So, this was this years PrepCom in Vienna. It was the first time for me attending a multilateral conference, as well as the first time in the UNO-headquarters. Hence I have received a lot of new impressions.
What has to be said about the last conference day? It didn’t last that long because all state parties who took the floor for the last time were unanimous that the PrepCom2012 was a full success. Many called it a big step towards the RevCon 2015, in relation to the consensus as well as to the atmosphere (as Pete told me this was not the case the last time the PrepCom took place in Vienna). This was in the view of all the speakers especially chairman Woolcoot’s merit, who did a wonderful job according to the state representatives.
Among others they praised the decision to focus also on the humanitarian consequences of nuclear weapons. Even though there were some critical statements (China: developing missile defend systems is diametral to disarmament; Switzerland: Summary is good, but might have wanted some more aspects on their work) the overall opinion was altrough positive, so that the parties are looking forward to a equally successful PrepCom 2013 in Geneva.
In the end I want to thank all the readers who have visited our Blog during the two weeks. Stay informed and help us to free the world from nuclear weapons.
Your IFOR-Team Austria