The U.S. signs the Joint Convention on the Safety of Spent Fuel Management and on the Safety of Radioactive Waste Management. The conventions are pending ratification.
An explosion at a radioactive waste storage facility in Kyshtym (Chelyabinsk Region) results in vast land contamination.


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Blog entries: NPT Review Conference


On August 3, the 5th and 6th plenary meetings were held within X NPT Review Conference. During the meetings, 43 states intervened with their statements, as well as the Stockholm Initiative coalition, represented by Sweden. Amid the calls for the withdrawal of Russian troops from Ukraine, the state parties also expressed their readiness for joint efforts to adopt the final document of the Review Conference and the desire to prevent the failure of the 2015 Conference.


On August 1, the long-awaited the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT) Review Conference in New York kicked off. The conference, which began with a general debate, including high-level statements by world leaders, will move on to thematic issues at the end of the second week. In addition to the 191 NPT signatories, civil society and NGO representatives take part and will address government delegates on August 5. Over the first two days, 40 states have presented their positions. 


The UN General Assembly First Committee (GA1) is one of the primary platforms for deliberations on nuclear nonproliferation and disarmament issues. It considers all disarmament and international security matters within the scope of the UN Charter or relating to the powers and functions of any other organ of the United Nations. From 4 October to 4 November 2021, the 76th Session of the UN GA First Committee on Disarmament and International Security took place. By observing the results of the Committee’s work, we can have more insight into the activeness of states in nonproliferation field, the distribution of power and influence among different states, and general support of UN Member States to different nonproliferation issues.


Gauging the challenges to overcome at the NPT RevCon in January 2022, it is clear that the disarmament pillar will be difficult. This is not unlike at previous RevCons, but this time also the non-proliferation pillar will be the fore for differing views, especially regarding Australia’s purchase of US nuclear-propelled submarines. In the peaceful nuclear activities pillar, the attempts to "green-wash“ nuclear energy production will be countered by many countries that point to the non-sustainable nature of nuclear energy production, its long-term effects, and the risks inherent in it.


It’s done, finally, Ambassador Gustavo Zlauvinen (President-designate) has confirmed that the Tenth Review Conference of the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT), will convene at the United Nations in New York from January 4 to 28, 2022.

While Ambassador Zlauvinen deserves full plaudits for his dedication and persistence in finally securing agreement on the dates, in the meantime his labours at the upcoming review conference may have become even more challenging.