International Partnership for Nuclear Disarmament Verification


Engaging a diverse group of countries to develop innovative monitoring and verification solutions

Challenge

Critical gaps remain in addressing the technical challenges inherent in nuclear disarmament verification

Action

Engage a diverse group of countries – with and without nuclear weapons – to develop innovative monitoring and verification solutions

Results

An ongoing international initiative, co-led by NTI and the U.S. Department of State and involving over 25 countries, identifying challenges associated with nuclear disarmament verification and developing potential procedures and technologies to address them

A public-private partnership between the U.S. State Department and Nuclear Threat Initiative (NTI), the International Partnership for Nuclear Disarmament Verification (IPNDV) is an ongoing effort to further understanding of the complex technical challenges involved in nuclear disarmament verification. The initiative began in December 2014 and is currently in Phase III of its work. Wide-ranging analyses from Phases I and II can be found on the IPNDV website.

Every day verification measures are implemented around the world for commitments related to nuclear and chemical weapons, nuclear material, and other military activities. Inspectors use an extensive toolkit of instruments, techniques, and processes—including data exchanges, on-site inspections, tags and seals, containment and surveillance equipment, and environmental sampling—to verify compliance with a range of bilateral and multilateral agreements.

Such verification systems and methods are crucial to confidence building and enhancing stability, but gaps remain. Going forward countries will need the ability to monitor and detect smaller items and quantities of nuclear material. While important contributions have already been made to address these challenges, the development and application of new technologies and concepts will be essential.

To this end, in December 2014, Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security, Rose Gottemoeller, announced that the U.S. government would lead an International Partnership for Nuclear Disarmament Verification in cooperation with NTI. This set into motion the key recommendation from NTI’s Innovating Verification: New Tools & New Actors to Reduce Nuclear Risks Series, released in July 2014: States should come together now to begin an international process to assess verification gaps, develop collaborative technical work streams, and contribute to overall global nuclear threat reduction.

The IPNDV is identifying critical gaps and technical challenges associated with monitoring and verifying nuclear disarmament. In order to do this, the partnership assesses monitoring and verification issues across the nuclear weapons lifecycle.

The IPNDV is also building and diversifying international capacity and expertise on nuclear disarmament monitoring and verification. Through the partnership, more countries will understand the process, as well as the significant technical challenges that must be overcome. At the same time, the partnership is highlighting the importance of verification in future reductions of nuclear weapons.

More than 25 states are involved in the partnership’s technical working groups that take on specific projects, tasks, and collaborative research and development activities, and also participate in IPNDV’s annual plenary meetings. These meetings are comprised of senior officials and technical experts and are designed to monitor the progress of the working groups, discuss common themes or challenges, and increase the understanding of other relevant research that may inform the work of the partnership.

Additional details and resources for the partnership, including 50+ analytical and technical reports, a detailed dismantlement interactive, and summaries about the partnership’s events can be found on the IPNDV website: www.ipndv.org

Monitoring and Verification Resource Collection

To complement the partnership, NTI developed a “Monitoring and Verification Resource Collection,” a comprehensive, centralized library of articles, reports and studies on a range of verification and monitoring topics. The documents have been divided into five subject areas:  Arms Control Agreements, Demonstrations & ExperimentsFuture Monitoring & Verification ChallengesWarhead Confirmation & Radiation MeasurementsInformation Protection & Information Barriers; and Chain of Custody, Tags, Seals & Tamper Indicating Enclosures.

Activity

2022


Nuclear Warhead Dismantlement Exercises Build Foundation for Trust and Expertise

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Nuclear Warhead Dismantlement Exercises Build Foundation for Trust and Expertise

Diplomats and experts who met in New York last month to review implementation of the Treaty on the Nonproliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT) had an opportunity to learn more about a groundbreaking partnership working to pave the way for future progress on the reduction and elimination of nuclear weapons.


NTI Experts join IPNDV Tabletop Exercise in Brussels

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NTI Experts join IPNDV Tabletop Exercise in Brussels

Experts from NTI’s Nuclear Materials Security program joined more than 50 participants from 19 countries at Egmont Palace in Brussels, Belgium from June 27-29, 2022, to support the International Partnership for Disarmament Verification’s (IPNDV) first in-person meeting in more than two years.

2021


IPNDV Meets to Discuss Priorities and Set Goals for 2022

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IPNDV Meets to Discuss Priorities and Set Goals for 2022

The International Partnership for Nuclear Disarmament Verification (IPNDV) brought together more than 50 representatives from 11 partner countries for a virtual IPNDV 2021 End-of-Year event marking the mid-point of the partnership’s third phase of work.


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Third Plenary of the International Partnership for Nuclear Disarmament Verification Advances Discussions on Nuclear Verification

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Third Plenary of the International Partnership for Nuclear Disarmament Verification Advances Discussions on Nuclear Verification

Twenty-five countries gathered for the third International Partnership for Nuclear Disarmament Verification (IPNDV) plenary, a partnership between the State Department and NTI to advance capacity around nuclear verification.



IPNDV Working Group Meetings Report

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IPNDV Working Group Meetings Report

After a successful second plenary of the International Partnership for Nuclear Disarmament Verification, working groups met in Geneva to continue their work.


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Teleconference: Decoding the Iran Agreement

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Teleconference: Decoding the Iran Agreement

NTI President Joan Rohlfing will participate in a teleconference on Iran agreement and what it means for verification and monitoring.





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