Representatives from 25 countries attended a three-day plenary meeting of the International Partnership for Nuclear Disarmament Verification (IPNDV) in Oslo, Norway from November 16-18.
Norwegian Foreign Minister Børge Brende welcomed attendees from 25 countries to the meeting in Oslo, Norway, where the International Partnership launched three expert working groups and defined a plan of work for the first, two-year phase of the project. Coming out of the meeting are Terms of Reference for three expert working groups. See below for descriptions of the working groups and links to each working group's Terms of Reference:
- Working Group 1, led by the Netherlands and Italy, will address key monitoring and verification objectives;
- Working Group 2, led by Australia and Poland, will review the lessons learned from various on-site inspections regimes and determine what can be applied to nuclear disarmament verification;
- Working Group 3, led by the United States and Sweden, will examine technologies that could be used to support future disarmament initiatives.
About The International Partnership for Nuclear Disarmament Verification
The International Partnership is a multi-year, public-private partnership, convened by the U.S. Department of State and the Nuclear Threat Initiative (NTI). The Partnership brings together states with a range of monitoring and verification experience to strengthen trust and cooperation on areas of mutual interest and help create a common understanding of the challenges and constraints some monitoring and verification activities impose. Announced in Prague in December 2014 by U.S. Undersecretary of State for Arms Control and International Security Rose Gottemoeller, the IPNDV's inaugural meeting took place in Washington, DC in March 2015.