On the 9th October, the International Luxembourg Forum on Preventing Nuclear Catastrophe started its two-day anniversary conference in Paris.
Leading international experts on nuclear non-proliferation and disarmament are discussing the most acute problems of the nuclear weapons non-proliferation regime, challenges of control over nuclear arms limitation and gradual reduction, and current state and prospects of relations between the leading nuclear powers – Russia and U.S. – in the context of international security.
Viatcheslav Kantor, President of the Luxembourg Forum, underscored that the current climate in international relations is not conducive to efforts aimed at strengthening the nuclear non-proliferation regime and intensifying joint coordinated actions by the leading states to prevent nuclear terrorism.
Particular attention will be given to challenges associated with regional nuclear crises, primarily in connection with North Korea and Iran, as well as to security of nuclear materials, prevention of nuclear terrorism and denial of terrorist access to nuclear facilities.
Viatcheslav Kantor believes that undoing the Iranian nuclear deal, concluded between the ‘six’ and Tehran, would be unforgiveable. ‘We have to ensure that Iran fully complies with the obligations it pledged to and now the most important issue is what happens when the deal is completed.’
The Luxembourg Forum’s Anniversary conference in Paris has brought together more than 50 of the world’s leading experts on international security from 15 countries and 11 of the most prominent international organisations dealing with nuclear issues, including Viatcheslav KANTOR, President of the International Luxembourg Forum; William PERRY, Professor at Stanford University and former U.S. Secretary of Defence; Tony BLAIR, Executive Chairman of the Institute for Global Change and former British Prime Minister; Des BROWNE, Vice Chairman of the Nuclear Threat Initiative (NTI), former UK Secretary of State for Defence; Hans BLIX, former Director General of the IAEA; Igor IVANOV, President of the Russian Council for Foreign Affairs, former Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation; Jayantha DHANAPALA, Distinguished Associate Fellow at the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) and former President of the Pugwash Conferences on Science and World Affairs; Vladimir LUKIN, Deputy Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation, President of the Paralympic Committee of the Russian Federation; Vladimir DVORKIN, Chairman of the Organizing Committee of the International Luxembourg Forum, Major General (Retired), Professor, as well as a number of other eminent international scholars, researchers, representatives of international organizations, government officials, military personnel and diplomats.
2017 marks the Forum’s 10th anniversary. Since its establishment 10 years ago, the Luxembourg Forum has held 25 conferences, seminars and working meetings in Moscow, Washington, Luxembourg, Berlin, Rome, Vienna, Prague, Geneva, Warsaw, Stockholm and other cities.
The Luxembourg Forum experts have always incorporated their analyses and suggestions for ways to deal with critical situations into declarations and statements addressed to leaders of key nations, UN, IAEA, and other international institutions. These documents are usually met with great interest, as confirmed by substantive responses from the addressees. Every year, the Supervisory Board members evaluate the Forum’s performance and set it new tasks for analysis.