The UK’s NPT Implementation Paper
The Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT) is the main treaty on nuclear non-proliferation. Agreed in 1968, the treaty seeks to prevent the spread of nuclear weapons and weapons technology, promote cooperation in the peaceful uses of nuclear technology and further the goal of achieving nuclear disarmament.
As a nuclear weapon state, the UK is required to submit a report to the NPT Review Conference, outlining how the UK is fulfilling its obligations. We convened a dialogue in September 2019 for the UK to present a draft of its report to the non-proliferation community and non-nuclear weapon states.
- Allowed for comments to be made to be fed into the final report
- Encouraged debate on what the reports are intended for and why transparency is valued
- Improved the NPT review process
“It was an inclusive, innovative and collaborative conversation that invited outsiders into the usually closed thought processes of a Nuclear Weapon State. All the participants engaged enthusiastically with the process; not (for the most part) airing political differences with the UK’s approach to the NPT, but digging deeply into how we talk about it, why we use the language we do, and how we choose what to include and leave out. I’m really grateful to them – and to our expert facilitators, led by Wilton Park’s own Mark Smith – for taking part so readily.”
Aidan Liddle, HM Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the Conference on Disarmament
“One of the best meetings I’ve been to. Our objective was to improve the report. The outcomes were more successful and were met in more ways than we thought possible before we started. … There is no question that this event has improved UK standing within the NPT community, has affected how people engage, and is hugely appreciated by those who came.”
David Chambers, Senior Principal Research Analyst at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office