(Vienna) A new international centre to advocate nuclear disarmament, evaluate the progress of countries to eliminate their nuclear stockpiles, and promote a nuclear weapons convention, are among proposals to emerge from two years of work by the International Commission on Nuclear Non-proliferation and Disarmament (ICNND).
“We are employing realism rather than romance about how to improve the situation,” said former Australian Foreign Minister Gareth Evans, who co-chaired the Commission with Yoriko Kawaguchi, former Foreign Minister of Japan. The two held a press conference in Vienna on 5 July after the fifth and final meeting of the Commission, which took place in Vienna from 2 to 4 July. Evans explained that the Commission’s proposals were all aimed at moving forward on nuclear disarmament.
The proposed global nuclear disarmament centre would publish “strong and rigorous” report cards on the achievements of nuclear and non-nuclear weapon States, measured against action items from this year’s Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) Review Conference, the Commission’s recommendations, and other sources, in keeping the pressure on national governments “to do what they should be doing,” said Evans.