The IPNDV held its first joint working group meeting of Phase II in Stockholm, Sweden on March 26 – 28, 2018. Hosted by the Swedish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the meeting included more than 90 experts from 21 countries, plus the European Union, to continue Phase II of the Partnership.
The three working groups met to work on identifying and developing potential procedural, and technology options across the 14-step dismantlement “lifecycle” that participants defined during Phase I. Phase II, launched in December 2017 in Buenos Aires, will expand its scope of work from Phase I to explore the types of declarations required to verify nuclear disarmament, the procedures to verify nuclear weapon dismantlement (starting with deployed systems all the way through disposition of weapon components), and the technologies needed for such verification tasks.
This joint working group meeting was the first of three planned IPNDV meetings for 2018.
The IPNDV, through a unique public-private partnership between the U.S. Department of State and NTI, brings together more than 25 countries, including countries with and without nuclear weapons. For more on the IPNDV, including reports, analysis, and a step-by-step nuclear dismantlement interactive, visit: www.ipndv.org