Non-Proliferation and Disarmament Initiative

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The Non-Proliferation and Disarmament Initiative (NPDI) is a coalition of states within the framework of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) formed in 2010.

History[edit]

The coalition was formed in an effort to help implement the Final Document of the 2010 NPT Review Conference, freshly adopted by consensus. It aims to:

  • encouraging greater transparency surrounding nuclear disarmament efforts
  • addressing the lack of substantive work in the Conference on Disarmament across the four core issue on its agenda
  • increasing support for and conclusion of key legal instruments that safeguard and govern nuclear activities and strengthening the NPT regime[1]

On April 12, 2014, the twelve member countries denounced North Korea's atomic program in the recent live-fire drills near the disputed border with South Korea. The coalition issued a statement condemning North Korea' nuclear and ballistic missile programmes and invited the said country to return to compliance with its IAEA safeguards agreement and the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT). [2]

Member Countries[edit]

Composed of Australia, Canada, Chile, Germany, Japan, Mexico, Netherlands, Nigeria, the Philippines, Poland, Turkey and the United Arab Emirates, it has issued a series of declarations concerning the pace of NPT negotiations and the need to swiftly move on both non-proliferation and disarmament.[3] Nigeria and the Philippines joined the Initiative in September 2013.[4]
Four members of the NPDI also joined the Humanitarian Initiative: Chile, Mexico, Nigeria and the Philippines.

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