Go to Home Page
  Library Treaties Non-Proliferation Treaty, Draft Report on the First Session, April 16, 1997

Draft Report of the Preparatory Committee on its First Session

NPT/CONF.2000/PC.I/CRP.1
16 April 1997
ORIGINAL: ENGLISH

I. INTRODUCTION

At its fifty-first session, the General Assembly, in its resolution 51/45 A of 10 December 1996, took note of the decision of the parties to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons, following appropriate consultations, to hold the first meeting of the Preparatory Committee in New

Printer Friendly



See Also
1997 NPT Prep Com 

York from 7 to 18 April 1997.

Accordingly, the first session of the Preparatory Committee was opened on 7 April, by Mr. Evgeniy

Gorkovskiy, Officer-in-Charge and Deputy Director of the Centre for Disarmament Affairs of the Department of Political Affairs of the United Nations Secretariat.

The following 148 States parties to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons participated in the work of the Preparatory Committee at its first session: Albania, Algeria, Angola, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bahamas, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Belarus, Belgium, Bolivia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Botswana, Brunei Darussalam, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Cambodia, Canada, Central African Republic, Chile, China, Colombia, Congo, Cote d'Ivoire, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Djibouti, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Eritrea, Estonia, Ethiopia, Fiji, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Holy See, Honduras, Hungary, Iceland, Indonesia, Iran (Islamic Republic of), Iraq, Ireland, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Jordan, Kazakstan, Kenya, Kyrgyzstan, Lao People's Democratic Republic, Latvia, Lebanon, Lesotho, Liberia, Libyan Arab Jamahiriya, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Madagascar, Malawi, Malaysia, Maldives, Mali, Malta, Marshall Islands, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mexico, Micronesia (Federated States of), Monaco, Mongolia, Morocco, Mozambique, Myanmar, Namibia, Nepal, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, Norway, Oman, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Republic of Korea, Republic of Moldova, Romania, Russian Federation, Samoa, San Marino, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Solomon Islands, South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Suriname, Swaziland, Sweden, Switzerland, Syrian Arab Republic, Tajikistan, Thailand, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Togo, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Uganda, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, United Republic of Tanzania, United States of America, Uruguay, Uzbekistan, Vanuatu, Venezuela, Viet Nam, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

The Preparatory Committee held... meetings, of which summary records were provided for the opening meeting (NPT/CONF.2000/PC.I/SR.1), the general debate (NPT/CONF.2000/PC.I/SR.2-3) and the closing meetings (NPT/CONF.2000/PC.I/SR) in accordance with the Committee's decision. The summary records are issued separately as annex I to the present report.

Mrs. Hannelore Hoppe, Senior Political Affairs Officer of the Centre for Disarmament Affairs, served as Secretary of the Committee. Mr. Mohamed Elbaradei, Assistant Director General for External Relations, International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Vienna; Mr. Berhanykun Andemicael,. Representative of the Director General of IAEA to the United Nations in New York; Ms. Merle Opelz, Head, IAEA Office in Geneva; and Ms. Jan Priest, Head, Safeguards and Non-Proliferation Policy Section, Division of External Relations, IAEA, Vienna, represented the Agency.

II. SUBSTANTIVE AND PROCEDURAL ISSUES

A. Organization of work of the Preparatory Committee

With regard to the chairmanship of the various sessions of the Preparatory Committee and the presidency of the 2000 Review Conference, an understanding had been reached among delegations, according to which a representative of the Group of European and other Western States should be proposed to chair the first session, a representative of the Group of Eastern European States should be proposed to chair the second session, a representative of the Group of Non-Aligned and other States parties to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons should be proposed to chair the third session and a representative of the Group of Non-Aligned and other States parties to the Treaty should be proposed for the presidency of the 2000 Review Conference. All groups were encouraged to propose the representatives for the chairmanship of the various sessions of the Preparatory Committee and for the presidency of the 2000 Review Conference at their earliest possible convenience.

Pursuant to that understanding, Mr. Pasi Patokallio (Finland), the representative of the Group of Western European and other States, was proposed to chair the first session. At its first meeting, on 7 April, the Committee unanimously elected Mr. Patokallio to serve as Chairman of the first session. At its _ meeting, on _ April, the Committee also decided ....

At its first meeting, on 7 April, the Committee adopted the following agenda (NPT/CONF.2000/PC.I/l/Rev.1):

Opening of the session.
Election of the Chairman.
Adoption of the agenda.

Preparatory work for the review of the operation of the Treaty in accordance with article VIII, paragraph 3, taking into account the decisions and the resolution adopted by the 1995 Review and Extension Conference of the Parties to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons.

Organization of work of the Preparatory Committee:

Election of officers;
Dates and venues for further sessions;
Methods of work;
Decision-making;
Participation;
Working languages;
Records and documents:
Consideration of ways and means.

Reports on substantive and procedural issues, recommendations to the next session of the Preparatory Committee and draft recommendations to the Review Conference.

Organization of the 2000 Review Conference:

Dates and venue;
Draft rules of procedure;
Election of the President and other officers;
Appointment of the Secretary-General;
Provisional agenda;
Financing of the Review Conference, including its Preparatory Committee;
Background documentation;
Final document(s).

