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  • “Fresh Ideas for the Future” Academic Symposium: Side Event of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty Review Conference
  • Date: April 28, 2015
  • Location: UN Headquarters New York
  • Academic perspectives on the NPT – High Level Panel with political perspectives on disarmament
  • Download Provisional Programme for the Academic Symposium during the NPT Review Conference (Academic Symposium Provisional Programme)


Academic perspectives on the NPT – High Level Panel with political perspectives on disarmament

You are cordially invited to attend an Academic Symposium at the start of the 2015 Review Conference, to take place in the ECOSOC Room in the UN Headquarters in New York on April 28th. The main purpose of this event is to discuss worldwide NPT related research and to learn from scholars about challenges and opportunities for the treaty. The opening ceremony will feature Deputy Secretary General of the United Nations Jan Eliasson, the Dutch Minister of Foreign Affairs Bert Koenders and UN Messenger of Peace Michael Douglas.

During lunch time a High Level Panel will be hosted, whichwill focus on the main challenges of the NPT and in particular on the prospects for disarmament. Panelists will include the Dutch Minister of Foreign Affairs Bert Koenders, former US Senator and current CEO of the Nuclear Threat Initiative Sam Nunn, and Full Member of the Russian Academy of Sciences Alexei Arbatov. The panel will be moderated by the UN High Representative for Disarmament Affairs, Ms. Angela Kane.

Overall, the Symposium will provide a comprehensive overview of academic research into NPT matters and bring together academics and politicians to discuss the pressing issues facing the NPT today.

Further details, including on how to register and how to obtain an entry pass to the event, are available via the website of the Belfer Center. Please note that the deadline for registration will be April 10th and that there is no registration fee.

If you have any further questions, please contact the organisational team via [email protected]

This Symposium is a project jointly organised by The Netherlands government, the United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs (UNODA), the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs of Harvard University, and the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey.