Conference on the Establishment of a Middle East Zone Free of Nuclear Weapons and Other Weapons of Mass Destruction

Overview

First Session
New York, 18-22 November 2019

The Conference on the Establishment of a Middle East Zone Free of Nuclear Weapons and Other Weapons of Mass Destruction is scheduled to hold its First Session from 18 November to 22 November 2019 at United Nations Headquarters in New York. The President-designate of the First Session is Ambassador Sima Bahous of Jordan.

The situation in the Middle East Letter dated 30 May 2017 from the Secretary-General addressed to the President of the Security Council (S/2017/469)

Background Information

General Assembly decision A/73/546 (22 December 2018) “entrusts the Secretary-General with the convening, no later than 2019…of a conference on the establishment of a Middle East zone free of nuclear weapons and other weapons of mass destruction”. Pursuant to the decision, all the States of the region were invited to consultations. Agreement was reached at these consultations by the participating States to endorse the nomination of H.E. Ms. Sima Bahous, Permanent Representative of Jordan to the UN as President-designate of the First Session of the Conference. Participating States also agreed that the conference will be held from 18 to 22 November 2019 at UN Headquarters, New York. In accordance with A/73/546, the Secretary-General sent, in May this year, invitation letters to all States of the Middle East to participate in the conference. Invitation letters were also sent to the five nuclear-weapon States to attend the conference. States from the region participating in the consultations are currently considering issues in preparation for the conference, including its draft rules of procedure, draft provisional agenda and other modalities.

Information for Participating States, Observer States and Invited International Organizations

UPDATE (7 NOVEMBER 2019): 

Paragraph 8 – Participating States are invited to communicate the credentials of representatives and names of alternate representatives and advisors, issued either by the Head of State or Government or by the Minister of Foreign Affairs in accordance with the established practices of the United Nations conferences, to Mr. Xiaoyu Wang (wangxy@un.org, tel.: 1 212 963 9440), with a copy to Ms. Elizabeth Alip (elizabeth.alip@un.org) by Thursday, 14 November 2019.