Global Enterprise to Strengthen Non-Proliferation and Disarmament

Working Toward a Shared Vision of a Nuclear Weapons-Free World

Challenge

The risks of nuclear use, proliferation, and terrorism are increasing, and international divisions on nuclear deterrence, disarmament, and steps to prevent nuclear use threaten the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) regime.

Action

Convene a high-level, international dialogue to drive fresh, creative thinking, generate new ideas, and address political divisions that are stalling progress toward building a safer world.

Results

Short-term, concrete progress within the NPT to support a successful 2020 NPT Review Conference and enhancing relationships to help rebuild global cooperation on a shared, long-term vision of a world without nuclear weapons.

The Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) regime is a broad international framework of agreements and organizations aimed at preventing the spread of nuclear weapons and contributing to progress on arms control and disarmament. The regime reflects an international effort to promote stability and reduce the likelihood of nuclear weapons use.

Today’s political environment poses significant challenges to preserving this set of activities, which also leads to progress toward a world without nuclear weapons. With the international community more divided than ever on the role of nuclear deterrence, the commitment of states to disarmament and the steps required to prevent nuclear use, the risks of nuclear use, proliferation, and terrorism continue to increase. Meanwhile, at a time of increasing polarization between states, it is vital that the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) regime demonstrates that it is and will remain central and credible forum for dialogue and efforts to strengthen non-proliferation and disarmament.

NTI’s Global Enterprise to Strengthen Non-Proliferation and Disarmament offers an unofficial forum to foster dialogue, identify areas of agreement, understand areas of disagreement, and explore possible paths forward. The forum includes representation from more than 20 countries and the United Nations.

The project will tackle challenges in two work streams:

  • · The first will attempt to achieve short-term, concrete progress within the NPT and contribute to a successful Review Conference in 2020.
  • The second will focus on rebuilding cooperation on a shared long-term goal of a nuclear weapons-free world. It will identify enablers for progress, expose barriers to progress, and develop opportunities for cooperation among countries. 

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