UK-Norway Iniatitive: Research into the Verification of nuclear warhead dismantlement

A verification exercise took place at the mock-up nuclear weapon dismantlement facility in Norway in June 2009

A verification exercise took place at the mock-up nuclear weapon dismantlement facility in Norway in June 2009

The UK-Norway Initiative is a unique collaboration between a Nuclear Weapon State (UK) and a Non-Nuclear Weapon State (Norway). On Thursday May 13, Norway and the UK are presenting work on their joint initiative to the 2010 NPT Review Conference. The non-governmental organization VERTIC is providing independent observations.

The UKNI is the first joint work of this nature in this field of research. Confidence building and transparency measures, including verification, will be critical to moving towards a world free from nuclear weapons. This poses significant technical, financial and policy challenges.

The project was designed to develop new technologies, methods and procedures for the verification of future dismantlement.

When: Thursday May 13 at 13:15-14:45

Where: Conference Room 2 (TNLB), United Nations headquarters

With introductory remarks from Ambassador Steffen Kongstad, Head of the Norwegian NPT delegation and Ambassador John Duncan, Permanent Representative to the Conference of Disarmament in Geneva and Head of the UK NPT delegation. Leading NGO VERTIC will also deliver a presentation with an initial analysis of the project from an independent perspective.

Source: Norway Mission to the UN

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