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– written and compiled by Tim Farnsworth
August 11-22: Group of Governmental Experts Meet on Fissile Material Treaty
A group of governmental experts (GGE) established by UN resolution A/RES/67/53, his holding the last two week-long session to make recommendations on possible aspects that could contribute to, but not negotiate, a treaty banning the production of fissile material for nuclear weapons or other nuclear explosive devices. The group is charged with presenting a consensus report to the UN General Assembly 70th Session.
For more information and analysis about the FMCT, check out these Arms Control Association resources:
- Fissile Material Cut-off Treaty (FMCT) at a Glance, Fact Sheet; and
- “Nuclear Powers Urge Progress on FMCT,” by Tom Z. Collina, Arms Control Today, May 2013.
August 17: IAEA Director General Amano Meets with Iranian Leaders
Ahead of the the August 25 deadline for Iran to submit to the International Atomic Energy Agency information related to five areas of concern over its nuclear program, the agency’s director general, Yukiya Amano will head to Tehran to meet with key Iranian leaders and senior officials.
Two of the five areas of concern that Iran needs to report to the IAEA deals with the issue of past military dimensions of Iran’s nuclear program. For more information regarding the implementation of the Iran-IAEA Framework for cooperation and issues surrounding Iran’s past nuclear program, see:
- “Implementation of the Iran – IAEA Framework for Cooperation,” Fact Sheet, Arms Control Association.
- “Iran Provides Detonator Details to IAEA,” by Kelsey Davenport, Arms Control Today, June 2014.
- “Pivotal Issue No. 6: Resolving Concerns About ‘PMDs’,” The P5+1 Iran Nuclear Talks Alert, July 21.
August 29: International Day Against Nuclear Tests
On the 65th anniversary of the Soviet Union’s first nuclear test at the Semipalatinsk Test Site, now part of Kazakhstan, the world will come together to call for entry into force of the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty (CTBT).
The 64th session of the United Nations General Assembly declared August 29 the International Day Against Nuclear Tests by adopting resolution 64/35. The resolution was initiated by the Republic of Kazakhstan in order to build awareness of the ongoing efforts to educate policy makers and the public and advocate for the banning of nuclear tests in order to build a safer world. 2010 marks the first year for commemoration of the day and activities to build awareness now takes place around the world every year.
To commemorate this year’s International Day against Nuclear Tests, the UN General Assembly in New York will hold a special meeting on 10 September.
On the afternoon of September 15, the Embassy of Kazakhstan to the United States, Global Greens USA, and the Arms Control Association will host a mini-conference titled, “Nuclear Weapons Testing: History, Progress, Challenges, in Washington, D.C.
More details on both events will be posted as they become available.
For more information on the CTBT and efforts to ban nuclear tests, visit the Project for the CTBT site.