On 18 May 2015 Pugwash organized a briefing session in the United Nations HQ in New York City to explore the challenges of maintaining dialogue and communication on issues related to disarmament and non-proliferation during times of tension and crisis. In addition to discussing some of the key issue areas facing the NPT Review Conference, the session also offered practical advice on how to structure Track 2 meetings and how to facilitate communication.
The following presentations were made:
“Addressing Conflict as Part of Disarmament Strategy”: The importance of facilitating communication in areas where nuclear weapons are present.
Prof. Paolo Cotta-Ramusino, Secretary General, Pugwash Conferences on Science and World Affairs and Professor of Mathematical Physics at the University of Milan
“The Increasing Urgency of Non-Proliferation Measures”: Five points on the contribution of track 2 dialogue Dr. Steve Miller, Chair, Pugwash Executive Committee and Director, International Security Program, Belfer Center, Harvard University
“Challenges & Importance of Discussing Peaceful Uses of Nuclear Energy”: Three points to be addressed on civilian nuclear programs Dr. Tatsujiro Suzuki, Chair, Pugwash Japan, Director RECNA (Nagasaki University) and Former Vice Chair, Japan Atomic Energy Commission [Suzuki powerpoint presentation]
The session was chaired by Pugwash Executive Director Sandra Ionno Butcher.