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May session of the 2016 open-ended working group on nuclear disarmament

In October 2015, states decided to hold a second OEWG to address concrete effective legal measures, legal provisions, and norms that will need to be concluded to attain and maintain a world without nuclear weapons. It is operating as a subsidiary body of the General Assembly. The first session was held in Geneva from 22-26 February 2016; the second session met 2-13 May 2016.

Calendar of events

Calendar last updated 29 April 2016

 When  What  Where
Monday, 2 May
09:00-10:00

ICAN coordination meeting

 Room XXV

Monday, 2 May
09:40-10:00

 

Monday, 2 May
10:00-13:00

Presentation of Second-generation A-bombed Tree from Hiroshima




Opening session, presentation of synthesis paper

Panel I on measures to reduce and eliminate the risk of accidental, mistaken, unauthorized, or intentional nuclear weapon detonations 

Outside Room XIX



Room XIX

Monday, 2 May
13:30-14:45
Side event: The growing movement to ban nuclear weapons: civil society perspectives (ICAN)  Room XXV
Monday, 2 May
15:00-18:00

Monday, 2 May
18:00

Tuesday, 3 May
09:00-10:00
Exchange of views on Panel I


Briefing with Chair of OEWG for civil society organisations 

ICAN coordination meeting
Room XIX


Room XXV

Room XXV

Tuesday, 3 May 
10:00-13:00

Panel II on transparency measures related to the risks associated with existing nuclear weapons  Room XIX
Tuesday, 3 May
13:14-14:45


Tuesday, 3 May
15:00-18:00

Wednesday, 4 May
09:00-10:00

Wednesday, 4 May 
10:00-1:00
Side event: Humanitarian Impacts of Nuclear Weapons, from 1945 to Future Security

Exchange of views on Panel II


ICAN coordination meeting


Panel III
on additional measures to increase awareness and understanding of the complexity of and interrelationship between the wide range of humanitarian consequences that would result from any nuclear detonation 
Room XXV



Room XIX


Room XXV


Room XIX 
Wednesday, 4 May
15:00-18:00 
Exchange of views on Panel III Room XIX
Sunday, 8 May
15:30-18:00


Monday, 9 May
10:00-13:00 





Monday, 9 May
15:00-18:00 

Tuesday, 10 May
10:00-13:00 

Tuesday, 10 May
13:15-14:45

Tuesday, 10 May
15:00-18:00 

Wednesday, 11 May 2016
10:00-13:00 
 





Wednesday, 11 May 2016
15:00-18:00


Thursday, 12 May 2016
10:00-13:00 



Thursday, 12 May 2016
13:15-14:30


Thursday, 12 May 2016
15:00-18:00 

Friday, 13 May 2016
10:00-13:00 

Friday, 13 May 2016
15:00-18:00 
Unfold Zero briefing and strategy meeting


Panel IV
on essential elements that could form part of effective legal measures, legal provisions, and norms that will need to be concluded to attain and maintain world without nuclear weapons

Exchange of views on Panel IV 


Exchange of views on Panel IV 


Side event: Global Zero


Exchange of views on Panel IV 


General remarks by Mr. Kim Won-soo, High Representative for Disarmament Affairs 

Panel V on possible pathways to take forward multilateral nuclear disarmament negotiations

Exchange of views on Panel V



Panel VI on other measures - reviewing the role of nuclear weapons in the security and other contexts of the 21st century

Side event: Global support and political will for nuclear disarmament

Exchange of views on Panel VI


Summary by Chair
Exchange of views 

The way forward in preparation for August meeting, exchange of views 
World Future Council, Maison de la Paix, Chemin Eugene-Rigot 2, Building 5

 Room XIX






Room XIX 


Room XIX 


Room XXIV


Room XIX 


Room XIX 







Room XIX



Room XIX 




Council Chamber



Room XIX 


Room XIX 


Room XIX 

Information for civil society 

Pursuant to paragraph 5 of resolution 70/33, the group shall convene in Geneva “with the participation and contribution of international organizations and civil society representatives, in accordance with established practice…”. As per the established practice, all relevant NGOs which are granted access to the UN premises (organizations with consultative status with ECOSOC or accredited to DPI) may register and attend the meetings of the group. Other interested organizations, relevant and competent to the scope of this Group, may register and participate subject to the agreement of the Member States (on a no-objection basis).

By his letter of 8 April 2016, the Chairman of the Group, Ambassador Thani Thongphakdi (Thailand), informed Member States, international organizations and civil society representatives that registration for the May session is required. This is valid for those Member States, international organizations and those civil society representatives which have participated in the February session of the OEWG. The registration should be received by the Secretariat of the Open-ended Working Group taking forward multilateral nuclear disarmament negotiations by 20 April 2016 at the following address:

Office for Disarmament Affairs, Geneva Branch
United Nations Office at Geneva, Palais des Nations Room C.113
CH-1211 Geneva 10, Switzerland
Fax: +41 22-917-0054
Email: oewg-ndn@unog.ch

The Secretariat has been informed that the designated non-governmental organization point of contact in connection with participation by non-governmental organizations in the meeting of the Open-ended working group taking forward multilateral nuclear disarmament negotiations is as follows:

Ms. Mia Gandenberger
Reaching Critical Will
Women's International League for Peace and Freedom
Rue de Varembé, 1 – Case Postale 28
CH – 1211 Geneva 20
SWITZERLAND
Telephone: +41 (0)22 919 70 80
Email: mia@reachingcriticalwill.org
www.reachingcriticalwill.org

Statements and interventions

Please remember inform the NGO point of contact if you wish to speak from the floor during a particular meeting. She will be maintaining a rolling list of NGO and academic speakers that will be communicated to the the Secretariat and the Chair on a regular basis. You can inform of your intention to speak now or on the particular day you want to make your intervention.

Please keep your interventions to no longer than two minutes and please focus on the matter under discussion that day. Please be as interactive as possible, responding to the discussion in the room.

If you registered through a particular campaign or coalition, such as ICAN, please be in touch with those coordinators as well.