Geneva, October 27

Nuclear-Weapon-Free Zones and Regional Security

Nuclear-Weapon-Free Zones and Regional Security in the Middle East, North-East Asia and Europe

Side-event at the 135th IPU Assembly, Geneva International Conference Centre
12:30 – 14:00, October 27, 2016. Room 18, level -1

Thursday, October 27, 2016 |

The resolution ‘Toward a Nuclear Weapon Free World: The Contribution of Parliaments, adopted by the 130th IPU Assembly, affirmed the role that nuclear-weapon-free-zones (NWFZs) can play to build regional security and to contribute to nuclear disarmament.

NWFZs have already been established in the Antarctic, Latin America and the Caribbean, Pacific, South East Asia, Africa and Central Asia. Additional NWFZs have been proposed for the Middle East, North-East Asia and Europe.

This panel will provide updates on NWFZ proposals, explore the role such NWFZs could play in the regions, and provide an opportunity for questions and discussion from participants.

The event will also include the launch of the Arabic edition of the IPU Handbook for Parliamentarians on Supporting Nuclear Non-Proliferation and Disarmament.


Chair:    Duarte Pacheco MP (Portugal), Deputy Chair of the IPU Standing Commission on Peace and International Security


Senator Laura Rojas (Mexico), President of the Senate Committee on External Relations and International Organisations. Lessons from the Latin American and Caribbean NWFZ

Rob van Riet (UK). Director of the World Future Council Disarmament Program. Proposal for a European NWFZ

Maria Kim (South Korea), PNND NE Asia Desk Officer. The 3+3 proposal for a NE Asia NWFZ

Alyn Ware (New Zealand), PNND Global Coordinator. Parliamentary support for a Middle East Zone free of Nuclear Weapons and other Weapons of Mass Destruction

Senator Salwa Damen Barakat (Jordan). Launch of the Arabic edition of the IPU Handbook

Co-sponsored by the Inter Parliamentary Union, Parliamentarians for Nuclear Non-proliferation and Disarmament and the World Future Council

The event will be in English, French and Arabic

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