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The Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty and the International Atomic Energy Agency

This page has information about the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty and the International Atomic Energy Agency (see below).

Non-Proliferation Treaty

The Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT) was concluded in 1968 and entered into force on March 5, 1970. It is the founding document of multilateral nonproliferation endeavours. The Acronym Institute has closely followed NPT developments since 1994.

NPT Preparatory Committee Meeting, 4 - 15 May 2009

The third PrepCom for the 2010 NPT Review Conference took place at the UN in New York from 4 - 15 May 2009. Chaired by Ambassador Boniface G. Chidyausiku of Zimbabwe, the mood amongst delegates was more positive than in recent years. During the first week the PrepCom heard a message from President Obama delivered by Assistant Secretary of State for Verification, Compliance and Implementation Rose Gottemoeller. The PrepCom also succeeded in adopting a provisional agenda for next year's Review Conference.

On Friday 8 May Ambassador Chidyausiku released his draft recommendations for the 2010 review conference. Following consultations with delegations revised recommendations were released on Wednesday morning. A third set of recommendations with suggested changes highlighted in the text was released on Friday 15 May but the Chair decided that there was insufficient time to reach consensus. Instead the PrepCom adopted an entirely procedural report. The recommendations will not be forwarded to the Review Conference as a working paper or a Chair's paper.

Latest analysis from Rebecca Johnson

PrepCom Chair's Recommendations (Drafts)

News Coverage from the PrepCom

Reports from Reaching Critical Will

For speeches and further information from the PrepCom visit: www.reachingcriticalwill.org.

Towards 2010 and Beyond


More Acronym coverage of the 2008 PrepCom is available at our NPT archive.

Non-Proliferation and Disarmament Initiatives

In recent months a range of non-proliferation and disarmament initiatives have been proposed. These include:

Government, Parliamentary and Official Speeches and Documents

Non-Governmental Initiatives

NPT Key Texts and Data

External Links

See also: Acronym Institute coverage of previous NPT Review Conferences and PrepComs.

International Atomic Energy Agency

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) is responsible for safegards agreements under the NPT (Article III). Increasingly, questions are raised about the contradictions between effective fulfilment of this verification role and the IAEA's mission of promoting nuclear energy. The Acronym Institute does not cover the IAEA's work in general, but only in relation to the NPT. See also our section on Iran and Nuclear Weapons for coverage of IAEA engagement with Iran and the North Korea section for IAEA statements relevant to North Korea.

Reports and Statements

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