Conference on the Establishment of a Middle East Zone Free of Nuclear Weapons and Other Weapons of Mass Destruction

First Session
New York, 18-22 November 2019

 

The Conference on the Establishment of a Middle East Zone Free of Nuclear Weapons and Other Weapons of Mass Destruction is scheduled to hold its First Session from 18 November to 22 November 2019 at United Nations Headquarters in New York. The President-designate of the First Session is Ambassador Sima Bahous of Jordan.

 

Background
General Assembly decision A/73/546 (22 December 2018) “entrusts the Secretary-General with the convening, no later than 2019…of a conference on the establishment of a Middle East zone free of nuclear weapons and other weapons of mass destruction”. Pursuant to the decision, all the States of the region were invited to consultations. Agreement was reached at these consultations by the participating States to endorse the nomination of H.E. Ms. Sima Bahous, Permanent Representative of Jordan to the UN as President-designate of the First Session of the Conference. Participating States also agreed that the conference will be held from 18 to 22 November 2019 at UN Headquarters, New York. In accordance with A/73/546, the Secretary-General sent, in May this year, invitation letters to all States of the Middle East to participate in the conference. Invitation letters were also sent to the five nuclear-weapon States to attend the conference. States from the region participating in the consultations are currently considering issues in preparation for the conference, including its draft rules of procedure, draft provisional agenda and other modalities.

 

Information for Participating States, Observer States and Invited International Organizations

UPDATE (7 NOVEMBER 2019):

Paragraph 8 – Participating States are invited to communicate the credentials of representatives and names of alternate representatives and advisors, issued either by the Head of State or Government or by the Minister of Foreign Affairs in accordance with the established practices of the United Nations conferences, to Mr. Xiaoyu Wang (wangxy@un.org, tel.: 1 212 963 9440), with a copy to Ms. Elizabeth Alip (elizabeth.alip@un.org) by Thursday, 14 November 2019.

 

Information for participation by non-governmental organizations

  • Organizational Documents
    • A/CONF.236/L.1 Draft agenda
    • A/CONF.236/L.2 Draft programme of work
    • A/CONF.236/L.3 Draft rules of procedures
    • A/CONF.236/1 Adopted agenda
    • A/CONF.236/X Adopted programme of work
    • A/CONF.236/X Adopted rules of procedure

 

  • Information Notes
    • A/CONF.236/INF/1 Information for Participating States, Observer States and Invited International Organizations
    • A/CONF.236/INF/2 Information for participation by non-governmental organizations
    • A/CONF.236/INF/3 List of Participants

 

  • Background Documents
    • A/CONF.236/2 Biological Weapons Convention Implementation Support Unit (BWC ISU)
    • A/CONF.236/3 International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
    • A/CONF.236/4 Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW)

 

  • Working Papers
    • A/CONF.236/WP.1 Working paper (1 of 5)
    • A/CONF.236/WP.2 Working paper (2 of 5)
    • A/CONF.236/WP.3 Working paper (3 of 5)
    • A/CONF.236/WP.4 Working paper (4 of 5)
    • A/CONF.236/WP.5 Working paper (5 of 5)

 

  • Outcome
    • A/CONF.236/X Final report of the Conference

Statements

Provisional Secretary-General of the Conference
Mr. Xiaoyu Wang
212 963-9440
wangxy@un.orgConference Focal Point
Ms. Marya Canham
917 367-6369
canham@un.org

Conference Support
Mr. Gabiden Laumulin
929 462-4949
gabiden.laumulin@un.org

Conference Support
Mr. Taiki Kohno
917 367-2240
taiki.kohno@un.org

Invited International organizations, UN, NGO and other entities’ participation & Side events
Ms. Diane Barnes
212 963-9169
diane.barnes@un.org

List of Participants
Ms. Elizabeth Isabelita Alip
917 367-3711
elizabeth.alip@un.org

List of Speakers
Ms. Bertha Mae Ortiz
212 963-0846
ortiz1@un.org

Website
Mr. Kena Alexander
917 367-9421
kena.alexander@un.org