This youth expedition will consist of 12 individuals age 18-25. The participants will be from the U.S, Japan, and European states, though participants from other countries will be welcome. Students studying peace, conflict resolution, and international relations will receive priority. The program will run from 20 April 2018 to 25 April 2018.
The 2018 NPT Prepcom will be held in Geneva, Switzerland from 23 April 2018 to 4 May 2018. The Chair-designate of the second session will be Ambassador Adam Bugajski of Poland. This meeting will serve as the 2nd PrepCom for the 2020 Meeting of the States Parties to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty. At the NPT PrepCom, there will be 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 will also address the impact of the new U.S. nuclear posture on the nuclear nonproliferation regime. The parties will engage in substantive discussions on the relationship between the Ban Treaty and the NPT.
Participants will monitor plenary discussions, meet with diplomats, and prepare a youth presentation. To prepare for the meetings with diplomats, they will be expected to write background profiles about the relevant states. Participants will collaborate with other youth groups and NGO leaders to draft the youth presentation. Additionally, they will be expected to maintain a blog about the PrepCom and live tweet the discussions.
Meetings with Diplomats:
Participants will engage with diplomats to hear first-hand the strategies and obstacles in their approaches to nuclear disarmament and the NPT.
Participants will help develop a youth presentation to diplomats during the NGO session.