Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons – Preparatory Committee for the Ninth Review Conference


22 April – 03 May 2013 in Geneva

The Preparatory Committee (PrepCom) for the 2015 Review Conference of the Parties to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT) held its second session from 22 April to 03 May 2013 at the United Nations Office in Geneva. This meeting was the second of three sessions that will be held prior to the 2015 Review Conference.

The second session was chaired by Ambassador Cornel Feruta of Romania.

The purpose of the PrepCom is to prepare for the Review Conference in terms of assessing the implementation of each article of the NPT and facilitating discussion among States with a view to making recommendations to the Review Conference.

The NPT, which entered into force in 1970 and was extended indefinitely in 1995, requires that review conferences be held every five years. The Treaty is regarded as the cornerstone of the global nuclear non-proliferation regime. It was designed to prevent the spread of nuclear weapons and weapons technology, to further the goal of nuclear disarmament and general and complete disarmament, and to promote cooperation in the peaceful uses of nuclear energy.