An online event organized by Atomic Reporters made for the first time public the discussions and controversies that marked the preparatory meetings of states parties to the review process of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) in 2023.
In an interview with Atomic Reporters director Tariq Rauf on 5 October 2023, Ambassador Jarmo Viinanen from Finland, chair of the 2023 NPT Preparatory Committee, discussed the proposals to further strengthen the review process that were circulated at these meetings – held from 24 July to 11 August 2023 – and reviewed suggestions for consideration at the 2024 meetings of the Committee, to be held in Geneva.
The interview, which took place in the form of an online webinar, can be viewed in full here:
More than 110 state parties attended the 2023 NPT meetings in Vienna, and more than 35 working papers and several national reports were tabled. However, due to the current international security situation, they could not agree on a final outcome.
Ambassador Viinanen’s proposals in his Working paper from the Chair of the working group on further strengthening the review process of the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons, included several elements suggested by Tariq Rauf in his paper, Finding common ground for the NPT PrepCom 2023 and the Working Group on the Review Process, that was presented to NPT States Parties at the United Nations in Geneva (16 May) and at the International Atomic Energy Agency in Vienna (27 June).