By operative paragraph 2 of its resolution 71/259 (A/RES/71/259
) the General Assembly of the United Nations requested the Secretary-General to establish a high-level fissile material cut-off treaty (FMCT) expert preparatory group with a membership of 25 States, chosen on the basis of equitable geographical representation, which will operate by consensus, without prejudice to national positions in future negotiations, and which will meet in Geneva for a session of two weeks each in 2017 and in 2018, to consider and make recommendations on substantial elements of a future non-discriminatory, multilateral and internationally and effectively verifiable treaty banning the production of fissile material for nuclear weapons or other nuclear explosive devices, on the basis of CD/1299
and the mandate contained therein.
According to the text of the resolution, the high-level FMCT expert preparatory group will also examine, with a view to making possible recommendations, the report of the Group of Governmental Experts, mandated pursuant to resolution 67/53
, as contained in document A/70/81,
as well as the views submitted by Member States as contained in documents A/68/154
By operative para 3 of the same resolution also requests the Chair of the high-level FMCT expert preparatory group to organize, in New York, two two-day informal consultative meetings, open-ended so that all Member States can engage in interactive discussions and share their views, which the Chair shall convey to the high-level FMCT expert preparatory group for consideration; the first meeting will convene in 2017 to consider the report of the Group of Governmental Experts, as contained in document A/70/81
, the second in 2018 in order for the Chair to provide a report in his own capacity on the work of the high-level FMCT expert preparatory group.
Open-ended informal consultative meeting
Thursday, 2 March, to Friday, 3 March 2017
Conference Room 3, United Nations Headquarters New York
In accordance with resolution 71/259, an open-ended informal consultative meeting, organized by the Chair of the high-level fissile material cut-off treaty expert preparatory group will be held on a treaty banning the production of fissile material for nuclear weapons or other nuclear explosive devices. This meeting has been convened so that all Member States can engage in interactive discussions and share their views on the report of the Group of Governmental Experts, as contained in document A/70/81, which shall be conveyed to the high-level fissile material cut-off treaty expert preparatory group for consideration.
All interested non-governmental organizations are invited to attend. Representatives of non-governmental organizational not in possession of a valid ground pass to United Nations Headquarters in New York are requested by 27 February 2017 to register with Ms. Haruka Katarao (e-mail email@example.com; tel. 1 (212) 963-4178, with copy to firstname.lastname@example.org).
The provisional programme of work for the first informal consultative meeting can be found here.
For further information, please contact Ms. Silvia Mercogliano, UNOG (e-mail email@example.com).
Last Updated 22 February 2017.