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11 May 2012

The Preparatory Committee for the 2015 Review Conference of the Parties to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons held constructive deliberations during its first session

VIENNA, 11 May (UN Information Service) - On 11 May 2012, the States parties to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT) concluded the first session of the Preparatory Committee for the 2015 NPT Review Conference, chaired by Ambassador Peter Woolcott of Australia. The Committee conducted its work in an efficient manner and in a focused and constructive atmosphere. A total of 111 States parties, five international organizations and 60 non-governmental organizations participated in the session.

During their deliberations, the States parties reaffirmed their commitment to the NPT and underlined their resolve to seek a safer world for all and to achieve the peace and security of a world without nuclear weapons. They held focused and constructive discussions on implementation of the Treaty and of the commitments contained in the Final Document of the successful 2010 NPT Review Conference. Many States parties also made substantive proposals for possible consideration and adoption at the 2015 Review Conference.

In his closing remarks, Ambassador Woolcott said he hoped the Committee's first session had led the States parties to recognize that they had made a start on implementing the commitments of 2010, but that an enormous amount of work remained. The States parties needed to stay focused and constructive.

The session was the first of three to be held prior to the 2015 Review Conference. The next session will take place in Geneva 22 April - 3 May 2013.

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