The Week Ahead, April 14-20: Arms Control Compliance Report Due; UN Disarmament Commission; Nukes and Humanitarian Consequences

The following are some of the key arms control dates and developments to watch in the coming week. WeekAheadSOLO

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– written and compiled by Tim Farnsworth

April 14-20: Arms Control Compliance Report Due to Congress

The State Department is expected to deliver its annual arms control compliance report to Congress this week. The report could shine more light on the recent accusations by the United States over alleged Russian violations of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF).  For latest coverage of the INF allegations, check out Tom Collina’s latest news story from the April issue of Arms Control Today,GOP Presses Obama on INF Treaty Concerns.

Previous versions of the compliance report can be found on the State Department’s website.

April 7-25: UN Disarmament Commission Annual Meeting

The UN Disarmament Commission began it’s annual meeting on April 7 in Geneva with opening statements from 45 nuclear and non-nuclear countries. The delegates all stressed the need to break the 15-year deadlock at the Conference on Disarmament on negotiations on further nuclear disarmament efforts and to make progress on a meeting of key states on a Middle East zone free of weapons mass destruction.

While some delegates pointed out obstacles to some disarmament efforts–entry into force of the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty–others pointed toward the success of some, like the recent series of Nuclear Security Summits.

The Commission will meet all month to discuss ways to move the nuclear disarmament agenda forward and find a way to break the deadlock.

April 24 Event: Faith Leaders and the Dialogue on the Humanitarian Impact of Nuclear War

Soka Gakkai International, along with 10 other co-sponsoring organizations, including the Arms Control Association, are holding an event on Thursday, April 24 from 9:30am to 4:00pm in Washington, D.C. at the U.S. Institute for Peace. Click here to RSVP.

The gathering brings together faith, science, diplomatic and policy leaders for a day of talking, listening and networking on the challenges and promise of the ‘humanitarian impact’ dialogue on nuclear weapons, and to explore pathways for collaboration between the faith-based and secular advocacy communities. Speakers include: Anita Friedt, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Nuclear and Strategic Policy, U.S. State
Department, and Daryl G. Kimball, Executive Director, Arms Control Association.

For more information on the recent humanitarian consequences of nuclear weapons conference, see:  “Mexico Hosts Meeting on Nuclear Effects,” in the March issue of Arms Control Today and the transcript from our March 31 event, “The NPT and the Humanitarian Consequences of N-Weapons.”

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