Global Networks Statement on the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty

Monday 4 May 2015

Global Leaders Call for Successful Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) 2015 Review Conference

The European Leadership Network, in collaboration with our sister networks in Asia-Pacific, North America and Latin America, have come together to sign a global statement in support of the ninth Review Conference of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) currently taking place in New York. This statement is endorsed by former Prime Ministers, Defence Ministers, Foreign Ministers, along with diplomats and retired military leaders from across the world and across political divides.

This statement comes during a time of increased tensions around the world as many other international fora for dialogue and cooperation are faltering and the signatories rightly note that a successful NPT Review Conference “would have positive benefits for the wider international security environment and would promote efforts to pursue successful multilateral cooperation more widely.”

The signatories make a number of specific recommendations for the Review Conference, including calling on:

  • All Nuclear Weapons States (NWS) to narrow the conditions for the use of nuclear weapons and re-confirm negative security assurances;
  • The United States and Russia to actively re-engage in talks on the reduction of their nuclear arsenals;
  • Other nuclear armed states to pursue voluntary caps or reductions to nuclear arsenals at, or below, their current levels;
  • The P5+1 group and Iran to make clear their commitment to reach a final deal by June 30;
  • All state parties to the NPT to engage constructively with the Humanitarian Impact of Nuclear Weapons (HINW) initiative;
  • All parties to support a global nuclear security system that covers all weapons-usable nuclear materials and minimise the risk posed by these materials.

Former UK Defence Secretary and Chairman of the European Leadership Network, Lord Des Browne, a signatory to this global statement said:

“By helping to stem the tide of nuclear proliferation and promote nuclear disarmament, the NPT is one of our most important global security instruments. We cannot allow this treaty fall apart. This statement, with its signatories including leading Russian and western figures, as well as prominent names from around the world, demonstrates both the broad global support for action to be taken on nuclear non-proliferation and disarmament and the potential for international cooperation on areas that concern our common humanity.”

For the full statement and a full list of signatories, click here.

The opinions articulated above represent the views of the author(s), and do not necessarily reflect the position of the European Leadership Network or any of its members. The ELN's aim is to encourage debates that will help develop Europe's capacity to address the pressing foreign, defence, and security challenges of our time.

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