On 18th and 19th December, 2018, the Seventh EU Non-proliferation and Disarmament Conference of the EU Non-proliferation and Disarmament Consortium – EU NPDC (https://www.nonproliferation.eu) has been held in Brussels. Established with Decision 2010/430/CFSP of the Council of the European Union, this European Network of independent institutions is aimed at supporting the implementation of the EU Strategy against the Proliferation of the Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD). Its main goal is to foster the debate at political level and put forward measures to avoid the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction through the involvement of the civil society, researchers and academics.
As a member of the EU NPDC (since 2012), ISGI participated at the Conference – organised by the International Affairs Institute (IAI), the leading institution of the Italian branch. More than 230 experts from 50 countries, including 94 universities and research centers, in addition to outstanding personalities and maximum experts of the involved fields attended the Conference.
The Conference Agenda ranged over the general session concerning the political framework of non-proliferation and disarmament to more specific sessions on the prohibition of chemical weapons, arms trade, arms control in outer space and the cyber security challenges. During the second day of the sessions, the items concerning the regional security of Nord-east Asia and the implementation of the EU’s Non-Proliferation and Disarmament Agenda have been debated.
The Opening Speech, held by the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Federica Mogherini, highlighted the primary role of the Europe in the field of non-proliferation and disarmament. At the same time, she stressed the importance of strengthening multilateral and bilateral treaties for the achievement of a new global non-proliferation architecture and the crucial importance to come up with innovative solutions for which the EU NPDC is expected to play a key role.