UN High-level Conference on Nuclear Disarmament

Foreign and Commonwealth Office written question – answered on 22nd March 2018.

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Photo of Baroness Miller of Chilthorne Domer Baroness Miller of Chilthorne Domer Liberal Democrat

To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions Karen Pierce, the UK Permanent Representative to the UN, has held with (1) the UN, (2) France, and (3) the US, with regard to the forthcoming UN High-Level Conference on Nuclear Disarmament.

Photo of Baroness Miller of Chilthorne Domer Baroness Miller of Chilthorne Domer Liberal Democrat

To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they plan to attend the 2018 UN High-Level Conference on Nuclear Disarmament.

Photo of Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon Minister of State

The UK Mission to the UN in New York regularly discusses a broad range of foreign and security issues including nuclear disarmament with a broad range of partners including the UN, French and US Missions. As a responsible nuclear weapons state, the UK is committed to the long term goal of a world without nuclear weapons and we continue to work with our international partners to tackle proliferation and to make progress on nuclear disarmament. However, we do not believe the UN High Level Conference in May 2018 will lead to effective progress on nuclear disarmament. It will not address the serious threats to international peace and security posed by nuclear proliferation nor will it take account of the international security environment. We will consider our approach to the Conference closer to the time.

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