Fissile material is a key component in the manufacture of nuclear weapons or other nuclear explosive devices. As such, a non-discriminatory, multilateral treaty banning the production of fissile material would represent a significant practical contribution to nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation efforts.
In this context, the United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs (UNODA) through its regional Centre for Peace and Disarmament in Africa (UNREC) is organizing a workshop with the financial support of the Government of Canada on the consultative process of the high level panel of experts on the development of the treaty banning the production of fissile material for the manufacture of nuclear weapons and other nuclear explosive devices. This workshop which aims to facilitate the participation of African states in this process will be held from 14 to 15 March 2018 at hotel February 2 in Lomé, Togo.
The workshop will facilitate dialogue at regional level among member states on implications of a future treaty and its relationship with existing global and regional instruments. It will also allow information sharing across regions on issues relevant to banning the production of fissile material for nuclear weapons or other nuclear explosive devices.
Participants will include representatives of French-speaking countries in the Africa region from a ministry or agency involved in control of weapons of mass destruction and/or nuclear security/safety issues.
On the sidelines of the workshop, UNREC, in collaboration with the International Organization of la Francophonie (OIF), will officially present the practitioner’s handbook on disarmament in Africa, on March 15, 2018.
Developed in French for diplomats and experts from African States with the financial support of the OIF, this guide will strengthen the capacity of francophone countries to engage in issues relating to peace and security, disarmament, arms control and non-proliferation. The guide elaborates on a range of topics related to these issues, including detailed references on international, regional and sub-regional instruments.