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1 to 3, May 2009, Santiago de Chile. 

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Irma ArguelloCourtesy of ICNND
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The International Commission on Nuclear Non-proliferation and Disarmament - ICNND held its first regional meeting in Santiago de Chile.

Discussions included the participation of experts from Argentina, Brazil, Chile and Mexico, together with Commissioners and members of the ICCND’s Advisory Board. Irma Arguello, our Founder and CEO, was there as a keynote speaker.

The ICNND, co-chaired by former Australian Foreign Minister Gareth Evans -also Chairman of the event- and former Japanese Foreign Minister Yoriko Kawaguchi, is an independent global initiative established in 2008, supported by the Governments of Australia and Japan. The Commission is a global panel which includes former heads of state and senior ministers, military strategists and disarmament experts.

The meeting, hosted by FLACSO Chile, served as an adequate environment for participants to debate global and regional nuclear issues: disarmament, nonproliferation, and peaceful uses of nuclear energy. Key topics for the opinion's exchange were: steps taken by countries in the region to strengthen commitments to nuclear nonproliferation, and a potential regional role in nuclear disarmament efforts.

Debates were fueled by the participation of relevant keynote speakers, besides of Irma Arguello, they were: George Perkovich, from Carnegie Endowment for International Peace; Ambassador Nobuyasu Abe, former UN -Under-Secretary for Disarmament Affairs; Ambassador Alfredo Labbé from the Chilean Ministry of Foreign Affairs; Martine Letts, Deputy Director of the Lowy Institute for International Policy, Australia; and José Jara from FLACSO, Chile.

Latin America has got a great recognition worldwide as a non-proliferating region. In fact, together with the Caribbean, it constituted the first nuclear-free zone in the world under the Tlatelolco treaty, opened for signature in 1967 and reaffirmed in 2003.

Irma Arguello on behalf of the NPSGlobal Foundation endorses the Commission’s general approach on nuclear disarmament and nonproliferation, and in particular, Mr. Evans words, when he urged Latin America to play a more active role in the debates on the next Review Conference of the Parties to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT).

The event was organized in four sessions

Session I - ICNND: Mandates and Objectives. Gareth Evans, ICNND Co-Chair

Session II - Disarmament Priorities. Keynote Speakers: Ambassador Alfredo Labbé and Ambassador Nobuyasu Abe.

Session III - Non-proliferation Priorities. Keynote Speakers: José Jara and George Perkovich.

Session IV - Nuclear Power Projections and Prospects. Keynote Speakers Irma Arguello and Martine Letts.

 

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