The 12th meeting of the CSCAP Study Group on
Following the 11th meeting of the CSCAP Study Group on “Preventing the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction in the Asia - Pacific” in Singapore in early July, more than 50 security experts from other countries in Asia-Pacific region (including some masaj ankara members of the ASEAN Regional Forum on Non-proliferation and Disarmament) gathered in Ho Chi Minh City on 16th and 17th December 2010 to attend the 12th meeting and also the Study Group last meeting of this year. CSCAP VietnamÂ and USCSCAP Representatives co-chaired the meeting.
In the meeting, the participants looked back the development of energy, weapons and global nuclear policy this year, including Nuclear Security Summit (Washington, in May), Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty Review Conference (New York, in May), the meeting of the Disarmament and International Security Committee - the United Nations Security Council (New York, on September - October), Workshop on Implementing the UN Security Council Resolution 1540 (Hanoi, September-October) with new development in the discussions on arms control measures, a new START treaty, new activities of the Organization for Implementing the Agreement on Prevention of chemical weapons, biological and other toxic weapons… The meeting also discussed new occurences in the Korean peninsula, the nuclear situation in Iran… and the implications of these developments to security situation of the region.
In particular, following the last 11th meeting and in the context of the complicated nuclear programs in the world, nuclear security continues to be the mainly-focused subject of the meeting. The delegates focused on analyzing the increasing need of nuclear energy in Asia, especially in Southeast Asia, the implications of building nuclear power plants in the region and measures to prevent proliferation risks happening in this process. Strengthening regional cooperation (especially in the input controlling and output handling of nuclear materials) and increasing national capacity in protecting the nuclear energy’s production facilities are the key discussed solutions. In addition, at the end of the meeting, the participants also discussed perfect reconstruction the Expert Group of Nuclear Energy CSCAP, reviewed the draft minute of CSCAP on the use of safe nuclear energy, the updated handbook CSCAP on Preventing proliferation of weapons of mass destruction in the Asia - Pacific region and discussed orientation activities in the future.
- In parallel with the 12th meeting of Study Group CSCAP on “Preventing proliferation of weapons of mass destruction in the Asia - Pacific “, Young Leadership Program by the Pacific Forum - Center for Strategic and International Studies was held with the participation of the 28 delegates who are graduate students and professional young researchers from many countries in the Asia - Pacific. Participating the program, the Young leaders Representatives not only attended meeting sessions of the CSCAP Study Group on “Preventing nuclear proliferation in the Asian -Pacific region” and were encouraged to express comments, opinions in these sessions, but also had a chance to talk with the first-ranked regional security experts about nuclear issues. In addition, this year’s program has facilitated the young leaders representatives with a tour in History Museum in Ho Chi Minh City and an exchange meeting with students of International Relations Faculty, the University of Social Sciences & Humanities of Ho Chi Minh City.
Delegates of Young Leaders Program join meetings