The ceremony in Argentina, which was held at the residence of the Ambassador of Australia, John Richardson, brought together a select group of experts, academics, representatives of nuclear organizations, members of the diplomatic corps and the media. In his opening speech, Ambassador Richardson noted the presence of Ambassador Roberto García Moritán, a member of the Board of Advisors of the ICNND consisting of renowned personalities worldwide.
Moreover, the Ambassador of Japan Hitohiro Ishida stressed the timeliness with witch the document is presented, in an effort to reinvigorate these issues on the agenda of high politics and to make a tangible contribution to the international debate on the eve of the forthcoming Review Conference of the Treaty on Nuclear Non-Proliferation of May 2010.
In agreement, the President of the NPSGlobal Foundation Irma Argüello offered some thoughtful words on the international context and in particular on the report, saying: "As long as nuclear weapons are perceived as a paradigm of power, prestige, and political status, the nuclear threat will stay among us and, it will be extremely difficult, if not impossible, to get rid of it. Therefore, it is necessary to work to change such paradigm" She emphasized that "the Commission’s work, which have counted on the participation of opinion leaders and experts from many states, with and without nuclear weapons, is a virtuous example of plurality, consult, and excellence”.
Irma Argüello engaged the will of the NPSGlobal Foundation to disseminate it and to add other initiatives of Latin America towards the shared goal of total nuclear disarmament.
It is worth noting that while it is a project of the governments of both countries, the Commission is an entirely independent body, with 15 members appointed acting on their own capacity and not as representatives of their nations. Thus, the Report is an independent and objective development. Its vast scope allows it to effectively cover the widest range of interests, opinions and ideas.
Its added value lies in the fact that, recognizing their interdependence, the Report gives equal weight to the 3 pillars of the NPT - disarmament, non-proliferation and peaceful use of nuclear energy – so they are treated in a pragmatic, realistic way and above all, with an strong orientation towards action. In this regard, specific priorities have been set out for the 2010 NPT Review Conference and Action Agendas demarcated in the short, medium and long terms. Additionally, the report proposes to develop transparent mechanisms for monitoring progress, accompanied by periodic publishing of reports to identify strengths and shortcomings.
The Commission hopes that its analysis and recommendations become a point of reference and a pragmatic guide to put into practice in the coming years, while it highlights that the report is not an end in itself, but it has been outlined to play a crucial role in the continuing process of transformation in which all relevant sectors of the international community must be committed.
According to statements made by the Commission, “the right government decisions will only be made and carried through if the necessary political will is generated and sustained, and that means a central role for non-governmental organizations, parliamentarians, the media and anyone else whose business it is to educate, energize and hold to account national and international policymakers and those who most influence them”.
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