Australian Safeguards and Non-Proliferation Office: Annual Report 2012-13

Output 1.7: Other Non-Proliferation Regimes

Contribution to the development and strengthening of other weapons of mass destruction non-proliferation regimes.

Performance Measures

  • Provide support and assistance to Australia's Permanent Mission to the Conference on Disarmament (CD) in Geneva in their efforts to advance Australia's non-proliferation and disarmament objectives, in particular, on seeking to commence the negotiation of an internationally verifiable Fissile Material Cut-off Treaty (FMCT)
  • Support other developments in the field of non-proliferation and disarmament that are relevant to Australia's interests

Performance Assessment

ASNO contributes routinely to Australia's efforts to strengthen international non-proliferation efforts by providing advice and input for briefing and papers prepared by DFAT, such as papers Australia co-authors with likeminded countries to help shape the NPT PrepCom process. As a member of the Australian delegation, an ASNO officer participated in the Nuclear Suppliers Group meetings in Prague 10–14 June, contributing to technical discussions.

Fissile Material Cut-off Treaty

ASNO continued during the year to provide technical advice to the DFAT, including Australia's mission in Geneva, in efforts helping to build confidence and momentum in the CD towards the commencement of FMCT negotiations. In August 2012, ASNO participated in an experts meeting in the margins of the CD that examined some aspects of the verification regime for a future treaty.

In its resolution 67/53, the UN General Assembly requested the Secretary-General to seek the views of Member States on a treaty banning the production of fissile material for nuclear weapons or other nuclear explosive devices, and to submit a report on the subject to the General Assembly at its sixty-eighth session. ASNO led the preparation of Australia's submission to the Secretary-General.