On March 13-14, 2015, the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies (CNS) hosted a two-day diplomatic workshop in Annecy, France on the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT). The workshop was supported by the EU Non-Proliferation Consortium. It consisted of seven sessions, with one moderator and three commentators designated for each session.
Despite broad agreement among diplomats in attendance on the need to strengthen the NPT as the cornerstone of the nuclear nonproliferation regime, significant differences were evident regarding the path forward. Key sources of tension include: disappointment about the pace of progress on nuclear disarmament, frustration over the failure to convene a conference on the establishment of a zone free of weapons of mass destruction in the Middle East (MEWMDFZ), and disagreement over the future direction of the humanitarian impacts of nuclear weapons (HINW) movement. Against this backdrop, Annecy workshop participants discussed how to build upon the 2010 NPT Action Plan and considered concrete proposals that might contribute to a successful 2015 NPT RevCon.