On Thursday May 13, Norway and the UK presented work on their joint initiative to the 2010 NPT Review Conference. The UK-Norway Initiative is a unique collaboration between a Nuclear Weapon State (UK) and a Non-Nuclear Weapon State (Norway). The non-governmental organisation VERTIC is providing independent observations.
The UKNI is the first joint work of this nature in this field of research. Confidence building and transparency measures, including verification, will be critical to moving towards a world free from nuclear weapons. This poses significant technical, financial and policy challenges.
The project was designed to develop new technologies, methods and procedures for the verification of future dismantlement.
Ambassador Steffen Kongstad, Director General of the Department of Security Poligy and Head of the Norwegian NPT delegation and Ambassador John Duncan, Permanent Representative to the Conference of Disarmament in Geneva and Head of the British NPT delegation gave introductory remarks.
There was also a joint technical presentation by Dr. Steinar Høibråten (FFI Norway) and Dr. David Chambers (AWE UK).
Andreas Perssbo, the Executive Director of the Verification Research, Training and Information Centre (VERTIC) delivered a presentation with an initial analysis of the project from an independent perspective.
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You can download the Working Paper here: ‘The United Kingdom-Norway Initiative: Research into the Verification of Nuclear Warhead Dismantlement’