Global Agenda Council on Nuclear, Biological & Chemical Weapons 2012-2014
North Korea set off a flurry of debate and diplomatic activity in February 2013 when it detonated a third nuclear device. The resulting war of words, and diplomatic signals across the Atlantic, reminded policy-makers of the need to definitively resolve the nuclear aspirations of certain nations. Reports of chemical weapons employed in the civil conflict in Syria have sparked strong reactions from Western nations and opened the door to UN inspections and potential military retaliation. Debates over whether chemical weapons in Syria or weak nuclear devices in North Korea could become the next “WMD in Iraq” episode are prompting the international community to carefully consider the strength of non-proliferation regimes.
What the Council is doing about it
The Council on Nuclear, Biological & Chemical Weapons began two ambitious projects this term. First, to promote better understanding of the issues pertaining to weapons of mass destruction (WMD) and their management, the Council created a public repository of information and educational materials on the subject. Members collected their materials on a platform lent by the Preparatory Commission for the Nuclear Test-Ban Treaty Organization and asked other Global Agenda Councils to provide feedback and input. Second, the Council aims to encourage greater collaboration among stakeholders. It developed a concept for a “Champions for Peace” award that would recognize industry players who have aided nonproliferation through their business practices. In early 2013, the concept and a tentative action timeline were disseminated within the Forum community for consultation. The Council also contributed to the agenda of the third Nuclear Security Summit, which will take place in the Netherlands. Specifically, it developed recommendations on countering nuclear terrorism and the creation of a Global Alliance Against Nuclear Terrorism. These will be presented during a workshop at the 2014 Nuclear Security Summit.
“Reports of chemical weapons employed in the civil conflict in Syria have sparked strong reactions from Western nations and opened the door to UN inspections.”
In the second year of the current term, the Council will try to bring together organizations that can support the creation of a large online course on WMD. It will also promote a workshop at the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2014 on the Champions for Peace award, in partnership with other major international organizations.
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