The Other Part of Article VI: General and Complete Disarmament

18-May-2015 @ 13:15 – 14:30
Conference Room C, United Nations
1st Avenue & E 46th St
New York, NY 10017

The disarmament conversation in recent years has focused too narrowly on “partial measures”. While these are important it means that too few people have been talking about the bigger picture. However, losing sight of the bigger picture and focusing on micro-managing small problems are not advisable when the spectrum of issues to be covered is so large. In fact, the NPT implementation process can benefit from a more comprehensive understanding of the range of possibilities for disarmament. In this regard, the all too often overlooked concept of General and Complete Disarmament (GCD) mentioned in Article 6 of the NPT has much more to offer than one might think.

This event aims at exploring the relevance and applicability of GCD in the NPT context, especially with regards to its practical contribution to overcoming the limits of the current fragmentary approach, and understanding the rationale behind its inclusion in Article 6.

A flyer for this event can be found here.


  • Ms. Martiza Chan
    Minster-Counsellor at the Permanent Mission of Costa Rica in New York


  • Dr. Matthew Bolton
    Assistant Professor, Pace University
  • Dr. John Burroughs
    Executive Director of the Lawyers’ Committee on Nuclear Policy
  • Dr. Emily Welty
    Vice-Moderator of the World Council of Churches commission on International Affairs
  • Mr. Christopher King
    Head of Strategic Planning Unit, UNODA

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