This youth expedition consisted of 12 individuals age 18-25. The participants were from the U.S, Japan, and the European states. The program ran from 20 April 2018 to 25 April 2018.
The 2018 NPT Prepcom was held in Geneva, Switzerland from 23 April 2018 to 4 May 2018. The Chair-designate of the second session was Ambassador Adam Bugajski of Poland. This meeting served as the 2nd PrepCom for the 2020 Meeting of the States Parties to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty. At the NPT PrepCom, there was a focus on the states parties to the NPT's commitments to nuclear disarmament. However, the nuclear weapon states (US, UK, Russia, France, and China) have refused to comply with their obligations. The parties also addressed the impact of the new U.S. nuclear posture on the nuclear nonproliferation regime. The parties engaged in substantive discussions on the relationship between the Ban Treaty and the NPT.
Participants monitored plenary discussions, met with diplomats and presented a youth presentation. To prepare for the meetings with diplomats, they were expected to write background profiles about the relevant states. Participants collaborated with other youth groups and NGO leaders to draft the youth presentation. Additionally, they were expected to maintain a blog about the PrepCom and live tweet the discussions.
Meetings with Diplomats:
Participants engaged with diplomats to hear first-hand the strategies and obstacles in their approaches to nuclear disarmament and the NPT.
Participants developed a youth presentation and delivered it to the General Assembly during the NGO session.