A World Free of Nuclear Weapons?

2/22/2008 // Minister of Foreign Affairs Jonas Gahr Støre will open an international conference on Achieving the Vision of a World Free of Nuclear Weapons. The aim of the conference is to explore how states can contribute to achieving the vision of a world free of nuclear weapons.

Former U.S. Secretary of State George Shultz and former senator and CEO/Co-chairman of the Nuclear Threat Initiative Sam Nunn are two of the keynote speakers at the conference, which will be held in Oslo on 26–27 February.

Since September 2005, Norway has headed the Seven-Nation Initiative on Nuclear Disarmament and Non-proliferation, aimed at further reducing the number of nuclear weapons and strengthening international efforts to prevent the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction.

The conference in Oslo will be one of this year’s important events in this field. Its aim is to explore how all states – nuclear-weapon states and non-nuclear-weapon states alike – can contribute to achieving the vision of a world free of nuclear weapons.

The conference will focus on identifying strategies that promote sustainable solutions for disarmament and non-proliferation of nuclear weapons. The participants will discuss, among other issues, what nuclear-weapon states and non-nuclear-weapon states can do to reduce the role of nuclear weapons in national security policies, how regional conflicts impact efforts to reduce nuclear dangers, the role of treaties, and the tension between nuclear energy expansion and non-proliferation.

The conference is being organised at by the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs in cooperation with the Nuclear Threat Initiative, the Hoover Institution and the Norwegian Radiation Protection Authority.

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