Oslo meeting

George Shultz and Sam Nunn are addressing the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG, clerked by BASIC) in London on Thursday after the International Conference on Nuclear Disarmament that is underway now in Oslo, Norway.

From the International Conference on Nuclear Disarmament website:

The Government of Norway, in cooperation with the Nuclear Threat Initiative (NTI) and the Hoover Institution, is convening an international conference on Achieving the Vision of a World Free of Nuclear Weapons, in Oslo 26-27 February 2008.

Its aim is to explore how all states – nuclear weapon states and non-nuclear weapon states alike – can contribute to this vision and reducing nuclear dangers, and thereby overcome the current impasse in the nuclear non-proliferation and disarmament regime.

The Norwegian Foreign Minister, Mr Jonas Gahr Støre, will open the conference together with former US Secretary of State George Shultz. Former US Senator Sam Nunn, Co-Chairman of the Nuclear Threat Initiative, and Dr Mohamed El Baradei, Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), will deliver keynote speeches.

The meeting builds on a recent Hoover/NTI conference ‘Reykjavik Revisited: Steps Toward a World Free of Nuclear Weapons’ and two articles, ‘A World Free of Nuclear Weapons’ and ‘Toward a Nuclear Free World’, written by George Shultz, William Perry, Henry Kissinger and Sam Nunn, that were published in The Wall Street Journal. It also builds on activities undertaken by the Norwegian government, which leads the Seven-Nation Initiative on nuclear disarmament and nonproliferation, including Australia, Chile, Indonesia, Romania, South Africa and the United Kingdom.

Papers, transcripts and information from the Conference will be made available online at http://disarmament.nrpa.no and at www.nuclearsecurityproject.org

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