On December 4-5, 2019, a meeting of the Supervisory Board of the International Luxembourg Forum on Preventing Nuclear Catastrophe will convene in Geneva.
Members of the Supervisory Board and attending experts will discuss major and most pressing issues on today’s agenda, including crisis of arms control and non-proliferation, ways to prevent an arms race in the absence of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, issues related to maintaining strategic arms control after 2021, and strategic and regional stability. The participants will focus on the necessity of a successful 2020 NPT Review Conference.
President of the International Luxembourg Forum Dr. Viatcheslav Kantor:
“We will continue to insist on imposing a moratorium on intermediate-range missile development, on renewing the New START, and negotiating a new treaty.”
As usual, based on the outcome, the conference will issue a final document containing key conclusions and recommendations, which then will be circulated to heads of state, officials and heads of leading international organizations.
The event will be attended by senior research scholar at Princeton University, co-founder of the Global Zero movement Bruce Blair; former UK Secretary of State for Defence, founder and a current member of the Top Level Group of Parliamentarians for Nuclear Disarmament and Non-Proliferation Des Browne; President of the Pugwash Conferences on Science and World Affairs, former United Nations High Representative for Disarmament Affairs Sérgio Duarte; President of the Luxembourg Forum Dr. Viatcheslav Kantor; former Secretary of the U.S. Department of Defense, Professor at Stanford University William Perry; Director of James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies, Professor at Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey William Potter; Professor at the University of Maryland, Academician of the Russian Academy of Sciences Roald Sagdeev; Ambassador, former OSCE High Commissioner on National Minorities, Chairman of the Governing Board at SIPRI Rolf Ekeus, Head of the IMEMO Center for International Security, Russian Academy of Sciences, Academician Alexey Arbatov; Chairman of the Organizing Committee of the Luxembourg Forum, Principal Researcher of the IMEMO Center for International Security, Russian Academy of Sciences, former Director of the 4th Central Scientific Research Institute, Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation Vladimir Dvorkin; Professor Emeritus in the Department of Political Science at the Columbia University, Ph.D. Robert Legvold; Emeritus Board Member at the Nuclear Threat Initiative, former Member of the French Parliament, French Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan Pierre Lellouche; Deputy Chairman of the Organizing Committee of the Luxembourg Forum, Head of Section for Military and Political Analysis at IMEMO, Russian Academy of Sciences, Director of the Institute for Strategic Assessments, Professor at MGIMO (University), Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation Sergey Oznobishchev, and other leading global experts in nuclear security, disarmament and non-proliferation.
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The International Luxembourg Forum on Preventing Nuclear Catastrophe was established pursuant to a resolution of the International Conference on Preventing Nuclear Catastrophe held in Luxembourg on May 24 and 25, 2007. It is one of the major non-governmental organizations bringing together leading international experts on non-proliferation of nuclear weapons, arms reduction and limitation.
The Forum’s priorities are:
- To facilitate the process of arms limitation and reduction and to counteract growing threats to the nuclear non-proliferation regime and erosion of the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), including the escalating danger of nuclear terrorism and attempts by certain states to gain access to nuclear materials and technologies
- To promote international peace and security through new approaches and to provide decision-makers with practical solutions to critical issues of non-proliferation and arms control.
In 2017, the Luxembourg Forum celebrated its 10th anniversary. Over 10 years, the Luxembourg Forum has held nearly thirty conferences, seminars and workshops in Moscow, Washington D.C., Luxembourg, Berlin, Rome, Vienna, Paris, Prague, Geneva, Brussels, Warsaw, Stockholm, and other cities.
Based on the results of each event, the experts prepare declarations listing specific proposals and recommendations on ways to resolve critical situations. These declarations are distributed to the heads of leading states, the UN, the IAEA and other international organizations that show their interest in the Forum’s findings and provide regular feedback. The members of the Forum’s Supervisory Board provide annual assessments of its performance and set urgent goals for further analysis.