Adoption of the final report and recommendations of the Preparatory Committee to the Review Conference.

    Any other matters.

In the course of the discussion of agenda item 5 on the organization of work of the Preparatory Committee, the following decisions were taken:

    Dates and venues of further sessions

    At its ___ meeting, the Committee decided that the second session would be held from...

    Methods of work

    Decision-making

    At its first meeting, on 7 April, the Committee decided to make every effort to adopt its decisions by consensus. In the event that consensus could not be reached, the Committee would then take decisions in accordance with the rules of procedure of the 1995 Review and Extension Conference, which would be applied mutatis mutandis.

    Participation

    At its first meeting, on 7 April, the Committee decided that representatives of States not parties to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear weapons should be allowed, upon request, to attend as observers the meetings of the Committee other than those designated closed meetings, to be seated in the Committee behind their countries' nameplates and to receive documents of the Committee. They should also be entitled, at their own expense, to submit documents to the participants in the Committee. Accordingly, representatives of the following States not parties to the Treaty attended the meetings of the Committee as observers: Brazil, Cuba, Israel and Pakistan.

    Representatives of specialized agencies and regional intergovernmental organizations should be allowed, upon request, to attend as observers the meetings of the Committee other than those designated closed meetings, to be seated in the Committee behind their organizations' nameplates and to receive documents of the Committee. They should also be entitled, at their own expense, to submit documents to the participants in the Committee. Accordingly, the following regional intergovernmental organization was represented as an observer at the meetings of the Committee: South Pacific Forum.

    Representatives of non-governmental organizations should be allowed, upon request, to attend the meetings of the Committee other than those designated closed, to be seated in the public gallery, to receive documents of the Committee and, at their own expense, to make written material available to the participants in the Committee. The Committee would also make time available at each session during which the non-governmental organizations could make presentations. Accordingly, representatives of ______ non-governmental organizations attended the meetings of the Committee.

    Working languages

    Also at it, first meeting, the Committee decided to use Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish as its working languages.

    Records and documents

    At its 6th meeting, on 10 April, the Committee decided that summary records would be provided at each session of the Committee's opening meeting, the general debate and the closing meetings. There would be records of decisions taken at the other meetings.

The Committee set aside two meetings for a general debate on issues related to all aspects of the work of the Preparatory Committee, in the course of which 38 statements were made. The statements are reflected in the summary records of those meetings (NPT/CONF.2000/PC.I/SR.2-3).

The Committee held a total of 9 meetings each for a substantive discussion under agenda item 4 entitled "Preparatory work for the review of the operation of the Treaty in accordance with article VIII, paragraph 3, taking into account the decisions and the resolution adopted by the 1995 Review and Extension Conference of the Parties to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons''. In doing so, the Committee used as a basis for a structured discussion the three sets of issues contained in annex V to the Final Report of the Preparatory Committee to the 1995 NPT Review and Extension Conference (NPT/CONF.1995/1).

During the session, the Committee had before it the following documents:

[list of documents]

A list of the delegations to the Preparatory Committee, including States parties, observer States, specialized agencies and regional intergovernmental organizations and non-governmental organizations, is contained in document NPT/CONF.2000/PC.I/INF. _ .

B. Organization of the 2000 Review Conference

The Preparatory Committee, in conformity with its task to prepare for the 2000 Review Conference, considered issues contained in agenda item 7. It took the following actions:

    Dates and venue of the Conference

    Appointment of the Secretary-General

    The Committee decided to invite the Secretary-General of the United Nations, in consultation with the members of the Preparatory Committee, to nominate an official to act as provisional Secretary-General of the 2000 Review Conference of the Parties to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons, a nomination which would later be confirmed by the Conference itself.

    Financing of the Review Conference, including its Preparatory Committee

    The Committee decided to request the Secretariat to provide for its second session an estimate of: the costs of the 2000 Review Conference of the Parties to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons and its preparation.

III. RECOMMENDATIONS TO THE PREPARATORY COMMITTEE AT ITS SECOND SESSION

15. ...

18 April 1997

[amended in open session as follows]

Proposed language for the draft report

III. RECOMMENDATIONS TO THE NEXT SESSION OF THE PREPARATORY COMMITTEE

During the course of the session, the Chairman held a number of information consultations in the process of which delegations put forward their views and proposals on recommendations to the next session of the Preparatory Committee and on draft recommendations to the 2000 Review Conference. As a result of these consultations, the Chairman put forward a working paper which is annexed to the present report (Annex [tba].) The Committee recommended that at its second session the official documents and other proposals submitted by delegations as contained in Annex __ during the first session of the Preparatory Committee will be taken into account during further work on draft recommendations to the Review Conference, and also the working paper, submitted by the Chairman that will be interpreted in the light of the official documents and other proposals made by delegations as contained in Annex __ .

The Committee recommended that at its second session, the Committee should continue the consideration of all aspects of the Treaty in a structured and balanced manner, in accordance with agenda item 4 entitled "Preparatory work for the review of the Treaty in accordance with article VIII, paragraph 3, of the Treaty, taking into account the decisions and the resolution adopted by the 1995 NPT Review and Extension Conference."