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A World Free of Nuclear Weapons?

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Published under: Stoltenberg's 2nd Government

Publisher Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Minister of Foreign Affairs Jonas Gahr Støre will open the international conference Achieving the Vision of a World Free of Nuclear Weapons, which will be held in Oslo on 26–27 February. The aim of the conference is to explore how states can contribute to achieving the vision of a world free of nuclear weapons.

Foregin Minister Støre at the Conference Achieving the Vision of a World Free of Nuclear Weapons in Oslo 27.02.2008. Photo: MFA, OsloMinister of Foreign Affairs Jonas Gahr Støre will open the international conference Achieving the Vision of a World Free of Nuclear Weapons, which will be held in Oslo on 26–27 February. The aim of the conference is to explore how states can contribute to achieving the vision of a world free of nuclear weapons.

Since September 2005, Norway has headed the Seven-Nation Initiative on nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation, aimed at further reducing the number of nuclear weapons and strengthening international efforts to prevent the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction.

The conference in Oslo will be one of this year’s important events in this field. Its aim is to explore how all states – nuclear-weapon states and non-nuclear-weapon states alike – can contribute to achieving the vision of a world free of nuclear weapons.

The conference will focus on identifying strategies that promote sustainable solutions for disarmament and non-proliferation of nuclear weapons. The participants will discuss, among other issues, what nuclear-weapon states and non-nuclear-weapon states can do to reduce the role of nuclear weapons in national security policies, how regional conflicts impact efforts to reduce nuclear dangers, the role of treaties, and ways of reconciling nuclear energy expansion with non-proliferation efforts.

From left: Director General Kåre Aas, MFA, Oslo, Foreign Minister Jonas Gahr Støre, former US Secretary of State George Shultz, former Senator and CEO/Co-chairman of the Nuclear Threat Initiative, Sam Nunn. Photo: MFA, Oslo

 

 









From left: Director General Kåre Aas, MFA, Oslo, Foreign Minister Jonas Gahr Støre,
former US Secretary of State George Shultz, former Senator and CEO/Co-chairman of the Nuclear Threat Initiative, Sam Nunn. Photo: MFA, Oslo

Dr Mohamed ElBaradei, Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). Photo: MFA, Oslo 
Dr Mohamed ElBaradei, Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). Photo: MFA, Oslo

Foreign Minister Jonas Gahr Støre will host the conference, which will be held at the Grand Hotel in Oslo. In addition to Mr Støre, former US Secretary of State George Shultz, former senator and CEO/Co-chairman of the Nuclear Threat Initiative, Sam Nunn and Dr Mohamed ElBaradei, Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), will deliver keynote speeches.

The conference is being organised by the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs in cooperation with the Nuclear Threat Initiative, the Hoover Institution and the Norwegian Radiation Protection Authority.

Press contact: Cathrine Andersen, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, mobile phone: 911 36 410
 

Links for further information and conference programme:

 

Read the opening speech by George P. Shultz: The Age of Diplomacy (pdf)

See the opening of the conference live on web-tv

Chairman's summary (pdf)

Minister Støre's summary and preliminary recommendations - A Global Effort to Achieve a World Free of Nuclear Weapons

See the closing of the conference live on web-tv

Conference website

Seven-Nation Initiative website