarmament is a student-led initiative at the Graduate Institute open to all students, who are interested in Nuclear Disarmament and general issues on arms control.
What we do
How YOU can get involved
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