Latin America Regional Workshop on Strengthening the NPT Regime: Priorities for the 2020 NPT RevCon

On December 3-4, 2019, NTI and NPSGlobal, convened a workshop in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to discuss practical risk-reduction steps to build a pathway to disarmament; options to strengthen transparency among the nuclear weapon states and non-nuclear weapon states; measures to manage fissile material; and how peaceful uses of nuclear energy can support sustainable development goals. Approximately 20 government officials and non-governmental experts from the region took part in the discussion.

This workshop is part of NTI’s effort to address the challenges facing the Nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty (NPT) regime and support a successful 2020 NPT Review Conference. As part of the Global Enterprise to Strengthen Non-Proliferation and Disarmament, NTI is hosting regional workshops in Latin America, Africa, and the Asia Pacific to discuss regional non-proliferation and disarmament concerns and priorities, highlight potential opportunities for governments to contribute to strengthening the NPT and the review process, and develop support for practical steps, new initiatives, and tangible commitments (including those developed under the Global Enterprise) that demonstrate the ability of NPT States parties to work together to advance the treaty’s goals. The workshops, held from 2019-2022, are designed to ensure that a broad range of perspectives are represented in building a shared foundation for progress.

As a follow-up to the workshop, NTI commissioned discussion papers from two of the participants. In one paper, Emiliano Buis, a professor at the University of Buenos Aires, explains the role of risk reduction in the path forward to disarmament. In the second paper, Irma Arguello, the founder and Chair of the NPSGlobal Foundation, offers a Latin American view on priority actions for the 2021 NPT Review Conference. The views expressed are solely those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect those of NTI or of other participants in the Global Enterprise.


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