Nobuyasu Abe

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  • Ambassador Nobuyasu Abe is Director, Centre for the Promotion of Disarmament and Non-Proliferation, Japan Institute of International Affairs, Tokyo. Prior to this, he was Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations for Disarmament Affairs from 2003 to 2006. He serves as member of the Advisory Board to the Australia–Japan International Commission on Nuclear Non-proliferation and Disarmament. He also serves as Special Assistant to the Foreign Minister of Japan.

    The Current Problems of the NPT: How to Strengthen the Non-Proliferation Regime

    With the 'world without nuclear weapons' speech by President Obama and the other moves, indications are good for the next Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) Review Conference. Progress has to be made on the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty (CTBT), the proposed fissile materials cut-off treaty (FMCT), Negative Security Assurance (NSA), and reducing the role of nuclear weapons. On the non-proliferation side, the Additional Protocol must be made a standard, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) strengthened, and NPT withdrawal acted on decisively.

    March 2010