The ESS Programme promotes the non-proliferation, arms control, and disarmament, with regards to nuclear, chemical and biological weapons as well as related materials and systems.
Nuclear Weapons and Fissile Materials
Over the past year, the ESS Programme continued to participate in the Fissile Material Working Group (FMWG), an international network of NGOs which it helped establish in 2009 to improve fissile material security, by developing actionable policy proposals and pushing governments to implement better policies.
Just as it did in Washington, DC in 2010, in Seoul, South Korea in 2012, and in Amsterdam, The Netherlands in 2014, the FMWG is organizing its fourth major NGO summit meeting, 29-30 March, 2016 in Washington DC, to coincide with the fourth official government summit on 31 March and 1 April, 2016. See www.fmwg.org for more information. The ESS Programme is part of the FMWG Steering Committee and actively engaged in planning for the 2016 NSS.
Prohibiting the transfer or proliferation by States, companies or individuals of materials, technology and expertise of weapons of mass destruction is vital to safeguard the world, particularly from nuclear terrorism.