For Immediate Release: March 1, 2005
Press Contacts: Daryl Kimball, (202) 463-8270 x107; Joe Cirincione (202) 939-2297
(Washington, D.C.): Today, the Arms Control Association (ACA) and Carnegie Endowment for International Peace launched a new website on the May 2005 Review Conference of the nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty (NPT).
The website, NPT2005.org, provides valuable analysis of central issues and questions relating to the nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty, and offers useful background information and resources for media, policymakers, diplomats, educators, and the general public.
NPT2005.org is part of the joint ACA and Carnegie Endowment Campaign to Strengthen the NPT, which seeks to increase the profile of the NPT and gain support for key proposals to strengthen the nuclear nonproliferation system.
"Our campaign strives to deepen understanding and reinforce support for the nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty, which remains the most significant of arms control endeavors undertaken by the international community," said ACA Executive Director Daryl G. Kimball.
"We need a vigorous public and governmental dialogue on how to achieve universal compliance with tougher nonproliferation standards," said Joseph Cirincione, Director for Nonproliferation at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. "NPT2005.org is an important contribution to that effort," he added.
The Carnegie Endowment will also unveil its comprehensive new report, Universal Compliance: A Strategy for Nuclear Security, on March 3.
The NPT, which entered into force 35 years ago this week, codifies one of the most important international security bargains of all time: states without nuclear weapons pledged not to acquire them, while nuclear-armed states committed to eventually give them up. At the same time, the NPT allows for the peaceful use of nuclear technology by non-nuclear-weapon states under strict and verifiable control.
Every five years, states-parties to the treaty meet to review progress made toward implementing these fundamental principles and commitments and to assess means to further the treaty's goals. Representatives from over 180 member states are expected to attend the treaty's seventh Review Conference in New York from May 2-27.
NPT2005.org collects the latest reports and basic background information on the subject, including landmark documents, as well as expert media contacts. The site also includes high-quality analysis, editorials, statements and remarks on the major issues affecting the treaty: Disarmament Obligations; the Nuclear Fuel Cycle; and Verification and Compliance. The site includes links to the NPT Web pages of the United Nations, the U.S. State Department, and non-governmental organizations.
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