The International Partnership for Nuclear Disarmament Verification (IPNDV), an ongoing public-private partnership between the U.S. Department of State and NTI, was recognized more than 35 times by partners and non-partner countries in statements and reports submitted to the 2019 Non-Proliferation Treaty Preparatory Committee Meeting (NPT PrepCom). The NPT PrepCom was hosted over two weeks between April and May at the United Nations Headquarters in New York. The full list of statements and reports is below. More about the IPNDV can be found on the partnership’s website: www.ipndv.org.
Within its Cluster I statement, Argentina recognized the work of the Partnership as a “welcome step” toward developing verification capabilities.
Australia national report reaffirmed “its commitment to apply the principles of irreversibility, verifiability and transparency in relation to the implementation of its Non-Proliferation Treaty obligations,” which included its active role in IPNDV working groups. A statement on disarmament also announced Australia’s support for the Partnership.
Belgium’s statement on Cluster I issues of nuclear disarmament addressed both its participation in IPNDV as a way to pursue technical solutions for disarmament issues, and its upcoming demonstration on nuclear material detection.
Bulgaria welcomed the work being done by the Partnership in its statement on disarmament.
Canada’s national report acknowledged its active engagement in IPNDV working groups and papers.
A working paper submitted by the European Union showed its support for nuclear disarmament verification programs, mentioning IPNDV by name as an example. In its general statement, the EU announced its support for the Partnership as well, and reiterated that sentiment in the EU statement on Cluster I issues.
In a statement on nuclear disarmament, France encouraged countries to participate in IPNDV.
Finland’s statement during general debate mentioned both its participation in IPNDV as well as the Joint Working Group meeting it hosted in Helsinki.
A Greek statement anticipated progress on safeguarding “bilateral and multilateral strategic dialogue” modeled after the activities of IPNDV.
A statement by Hungary in the general debate acknowledged its participation in the Partnership. A further Cluster I statement listed Hungary’s interest in IPNDV’s work on capacity building and the technical aspects of verification.
In the Inter-Chair working paper, the Netherlands and Poland wrote that the states parties acknowledged the “various practical contributions” that the Partnership had provided for the field.
Italy’s national report tied its involvement in IPNDV to its support for nuclear disarmament verification initiatives, as a tool that helps “to build trust and confidence among nuclear- and non-nuclear-weapon states.” Italy reiterated this sentiment and further expressed its support during its Cluster I statement.
Japan’s national report detailed its involvement in the Partnership, including hosting a plenary meeting in 2016, and acknowledged IPNDV as “a strong vehicle for practical and concrete measures to realize the goal of a world free of nuclear weapons.” Additionally, Japan commended the work of the Partnership in its statement on Cluster I issues.
A statement by Latvia recognized IPNDV as “one of the few examples that have made a substantial contribution” towards successful disarmament architecture.
In its national report, the Netherlands recognized its continued contribution to the Partnership, especially its role in working groups 1 and 4. The Netherlands also announced that it would host a working group meeting and mentioned both its financial support of NTI and the commissioning of “a verification-related research project on high-explosive detection methods by the Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research.” During a Cluster I statement, the Netherlands again mentioned their participation in IPNDV.
Norway issued a general statement calling for a “nuclear disarmament verification trust fund,” to offer financial support for countries interested in being involved in activities such as IPNDV.
Poland issued a statement on its participation and noted that the activities of the IPNDV “underpin nuclear disarmament efforts” due to their emphasis on solutions, international cooperation, and confidence building among Partners. During its Cluster I statement, Poland expressed hope that the Partnership would continue its work “‘in the spirit’ of the NPT.”
The Quad released a statement that it looked forward to interacting and sharing technical information with IPNDV.
The Republic of Korea issued a statement during general debate confirming its participation in the Partnership, mentioning that it hosted a working group meeting in 2018, and announcing its commitment “to working with Partners to present concrete deliverables by 2020.” In its Cluster I statement, the ROK commended the IPNDV as a “good example of cooperation between nuclear and non-nuclear states,” and was thankful for the “substantial progress” the Partnership had made.
Sweden listed building on lessons learned from IPNDV as an “essential step” in controlling technology and materials related to nuclear weapons. Sweden’s statement on nuclear disarmament described its desire for further work and encouraged others to join.
Turkey acknowledged its participation in the IPNDV, based on multilateral verification being “necessary for the realization and maintenance of a world without nuclear weapons.” Turkey reiterated this sentiment in its Cluster I statement.
In its national report, the United Kingdom discussed its participation in the Partnership, including hosting a plenary meeting and giving tours of RAF Honington, engagement the UK described as assisting the “continued success” of the IPNDV. During its Cluster I statement, the United Kingdom tied its role in the IPNDV to a desire to develop “nuclear disarmament verification solutions.”
During its Cluster I statement, the United States announced its strong support for the IPNDV, and lauded the Partnership for showing “real, tangible progress” towards its goals.
The Vienna Group’s working paper acknowledged the Partnership for the work that it has done “to develop credible measures and build global capacity for verifying nuclear disarmament.”