Participants at the Anniversary Conference of the Luxembourg Forum in Paris will discuss issues of nuclear non-proliferation

On the 9-10th of October, the International Luxembourg Forum on Preventing Nuclear Catastrophe will hold its anniversary conference in Paris.

Leading international experts will discuss the current state of nuclear arms control, its future prospects, and Russian-U.S. relations in the context of nuclear disarmament and international security issues.

Particular attention will be given to possibilities for strengthening the nuclear non-proliferation regime, to the threat of ‘nuclear terrorism’ and to key regional issues of non-proliferation, including North Korea, Iran and Pakistan.

‘The six-party talks on North Korea's nuclear weapons and its nuclear program must be resumed as soon as possible,’ said Viatcheslav Kantor, the President of the International Luxembourg Forum. ‘North Korea's leaders must be compelled to desist from any further nuclear weapons or long-range missiles tests before it's too late.’

The Luxembourg Forum's conference in Paris is expected to bring together more than 60 of the world’s leading experts on international security, including William PERRY, Professor at Stanford University and former U.S. Secretary of Defence; Tony BLAIR, Executive Chairman of the Institute for Global Change and former British Prime Minister; Des BROWNE, Vice Chairman of the Nuclear Threat Initiative (NTI), former UK Secretary of State for Defence; Hans BLIX, former Director General of the IAEA; Igor IVANOV, President of the Russian Council for Foreign Affairs, former Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation; Senator Sam NUNN, Co-Chairman of the Board of Directors of NTI; Jayantha DHANAPALA, Distinguished Associate Fellow at the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI), former President of the Pugwash Conferences on Science and World Affairs; Vladimir LUKIN, Deputy Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation, President of the Paralympic Committee of the Russian Federation; Viatcheslav KANTOR, President of the International Luxembourg Forum; Vladimir DVORKIN, Chairman of the Organizing Committee of the International Luxembourg Forum, Principal Researcher, Centre for International Security, IMEMO, Russian Academy of Sciences; Thomas GRAHAM, Managing Director of Kissinger Associates, Senior Fellow at the Institute for Global Affairs at Yale University, previously Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Russia on the U.S. National Security Council, as well as a number of other eminent international scholars, researchers, representatives of international organizations, government officials, military personnel and diplomats.

Also, in August 2017, former United States Secretary of State and Nobel Peace Laureate Henry KISSINGER joined the International Luxembourg Forum's Supervisory Board.

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The International Luxembourg Forum on Preventing Nuclear Catastrophewas established in Luxembourg on the 24-25th of May 2007 by decision of the International Conference on Preventing Nuclear Catastrophe.The Forum is one of the most representative non-governmental organizations to bringtogether leading international experts on the non-proliferationof nuclear weapons and arms reduction and limitation.

The main tasks of the Forum are:

  • to facilitate the process of arms limitation and reduction and to counteract growing threats to the non-proliferation regime and the erosion of the fundamental tenets of the Treaty on the Non-proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT), which includes stemming the rise of nuclear terrorism and preventing attempts by individual states to gain access to nuclear materials and technologies;
  • to strengthen global peace and security through fresh approaches and practical proposals for political leaders on key nuclear non-proliferation and arms-control issues.

2017 marks the Forum's 10th anniversary. Since its establishment 10 years ago, the Luxembourg Forum has held 25 conferences, seminars and working meetings in Moscow, Washington, Luxembourg, Berlin, Rome, Vienna, Prague, Geneva, Warsaw, Stockholm and other cities.