NGO Events during the  Non-Proliferation Treaty PrepCom

New York, 8-19 April 2002

The two week period from 8–19 April was not only the timing for the NPT PrepCom itself but also for a large number of dynamic and sobering parallel events sponsored by non-governmental organizations.

They included a wide range of seminars and panel discussions, from the celebratory GSI Peace Award, described separately, to more technical events such as the Institute for Energy and Environmental Research’s Treaty Compliance Forum.

The latter, which took place on the second day of the PrepCom, was a daylong event open to delegates and NGOs which focused on the question of compliance by nuclear weapons states with their treaty obligations and its relation to the growing threats of state and non-state proliferation.
An exciting Youth Caucus on 17 April drew a large and enthusiastic student audience from across the metropolitan area into Conference Room 4. Educators for Social Responsibility (ESR-Metro) organized a panel of high school students to address other youth on issues related to nuclear weapons, nuclear power and the threat of terrorism, all ultimately posing the question, “Can we really afford the high price of nuclear weaponry and nuclear power?”

Another big draw was the Peace Women Forum, sponsored by the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom. Around 200 activists and academics attended the event which focused on peace and security issues from a feminist perspective. The forum considered the impact of Security Council Res. 1325, a major step forward in international debate that specifically highlights the issue of women in international peace and security.

Other events were organized by Greenpeace, Middle Powers Initiative, Western States Legal Fund, Physicians for Social Responsibility and GRACE. On the final day of the 2002 PrepCom, the NGO Committee on Disarmament organized a final panel, aptly titled “Into the Future” that explored the road ahead to next year’s PrepCom and ultimately, the 2005 Review Conference.