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Framework Forum - Building Bridges to a Nuclear-Weapon-Free World

Dear friends,
Are you interested in what governments are talking about in preparation for the upcoming UN Open Ended Working Group on nuclear disarmament (May 2-13) and the Conference on Disarmament (May 16-July 1)?

Then check out the report from the Middle Powers Initiative on the Framework Forum round-table of governments and disarmament experts which met for 5 hours at the Canadian Mission to the United Nations in Geneva on April 18.

Representatives from twenty-two governments (mostly ambassadors) took part, including a number from non-nuclear States, some from countries that are part of nuclear-security alliances, and two from nuclear-armed States (the USA and UK).

The event focused on:
  1. Political and security challenges and opportunities;
  2. Possible measures to take forward nuclear disarmament;
  3. Prospects for success.
The Framework Forum was established in 2010 by the Middle Powers Initiative and Parliamentarians for Nuclear Non-proliferation and Disarmament to work with governments on building the framework for a nuclear-weapon-free world.

Proposals to the OEWG

In light of the discussions at the round-table, the Middle Powers Initiative has submitted a working paper to the OEWG exploring the idea of a nuclear disarmament framework agreement. The paper suggests that this might be the best option for negotiations as it can be flexible enough to include proposals for comprehensive disarmament put forward by non-nuclear States, as well as the more measured 'building blocks' proposals put forward primarily by nuclear reliant States.

The Middle Powers Initiative has also submitted a working paper calling for a series of Nuclear Disarmament Summits in order to elevate political traction to achieve nuclear-risk reduction and disarmament measures.

Talk to your government

Remember that where-ever you are in the world, you can talk to your government about what you want them to do for disarmament and at the OEWG through #LetsTalkNukes, the UNFOLD ZERO platform launched this week. 
Yours sincerely
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