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

The Conference on the Establishment of a Middle East Zone Free of Nuclear Weapons and Other Weapons of Mass Destruction held its First Session from 18 November to 22 November 2019 at United Nations Headquarters in New York under the presidency of Ambassador Sima Bahous of Jordan. The Conference adopted a Political Declaration and its Final Report.

The Second Session of the Conference is scheduled to take place from 16 November to 20 November 2020 at United Nations Headquarters in New York.

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 would 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 2019, 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.

Statement by the Secretary-General at the Opening Meeting

Statement by the President of the General Assembly at the Opening Meeting

Statement attributable to the Spokesman for the Secretary-General on the Conference on the Establishment of a Middle East Zone Free of Nuclear Weapons and Other Weapons of Mass Destruction

Summaries of public meetings of the Conference (November 18, November 19, November 22)

Statements

President of the Conference

Secretary-General of the Conference
Mr. Xiaoyu Wang
212 963-9440
wangxy@un.org

Conference 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

Media
Ms. Suzanne Oosterwijk
917 367 -2556
suzanne.oosterwijk@un.org