NPT Preparatory Committees

Since NPT parties in 1995 adopted a strengthened review process, Preparatory Committee meetings have taken place in each of the three years preceding a Review Conference (which is held every five years). The PrepComs provide a forum for NPT state parties to engage in debates about substantive as well as procedural issues, but they have no decision-making authority. Their role is confined to making recommendations to the next review conference.

Decisions taken at the...

Since NPT parties in 1995 adopted a strengthened review process, Preparatory Committee meetings have taken place in each of the three years preceding a Review Conference (which is held every five years). The PrepComs provide a forum for NPT state parties to engage in debates about substantive as well as procedural issues, but they have no decision-making authority. Their role is confined to making recommendations to the next review conference.

Decisions taken at the 1995 and 2000 Review Conferences stipulate that “at its third and, as appropriate, fourth sessions, the Preparatory Committee taking into account the deliberations and results of its previous sessions, should make every effort to produce a consensus report containing recommendations to the Review Conference”. Furthermore, “the procedural arrangements for the Review Conference should be finalized at the last session of the Preparatory Committee”.

Find documentation on specific PrepComs via:

2014 NPT PrepCom
2013 NPT PrepCom

2012 NPT PrepCom

2009 NPT PrepCom

2008 NPT PrepCom

2007 NPT PrepCom
and earlier PrepComs

10 March 2014

The federal government led secret diplomatic efforts to frustrate a New Zealand-led push for nuclear disarmament, according to documents released under freedom of information laws.

Declassified ministerial submissions, cables and emails from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade show...

6 August 2013

For decades, nuclear weapons and nuclear power generation have generally been treated as separate issues. But is this the right approach?

Japan is the only nation to have experienced nuclear devastation with the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki 68 years ago. It has also suffered a...

11 May 2013

Japan recently refused to support an international joint statement which stressed that “It is in the interest of the very survival of humanity that nuclear weapons are never used again, under any circumstances.”

The Japanese government’s failure to sign the statement is...

Dr Rebecca Johnson
11 May 2012

The 2012 PrepCom for the NPT finished a few hours early after adopting a procedural report and commenting on the...

9 May 2012

Sitting in room M2 in the Vienna International Centre on Monday listening to cluster 2 statements on non-proliferation, I was struck by how little the positions on safeguards have moved since the 2010 NPT Review Conference.

But despite the sense of déjà vu as delegations from different...

4 May 2012

As a first time visitor to Vienna as well as to an NPT PrepCom, I’ve had a lot to take in over the past few days – orienting myself on the Viennese metro system at the same time as getting acquainted with the idiosyncrasies of the NPT.  As I reflected on the landscape of the...

Dr Rebecca Johnson
3 May 2013

The core purpose of the NPT was security and the prevention of nuclear war, but the  esoteric diplomacy of the current regime has become too far removed from the dangerous and messy world of today’s nuclear risks and ambitions. Rebecca Johnson reports at the close of the NPT meeting...

Dr Rebecca Johnson
1 May 2013

In a dramatic act that signalled its frustration with the “unilateral postponement” of an agreed 2012 Conference on the Middle East, Ambassador...

Dr Rebecca Johnson
29 April 2013

Doctrines, deployments, and the political value attached to "nuclear deterrence" are being challenged at the NPT conference.  As 78 nations co-sponsor a growing "humanitarian initiative", the five NPT nuclear-armed states and some of their "nuclear umbrella"...

25 April 2013

Lord Judd: To ask Her Majesty's Government what are their objectives for the meeting of the Preparatory Committee for the Review Conference of the Parties to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons taking place in Geneva; and in particular what are their...

25 February 2013

Jeremy Corbyn: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs which (a) Ministers in his Department and (b) officials will join the UK delegation to the Non-Proliferation Treaty Preparatory Committee in Geneva. [144519]

Alistair Burt: We take a keen interest in the non-...

Author(s): Ambassador Abdul Samad Minty of South Africa on behalf of 74 states
24 April 2013

Chairperson,

I am taking the floor on behalf of the following States Parties to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT), namely Algeria, Argentina, Austria, Belarus, Bangladesh, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Botswana, Brazil, Cambodia, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Côte d...

Author(s): Peter Willcott, Australian Chair of 2012 NPT PrepCom
11 May 2012

The attached document is the Chair's Factual Summary of the 2010 NPT Preparatory Committee meeting.  It was issued as a working paper, as opposed to a consensus document.

Author(s): China, France, Russia, United Kingdom & United States (Introduced by Ambassador Susan F. Burk, US Special Representative for Nuclear Nonproliferation)
3 May 2012

1. On the occasion of the first meeting of the Preparatory Committee for the 2015 Review Conference (RevCon), the People’s Republic of China, France, the Russian Federation, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, and the United States of America reaffirm their...

Syndicate content