FMCT: Informal open-ended consultative meeting (New York, 2-3 March 2017).
Informal open-ended consultations took place in New York on 2-3 March 2017, pursuant to resolution A/71/259 adopted at the 71st session of the UNGA, and entitled “Treaty banning the production of fissile material for nuclear weapons or other nuclear explosive devices”.
These consultations will allow all States to carry out interactive discussions and to share their positions, ahead of the high-level fissile material cut-off treaty (FMCT) expert preparatory group, which will meet in Geneva for a session of two weeks each in 2017 and in 2018. France is prepared to actively contribute to this work.
This resolution, adopted by the 1st committee of the General Assembly with a wide support (177 States), marks the engagement of the international community towards the negotiation of a treaty banning the production of fissile material for nuclear weapons and other nuclear explosive devices
Ending the production of fissile material is a priority for France, and is instrumental in the nuclear disarmament process, together with the entry into force of the Comprehensive nuclear test ban treaty (CTBT). The CTBT established a limit to the qualitative development of nuclear weapons. The FMCT will, for its part, establish a quantitative limit for nuclear arsenals, which will be legally-binding and of universal reach. The FMCT and the CTBT will therefore allow limiting both the quantitative and qualitative development of nuclear arsenals, which is an instrumental step in the pursuit of disarmament efforts.
That is the reason why France has vigorously engaged in favor of the negotiation of an FMCT since more than fifteen years. France has been in the forefront in this regard, ending the production of fissile material for nuclear weapons and dismantling in an irreversible manner its production facilities.