3rd CSCAP Study Group on Nonproliferation and Disarmament in the Asia-Pacific

Note: Event times are displayed in your local time zone. The dialogue took place on March 6-7, 2017 (New Zealand time).

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Session 1: Recent developments in nonproliferation and disarmament
This session will focus on recent developments in nonproliferation and disarmament. In October 2016, UN member states voted to start negotiations on a treaty to ban nuclear weapons. What does this mean? What lies ahead for this process? What are the major outcomes of the fifth Biological Weapons Convention Review Conference? What other developments have taken place, specifically in nonproliferation and nuclear security? What has the December 2016 IAEA Nuclear Security Conference achieved?

Presenter:
Maria Rost Rublee

Session 2: The Korean Peninsula and denuclearization
This session will examine the current situation on the Korean Peninsula. What are the respective parties’ assessments of recent developments, especially since the latest nuclear test in September 2016? What is the focus of the new sanctions adopted by UN Resolution 2321? What other actions should be taken to improve the situation?

Presenters:
Song Il Hyok
Yang Yi
Stephanie Klein-Ahlbrandt and Phillip Schell

Session 3: Update on the “Experts Groups” work on strategic trade management and nuclear security governance
This session will discuss the status and future plans of the CSCAP experts groups on strategic trade controls and nuclear security governance. What are these groups doing? What have they achieved? What are their plans for the future? What are the trends in each area? What is the relationship between them? How can they improve?

Presenter:
David Santoro

Session 4: Biosafety and biosecurity in the Asia Pacific
This session will focus on bio-threats and what can be done in the areas of biosafety and biosecurity to address them. What are the most significant bio-threats in the Asia Pacific? How should they be addressed? What capacity-building is needed in the region to address these threats? Where can it be found? Is there a role for regional organizations in promoting biosecurity and biosafety?

Presenters:
Angela Woodward
Shuji Amano

Session 5: A scorecard on nonproliferation and nuclear security for the Asia Pacific
This session will focus on the status of regime implementation in the Asia-Pacific region and plans for to enhance nonproliferation and nuclear security. What are the key nonproliferation and nuclear security treaties and conventions? To what extent have countries in the region acceded to them? What have countries done to implement UNSCR 1540? What has been achieved at the regional level? What are the plans for the future?

Presenters:
Federica Dall'Arche
Nguyen Thiep

Session 6: Implementing nonproliferation and nuclear security
This session will explore nonproliferation and nuclear security workshop proposals for the ASEAN Regional Forum.

Presenters:
Sharon Squassoni
Karla Mae Pabelina

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