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High Level Fissile Material Cut-Off Treaty (FMCT) Expert Preparatory Group



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 and Add.1 and A/71/140/Rev.1 and Add.1.

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.

After careful consideration of the appropriate composition of the High-level FMCT expert preparatory group, the Secretary-General invited the Governments of the following countries to nominate an expert to participate in the work of the Group: Algeria, Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Colombia, Egypt, Estonia, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Japan, Mexico, Morocco, Netherlands, Poland, Republic of Korea, Russian Federation, Senegal, South Africa, Sweden, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and United States of America.

Open-ended informal consultative meeting

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 took place in New York on 2 and 3 March 2017. The meeting allowed all Member States to engage in interactive discussions and share their views on the report of the Group of Governmental Experts, as contained in document A/70/81. The provisional programme of work for the meeting can be found here.

The statements and presentations made at the open-ended informal consultative meeting are available below. Should States wish to have their statement posted online, please send them to Ms. Silvia Mercogliano, at smercogliano@unog.ch

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