2018 NPT PrepCom in Geneva, Switzerland


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.

Youth Speech:

Participants developed a youth presentation and delivered it to the General Assembly during the NGO session.


1) Do I need a visa? When and how would I get one if I get selected?
If you are a US citizen you do not need a visa. If you are not, check the Switzerland embassy site: https://www.swiss-visa.ch/register/i210_select_country_view.action It will be your responsibility to get a visa, however, we can help with any needed documentation about the purpose of the trip. 


2) When will I know if I get selected?
You will be informed by 14 March 2018.


3) Will I be back to attend classes on April 26th?
Yes. The NPT will be continuing however due to class schedules we will end our youth expedition on 25 April 2018


4) What is the commitment, what is expected of the individual before and after the trip?
You will be expected to attend 1 meeting before departure and 1 meeting upon return.


5) Will I have any free time on the trip?
Yes, there will be some free time during the day but you will be expected to attend meetings. Your evenings are free.


6) Is this trip free?
No, you have to provide your own funding. However, if selected we do have student housing reserved and we will provide you links to airfare. The students who have already purchased their thickets paid between $550-$600 for airfare and housing is $285 for the week.

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    published this page in Our Work 2018-03-04 19:35:51 -0500

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