Women's International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF)

Friday, May 06, 2005

UN NPT Review Conference

The UN General Assembly is now reviewing the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty [NPT]. NGOs were invited to observe and "civil society" is welcomed in the delegates' speeches, but are being marginalized. Rooms for our special meetings are too small and uncomfortable. Special security for the current session has the NGOs strictly limited to the 3rd levelGeneral Assembly interior "nosebleed" section of the General Assembly auditorium. From that vantage, where much of the view of the hall is blocked, it looks like most of the UN delegates are not bothering to attend. Perhaps this is because, as of this writing 4 days after the meeting began, there was still no agenda and the few delegates present were marking time posturing at the podium to declare how thankful and honored they are to have this opportunity to address… whatever.

So far, the real action is with the NGOs and the peripheral meetings. We remain hopeful that by today there will be an agenda announced.


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