Open-ended working group on nuclear disarmament 2016

In October 2015, states decided to hold a second OEWG to address concrete effective legal measures, legal provisions, and norms that will need to be concluded to attain and maintain a world without nuclear weapons. It will operate as a subsidiary body of the General Assembly.

Information for civil society

Pursuant to paragraph 5 of resolution 70/33, the group shall convene in Geneva “with the participation and contribution of international organizations and civil society representatives, in accordance with established practice…”. 

As per the established practice, all relevant NGOs which are granted access to the UN premises (organizations with consultative status with ECOSOC or accredited to DPI) may register and attend the meetings of the group. 

Other interested organizations, relevant and competent to the scope of this Group, may register and participate subject to the agreement of the Member States (on a no-objection basis).

Registration May meeting

By his letter of 8 April 2016, the Chairman of the Group, Ambassador Thani Thongphakdi (Thailand), informed Member States, international organizations and civil society representatives that registration for the May session is required. This is valid for those Member States, international organizations and those civil society representatives which have participated in the February session of the OEWG. The registration should be received by the Secretariat of the Open-ended Working Group taking forward multilateral nuclear disarmament negotiations by 20 April 2016 at the following address:

Office for Disarmament Affairs, Geneva Branch
United Nations Office at Geneva, Palais des Nations Room C.113
CH-1211 Geneva 10, Switzerland
Fax: +41 22-917-0054
Email: [email protected]

The Secretariat has been informed that the designated non-governmental organization point of contact in connection with participation by non-governmental organizations in the meeting of the Open-ended working group taking forward multilateral nuclear disarmament negotiations is as follows:

Ms. Mia Gandenberger
Reaching Critical Will
Women's International League for Peace and Freedom
Rue de Varembé, 1 – Case Postale 28
CH – 1211 Geneva 20
Telephone: +41 (0)22 919 70 80
Email: [email protected]