Federica Mogherini, EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice President of the European Commission gave the keynote at the Carnegie International Nuclear Policy Conference in Washington D.C. (20-21 March 2017).
In her opening keynote, Federica Mogherini emphasizes that she has always been committed to nuclear non-proliferation and has thus been engaged with the CTBTO for a long time (including as a member of the Group of Eminent Persons – GEM). She argues that although nuclear non-proliferation is a life-time commitment, it is especially important at this particular moment in history to discuss nuclear policies and preserve the norms that have been established and agreed on over the last decades. CTBTO “has already provided the world with a truly global high-tech monitoring system for nuclear explosions, something that no single country alone would be able to do. Not only do we need to complete this global monitoring network, we must continue to argue for all countries, including the United States of America, to move towards ratification. This would be an investment in American security and in our collective security”, Mogherini says. According to her, the security of every nation’s citizens can only be achieved through non-proliferation and disarmament.